Crisisboardroom “designed to handle a crisis as business margins are squeezed”

After months of real life and simulation exercises, Crisisboardroom, a new tool designed to help businesses manage a crisis, is being launched next month at the BCI World Conference and Exhibition in central London. In emergencies, what an organisation needs to control these extremely stressful and fast-moving situations is contained in a mobile case known as the Crisisboardroom – an all-in-one kit that has already proven invaluable in serious incidents across the world in the UK, the US, China, Germany and Belgium.

Crisisboardroom is the invention of a team who are experts in crisis management and business continuity. They designed it from their own experience in major emergencies and from watching other organisations in crisis situations. Russ Timpson, who heads up the company, has a background in the Royal Navy, the Fire Service and the airline industry.

Timpson stated: “There’s currently a colossal pressure on businesses thanks to margins being cut back and it can sometimes become impossible to meet every single target with pressing budgets. It’s in this gap when a business measures risks where Crisisboardroom becomes a valuable tool. Leaders prepare for a crisis hoping they never have to face one in their whole careers. This toolkit takes the organisational lead for them in the event they have to activate their crisis plans.”

Crisisboardroom is designed to be a portable resource kit, providing a simple and effective command tool to visualise the status of a crisis. It contains templates and checklists for crisis command with tools and accessories that, over years of use in real situations, have been found to enhance a crisis response.

Evidence of effectiveness

For the Crisisboardroom team, their evidence of the effectiveness of the kit comes from the people who use it and know first-hand of its value both in simulations and real world tests. One of those who used it for real said: ‘The Boardroom kit provided a ready-made structure and process for quickly restoring business operations. The set up by functional requirements saved time during the critical ‘Golden Hour’ while allowing us to set focused objectives.”

Another customer acting as a Gold Commander in a simulation said simply that he didn’t think he could have carried out the role without Crisisboardroom to hand.

Within the kit, a crisis response team will find an easy-to-follow process for efficient command in the heat of a crisis event leading to a ‘unique’ structure and shape to the crisis response that doesn’t require extensive training or preparation, has low tech resilient tools and accessories (ie no wires or IT) and is based on techniques that have been tried and tested globally.

Russ Timpson added: “We found businesses do have good business continuity plans written up, but the problem was, when an emergency happened, no-one had read them. We know this kit is effective. It works. It’s purpose-designed to be intuitive.”

Crisisboardroom offers a free training session with every Crisisboardroom kit procured to ensure that it’s used efficiently and effectively.

*Businesses interested in Crisisboardroom are invited to meet the team at the BCI World Conference and Exhibition in London on 5 and 6 November. The event runs at the Novotel London West in Hammersmith

About the Author
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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