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      Salvaño Bricéno (video message from)
    Director, International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, United Nations

    Sálvano Briceño was appointed the Director of the Secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) in June 2001.  His career has focused on the management of environmental and sustainable development programmes at the United Nations, the World Conservation Union (IUCN) and the Government of Venezuela.

    Prior to joining UN/ISDR, he was the Co-ordinator of the BIOTRADE and GHG Emissions Trading Initiatives of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Geneva (1999-2001). Before that, he was Deputy Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) secretariat (1996-1999), following several years as the Co-ordinator of Intergovernmental and Institutional Support of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) (1991-1996). Further UN experience includes five years with UNEP's Caribbean Environment Programme at Kingston, Jamaica (1987-1991).

    He received a Doctorate in Administrative Law from the University of Paris II (Panthéon-Sorbonne) in 1975 and a Master's in Public Administration from Harvard University in 1984. A Venezuelan national, his languages are Spanish, French and English.

    Salvaño Bricéno
    United Nations

    Kathy Settle
    Cabinet Office

    Ian Cameron
    BBC Nations and Regions

    Louis B Jones
    Northern Ireland Fire
    & Rescue Service

    Carl Minns
    Hull City Council

    Rob Varley
    Met Office

    Paul Hayden
    Hereford and Worcestershire
    Fire Service

    Roger Thomas
    Local Government Association

    Lindsey McEwen
    University of Gloucestershire

    John Kimmance
    Ordnance Survey

    Alan Gardner
    Emergency Planning Society

    Patricia Broadfoot
    University of Gloucestershire

    Bridgette Sullivan-Taylor
    Warwick Business School

    John Astbury

    Layla Branicki
    Warwick Business School

    Steve Mellish

    Johannes Kebeck

    Walter J. Ammann
    GRF and IDRC, Davos

    John Lee
    Severn Trent Water

    Mary Dhonau
    National Flood Forum

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    Kathy Settle
    Deputy Director Local Response Capability, Civil Contingencies Secretariat, Cabinet Office

    In July 2008, Kathy took up a new post within the Civil Contingencies Secretariat as Deputy Director with responsibility for the Local Response Capability. Her roles in this post include leading on the review and implementation of the Civil Contingencies Act, further development of local Recovery and Dam Inundation planning, and taking forward the concept of Community Resilience as outlined in the National Security Strategy published in March 2008. 

    Prior to this, Kathy worked in Government Office for the North West (GONW) as Head of Regional Resilience for over three-and-a-half years, and Head of Strategy & Communications for two-and-a-half years.  In her earlier career, Kathy spent nine-and-a-half years working for the Department for Transport and the Highways Agency.

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      Ian Cameron
    News Editor, BBC Nations and Regions

    Ian is News Editor for BBC Nations & Regions and a member of the BBC Broadcast Continuity and Disaster Recovery Team, including Emergency Planning and Supplying News from BBC Nations and Regions to The News Channel and other Network News programmes. He is a member of the National Steering Committee for Warning and Informing the Public which advises the Cabinet Office and was a member of the EU AWARE Project Team which looks at cross-border communication in a crisis.

    Earlier this year he organised the BBC Nations & Regions Floods Conference, to look at ways of improving communication in a crisis. As a result Ian is working on a Warning and Informing Campaign which will run on BBC Local Radio, Online and Regional TV in 2009.

    He recently co-produced a DVD called Hearts & Minds about the humanitarian effects of disaster and also a DVD about the Civil Contingencies Act for the Cabinet Office and Essex County Council, drawing upon lessons learnt during disasters such as on the 7/7 Bombings and the Carlisle & North Yorkshire Floods. He has produced several other films which illustrate the BBC Connecting in a Crisis Initiative. He runs a series of desktop emergency exercises for the BBC across the UK annually.

    He was Editor News and Current Affairs in both the North East and the West Country running the Look North and Points West programmes and before that he was Programme Organiser at Central Television.

    Ian has been a He developed a reputation for introducing new technology such as machine control at Central TV and the use of small cameras for journalists. Ian has filmed drug dealing undercover in Bristol and New York and also led investigations into organised crime in the North East following the Meadowell riots.

    Previously Ian worked on Network Radio Programmes such as The World at One, PM and Today.


      Louis B Jones
    Deputy Chief Fire Officer / Director of Operations at Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service
    Louis B Jones joined the Northern Ireland Fire Brigade in 1978 and has served in various ranks throughout his 30 years’ service.  He was appointed Brigade Training Officer in 1997 and Area Commander for the Brigade’s Southern Area Command in 2000.

