Risk Xtra announced as Official Media Partner for Cortech Developments’ Utilities Forum

As a business, Cortech Developments determines to help today’s professionals mitigate risk through smarter interoperability. Extending that philosophy into specific verticals, the company’s upcoming Utilities Forum – for which Risk Xtra has been named as Official Media Partner – is specifically designed to bring together end users, consultants and integrators involved with this specialist sector to share experiences, widen their scope of knowledge and learn the latest Best Practice techniques and guidance.

In essence, the event will challenge delegates to consider how they use their existing systems and new technology alike to deliver greater benefits and value for their host organisation.

The Utilities Forum will be hosted at Cortech Developments’ head office near Knutsford in Cheshire on Wednesday
20 February from 9.30 am through until 2.30 pm. There will be two guest speakers, namely Daniel Howard OBE MA FCIL and Jason Westcombe.

A former senior officer in the Armed Forces with strategic level experience in delivering the UK’s international defence engagement strategy, Daniel Howard was resented with the Order of the British Empire in 2016 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for services to the country.

As deputy defence and naval attaché to Germany, Howard was involved in policy, planning and international operations while managing a busy Embassy Department. He was the Departmental Chief of Staff and the Royal Navy’s senior representative as well as the focal point for bilateral defence co-operation to develop and implement the UK’s strategic security policy. Howard also spent time in Islamabad, focusing his attentions on NATO’s military operations with Pakistan.

Howard has commanded a British overseas territory with a population in excess of 4,500, led a small four-man commando team during the inaugural Gulf War and has held a variety of demanding high-profile staff appointments both here in the UK and abroad.

Commercial and operational business leader

For his part, Jason Westcombe is an effective commercial and operational business leader within the security industry and boasts extensive knowledge of working within the Critical National Infrastructure space.

He’s experienced in operations, programme and project management and is supported by a proven track record of accomplishment outlining a continual ability to deliver financial results and customer satisfaction.

Westcombe’s military career has instilled a sense of ‘get it right first time’ in his approach towards project delivery. He’s always keen to embrace new technology to provide technical support and test analysis. This kind of approach realises innovative, delivery-focused results and outcomes-orientated technical solutions that don’t fail.

Attend the Utilities Forum. Share your experiences with industry peers. Discover how you can realise more from your systems. Shape future features for those systems. Learn about Best Practice and hear about the latest innovations.

*The Cortech Developments Utilities Forum is free to attend, with luncheon and refreshments provided. All delegates must pre-register as there are a limited number of places available which will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. To book your place please e-mail: liz@cortech.co.uk or telephone 01925 750600

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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