Following the inaugural Crisis Management Conference (CMC) last year, CMC 2014 will be held on Thursday 18th September at 200 Aldersgate, London, bringing together experts in crisis preparedness, response and communications. The panel of confirmed speakers includes the heads of risk, technical services, communications and business continuity at UBS, BBC, the John Lewis Partnership, Network Rail, O2 and the University of Liverpool. The UK Cabinet Office will deliver the keynote address to mark the launch of the new British Standard in Crisis Management (BS 11200). The conference comes at a time where the frequency of crises is increasing; organisations suffering setbacks of newsworthy proportions are becoming commonplace. The agenda addresses issues critical to helping organisations prevent, prepare and respond to crises to ensure they survive and thrive, as well as creating a unique opportunity for delegates to share views and experience Conference Chairman, Dominic Cockram says,” This is an opportunity for those wanting to take part in discussion of the latest crisis management thinking and to share practical experience with other crisis management professionals from industry, government and academia.” The conference will be held under the Chatham House Rule to promote freedom of discussion.
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.