    Since then he has served as Assistant Chief Fire Officer in Operations Planning & Service Delivery before taking up post as Director of Operations in the role of Deputy Chief Fire Officer (DCFO) in 2003 with responsibility for all operational service delivery across Northern Ireland.

    In 2001, DCFO Jones was selected to attend the Brigade Command Course at the Fire Service College, England during which he studied Civil Disturbances and Attacks on Firefighters as part of a Master’s thesis. In 2006 DCFO Jones was selected to represent Northern Ireland on a leadership course for senior public figures at the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, Virginia.

    DCFO Jones is a Fellow of the Institution of Fire Engineers and holds a Master of Science Degree in Fire Service Management and a Master of Business Administration degree. DCFO Jones was the Service Gold Commander during the recent widespread flooding in Northern Ireland and is a member of the Central Government Crisis Management Group in Northern Ireland.

    He is a member of the CFOA Road Safety Executive and National Operations Committee and has travelled widely across the world to study fire service related issues.

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      Councillor Carl Minns
    Hull City Council
    Carl was born and raised in Stockton on Tees on the North East coast of England.  He was educated at the Norton Comprehensive School and was an accomplished school boy athlete and represented the District, County and North East in various disciplines.  Carl is also a keen actor and has acted in many productions on stage, screen and radio.

    Carl moved to Hull in 1994 to study Politics and Regional Studies and was the first of his family to go to University.  Whilst at University Carl developed his political ambitions and became Student Union President. Following graduation Carl worked for various IT training companies in London before returning to Hull in 2000 to work for Comet’s internet team.

    Carl was elected as Ward Member for Kings Park Ward in 2002 and shortly after became Portfolio Holder for Life Long Learning.  Carl was elected as Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group in 2005, and as Leader of Hull City Council following the Local Elections in May 2006.

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      Rob Varley
    Government Services Director, Met Office
    As Government Services Director, Rob is the single point of focus for all public sector users of Met Office services: from daily weather forecasts to climate change advice for policy makers. Rob is particularly keen to ensure that decision makers across Government are making effective use of the world-leading expertise and advice in weather and climate available from the Met Office. As a member of the Met Office Executive he also plays a leading role in the strategic management of the organisation, including leading on Corporate Responsibility and Sustainable Development.
    Before joining the Met Office Executive last year, Rob worked in a variety of roles in the Met Office over 25 years, starting as a weather forecaster, then 10 years at the Met Office College overseeing the training and development of forecasters. He then moved on to project manage the procurement and construction of the Met Office's new headquarters building at Exeter. Since the move to Exeter in 2003 he worked with public sector users, heading first the National Meteorological Programme, and then the Public Weather Service.

    Image Paul Hayden   Chief Fire Officer Paul Hayden, MA, MSc, MIFireE
    Hereford and Worcestershire Fire Service
    Paul Hayden became the Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive of Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service in 2005. In 2002, he was appointed as Deputy Chief Officer in Norfolk, with responsibility for Integrated Risk Management. Mr Hayden also has a number of Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) national responsibilities. He chairs the CFOA Inland Water Strategic Group, represents CFOA on the Environment Agency Strategic Working Group and is an advisor to the Local Government Association on water matters. During the summer 2007 floods, he established and led the CFOA Flood Support Team.

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    Councillor Roger Thomas
    Chairman of the LGA's Coastal Issues Special Interest Group and member of the Southern Regional Flood Defence Committee

    Starting his professional life as a teacher and youth leader in Cardiff, he had a narrow escape in Uganda when he was held as a political hostage by Idi Amin. Returning to Britain he joined the BBC, his presenting of a phone-in programme from Birmingham on the night of the IRA bombings in 1974 was much acclaimed and led to his making programmes from Northern Ireland to boost the morale of the troops and their families.

    In 1977 he joined Radio Television Hong Kong. He was headhunted in 1982 by Duty Free Shoppers, to be their Public Affairs Manager. He is credited with changing the image of DFS in the Far East from an efficient but cold organisation to an efficient and caring organisation. As Chairman of the Retail Management Association of Hong Kong he prepared the industry for 1997 when China would regain governance. He acquired the RMA a seat in the Legislature.

    On returning to Britain he was elected to East Sussex County Council in 1997. He is currently Chairman of the LGA’s Coastal Issues Special Interest Group; a member of the East Sussex Fire Authority (Standards Panel), Gatwick Airport Consultative Committee (GATCOM), Southern Regional Flood Defence Committee (EA / DEFRA), Sussex Sea Fisheries District Committee (DEFRA), Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Authorities Working Group & IFCA Project Board (DEFRA) and the recently formed Local Government Flood Forum (LGFF).

