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Event Committee

Jerry Allen

The essence of Jerry’s career has been variety and complexity. He is equally comfortable negotiating multi-national business programmes or personally directing a major logistics operation. Jerry thrives in challenging environments; his skill is to work quickly to the heart of the problem and negotiate the best solutions.

As a recent vice president of an international company, Jerry was responsible for the global commercial operations. His contribution over 12 years was to significantly develop the business into new world regions and to new industry sectors. Jerry realised that the key to success was to differentiate his company from the pack.  He introduced innovative new services and ‘packaged’ business in such a way that the clients were drawn to the one-stop-shop model. A major part of the expansion programme was training. Jerry not only worked on training design but he personally delivered and validated the training during many international assignments with blue-chip companies.

In the early 2000’s, Jerry was on the senior staff of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). His 4-year objective was to assist world aviation to be more resilient to business disruptions and, in particular, to crisis and reputational risk. During this time, Jerry was the lead for several industry groups including one that focused on emergency response. To drive the initiatives of the Group forward, he planned, organised and delivered a series of international conferences, the first of their kind for aviation. Again training was the key both commercially and professionally. The conferences addressed what needed to be done but the associated training programmes, designed by Jerry, were the tools to fill the capability gap.

Jerry is a graduate of the Royal Air Force College. He served as a commissioned officer specialising in logistics and air transport. Completing his RAF career as a Wing Commander, Jerry saw overseas service in Germany, North America, the South Atlantic and the Gulf states.

Tom Garner

Tom Garner has over 10 years experience working within the Crisis Management industry. This includes real-world experience responding to and supporting major Aviation and Hospitality crisis events. Tom is currently the Managing Director of Return on Development Ltd, a UK specialist consultancy company.

Tom has immersed himself within the business international environment for the past 25 years. Ways of trade, exchange, profit and loss have always been areas that interest Tom. Due to his fascination in Business, Tom proceeded to achieve a First-Class Education in Business Management, recognition of “Excellence in Business” by one of the most respectable business schools in the UK and today, has established himself as a reputable leader in his areas of expertise.

Tom started his journey ‘stacking shelves’ in the retail industry and Tom’s journey has taken him to many destinations, through various roles in various areas of the organisational chart, but always progressive. This journey has provided Tom with the opportunity to master many different industries, markets, deliverables cultures and expectations. Tom can boast an impressive record of negotiating with many of the world’s largest, most influential and most recognisable names from both private and public sectors. Resulting in a unique holistic approach to Business Management, Development and Sustainability.

Rebecca Carr

With over 10 years experience in crisis planning and response Rebecca has built up a wealth of knowledge and expertise from across a number of sectors including UK Local Authorities, NHS, Voluntary and the Aviation industry. Her landmark projects include programme management for the London Olympic and Paralympic Games as part of the British Red Cross offer towards UK preparedness, the UK response to Swineflu, the devastating UK floods in 2013 and aviation incidents including protestors chained together on a major London airport runway and terminal evacuation in relation to a chemical incident.

Starting with an MSC in Disaster Management and Sustainable Development at Northumbria University Rebecca’s industry shaping thought leadership comes from working across these notable industries, providing a broad and unique perspective on the many requirements of crisis management. 

Rebecca has presented on crisis management for a number of institutions including Kyoto University, Japan. These experiences and recognition of the importance of continual learning and development is the genesis of Crisisconf, where the story brings us to today. A conference programme designed by high calibre global experts to truly improve worldwide resilience and response capability to emergencies.

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