2018 Conference Chair

CrisisConf2018 is delighted to announce the Chair for the upcoming London conference. Deborah Higgins, Head of the Cabinet Office Emergency Planning College and Beverley Griffiths, Director of Resilience of the Cabinet Office Emergency Planning College will co-Chair the event. Their significant experience of international and complex emergency management has prepared them to extract the very best from the presenters and to meet the demands of the delegates.

Deborah Higgins

Head of EPC
Cabinet Office Emergency
Planning College
With a background in emergency management in the UK and in Canada, Deborah has worked for the police, local authorities and partner agencies in a variety of roles, which has given her the insight and experience to understand the challenges faced by resilience professionals. A particular passion of hers is the development of people and teams, and for the last 5 years she has worked for the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) where she led the development of the Good Practice Guidelines, research and insight activities, and promoted the resilience profession both in the UK and internationally. As an experienced practitioner and UK Principal Expert to the International Standards Organisation, Deborah has contributed to the work on developing many British and International standards, including business continuity, crisis management and organisational resilience.

Find out more about Deborah Higgins.

Beverley Griffiths

Director of Resilience
Cabinet Office Emergency
Planning College

Beverley, as the Director for Resilience, has within her remit responsibility for the management and development of the Crowd and Public Safety capability at the Cabinet Office Emergency Planning College. She also advises on Business Continuity, Risk, Security & Safety, Cyber Resilience, Crisis Management and Incident Management, from policy to operations.

Beverley works closely with various partners in the UK and internationally to increase the portfolio of products, including consultancy, critical friend, auditing, and guidance, British Standards, training programmes, articles, exercises, competencies and qualifications. Specifically working currently on the crowded places agenda, security and cyber resilience across the government and the industry. She has just accepted the role as co-chair for the Security Institute subcommittee for education (exact name to be confirmed)

Beverley’s wealth of knowledge and expertise from her background and experience in Health, Local Authority, Government, Training, Consultancy, Resilience, H&S, Crowded Places (Recently advising and supporting NaCTSO), Event Management as well as an academic background enables her to provide extraordinary support to private and public organisations.

Find out more about Beverly Griffiths.

CrisisConf2018 is grateful for the support provided by The Cabinet Office Emergency Planning College.

EPC is the UK’s leading centre for organisational resilience, delivering emergency and crisis management, business continuity, cyber resilience, event and public safety training, exercising and consultancy services. Our highly experienced, industry-leading experts work closely with organisations of all sizes to deliver our services to both public and private sectors in the UK and across the world.

The EPC specialise in many areas of Business Resilience including:

  • Crisis management
  • Business continuity management
  • Designing and delivering exercises
  • Cyber security
  • Crisis communications
  • Crisis leadership
  • Critical decision-making
  • Safety of crowds and crowded places
  • Contingency planning
  • Managing continuity and crisis risk
  • Breaking down silos and building integrated solutions.

For further information on the EPC please follow: The EPC

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