    Image Professor Lindsey McEwan   Professor Lindsey McEwen
    Department of Natural and Social Sciences, University of Gloucestershire

    Lindsey McEwen gained her PhD from St Andrews University, Scotland in 1986 and has worked in the University of Gloucestershire as a researcher and teacher for 22 years where she is now Professor of Physical Geography.

    After achieving a MA in Geographical Studies from St Andrews University, Professor McEwen gained her PhD in River sensitivity to floods, human interventions and climate change. She has long standing research interests in historic flood patterns, placing current flood risk in a longer-term perspective and in sustainable flood risk management including flood education and how to build community resilience and has produced several research outputs in this area. She is currently carrying out a collaborative research project with the Norwegian Water and Energy Directorate comparing flood patterns, 1200 to present, in Scotland and Norway and has developed a detailed historic flood chronology for the River Severn with analysis in progress.

    Professor McEwen has pedagogic research interests in the area of public engagement which she applies to both her research and teaching. She led a major public understanding of science/community engagement project funded through the Royal Society’s ‘Connecting People to Science’ Scheme with support from the Environment Agency. This involved action research that has explored innovative ways of integrating flood science with community engagement with local flood histories as a key element of place, and how to nest flood education to encourage communities to prepare for future flooding in an environmental change context. One project outcome was national guidelines on: Guidelines for good practice: community engagement with local flood histories and flood risk

    Professor McEwen is leading the development of the new interdisciplinary Centre for the Study of Floods and Communities at the University of Gloucestershire.

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    John Kimmance
    Head of Public Sector and Utilities, Ordnance Survey

    John Kimmance is Head of Public Sector and Utilities within Ordnance Survey, Britain's National Mapping Agency.  John's team manage Ordnance Survey's key customer relationships in Defence, Civil Contingency, Health, Central and Local Government, Emergency Services, Utilities and Rail.  John has a Geology degree from UCL and practiced as an exploration geologist in southern Africa before returning to the UK to obtain his MBA from Exeter.

    Ordnance Survey provides a full range of Geographic Information covering different scales.  This information covers topography (mapping), addresses, roads, points of interest and Imagery.

    Image Alan Gardner   Alan Gardner
    Managing Director, Emergency Planning Society

    Alan is Managing Director of EPS and an Associate Course Director for the UK Cabinet Office Emergency Planning College.  He also sits as Professional Issues Director on the National Board of Directors of the Emergency Planning Society, holds the MBCI title within the Business continuity Institute and lectures on Emergency Planning and Business Continuity at Queens University, Belfast.
    Before joining EPS, Alan worked within the emergency services for nine years and in particular the Emergency Planning/Resilience field. During this time, Alan was involved in a wide range of civil protection functions, including,  planning, designing exercises, delivering a range of training packages and responding first hand to a huge variety of emergency situations. This experience provided Alan with an excellent grounding at the operational, tactical and strategic levels. Much of this work has been in multi-agency training design and course delivery in real time multi-agency response.
    In his current role, Alan is responsible for the strategic management of EPS.  He is also heavily involved in the delivery of training packages, workshops and programmes for a large number of organisations, spanning the Public, Private and Voluntary Sectors.  Alan has also been instrumental in the design and delivery of both bespoke and generic training material for the UK Cabinet Office Emergency Planning College (EPC). 
    Alan currently sits as Director Professional Issues in the Emergency Planning Society.  This role has exposed him to international best practice in the resilience world.  Through this role, he regularly speaks at conferences all over the world, this year included the Business Continuity Expo in London (March) and the Museums and Heritage Show in London (May).  He is also a regular speaker at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), where his most recent engagement was chairing the International Command and Control conference in February 2008.  His final position of note is that of being a member of the National Project Working Group that developed the UK National Occupational Standards for Civil Protection.

    Image Patricia Broadfoot CBE   Professor Patricia Broadfoot, CBE
    Vice Chancellor, University of Gloucestershire

    Professor Patricia Broadfoot has been Vice Chancellor of the University of Gloucestershire since September, 2006. She was previously at the University of Bristol which she joined in 1981 as a Lecturer in Education.  Subsequently, she served as Head of the School of Education, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Pro Vice Chancellor. 

    After achieving a B.A.Honours degree in Sociology from Leeds University, Professor Broadfoot obtained her M.ED from Edinburgh University and a PhD from the Open University. She has researched extensively in her specialist academic fields of educational assessment and comparative education and has published many books and over a hundred articles in these fields for which she was awarded a D.Sc. from the University of Bristol in 1999. She has edited two leading international journals as well as providing educational consultancy for policy-makers both in the UK and internationally.

