Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery, Crisis and Risk Management from Visor Consultants

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The Visor Team

Members of the Visor team have won four prestigious Business Continuity awards and are as follows:

Peter Power

PETER POWER, Managing Director

BA FBCI FIRM JP

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Peter has been Managing Director of Visor Consultants since 1995. He and his team are world leaders on implementing all aspects of Crisis Management and Operational/Business Resilience, including Operational Risk Management and Business Continuity, with clients in various countries (e.g. UK, Europe, Australia, Canada). He regularly helps a wide variety of organisations to plan and deliver highly successful scenario based exercises, workshops, leadership courses and motivation sessions, as well as planning and auditing projects, along with Crisis Media Management training and HR support. He is undoubtedly one of the most requested global speakers on operational/corporate resilience who often appears on TV and radio. He is specifically quoted on the BBC web site in relation to his role at the scene of several previous major incidents in the UK and he is a co-author of the unique Crisis Management Standard (BS11200) published by the UK Government in 2014.

Peter has considerable hands-on strategic and operational experience gained in many real scenarios and is very well known as an authoritative and highly entertaining chairman, presenter and writer. His research on crisis decision making is quoted in the UK Government (Cabinet Office) guide on Integrated Emergency Management and he is the author of many advice guidebooks, including the original UK Govt. (DTI) booklet on Crisis Management and the first British Bankers Association guide on the same topic. He has specifically given presentations to the Australian and Canadian Governments on these topics.

He is a founder member of the UK judging panel for Business Continuity Awards and for several years sat on the UK Cabinet Office / British Standards Institute working party on CM that produced the first ever pan UK guidance (PAS 200 that lead to the standard BS 11200) on dealing with all types of crises.

He was a member of the IPPR (Resilience subgroup) UK Security Review Commission chaired by Lord P Ashdown and General C Guthrie and has also sat on numerous other working parties. He is a Special Advisor to a number of key organisations, such as the World Conference on Disaster Management (Canada) and is also listed as an Expert Witnesses in the UK and occasionally lectures at Reading and Southampton Universities. Peter was a previous award winner for BC 'Personality of the Year' 2000 and 'Lifetime Achievement' 2006 (members of the Visor Consultants team have so far, won 4 separate BC awards).

In his previous career before establishing Visor Consultants, Peter was at the heart of many pioneering multi agency ideas for dealing with all types of catastrophes, risks and threats. As a Senior Police Officer at New Scotland Yard (where he was awarded several commendations for leadership etc.) he was also responsible for setting up the multi agency operational management structure at the London Kings Cross underground station fire and was also seconded to the Anti Terrorist Branch during the height of terrorist attacks against London. Since then he has lectured widely on numerous aspects relating to dealing with terrorism in the 21st century. He was the deputy forward control coordinator at the London Libyan Peoples Bureau siege in the 1980's, as well as leading the team behind the existing police street philosophy for dealing with terrorist bombs. He was also part of the creative team and chief promulgator of the present UK emergency services methodology Gold, Silver & Bronze command which is now used extensively across many organisations in numerous countries in the public and private sectors. It has become the most commonly applied operational command system used by the many businesses in the UK, as well as all emergency services.

Peter Power at the 2006 Business Continuity Awards Peter is a Fellow of the Business Continuity Institute and a Fellow of the institute of Risk Management. He is also as a member of the Guild of Freemen of the City of London and a serving Magistrate (JP) in Hampshire. In 2009 he won the BCM 'Best Contribution to the Profession' (London) award.

Above: Peter Power (middle) at the 2006 Business Continuity Awards.

Links to some of Peter's publications / media appearances:

David Bawtree

DAVID BAWTREE, Technical Director

CB Ceng DL

David Bawtree has been the Technical Director of Visor Consultants for the past nine years. He was previously the Civil Emergencies Adviser to the Home Office, retiring from this post in October 1997. His task at the Home Office was to learn from the misfortunes from others so that the planning for and response to disasters in the UK would be the more effective. He travelled widely at home and overseas, attending and learning from such incidents as the sarin gas attack on the Tokyo underground, the Estonia ferry disaster, the Mull of Kintyre and Dunkeswick air crashes, flood incidents at Towyn and Chichester, London, Manchester and Northern Ireland terrorist incidents, the Southall rail crash and the Dunblane shootings.

