Plan. Respond. Recover.

An event showcasing everything category 1 & 2 emergency responders need in a crisis. Free and secure.

Wednesday 6th September 2017

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Resilience Direct Annual Conference 2017

Supported by Ordnance Survey and UKFast




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Speaking Topics

RD current status and future development

ESN current status and future development

Technology available now to enable resilience connectivity

The introduction of Emergency Service Network across responders

Increasing sources of intelligence and use of live data

Enhancing reach across the private sector for those managing key utilities & services

Highlighting best practises and lessons to be learnt

Increasing understanding of how technology can ensure you are resilient

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John Nichol

KEYNOTE: John Nichol

The first the world saw of RAF navigator Flight Lieutenant John Nichol was as a tortured British prisoner-of-war, beaten and humiliated by his captors. The ensuing pictures were flashed around the world and became an enduring symbol of the first Gulf war. The traumatic weeks of capture gave John a unique insight into the human capacity to deal with extreme adversity and change. Partly as a result of his own outgoing personality, partly as a result of the experience itself, John Nichol is now able to present a fascinating insight into what happens when our innermost reserves are tested by external demands.

Lawrence Jones

Lawrence Jones MBE

In 17 years he has led its phenomenal growth from a startup in a spare bedroom to a £350 million business empire, employing over 400 team members and providing ultra-secure hosting to 6,000 clients including SMEs, large enterprises, government and public sector. Lawrence has a history of promoting security in digital business and in 2015 he was awarded an MBE by the Queen for his outstanding contribution to the digital economy. 

Jim Baird

Jim Baird

He is the former head of planning for Strathclyde Police and latterly head of Emergencies, Events and Resilience Planning for Police Scotland. He is leading a small working group of subject matter experts on the PARD Project on behalf of the National Centre for Resilience.

Terrence Fernando

Prof. Terrence Fernando

His background is in conducting multi-disciplinary research programmes involving large number of research teams in areas such as urban simulation, virtual building construction and distributed virtual engineering.

Nigel P Brown

Dr Nigel P Brown

The Secretariat works in partnership with government departments, the devolved administrations and key stakeholders to enhance the UK's ability to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies. Nigel focusses on security and resilience policy for the information and communications technologies and energy sectors. He has previously worked for technical and management consultancies, BP Exploration and the Health & Safety Executive.

Andrew Cooling

Andrew Cooling

Andrew has responsibility for managing Ordnance Survey’s strategic relationship with security and defence organisations and the emergency services. He has a keen interest in helping public sector organisations to innovate and collaborate using location data.

Helen Braithwaite

Helen Braithwaite

Between 2003 and 2016 Helen was Head of Resilience (and previously the Regional Resilience Director) for the Resilience and Emergencies Division (RED) of the Department for Communities and Local Government responsible for the Central team covering West and East Midlands and the East of England leading on Threats and Counter Terrorism, Resilience Telecommunications and relationship management with 15 Local Resilience Forums, Home Office, Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy and Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Darrell Geusz

Darrell Geusz

Darrell has served as Subject Matter Expert, Solutions Architect and Technical Policy Advisor for NATO, United Nations (UNDP), US Coast Guard, US Department of State Mérida Initiative, US House of Representatives, US National Sheriffs’ Association and the DHS Emergency Services Sector Coordinating Council (ESSCC). . Currently, Darrell serves as a senior product manager, and identity / biometric subject matter expert, for MicroStrategy's Usher Product Line, a unified digital identity solution that securely extends your personal identity to mobile devices.

More speakers to be announced soon...

Luana Avagliano

Host: Luana Avagliano, Head of ResilienceDirect

Luana is on the Advisory Board for UK IESF (UK Innovation Emergency Services Forum) and regularly chair the National Events and she is frequently asked to present and participate in panel sessions across the Resilience arena, for example CSARN (City Securities and Resilience Network). Luana embraces innovation and her passion to improve services for the public good constantly drives her to deliver the best capabilities possible.


Proposed Schedule:

  • 9.30am - Registration Opens
  • 10.00am - Welcome: Luana Avagliano, Head of ResilienceDirect
  • 10.10am - Keynote speaker: Home Office, ESN
  • 10.35am - Keynote speaker: Jim Baird, Scottish Government
  • 10.55am - Keynote speaker: Nigel Brown, CCS
  • 11.20am - Microstratery Speaker: Darrell Geusz
  • 11.30pm - Breakout for Refreshments & Exhibition
  • 12.00pm - Terence Ferdinand, Salford University
  • 12.20pm - Sponsor Speaker: Lawrence Jones MBE, CEO UKFast
  • 12.40pm - Sponsor speaker: Andrew Cooling, OS
  • 1.00pm - Lunch & Exhibition
  • 2.00pm - Helen Braithwaite, Cabinet Office 
  • 2.20pm - Resilience room 101
  • 3.00pm - Guest Speaker: John Nichol
  • 3.30pm - Panel Q&A Session
  • 4.00pm - Close & Drinks Reception with Entertainment


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Resilience Direct

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