criminal justice
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Resilience & Civil Contingencies 2018

criminal justice

local government

08:45 - 16:00

Thursday 13 December 2018

Hallam Conference Centre, Central London

This Forum provides participants with a platform to discuss how best to develop resilience capacity when facing a whole range of evolving threats. Delegates will have the opportunity to join leading policymakers in examining the implications of the latest policy developments. Participants will gain insights from experienced practitioners on how to work in collaboration to maximise resilience capabilities, enhance preparedness and develop robust risk management strategies to respond and recover effectively to national and local emergencies.


This Forum is specifically designed for Central, Local Government and Agencies, as well as Category 1 and 2 responders. Typical job titles will include:

  • Area Managers
  • Business Continuity Managers
  • Emergency Planning Managers and Officers
  • Contingency Planning Officers
  • Heads of Resilience and Disaster Recovery
  • Directors of Civil Contingencies
  • Ambulance and Fire Rescue Officers
  • Emergency Responders
  • Heads of Flood Management
  • Risk Support Managers
  • Planning Policy Officers
  • Heads of Preparedness and Response
  • Operations Managers
  • Risk and Response Managers and Officers
  • Group Managers
  • Local Resilience Forum Coordinators
  • Station Managers

This Forum is also open to the Private Sector to encourage networking and debate.

Key Speakers Confirmed:
  • Dr Robert MacFarlane, Deputy Director – Civil Contingencies Secretariat, Cabinet Office
  • Shaun Hipgrave, Head, Joint Security and Resilience Centre (JSaRC)
  • Katherine Richardson, Deputy Director – Resilience and EmergenciesMinistry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) 
  • Kate Marks, Deputy Director, Corporate Incident Management, Environment Agency (EA)
  • Paul Netherton, Deputy Chief Constable, Devon and Cornwall Police and Local Resilience Lead, National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC)
View the agenda and additional speakers


Registration, Refreshments and Networking


Chair’s Welcome Address

Jacqui Semple, Chair, Emergency Planning Society (CONFIRMED)


Morning Keynote: Enhancing Resilience By Coordinating National and Local Level Priorities

  • Providing an overview of the UK’s national and local resilience priorities
  • Working with local resilience forums to enhance standards – identifying opportunities and obstacles to continuity and cohesion of capabilities
  • Promoting strong lines of communication to and from local resilience forums to ensure that they have the processes, structure and resources to prepare for, respond to and recover from local emergencies
  • Learning lessons from recent local emergencies
  • Taking advantage of and nurturing local partnerships and strategic relationships to deliver joined-up and well communicated services before, during and after emergencies
  • Understanding the additional challenges posed by hybrid threats: Catering for cyber and natural emergencies through joint working
  • Outlining the next steps for future-proofing local resilience capacity: Providing clear pathways for transitioning from analysis to action

Katherine Richardson, Deputy Director – Resilience and Emergencies, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) (CONFIRMED)


Special Keynote: Effectively Building and Deploying UK Resilience Capabilities

  • Outlining the Civil Contingencies Secretariat’s work in implementing the Resilience Capabilities Programme (RCP) with a view to enhancing response and recovery capabilities across government
  • Helping government departments to better understand the relationship between risks, consequences and capabilities
  • Establishing the role of the Resilience Capabilities Programme Board in assessing resilience standards and how to use findings to promote good practice
  • Detailing how local multi-agency incident record transfer (MAIT) can enable faster secondary response times, more efficient connection strategies and improved fall-back arrangements
  • Learning lessons from recent emergencies across the country with particular reference to joint-working, communications, recovery and victim support

Dr Robert MacFarlane, Deputy Director – Civil Contingencies Secretariat, Cabinet Office (CONFIRMED)


Special Keynote: Enhancing Long-Term Security Resilience through Public-Private Partnerships

  • Making the case for public-private partnership working to pool and apply a diverse array of localised resilience solutions to short and long-term threats
  • Aligning government and private security sector priorities and procedures
  • Making best use of an initial £11m fund and security sector resources such as people, expertise and facilities
  • Coordinating research and development as well as communications between the government and the security sector to ensure cohesive preparation, response and recovery
  • Showing how a synchronised government – security sector approach can facilitate innovative technologies that can increase service resilience

Shaun Hipgrave, Head, Joint Security and Resilience Centre (JSaRC) (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session


Refreshments and Networking


Case Study: Learning the Lessons from a National Emergency

  • Highlighting the value of multi-agency planning and exercising as coordinated by the Greater Manchester Resilience Forum
  • Articulating the need for a strong operational culture to ensure that cross-organisational communications and processes are valued and improved including viable contingency and back-up plans
  • Investing in the infrastructure necessary to effectively upscale a response and recovery beyond local emergency services
  • Demonstrating the need for civic leadership and how it can have a profound impact in times of need
  • Maximising the impact of the voluntary, community and faith sector  in providing support to those adversely affected and in showing solidarity with minority communities who might otherwise be vulnerable

Dr Hugh Deeming, Panel Member, Kerslake Arena Review (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session


Panel Session: Exploring Ways To Enhance Resilience Through Community Engagement

  • Learning the lessons: How can community engagement contribute to resilience capacity in a meaningful way? What should that role be?
  • Where does community engagement best fit in with preparation, response and recovery?
  • How can and should community engagement be formalised into building local level resilience?

