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Bruce Mann >   Director of Civil Contingencies
The Cabinet Office
  Bruce Mann has been the Head of the Cabinet Office’s Civil Contingencies Secretariat since September 2004. He had previously served as the Secretary to the Butler Committee. He has held a variety of other senior positions in the MOD, including Director General Financial Management, Director of Defence Resources and Plans, and Director of Defence Policy.

Brett Lovegrove >   Director, Valentis Bridge Ltd and Former Head of Counter Terrorism
City of London Police
Brett Lovegrove   Brett joined the Metropolitan Police Service in 1978. Over the last 30 years, he has been posted to uniformed, academic, strategic and detective duties, achieving a holistic range of skills. In 1992, he served as a Detective Inspector in Counter-Terrorism and spent much of that time in Northern Ireland and Europe.

He attended Reading University and gained a Masters degree in Criminal Justice and Terrorism.

As a Detective Chief Inspector, Brett was in charge of Paddington Green police station and subsequently became the crime manager for the specialist units in Westminster that included the Sexual Offenders Unit, Community Safety Unit (Hate Crimes) and the Rape Investigation Teams.

Brett transferred to the City of London over five years ago and he was the Head of Counter Terrorism, and that includes the CT Section, Emergency Planning and Business Continuity, CBRN, Police Search Advisors and Architectural Liaison. His units undertook both overt and covert operations that are wholly intended to protect the City from terrorist attack. He was a member of two CT technology working groups for the Home Office Scientific Development Board.

In this role, he was frequently asked to advise international organisations and governments including the US Congress, the European Government in The Hague and the Danish Parliament.

Brett led on the London, national and international rollout of Project Griffin (a police/security professional initiative to identify hostile reconnaissance), is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals, a member of the Defence and Security Committee in the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, a Visiting Fellow at Cranfield University and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

John Tesh   Deputy Director of Capabilities at the Civil Contingencies Secretariat, Cabinet Office
Image: Peeter Lorents  

John Tesh is currently one of three deputy heads of the Civil Contingencies Secretariat in the UK Cabinet Office, which provides central support to the British Prime Minister and Cabinet Ministers in government.  The Civil Contingencies Secretariat provides leadership and coordination of the government’s response to emergencies.   

John Tesh has been head of the Capabilities team since June 2006.  He has particular responsibility for the National Risk Assessment and National Risk Register, and for identifying and assessing risks to national safety and security arising from both natural and man-made hazards including terrorism, extreme weather, infectious disease, and industrial accidents.  He leads the Resilience Capabilities Programme to improve the nation’s resilience to emergencies of these kinds.   He has been involved in the crisis responses to the 2007 flooding emergencies and outbreaks of animal disease in England, the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko, and to the 2006 terrorist bomb threat against UK airports. 

A career civil servant, he has spent most of his career in the Ministry of Defence, specialising in international security policy, but working also with the Armed Forces on operational policy, financial planning and organisational reform.   Outside the Ministry, he served in the UK Delegation to NATO in the early 1990s, in the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq in 2003, and as head of the new security issues programme at Chatham House, the Royal Institute for International Affairs, in 2004.

Peeter Lorents
  Head of the R&D Branch,
the NATO Co-operative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, Tallinn, Estonia
Image: Peeter Lorents    

Paul Moxness >   Vice President, Corporate Safety and Security

Paul Moxness has established the corporate, regional and hotel safety and security programme, based on the “TRIC=S” formula* for Rezidor and its brands across Europe, Middle East and Africa. Paul’s current position includes overseeing, reviewing and revising safety and security guidelines, crisis management and response programmes, as well as strategic planning and support to hotels operating within The Rezidor Hotel Group on all events and issues pertaining to safety and security.

Gordon MacDonald MSc, Dip Mgmt FICD FIEM >   Head of Strategic Emergency Planning
Health Protection Agency

Dr Karen Reddin > Deputy Head of Strategic Emergency Planning
Health Protection Agency

Mark Scoggins >   Solicitor Advocate
Fisher Scoggins LLP
  Represented Thames Trains at the public inquiry into the collision at Ladbroke Grove. In 2003 handled the successful Old Bailey defence of Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir John Stevens and his predecessor Lord Condon on all charges brought against them by the HSE arising out of roof falls suffered by patrolling police officers. Appointed by Balfour Beatty on the derailment at Hatfield, helped win the acquittal of its rail division on all corporate manslaughter charges. Represented the Metropolitan Police in the health and safety prosecution arising out of the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes. Visiting lecturer to the National Policing Improvement Agency, FBI Academy and Police National CBRN Centre.

