Elspeth Van Veeran
Prof. Dr. G. Keith Still
Mark joined the EPC in 2005, and is currently the Assistant Director with particular responsibility for risk, emergency and crisis management courses, and for the College’s international programmes. These include high-level training and consultancy programmes with seven overseas partners. He has led teams that have delivered national risk assessments for two states in the Middle East, and lectured and consulted in China (following the Sichuan earthquake), the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and Jordan. Mark is a qualified FE teacher and has four university degrees, including an MSc in Training Management and an MSc in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management. As an Associate Lecturer for Leeds University Business School he also lectures on the MA course in Civil Protection. He was responsible for the design of, and still teaches on, the Central Government Emergency Response Training scheme for COBR and regional government office staff. In a previous career he worked for the Ministry of Defence in various lines of work including intelligence, counter-terrorism and managing the educational and training development of leaders and managers. He has contributed to UK Resilience doctrine as the author, consulting editor and technical author of several guidance publications, and specialises in the design and delivery of strategic training programmes. He has a particular interest in the management and communication of risk.
Rob MacFarlane is Assistant Director, Training and Doctrine, responsible for civil protection training in risk management, emergency planning, GIS, public inquiries and communications, and leads on work with local authority chief executives and elected members. Additionally Rob works with EPC and Cabinet Office colleagues on the programme of Central Government Emergency Response Training. Prior to joining the Cabinet Office Rob worked as a research manager and senior lecturer in higher education and as a secondee to the Home Office and visiting fellow at the EPC. He holds a PhD from the University of Aberdeen and is currently studying part time for a Doctorate in Business Administration at the University of Durham, focusing on information management, situational awareness and crisis decision making at the strategic level.
Martin joined the Emergency Planning College in 2005 moving from the Home Office. After an early career in Banking, Martin worked for the Probation Service as a Senior Probation Officer and later as a Training Manager in London. He has worked with multi-agency Public Protection committees and has specialised in the field of crime reduction and community safety. Martin’s previous post was as a Course Director at the Home Office Crime Reduction Centre working with the police service, Local Authority community safety officers and voluntary organisations. Martin holds a Social Work qualification, an MBA, and is also a PRINCE2 registered practitioner. He was promoted to the post of Assistant Director in February 2006 and leads on Business Continuity Management for the College. Martin was made a Member of the Business Continuity Institute in 2007.
Winston has worked in a number of policy departments in Whitehall, latterly the setting up of the Govt Office for London and a Regional Secretariat for London in regeneration and LDDC (London Docklands Development Corporation) projects at former Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. Winston is a contract and procurement professional and was a ministerial envoy during the fuel strike, foot and mouth representation, Y2K and other ongoing emergency events. Following lecturing appointments at various universities and at the National School for Government, Winston is involved in research into supply chain dependencies which has resulted in its application to business continuity and UK resilience at EPC. Since joining EPC in May 2007, Winston has assumed the direction of a number of courses and continues to bring research results and knowledge on vulnerabilities in the supply chain to courses, including developing master-classes and carrying out consultancy with public and private bodies.
Ian joined the College in 2008 following a career in Army Educational and Training Services. He is a graduate of Leicester University and also holds Masters degrees in International Security from St Andrews and Human Resources Development from Leicester. He has qualifications in 5 languages.
During his army career he had operational deployments in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo and Iraq. He has worked as a management development tutor, training manager and training development advisor in UK, Europe and South East Asia. He is also a qualified teacher and United Nations Observer.
Beverley joined the college as a course director in 2004 after working for the London Borough of Hackney for four years. She began as the CCTV and Emergency Planning Officer and became the CCTV and Emergency Planning Service Manager in January 2001. She originally qualified as a Registered General Nurse and further qualified in orthopaedic and emergency nursing working for seven years in the UK and then for three years in Saudi Arabia. She successfully completed, with honours, the ‘Development and Health in Disaster Management’ Bachelor of Science at Coventry University. Beverley has received a commendation, awarded by the Metropolitan Police for her work during Hackney Siege. In 2008 Beverley completed with merit the Chartered Institute for Professional Training Certificate (CIPD).