During his time in the Home Office David's advice to Ministers resulted in significant improvements to local and national civil protection arrangements and protocols. He was the author of three widely recognised publications, "Dealing with Disaster", "How resilient is your business to disaster" and "Why exercise your disaster response". He attended and spoke at a wide range of civil protection seminars, at home and overseas, and was involved with the planning for and assessment of all forms of exercise, from table top to major international events.

Prior to his appointment at the Home Office David spent 38 years in the Royal Navy, retiring in the rank of Rear Admiral. In 2001 he retired from the appointment of Chairman of Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, one of the largest acute hospitals in the country, and presently combines his work of occasional advice to government, industry, local authorities and the emergency services with leading a team to build the largest square-rigged adventure training and research sailing ship in the world. David is Chairman of HMS Warrior (1860) and of the Portsmouth Grammar School Governors.

Kathryn Halloway

KATHRYN HOLLOWAY, Media Skills Consultant

BA (Hons)

Kathryn Holloway has worked as a broadcaster and journalist since 1983. In 2005 she joined Visor as our Media Skills Consultant.As a television reporter she covered stories for news services such as ITN, TV-am, Sky News and Tyne Tees Television, reporting from crisis scenes including the Lockerbie explosion, Piper Alpha oil platform blaze and the Zeebrugge disaster.

As a presenter, she has anchored live national news, breakfast and daytime television, terrestrially and on satellite, as well as radio news discussion shows for both LBC and Talk Radio. She continues to write national news features, principally for The Daily and Sunday Express.As an advisor in the release of public information and a media trainer she has previously run courses at the UK Government Emergency Planning College, MOD, Department of Trade and Industry and City of London Police.

She recreates the key external pressure of the media in Business Continuity exercises including the Army's national civil emergency simulations. Kathryn can also provide direct highly effective Crisis Communications Media Plans.

Dr Anne Eyre

DR. ANNE EYRE, Specialist Consultant

BA Ph.D

Dr Anne Eyre is a sociologist specialising in stress, trauma and disaster management. She provides lecturing, training and consultancy services for various organisations planning for and responding to incidents, including those involving sudden, traumatic and mass death. This has included coordinating the Tsunami Support Network established by the British Red Cross Society after the Boxing Day Disaster 2004.

Anne has provided consultancy to the Humanitarian Assistance Unit within the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and produced two research reports – a literature review on the needs of people in emergencies (2006) and a survey of capability in humanitarian assistance across the UK (2007). In 2006 Anne was awarded a Travelling Fellowship by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and spent time in New York and New Jersey examining community support strategies after the terrorist attacks in September 2001.

Anne belongs to a number of national and international research and practitioner organisations specialising in trauma, crisis and disaster management. She has served on the Executive Committee of the Institute of Emergency Management and is joint Vice-Chair of Disaster Action. Anne is the founder and convenor of the Disasters Study Group which has been established through the British Sociological Association. She has published widely in both academic and practitioner journals.

Paul Pocock

PAUL POCOCK, BC Specialist

BSc (Hons)

Paul is a highly experienced BC and Risk Management professional with significant skill and technical expertise, most often working as an team advisor/leader, managing diverse groups of people across multiple international locations. He has recently completed an assignment for Barclays plc as their Governance and Projects Manager. Before that he closely advised a major Building Society, which involved a series of highly successful staff training initiatives. Paul has also acted as a managing consultant for IBM in their BC & Resilience Services (BCRS) business. His other previous clients include HSBC and Goldman Sachs, as well as another key Building Society where he carried out an assessment of their existing disaster recovery capability.