    Professor Broadfoot has served on a number of national bodies including the Economic and Social Research Council and is a trustee of several charities. She is currently a Director of the Higher Education Academy and of the Universities and Colleges Employers’ Association, a member of the Board of Universities UK and chairs its Sustainability Group; she is a member of the Burgess Group on the assessment of achievement in higher education and Vice-Chair of HERDASW. Professor Broadfoot is a Lay Canon of Gloucester Cathedral.

    She was awarded the CBE for services to Social Science in 2006.

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    Dr Bridgette Sullivan-Taylor
    SOLAR Research Unit Director, Warwick Business School

    Bridgette Sullivan-Taylor is Assistant Professor of Strategy and Organisation at Warwick Business School. She has previously held strategic management positions and academic appointments in NZ, the UK and Europe. She is Research Director of the Strategy, Organisational Learning and Resilience Unit (SOLAR) where she has several projects supported by the ESRC, AIM Research (Advanced Institute of Management), The Leverhulme Trust, Institute of Advanced Studies, the Warwick International Security Initiative as well as several organisations including the UK Cabinet Office, the CBI, AWM, BT, HSBC and IBM. Her research examines emerging issues in strategic management, organisation theory and international business. Her current research investigates global uncertainties, risk and developing organisational resilience in the face of global threats and extreme threats and events. Her research has informed practitioners, think tanks and UK government policy.

    Bridgette has also been recently been elected as a 'Representative at Large' for the Strategic Management Society Global Strategy SIG.

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    John Astbury, CBE, CMarTech, FIMarEST, FRIN
    International Consultant, VectorCommand and former Chief Executive Officer of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency

    John Astbury is an independent international maritime and aviation consultant and formerly the Chief Executive Officer of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) the world’s leading maritime authority responsible for UK search and rescue, counter pollution and salvage and intervention response, survey and inspection and the enforcement of merchant shipping regulations together with security. Astbury was the senior responsible owner (SRO) for many high risk projects including PPP/PFI and framework agreements. He is a UK Office of Government Commerce (OGC) High Risk Review Team Leader responsible for ensuring major high risk government projects and programmes remain on schedule and within budget. He is currently advising the UK Government Decontamination Service (GDS) on its framework agreements with industry for CBRN post event recovery. He is also an international consultant to the Lockheed Martin Overseas Corporation in its £6 billion PPP/PFI bid for the provision of a UK SAR Helicopter fleet.

    John is highly experienced at dealing with emergency response and has over 35 years in this field. He is also an expert in post recovery operations having dealt with many high profile incidents during his time with the UK MCA.  In his capacity as an international consultant he recently completed a United Nations mission to Egypt to advise the Egyptian Government on national contingency planning and emergency response. He has lectured and spoken extensively around the world on the subject of emergency response and is currently directing a distance learning course for Lloyds Maritime Academy and is the chair of the Maritime Security conference. He completed his role as strategic command advisor to the EU Floodcommand™ project, and was the driving force behind the establishment of the world’s first Marine Incident Response Group (MIRG). In 2005, he received a CBE for his services to British shipping.

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      Dr Layla Branicki
    SOLAR Research Fellow, Warwick Business School

    Layla was awarded her PhD in the area of criminal justice and public management in 2008 and has a background in criminology, criminal justice studies, jurisprudence and organisational theory. Whilst completing her doctorate she contributed to two published literature reviews, one of which resulted in a co-authored Chartered Management Institute publication on the subject of Political Awareness. Layla has also worked as an assistant on a number of empirical research projects for the Institute of Governance and Public Management and on a short term consultancy basis for the Open University Business School. Layla is currently a Research Fellow in the Strategy, Organisational Learning and Resilience Research Unit, Warwick Business School and is conducting research which examines ‘the extent to which organisations are prepared for managing the threat or actuality of extreme events’.


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      Steve Mellish FBCI
    Head of Business Continuity, Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd &
    Director of the Business Continuity Institute

    Steve created the business continuity department for Sainsbury’s in 1996 and today the Sainsbury’s BCM programme is widely acknowledged as an exemplar of how to successfully implement and embed ‘enterprise-wide’ business continuity into the culture of a large organisation.

    Steve is a Fellow of the BCI (Business Continuity Institute) and has been on their Board of Directors since 2002.  After becoming Vice Chairman in 2003, he was Chairman from 2004 to 2006 overseeing the stabilisation and then transformation of the organisation into a global institute of nearly 5,000 members.  Steve is currently a member of the BCI’s Risk and Audit Committee and Remuneration Committee.  He was also on the working committee for PAS56 the forerunner to the British Standard for BCM BS25999.

