Business Continuity Institute agrees partnership with International Crisis Management Conference

The Business Continuity Institute (BCI) has announced a partnership with the International Crisis Management Conference (ICMC). The BCI and the organisers of the ICMC will now work together to leverage the capabilities of both organisations for the benefit of the industry and the practitioner community. Both organisations strive to empower resilience professionals through the provision of events, industry insight, networking and education.

The ICMC was created to help support the demand for regionalised education and training for preparedness professionals. The demand for a variety of preparedness skills and a thirst for knowledge with respect to scenario-based training and exercises is at an all-time high. ICMC provides a range of professional speakers to deliver current and interesting topics that are often themed (ie scenario-based). In addition, the ICMC offers professional membership providing access to an annual multi-day virtual conference and topical webinars throughout the year.

The fourth International Crisis Management Conference will be held from 30 April to 2 May 2019.

Heather Merchan MBCI, Board director at the BCI, commented:“This is a great opportunity for the BCI and the ICMC to leverage their mutual capabilities and provide additional opportunities for resilience professionals. The BCI is proud and excited to be a Gold Sponsor of the 2019 ICMC being held in Newport, Rhode Island in the US.”

Rob Burton, co-founder and managing director of the ICMC, responded: “The International Crisis Management Conference is delighted to be partnering with the BCI. Our event continues to grow its partnership network through like-minded organisations such as the BCI. Our organisations have very similar visions for ensuring that education and awareness are made available to those looking to enter the preparedness market, as well as for those professionals seeking to expand on their current careers.”

Burton will be facilitating a BCI webinar entitled ‘Developing Impactful Crisis Simulation Tabletop Exercises’ on Tuesday 19 February. A common mistake when planning for crises is that organisations don’t validate their plans by conducting tabletop exercises. This is often due to their limited understanding of how to conduct them effectively. In this webinar, Burton will show how to create, deliver and evaluate such exercises. Register here.

*Further information regarding the ICMC is available online at

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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