Keith joined the college in 2004 following a full career with the Royal Air Force. He has commanded and lead forces engaged upon combat and peace support operations in various trouble spots around the world over the past 28 years. He has also commanded military training schools responsible for initial and post graduate training. He has also gained extensive experience of providing military assistance to civil authorities and communities. He has accumulated a great deal of first hand knowledge of dealing with disaster from exposure to a diverse range of incidents and events ranging from flooding, to the foot and mouth crisis, and terrorism (Lockerbie), to the interruption of essential services. Latterly, he has been a specialist advisor to Central Government Departments involved with countering and dealing with the potential consequences of terrorism that could be directed against civil aviation and UK critical infrastructure. As a specialist in protective arrangements operating at all levels of decision making, he has extensive experience of consequence management planning and emergency response. Most recently, he had responsibility for formulating training policy to support MOD CBRN protection requirements.
Bernadette served with the Royal Military Police for fourteen years, dealing with crime, accidents, emergencies, terrorism and bomb explosions in London, Germany and Northern Ireland. As well as carrying out general police duties and investigations, she was an instructor at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, a qualified Home Office Crime Prevention Advisor and was the first woman to qualify as a Personal Protection Officer, providing protection to members of the royal family and government officials. She also spent several seasons as an army ski instructor and represented the army at tri service ski meets.
Joining the City University London in 1988, Bernadette has led on various Facilities Services and is currently Head of Security, Telecommunication Systems and Safety Liaison Officer. Having dealt with the aftermath of a large fire at City University in 2001, Bernadette is now a member of the University’s Business Continuity Management Board, providing expert advice on emergency planning and response for the University, and is the emergency services liaison officer. During her time at City she has also served as the non-teaching member of the University’s Council and is an independent advisor for the Police Community Advisory Group.
Bernadette chaired the UK’s national Association of University Chief Security Officers (AUCSO) for three years, which has 120 member institutions, developing a member’s e-mail discussion list and web site. She has represented AUCSO on the UK’s Joint Security Industry Council and has delivered presentations on emergency management to conferences in the UK, Ireland, Sweden, South Africa and Canada. She was recently the project manager for a government funded project on developing good practice for emergency planning and management in the HE sector. The project has trained over 100 University managers and resulted in the publication of a new document - ‘Planning for and Managing Emergencies: A Good Practice Guide for HEIs’ in June 2008.
Martin retired from Greater Manchester Police in 2006 after 30 years service achieving the rank of Chief Inspector. Martin has a national and international lecture profile in the arena of counter terrorist protective security, contingency planning, risk management, security co-ordination and business continuity. His main responsibilities over the last ten years are summarised below:
Martin has a national and international lecture profile in the arena of counter terrorist protective security, contingency planning, risk management, security co ordination and business continuity. His lectures include the organising committee’s of Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, Rio de Janeiro 2007 Pan American Games, London 2012 Olympic Games; visiting expert to the Vancouver Police for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games and reviewed terrorist prevention advice given to the New York City Police; lecture to International Symposium on Aviation Security New York 2004.
Martin was the Security Co-ordinator for the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games, UEFA Champions League Final 2003, Labour Party Conference 2004 and is now an Associate Course Director with the Emergency Planning College Easingwold UK and undertakes external consultancy work.
Christine Manby completed her teacher training at Neville's Cross in Durham. She has very extensive teaching experience in Primary and Secondary Schools, both in England and Scotland. Christine specialised in teaching children with special needs, including Oak Lodge School in Barnet, children with hearing difficulties and worked for the Hospital and Home Education in Sheffield, teaching children recovering from traumatic injuries or experiencing some very serious illness. She was also the S.E.N.C.O.. for the primary part of the service.
She obtained an MA in Education and a Diploma in Special Educational Needs from the Open University. This included studying and researching about support available for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders.
Christine's career with the WRVS started in 1991. She became Emergency Services Organiser for Sheffield in 1992, and then Emergency Services Manager for South Yorkshire in 1996. She has been the Regional Emergency Manager for the East Midlands since 2000, covering Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire. During this time, she has been involved with numerous “Live Exercises” organised both by Local and Airport Authorities, as well as the Emergency Services. She has had the experience of working at the Great Heck Rail Crash, near Selby, also had heavy involvement in providing volunteer cover for 14 Rest Centres for up to three weeks, opened during the floods in South Yorkshire and East Midlands in 2007. Christine is a qualified WRVS trainer; and is also a Member of the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM).
