22nd October 2020








The phrase “not since World War II” has been used frequently to address these unprecedented times. A global watershed moment that has affected countless lives, and continues to shape everything on a day to day basis both professionally and personally. Measuring the impact of the pandemic is an ongoing process, taking potentially a number of years until it’s fully understood.

“Building the plane whilst flying it” is an adage that best describes the emergency planning that has taken place over the past several months. A national crisis, that was not only unforeseen, but created a new range of changes, challenges and terminology. ‘Covid-secure’, ‘social distancing’, ‘localised lockdown’ etc. have all become parts of our everyday lexicon.

This conference will look at the various stages of the pandemic and the resulting side effects. An opportunity to hear first-hand accounts from industry professionals thrown in at the deep end. Answering those important questions – how did they cope with the restrictions? What short and long term solutions were required? In what ways are they still dealing with the changes?

Join us and discover a wealth of information to assist with better understanding your organisation’s emergency plans and business continuity needs.

Highlights of the Emergency Planning and Business Continuity Conference include:


Please note timings/speakers/topics are subject to change

22nd October 2020


Conference Opens: exhibition and networking


Opening Keynote: An Echo or a Voice?

Over the past few months, it has become evident that the continued response to Covid19 is raising many issues which are being echoed across the UK, yet “our” voice is not being heard?

The media circus is gathering pace on a daily basis, alongside conflicting and mixed messages from governments and the scientists! This serves only to divide, confuse, and create anxiety. Impacting our communities, and of course the many sectors responding, renewing and transitioning locally, regionally and nationally!

So many differing opinions…………. How do we change an echo to a voice?

Jacqui Semple
Chair, Emergency Planning Society



Riding the Waves of COVID-19: Effective Crisis Management During a Pandemic

In this presentation, John Davison, Managing Director, F-24 UK Ltd. Will look at how organisations can manage the potential future waves of COVID-19, through the various stages of incident and crisis management

John Davison
Managing Director, F-24 UK Ltd.



Understanding key principles

Discusses the application of combined knowledge in managing the current crisis

Lyndon Bird
Chief Knowledge Officer, Disaster Recovery Institute International





Covid19 – What went wrong?

I will use the session ‘ to create thought and discussion on why we have largely failed to deal with coronavirus nationally and globally and what implications this has for organisations and individuals now and in the years ahead’

Andy Towler
Director & Founder, The Resilience Group Ltd.



Why Invoking Your Crisis Plans Can Make You More Likely to Experience Another Incident

Security considerations in resilience planning including a look at why you are more likely to experience a security breach when you're in a midst of another incident Discussion of Cascade events and Smouldering crises

Patricia Vella
Vice Chair, Resilience Association





Crowd Control: Covid-19

Discusses the increased challenges of crowd control under social distancing guidelines

Prof. Dr. G. Keith Still
Crowd Safety and Crowd Risk Analysist



Emergency Planning & Aviation

Discusses recent experiences since the pandemic at one of the UK’s largest airports

Mark Buckingham
Head of Fire and Emergency Planning, Birmingham Airport





Collective Resilience in Emergencies & Pandemics: Lessons from Social Psychology

Discusses the common misconceptions of ‘mob mentality’ and social altruism

Dr Chris Cocking
Principal Lecturer (crowd behaviour psychologist), University of Brighton



Live Event Ends

The Auditorium Sessions & Resource Center are available until November 22nd, 2020. Come back and watch the sessions you missed or download/share any of the materials.

Who Should Attend


  • Associate Director of Operations
  • Business Continuity Manager
  • Business Manager
  • Campus Manager
  • Civil Contingencies Officer
  • Civil Resilience and Business Continuity Lead Officer
  • Contingency Planning & Business Continuity Officer
  • Contingency Planning Officer
  • Continuity and Risk Manager
  • Continuity Business Manager
  • Director of Facilities
  • Emergency Planning & Business Continuity Officer
  • Emergency Planning and Resilience Manager
  • Emergency Planning Manager
  • Facilities Manager
  • Finance Director
  • Global HS&E Manager
  • Head of Emergency Preparedness
  • Head of Physical Operations
  • Head of Resilience & Patient Flow
  • Head of Resilience and Operational Performance
  • Head of Security
  • Head of Service Delivery Operations
  • Health, Safety and Quality Manager
  • Heath Safety & Resilience Coordinator
  • HO Financial Crime, Info Sec & BCP
  • HS&E Compliance Manager
  • HSE Manager
  • HSQE Director
  • Improvement Lead
  • Incident Management Business Partner
  • Incidents & Emergencies Advisor
  • Lead Emergency Planning Officer
  • Operational Intelligence & Business Continuity Manager
  • Operational Planning
  • Operational Security Manager
  • Operations Director
  • Operations Manager
  • Operations Risk Control Specialist and Emergency Planning
  • Resilience & Continuity Functions Manager
  • Resilience & Continuity Pillars Manager
  • Resilience Awareness Development Manager
  • Resilience Manager
  • Risk Control Manager
  • Risk Manager
  • Senior Facilities Services Manager
  • Senior Health, Safety & Risk Manager
  • Senior Operational Risk Manager
  • Strategy and Development Manager
  • Technical Manager



Frequently Asked Questions

No. You do not need to download or install any software to participate in our conference. You only need to have access to the Internet.
To visit booths, and chat with exhibitors you can click the “Exhibition Hall” button and that will take you directly to the exhibit hall.
This event is designed specifically for professionals working within the cyber security field. If you are a supplier or sales representative and would like enquire as to how , please give us a call on 0161 295 300
This is an online event. You do not have to travel to any specific location. You can participate anywhere that you have internet access. The event is accessible from desktop, mobile and tablet devices.
Yes. Like any physical event, we will have a swag bag for you! You can add all of the documents available to the online swag bag in your account and then email them to yourself at the end of the event.
Yes, the majority of our content will be accessible for 30 days post event where you can listen to content on-demand.
Your login details will be emailed to you ahead of the event. You can use these details to access the online event, if you haven’t received this please do check your junk mail.