Between 2009 -2010 he worked closely with East Kent Hospitals University NHS Trust where he was engaged to review and update the Trust's existing Emergency, Major Incident and BC plans. Prior to this he worked with London Bridge Hospital where he assisted the Executive Management Team to review their planning assumptions, strategies and preparations for a potential escalation of the H1N1 flu pandemic.

David Krupski

DAVID KRUPSKI, BC Project Manager

BSc (Hons)

David has held several senior positions in major City institutions and had control over major budget projects. His experience ranges from retail banking, through power and commodity trading and regional management of business continuity management (BCM) functions for bulge bracket banks.

He was previously head of Strategy for BCM responsible for the development of thought leadership within the BCM space. This includes assessment of the current state of BCM in Barclays and the development of strategic themes to address and remediate any gaps between business aspiration and provision. Prior to that he was European BCM Programme Manager at Deutsche Bank Responsible for the management of BCM in 46 locations throughout EMEA. His role ranged form on-site reviews through to the provision of extensive management information for regional and global steering committees. He was also responsible for the development and maintenance of the programme plan for the UK and Euro site locations.

David also spent several years at Credit Suisse First Boston where he was responsible for the provision of BCM solutions for all CSFB European Branch locations (19 branches throughout EMEA including Moscow, Paris, Frankfurt and Milan). There were two streams of work - business analysis (business recovery requirements and plan development) and IT DR (deployment of critical disaster recovery systems). The role works closely with management at the most senior level of the Firm in both the Front and Back Office.

During this time David managed a budget of over $40 million pa. This covered: the deployment of applications into CSFB remote data centres and the maintenance of business recovery sites. Responsibility for a 1,200-seat recovery site in London - via a third party supplier - and a number of CSFB dedicated facilities including Moscow and Warsaw.

Andrew Majoran

ANDREW MAJORAN, Security Analyst

MSc BA

Andrew is a highly skilled Security and Defence analyst and researcher with a strong background in Defence strategy in the western world. He has worked in North America, the United Kingdom, Belgium, and Austria over the past four years in both the public and private sector. He has been tasked with analysing and researching Security and Defence issues such as the Ukraine Crisis, Small Arms and Light Weapons control, Cyber Security, multilateral Defence Strategy, Terrorism, and Violent Extremism. Andrew has given expert analysis on the threat of 'lone-wolf' Terrorism and foreign fighters at the 2015 Counter-Terror Expo in London, and the World Conference on Disaster management in Toronto. He has also testified as an expert witness to at least one government enquiry on various Defence and Security matters, including Anti-Terrorism Bill C-51 in Canada, and Ballistic Missile Defence.

Andrew has authored over 20 academic and journalistic publications in the past 3 years and holds a Master of Science (MSc.) from the University of London and an Honours Bachelor of Arts (BA Hons.) from McMaster University in Canada.

Simon Honey

SIMON HONEY, Information Security Specialist

Simon Honey is our Information Security specialist and has been a senior Business Continuity, Information Security and Risk Manager since 1995. He is one of the authors of the British Information Security Management Standard (BS779) and has over 20 years experience in the Financial Services and Consultancy industry delivering IT and Risk as a business partner to enhance the bottom line through a hands-on approach that has saved costs.

He presently chairs the British Standards working party on Business Recovery Management (BS25888) as well as being a co-opted expert for the development of the Business Continuity Management standard (BS25999) and the IT Service Continuity Management standard (BS25777). Simon joined the investment bank - Mitsubishi UFJ Securities International in 2002 as Director and EMEA Head of Business Continuity, whilst there he headed the IT and business risk programme at the time when the bank relocated to a new purpose built location in the City. This involved identifying and minimizing risks to ensure that the £30M relocation was completed without any loss of business.

He is a Certified Business Continuity Professional (MBCI), Certified Management Consultant (CMC), Chartered Engineer (CEng), member of The Emergency Planning Society (EPS) and a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists.Simon also specialises in running both crisis management and site wide disaster recovery exercises involving the emergency services, the media and financial institutions.

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