Dick Venables is a retired Detective Inspector from South Yorkshire Police, having joined the service in 1976. He was a career detective having served in many specialist squads n addition to Divisional CID. He has been commended on six occasions within his service, in recognition of carrying out complex investigations in addition to his work in mass fatality identification.
Following Dick’s involvement in the Hillsborough Disaster in 1989 he was allocated responsibility for temporary mortuary management and training within his home force. As an adjunct to his substantive postings, Dick researched and developed this sphere of work in conjunction with other Police disciplines. He is generally acknowledged as one of the leading authorities on the subject within the United Kingdom.
As a result of his work and practical experience, Dick was invited to join the National Crime and Operations Faculty in 2002 to design, develop and deliver the training for Senior Identification Managers and to provide operational support and training in mass fatality victim identification to Police forces and partner agencies.
He is the designer and co-director of this course.
A member of the Major Disaster Advisory Team (MDAT), Dick has had experience in the set up, operation and management of temporary mortuaries following the Dunkeswick air disaster in 1995, the Selby rail crash in 2001, the Morecambe Bay Incident 2004, the Hotham air crash in East Yorkshire in March 2004, the Lancashire helicopter crash in 2006 and following the Asian Tsunami in 2004, he operated the repatriation mortuary at Fulham and then went onto work in the mortuaries in Thailand representing the UK DVI Teams.
He is an advisor to the Government Mass Fatalities programme and associate tutor at the Cabinet Office College at Easingwold and at the University of Teesside. He is also the author of the chapter on mortuary management contained within the ACPO Emergency Procedures Manual and the UK DVI Text Book. He is also the designer of the new national mortuary documentation.
In HM The Queen’s 80th Birthday Honours List in June 2006, Dick was awarded the Queens Police Medal for ‘Distinguished Police Service’ in recognition of his work in Disaster Victim Identification
Elspeth joined the college in 2008 as an Associate College Lecturer after working for Bristol City Council as a Civil Contingencies Officer. While at Bristol, Elspeth was in charge of civil contingencies training and humanitarian aspects planning; developing and delivering plans and associated training packages ranging from Silver/Gold Liaison Officer training to Crisis Support Team training. Elspeth has supported the council through a number of emergencies, local and national, including most recently evacuations under the Terrorism Act. Before moving to the UK, Elspeth served in the Canadian Navy, working for several years at the Naval Officer Training Centre as a trainer, training manager and training standards officer. Elspeth holds degrees from three universities and is currently completing a PhD at the University of Bristol, where she also teaches.
George Cooper is anassociate trainer and is Northamptonshire’s Local Resilience Forumco-ordinator. He retired from Northamptonshire Police Emergency PreparednessUnit in 2009 and had responsibilities for corporate risk, major incident responseplans, business continuity and exercising and training. The main event heldwithin the force is the Silverstone Grand Prix which is planned and managed bythe unit. George has been in the force for 32 years working in all aspectswhich includes duty inspector in the force control room, assistant to the headof health and safety for the force and lead on business continuity. On retiringfrom the force he temporarily held the position of Northamptonshire CountyCouncil emergency planning dept manager. He holds an MBA, Msc in Health and Safety and the diploma in BusinessContinuity Management.
Helen Sweet is an independent Business Continuity Management and Crisis Management Trainer and Consultant.
Over recent years, clients have included organisations from both public and private sectors and have included utilities, education, a regional development agency, a lottery company, local authorities (including emergency services) and government departments plus Continuity Shop, the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) and the British Standards Institute (BSi). Projects for these clients have included good practice consultancy, tailored training programmes, e-learning, exercise development and facilitation, plan development and technical authoring.
Helen previously worked with a leading Business Continuity & Information Security consultancy after delivering BCM in-house for an Internet Service Provider. Before this, Helen's career included experience of marketing, advertising, online production, supply chain, business development, contact centre management, operations, customer experience and corporate governance. This unique mix and wide range of operational and strategic skills has proved to be an invaluable basis on which to build BCM capabilities.