Jehangir Malik OBE, Chief Executive, Muslim Aid (CONFIRMED)
Kelvin Boot, Member, Kennford Community Response Team (CONFIRMED)
Melanie J. Wolfe, Resident Responder, Grenfell Tower (CONFIRMED)
Professor Maggie Mort, Coordinator, Cultures of Disaster Resilience Among Children and Young People (CUIDAR), Lancaster University (CONFIRMED)


Lunch and Networking


Interactive Panel Discussion: Maximising Multi-Agency Working For Effective Emergency Preparation, Response and Recovery

  • Highlighting the value of joint training across agencies to ensure coherent collaboration from preparation to recovery
  • Understanding roles and responsibilities in multi-agency initiatives: Avoiding gaps and duplication of services
  • Assessing the benefits and barriers of a robust multi-agency approach in terms of enhanced response times, more effective business continuity management and the prevention of significant risks

Paul Netherton, Deputy Chief Constable, Devon and Cornwall Police and Local Resilience Lead, National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) (CONFIRMED)
Chris Lowther, Chief Fire Officer, Tyne & Wear FRS  and Operations Committee Chair, National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) (CONFIRMED)
Kate Marks, Deputy Director, Corporate Incident Management, Environment Agency (EA) (CONFIRMED)
Tony Thompson, Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management (CONFIRMED)


Refreshments and Networking


Case Study: A Local Resilience Forum Perspective - Pooling Resources To Enable a Regionwide Response

  • Providing our perspective on the challenges and opportunities associated in implementing multi-agency resilience in 2018
  • Establishing a format that facilitates regional collaboration across all aspects of resilience from risk assessment to regional mass fatality planning
  • Demonstrating the benefits of investing in relationships to enable support in ongoing challenges and continuous shared learning; including through peer reviews, training and exercising
  • Articulating the requirement for integrated planning to ensure a common understanding of risks and enabling effective working arrangements across borders
  • Looking ahead to the future and our approach to increased alignment: enabling efficiencies in delivery and the effective distribution of information, learning and good practice

Erica Chisholm, Emergency Planning & Resilience Officer, Corporate Services, Hampshire County Council and Ben Axelsen, Local Resilience Forum Partnership Manager, Thames Valley Local Resilience Forum (CONFIRMED)


Case Study: Delivering Business Continuity From a Local Authority Perspective

  • Overcoming preconceived ideas of business continuity
  • Trying to find a solution that fits all services while keeping the planning proportionate and relevant
  • How being a category 1 responder can lead to a BC event
  • Building relationships outside of the organisation to strengthen internal business continuity planning

Jon Unwin, Emergency Planning Manager, Operations Division, Place, Growth & Prosperity, City of Stoke-on-Trent (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session


Chair’s Summary and Close

*Programme subject to change

Following recent emergency incidents and with the ever-increasing risk of natural disasters and man-made threats, enhancing resilience, civil contingency planning, preparedness and recovery is more important than ever before. In the last 6 months of 2017 alone, 34,550 cyber attacks were blocked. Whilst the 2017 World Wildlife Fund (WWF) report shows that the just over 1 million homes in the UK that are currently at high risk of flooding will likely become nearly 2.5 million by 2050 – a rise of 129%.

And yet, emergency services, local authorities and other agencies must plan for and respond to civil contingencies at a time when front line services are experiencing significant financial constraints. Emergency services have been subject to an average of 20% cuts in their annual budgets since 2010 with some services facing further cuts of around 20% by 2020. On average local authority budgets too are down 26 %. These cuts mean that to build resilience at a local and a national level, local organisations must work in partnership and pool their collective resources to ensure effective emergency services can be delivered.

Within this context of growing threats, sparse resources, the Civil Contingencies Secretariat (CCS) is leading work to create a coherent set of shared expectations for the UK resilience community in accordance with the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review commitment “to develop a new set of resilience standards”.

Co-created by responders, the enforcement of standards will enable greater relevance, acceptance and uptake by local resilience responders and will guide the work of practitioners and aid the assessment of capabilities and performance.

At a time of national upheaval responders from local authorities, emergency services and community organisations must unite to learn lessons from recent national incidents and to establish clear emergency strategies. They must do this not solely to prevent emergencies but also to respond and recover to secure the livelihoods of communities and businesses across the country.

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