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Rick Cudworth, Head of Resilience & Business Continuity
Rick has over 20 years experience in resilience and has industry-leading experience in large-scale, multi-stakeholder simulations and exercises. Examples include: A one and half day simulation on behalf of a UK regulator. The work included the design and execution of a ‘financial distress’ simulation involving the Regulator and two Government departments; the planning, execution and reporting for the UK Financial Sector Market-wide Exercises in November 2004 and 2005 on behalf of the FSA, Bank of England and HM Treasury.  In 2005 the exercise involved 70 organisations and over 3,000 participants, including senior executives from leading financial institutions, financial regulators from the UK, US and across Europe, and key civil authorities (Police, Transport and Local Authorities); and the planning, execution and reporting for the Financial Industry-wide Exercise held in Singapore in May 2006 on behalf of the Association of Banks in Singapore and the Monetary Authority of Singapore.  The exercise involved 100 organisations and 4,000 people.

In May 2009, he was awarded ‘Industry Personality of the Year’ at the Annual CIR Business Continuity Awards. He has presented at, and chaired, numerous events including those hosted by the British Bankers Association, City and Financial and the Business Continuity Expo and provided articles, comment and expert opinion on Business Continuity issues to the BBC on-line, Financial Times, Economist and The Times.

He was a co-opted member and chair of one of the working parties for BS25999-1 (Business Continuity Code of Practice, issued by the British Standards Institute in December 2006), and author of the British Bankers Association Guide to Business Continuity Management (published in 2003).

William McLeod-Scott, Director
William is a resilience specialist with core skills in contingency planning, crisis management, physical security and business continuity. He has provided these services to some of the largest public and private sector organisations in the UK. William has an in depth knowledge of contingency, crisis management and continuity planning, simulation and testing. William designed and ran a UK nationwide government simulation involving Secretary of State, two government departments, local and regional government and multiple participants from the oil distribution and food industry (retail and wholesale). Further client experience includes leading a team in testing and practising the contingency arrangements and operational response mechanism of a UK regulator; developing and testing the contingency plans for one of the UK’s national infrastructure providers; and developing a pandemic simulation for a global media business with 200 locations world-wide to exercise their contingency plan.

Dr. Sara Ulrich, Senior Manager
Dr. Ulrich manages all aspects of war games/simulations’ projects with a special emphasis on crisis management and negotiation. Her fields of expertise are international relations, crisis management and security. Dr. Ulrich was a Lecturer and Secretary General of a Research Centre at Paris XI University that specialised in strategic negotiations, diplomacy and conflict management. She spent a year in the USA as Visiting Research fellow at Texas A&M University (researching the EU response to Hurricane Katrina) and at Harvard University running crisis simulations for the Program On Negotiation (PON). She has taught and trained a wide range of diplomats, military personnel and other public & private sector professionals using simulations, role plays and gaming methodology.

Phil Alcock, Senior Manager
Philip has over 15 years experience in the disciplines of business resilience, crisis management, business continuity. Following early experience in real-time business recovery, in the aftermath of the 1992 London St Mary Axe bombing, he has achieved industry-leading experience in all areas of crisis management, including; large-scale, multi-stakeholder crisis simulations and exercises; developing crisis management governance models; delivery of global crisis management simulations for major corporate organisations and disaster recovery/resilience exercises, including design, implementation and testing.

His work has also involved the live handling of a spectrum of live crisis situations ranging from handling the impact of catastrophic events, through to support for clients during animal rights extremist campaigns plus complex fraud and corruption cases.

Toby Marriner, Senior Manager
Toby is a Business Continuity Management (BCM) specialist with over 9 years experience in crisis management, corporate preparedness, testing and exercising and all aspects of business continuity planning. He has enhanced the resilience and preparedness of organisations through designing and managing BCM programmes and improving the effectiveness of response teams through the conduct and assessment of business simulations. Toby has extensive experience in running exercises of different sizes and scale, using a range of methods to validate the capabilities of teams against defined objectives, including the observation and reporting of test outcomes and the identification of areas for improvement.

Client engagement experience includes the design and delivery of an exercising programme to assess the capabilities of crisis management teams within the Global Markets division of a leading European Investment Bank. This engagement involved running exercises in a number of global financial centres and the preparation of evidence based reports and improvement plans.

Anita Blake, Manager
Anita is a resilience specialist with significant experience in exercises and simulations. She has helped organisations develop and enhance their crisis management strategies and business continuity structures by designing and delivering exercises at all organisational levels from front line staff to senior management level.  Anita previously led a team dedicated to the development of health preparedness exercises and was responsible for a programme of international and UK emergency preparedness exercises for the Health sector.  She worked closely with European authorities and EU member states testing plans, conducting training interventions and preparing them for potential health threats.

Anita also has operational experience in supporting the national response at senior government level to major health related incidents.

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