Helen was awarded the prestigious international title of Best Newcomer to the Business Continuity Industry in 2004. She is well known within the industry and is an active member of local forums. Helen has also been invited as guest speaker at a number of industry events and clients.
Ian Dickinson is a former Chief police officer. He served in Humberside Police, the Royal Hong Kong Police and latterly Lothian and Borders Police in Edinburgh. His remit was police specialist operations and particularly CBRN terrorism, civil nuclear emergency and VVIP protection both in Edinburgh and also with policy responsibility throughout Scotland. He left the police service with considerable operational experience in these specialist fields.
He now works for a number of organisations including the Home Office, Scottish Government, civil nuclear industry and UK police continuing his areas of interest as a police officer concentrating primarily on developing the strategic level of multi agency emergency management.. At the Emergency Planning College he is an Associate Lecturer and involved primarily in the CBRN and nuclear emergency programmes.
Health and Safety Manager, Scottish Police Services Authority
James started his career in a voluntary capacity while still in his early teens. A keen Amateur Radio operator he joined RAYNET (The Radio Amateurs Emergency Network) and soon became Group Controller organising exercises and liaising with other emergency services. In 1988 James was part of a team of over 100 RAYNET personnel who attended and provided communications at the Lockerbie Disaster. He carried out duties in area search teams in remote parts of the countryside and within the Police Control Room.
This involvement at Lockerbie led to a career with what is now Strathclyde Fire & Rescue as a uniformed officer operating on the Command and Control side of the Service responsible for mobilising to incidents across the region and crewing the Brigade’s Command Unit.
James took a keen interest in Health and Safety within the Fire Service and once fully qualified left to start his own very successful business. James dealt with all aspects of safety but took a special interest in Event Safety, Educational Safety and Fire Risk Assessment and is often asked to speak on these topics. Soon after becoming a Member of The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health he won their Practical Project Award for the United Kingdom for safety design work within schools and is now a Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner.
On leaving the Fire Service James was approached to take up a position as a First Responder with the Scottish Ambulance Service and was one of the first to do this in Scotland. He is now the Assistant Coordinator of his local team and regularly spends time on the road attending 999 calls in the West of Scotland. His career has given him a fairly unique insight into both voluntary sector and blue light services.
In May 2008 James took up the newly created post of Health and Safety Manger for the Scottish Police Services Authority, where as well as day-to-day safety issues, he deals with Emergency Planning and aspects of Business Continuity. SPSA deals with the various areas of Police Support such as Forensics, I.T. and Communications as well as the operational areas of the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency.
Jon Wort TD graduated from Bangor University with a degree in Zoology and Marine Zoology. He was commissioned into the Duke of Edinburgh’s Royal Regiment (Berkshire and Wiltshire) after training at Sandhurst. During his Army service he completed tours in Germany, England, Northern Ireland and Hong Kong.
He left the Army after 9 years and worked in the Health Insurance Industry before taking a career change into compliance within Information Technology and the innovation of Digital Identity. He then moved into the training environment, where he previously held appointments as a Contracts Manager and Business Development Manager, delivering work based learning to the MOD.
Jon is still a Territorial Officer and currently holds the post of Deputy Joint Regional Liaison Officer (DJRLO) for the South West. His role as DJRLO has given him the opportunity to co-ordinate the Reception Arrangements for Military Patients into civil airfields in the South West during the recent Gulf conflict. During the 2007 floods he was the military representative at GOLD when military assistance was requested for the Gloucestershire flooding.
Jon is the founding Director of Resilient Training and Consultancy Limited, which specialises in emergency planning training at all levels, especially leadership aspects of crisis command.
Prof. Still has lectured at the Emergency Planning College since 1999 and developed the Crowd Dynamics materials, workshops and contributed to several of the safety courses.