    In 2005, he won the prestigious Corporate Insurance & Risk - 'Business Continuity Manager of the Year' award.

    Steve has been a regular speaker at conferences all over the world and frequently contributes to industry journals and the national press.  He particularly enjoys sharing the practical lessons learned from having established a BCM programme across a large ‘blue chip’ organisation.  Currently, he is developing the Sainsbury’s programme still further to cover their flu pandemic planning, supplier continuity and global sourcing offices in Europe and Asia.


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    Johannes Kebeck
    Virtual Earth Technology Specialist, Microsoft

    Johannes Kebeck covers Microsoft’s geospatial technologies and supports customers and partners outside the American continents. He is currently based in Reading, UK and has over 13 years experience in the GI/GIS market. In October 2004 Johannes joined Microsoft in Germany working within the Enterprise Product Group and in 2005 he joined the Virtual Earth team. Before specialising on Microsoft’s geospatial products and services, he had experience with various GIS, spatial databases, relational database management systems, workflow management, collaboration products and IT security.


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    Walter J. Ammann
    Chairman of the International Disaster and Risk Conference, Davos 2008 and Director of the Global Risk Forum, Davos

    Walter J. Ammann is the Chairman of the IDRC Davos 2008 and also founder and Director of the Global Risk Forum GRF Davos which includes the following three pillars:  The Risk Academy Davos, which is a centre of excellence for education, training, issue and knowledge management, research and development; The Platform for Networks for scientists, risk managers and other professionals; and the regular forum for discussion and exchange of experience through the IDRC Conferences and Workshops. Walter Ammann got his MSc in Civil Engineering and his PhD in structural dynamics and earthquake engineering both at ETH Zurich.  He started his professional career in various consulting companies for geotechnics and foundation engineering, earthquake engineering and bridge construction. From 1986-1992, he was responsible for the R&D department of a globally acting company in construction technologies. From 1992-2007, he was director of the Swiss Federal Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research in Davos and Deputy Director of the Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL in Birmensdorf.

    His interest in current Research & Development is integrated risk management: in particular by considering the whole risk cycle with prevention; preparedness; intervention and recovery; risk financing tools; but also emergency management and communication tools. He is author and co-author of a broad number of scientific papers, books and reports for practitioners and is a member of various national and international professional associations and expert consulting groups.


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    John Lee
    Senior Manager, Business Resilience, Severn Trent Water

    John Lee is Senior Manager, Business Resilience at Severn Trent Water. His work with Severn Trent and National Grid has included emergency planning, security issues, business continuity and crisis management. He joined Severn Trent in 2007 having been Strategy implementation manager (Safety, Health, Environment and Security) at National Grid, where he had also served as Business Continuity Manager and Emergency Planning Manager.

    Before joining National Grid Transco in April 2003, John had spent 18 years involved in the operation of gas networks, starting as an engineer with British Gas and going on to manage gas supplies in the South East and London.


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    Mary Dhonau
    Chief Executive, National Flood Forum

    Mary Dhonau is the chief executive of the National Flood Forum which is a registered charity run by people who have experienced the trauma, loss and frustration that goes with flooding. The National Flood Forum provides support to communities and individuals that have been flooded, or are at risk of flooding. It is a collective, authoritative voice that aims to influence central and local government and all agencies that manage flood risk.
    Mary travels around the country helping those who have been, or are at risk of flooding to form community groups that work with rather than against those who manage flood risk in their areas.
    Mary has made many appearances on national television and radio representing the ‘flooded community’ and through TV has been able to promote ‘flood awareness’ and ‘self help’. She has been a studio guest amongst others on BBC Breakfast News, GMTV, This Morning (ITV), BBC Newsnight  and even the Richard and Judy Show.
    Mary is responsible for organising the NFF national conference - a unique event which gives an equal platform to those who manage flood risk and those who are at risk of flooding and she is editor of the quarterly NFF newsletter. Mary is a regular speaker at flood risk conferences and promotes the use of ‘flood resistance and flood resilience’. Mary was the driving force behind the much acclaimed ‘blue pages’- a directory of flood protection products and services.


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    Tim Humphreys
    Policy Advisor, Association of British Insurers and Director of the Fire Protection Association

    Tim Humphreys is a policy adviser at the Association of British Insurers. Tim joined the ABI in 1989 and has worked in a variety of roles. Tim is currently leading the ABI’s work on emergency preparedness and responding to major incidents.
    Tim is also a Director of the Fire Protection Association, a member of the Recovery Capability Board and the Business and Community Safety Forum.