Keith is the Founder and CTO of Crowd Dynamics Limited, an international consultancy advising on crowd safety during normal and emergency situations. Current projects include the development of Myriad - an assortment of safety analysis tools and techniques used around the world for modelling crowd dynamics and dynamic risk assessment software for event planning. He was made a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its applications (FIMA) in late 2007 and is a visiting Professor at the Centre for Crowd Management and Security Studies (Bucks New University). Prof Still testified at the USA House Committee (9th June) for the evacuation of the USA Washington DC Capitol Buildings (May 11th). Transcript and full details of Dr. G. K. Still's testimony is available on the crowd dynamics website. Projects include Jamarat Bridge - Saudi Arabia, London New Year Fireworks (Real-Time Decision Support), Wide Area Evacuation – Canary Wharf (Real-Time Decision Support and information system), DWELL Time models - train loading/unloading under high density conditions, Tall Towers (Dubai).
Louise Smail has extensive experience in the field of risk management with a wide range of organisations, including local government, emergency services, railways and process industries. Louise acted as Advanced Works Safety Manager for Union Railways Limited, (a government owned company charged with the task of deciding the route for the Channel Tunnel Rail Link) looking at the issues of environment and consents associated with the works. Louise also worked for several international risk consultancies as director. She now runs her own consultancy, where she works on high profile projects looking at business risk evaluation and performance at board level and the impact of changes in legislation in both the UK and Europe.
Ron is Director of Contingency Solutions Ltd specialising in consultancy and training services across a broad range of crowd safety management and civil protection related aspects both within the UK and internationally.
Prior to this Ron joined the Emergency Planning College in June 2000 following his retirement as Superintendent with Kent County Constabulary. During his policing service he experienced a broad range of command roles including area management, public order, football, firearms and major incidents. He was one of a small team of trainers delivering national training to police commanders in relation to public order and major sporting events.
Ron's latter command included the Force Control Room and the team responsible for the force contingency and operational planning. He notably coordinated the force planning and preparations for the 'Millennium Celebrations' a truly unique, multi-agency, project.
Ron was particularly proud of his contribution to 'transformation' at the College in 2004/5. His responsibilities included the design, development and delivery of three 'flagship' courses, crucial to the concept of 'progression' in the College 'spines' of courses.
The first of these is 'Introduction to Civil Protection' and subsequently the equivalent course for Northern Ireland. The third of these courses is 'Introduction to Crowd and Public Safety Management'.
As co-ordinator for the 'Public Safety (Crowd and Event) Spine of Courses' it was especially gratifying for Ron when it was announced that the College were successful in winning a prestigious National Outdoor Event Association's award in 2006.
Ron is delighted to be maintaining his links with the Emergency Planning College as 'Associate College Lecturer'.
Simon Garrett MA CMIOSH MIIRSM Dip2.OSH
Managing Director, X-Venture Risk Management Solutions
Simon Garrett had a military career as an Army Officer before becoming Operations Director of Earls Court Exhibition Centre in 1996. At Earls Court he was responsible for all aspects of operational support, including health and safety, for a number of very high profile events including the Brit Awards and regular appearances of acts such as Madonna, U2, Westlife, The Corrs, Eagles and many more. He was also responsible for a large portfolio of exhibitions and conferences.
During his time at Earls Court Simon gained a Masters Degree in Management Practice and his full NEBOSH diploma. In 2002 he left Earls Court and set up his own company, X-Venture Risk Management Solutions providing independent health, safety and security consultancy advising event companies and venues on how to develop their safety and risk management processes, as well as running in-house training in health and safety. He his currently retained by a number of large organisers and venues in the UK and is increasingly contracted to work overseas in Europe, the Middle East and the USA. During this time Simon has developed a range of entertainment specific IOSH accredited courses for the events industry and the audio visual production industry at ITV.
X-Venture’s risk management consultancy extends into security work looking at high end risk, disaster handling and business continuity planning most recently at the 2008 Farnborough Air Show.
Simon is a Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner and an accredited trainer with the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health for the provision of IOSH Courses. In addition to X-Venture, Simon is a director of an event management company in London, and chairs the Events Industry Alliance (EIA) Working Group on health and safety standards in the events industry, which this year produced the ‘eGuide’ for health and safety at exhibitions. He has continued his military career in a reserve capacity and is currently a Colonel in the TA.
John became an Associate Lecturer at the EPC in 2008, having previously been a guest lecturer on business and economic recovery issues. He is the Managing Director of Decisive Operations, a risk, intelligence and resilience solutions consultancy, and is a speaker at Business Continuity and Risk Management conferences.
Before joining Decisive Operations John was the Head of Risk for the North-West Regional Development Agency, and was also a member of the NW Regional Resilience Forum. In 2007 he represented the RDAs on the National Recovery Working Group which reported to the Cabinet Office in January 2008. He chaired the Business and Economic Recovery sub group during this process.
In 2004-05, prior to leaving the Army, he was the British representative on the Coalition Strategic Planning Team in Baghdad. This was his second tour of duty in Iraq, having been the Second-in-Command of the largest battlegroup to have invaded the country in 2003.
Nigel Kay was a BBC journalist for more than 30 years before leaving the Corporation to start his own communications consultancy.
As Head of Journalism Development, Nigel helped coordinate BBC coverage of some of the biggest domestic stories of the past 20 years: the Grand Hotel bombing; the Hillsborough Stadium tragedy and the death of the Princess of Wales. He has been a member of the Government’s Media Emergencies Forum, and helped put in place the plans that were the basis of the BBC’s coverage of the July 7th terrorist attacks in London. He has extensive experience of business continuity having been responsible for broadcast resilience at more than 50 BBC sites across the UK. He has spoken on behalf of the BBC at conferences in Europe and the USA, including the United Nations.
Presentation credits include North of Westminster and Let the People Talk on BBC2.
Nigel is now a consultant and trainer specialising in communications, media relations and digital journalism. He’s an industrial fellow at the University of Central Lancashire’s School of Journalism and lectures in media relations at the Emergency Planning College.
David retired as a Deputy Chief Constable in 2005 after serving in Derbyshire Constabulary, Greater Manchester Police and post-devolution Scotland.
He gained extensive experience of leadership in emergency situations including co-ordinating a multi-force response to a prolonged CBRN terrorist campaign by Scottish independence extremists, participating in a strategic crisis management group established to counter lethal gang violence on his BCU and in neighbouring Moss Side and survived the experience of blowing the whistle on high level corruption. He also has experience of tackling large scale disorder at Premiership football matches and oversaw the policing of the millennium British Open Golf championship at St. Andrews.
He is an experienced tutor, helping to run the accelerated promotion programme and the Strategic Command Course (twice) at Bramshill Police College. In addition he devised and delivered a chief officer development programme whilst serving in Scotland.
He has a strong commitment to tackling problems in partnership, chairing the Association of Drug Action Teams in Scotland for several years. He has served on several government advisory groups.
He now runs a consultancy offering training, assessment and strategic review services. His clients include the Scottish Government, the NHS, the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission and the National Police Improvement Agency.
Lucy is a Tutor in Mass Fatalities and Pandemics at the Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath and a guest lecturer on emergency management programmes at the Universities of Leeds and Leicester.
She is an Associate Course Director at the Cabinet Office Emergency Planning College and a member of the East of England Resilience Forum sub groups for both Humanitarian Assistance and Mass Fatality planning.
Her main consultancy and research areas focus on community recovery and the care of survivors, the bereaved and the deceased after disaster. She has a special interest in the care and return of personal effects. Her further research interests include the effectiveness of legislation in the field of emergency management and the human aspects of risk management, insurance and business continuity processes. She presents regularly and engagements include presentations to FEMA, Chinese government representatives, the Metropolitan Police and the American Academy of Forensic Science.
Lucy has developed contingency plans, training programmes and exercises with a number of international organisations. She has also participated in the response to major incidents including aviation disasters, the Bali terrorist attacks, and the operations at Brize Norton during the military campaign in Iraq.
Lucy has a law degree from the University of Bristol, an MSc in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management from the University of Leicester and is currently a doctorate candidate at Lancaster University. As part of her doctorate research she has been conducting ethnographic research into community recovery after flooding since 2007.
Steve is an Emergency Planning Officer (EPO) for London Fire Brigade and has been working in the Emergency Planning and resilience field for more than 5 years, having previously worked with the London Borough of Hackney and the Environment Agency.
Prior to that, Steve worked for 4 years in insurance and investments for LloydsTSB, where his duties included implementing change management programs, staff training, quality assurance and complaints handling – skills that have come in very handy as an EPO!
He has also been active within the Emergency Planning Society for a number of years. He is currently their Director of Communications & Marketing, having previously served as the Chair and Secretary of their London Branch.
Steve holds an MSc in Catchment Dynamics and Management (flood risk and water resource management), a BSc (Hons.) in Geography and a Diploma in Business Continuity Management. Steve is also a full member of the Emergency Planning Society (MEPS) and the Business Continuity Institute (MBCI).
John Harthman has worked for over 20 years on a wide range of issues, including COMAH, civil contingency and business continuity planning and the training and exercising of the multi-agency response.
He has BSc and MBA degrees from the University of Sheffield and an MSc in Statistics from Sheffield Hallam University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society and chaired its Sheffield Group for seven years.
He has been Chairman of both the South Yorkshire Temporary Mortuary Working Group and the South Yorkshire Voluntary Sector & Welfare Emergency Planning Forum since 1997. Since March 2005, he has chaired the South Yorkshire Risk Assessment Working Group and is responsible for the South Yorkshire Community Risk Register.
One of the many exercises which he has organised was "Exercise Instant Iridium" in December 2004, the first ever UK temporary mortuary exercise to use dismountable structures. He has presented at Easingwold on Temporary Mortuary planning since 2001.
He chairs the Yorkshire and Humber Working Group on CBRN Response and also serves on the Y&H Groups working on Mass Fatalities, Exercise Co-Ordination and Risk Assessment. He was a member of the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Planning Group for "Exercise Winter Willow", the largest UK contingency exercise since the Cold War.
During the 2007 floods in South Yorkshire he was based in South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue's Command Operations Room in Sheffield and tasked by the CFO with monitoring command activities to ensure that all appropriate lessons were learned. He has since re-written the SYFR Major Flooding Contingency Plan to take account of these lessons and was also lead author of the SY Local Resilience Forum Report on the flooding.
Chris James, BA (Hons), MEPS
After graduating in 1980 Chris joined local government. In the first 8 years of his career he worked for the Inner London Education Authority.
Since 1987 he has been involved in Emergency Planning. He was an advisor to the Local Government Association on Emergency Planning Issues, being involved in the LGA’s preparations for the Civil Contingencies Act. He worked closely with the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) to create the initial national guidance document for agencies involved in humanitarian assistance to families and communities. Until four years ago he was Head of Emergency Planning at West Sussex County Council.
He is member of the Emergency Planning Society, having in the past been Chair of the South West Branch.
Gerry first started emergency work in the “troubles” in Belfast joining the then Belfast Fire Brigade in 1971. He then served for over 32 years in the UK Fire and Rescue Service finishing in Lancashire as the Deputy Chief Fire Officer in 2003.
In his career after Northern Ireland he served across London attending many major incidents including the King’s Cross fire, at the Fire service College in Moreton-in-Marsh, with HM Fire Service Inspectorate at the Home Office and thence to divisional command and Principal Officer in Lancashire.
He has covered many references including operations, command, fire safety, human resources, press and PR plus research and development throughout his career and has worked on many local, regional, national and international projects including the Airwave Radio Project and PFIs.
In his time Gerry has also led a local mountain rescue team in Northern Ireland and he has a keen interest in pre-hospital care, introducing the concept of Trauma Care skills to the Firefighters in Lancashire. He was the Honorary Vice Chairman of the British Red Cross in Lancashire until their reorganisation in 2004 and also a member of the UK Fire Service Search and Rescue Team which deployed to overseas emergencies, until his retirement.
He has an honours degree from the Open University (BA Hons), is a Fellow of the Institution of Fire Engineers (FIFireE), has a Membership of the City and Guilds Institute of London (MCGI) and is a Freeman of the City of London. He is qualified to teach in the adult learning sector and has extensive experience in training both in the UK and overseas.
Gerry is an associate tutor in public protection at both the Cabinet Office Emergency Planning College and the Leeds University Business School. He is also a director of On the Pulse Training Limited.