John Barradell >   Deputy Chief Executive,
Westminster Council
  After a twenty-year career in private sector information technology marketing management, John joined Westminster City Council Community Protection Directorate to lead the formation of the Crime and Disorder Reduction Unit, which expanded the work of the existing Community Safety Team.

He developed the City Council’s neighbourhood-based partnership problem solving programme – CivicWatch. As Director of Community Protection, he had additional responsibility for the one hundred-strong City Guardian wardens’ service, the provision of 24-hour street enforcement activities within the City, Environmental Health, Trading Standards, Licensing and the mortuary. He was appointed Deputy Chief Executive in September 2006 – responsible for the Planning, Transportation, Environment, Contingency Planning and Community Protection portfolios.

He served as a member of the Met Police senior management team as Chief Officer of the 2,000 volunteer police officers in London. He was a member of various Home Office committees including the Policing Reference Group and the Independent Police Complaints Commission’s Advisory Board. He was also Chair of a BURA-award winning, multi-million pound Community Development Trust.

John was appointed an OBE in the 2008 New Year’s Honours List for services to policing.

Kathryn Holloway >   Crisis Communications Specialist,
Press Alert Ltd
  Kathryn Holloway runs the UK’s market-leading Crisis Communications consultancy - Press Alert –  helping clients find the right words when they matter most. She provides news input to BC exercises for clients from the MOD and BERR to Lloyds of London and trains subjects for television and radio interview from the UK police’s counter-terrorism teams to the board of KPMG. She has worked as a presenter and reporter in television, radio and print since 1983 (Sky News, ITN, TV-am, LBC, Talk Radio, Daily and Sunday Express.)

Richard Bingley >   Executive Director, Safer Business
London First
  Richard Bingley is Executive Director for Security and Policing at London First – a membership organisation for London’s largest employers. Originally from journalism and public relations, Richard moved into international security analysis some years ago. Richard has published books on the defence trade and global terrorism. His team at London First bring businesses together to work with the police and Government, ensuring that employers are now better prepared and more strongly protected against emerging threat scenarios

Hugh McLeod >   Chief Operating Officer
Stirling Assynt (Europe)

Hugh McLeod established Assynt Associates in 2003, producing briefing and analysis on terrorism and country risk issues to large companies and government entities with interests in the Middle East, Asia and beyond.  In April their eleven-strong-team became part of Stirling Assynt (Europe), of which Hugh is Chief Operating Officer.  This new company also provides Business Intelligence and enhanced Due Diligence services.

From 2006-7 Hugh was Head of Security Intelligence in HSBC.  Earlier, he spent 18 years in HM Diplomatic Service, with postings to Islamabad, Accra, Nicosia - where he served as Political Counsellor - and Kosovo. During his service in London his responsibilities included Counter-Terrorism, the Arabian Peninsula and the Former Soviet Union. 

Before joining the Diplomatic Service he was in the Army for 14 years, where he served as an infantry officer. His final appointment was to the Military Mission to the Soviet Forces in East Germany, when he was awarded the MBE. He speaks Russian and is based in UK.

Bob Piggott >   Head of Group Contingency Risk, Global Security
and Fraud Risk

As Head of Group Contingency Risk I am responsible for ensuring that risk identification, incident handling and business recovery standards in all 85 countries where we are represented are planned for, robust, tested and appropriate.

A major part of this responsibility is the identification of emerging risks and ensuring they can be as far as possible mitigated by the flexibility of our planning, both for current incidents but also on a strategic basis in the years ahead.

Together with 6 Regional Teams I use the strength of the Group to handle environmental crises such as hurricanes, typhoons, earthquakes and floods. Additionally practical experience of terrorist attacks, SARS, power outages and other incidents has helped us maintain and design plans to meet the risks we face in the very changeable world in which we operate.

I have worked for the Group for 39 years.  Before this role I project managed the fit out and relocation of 8,500 staff to our 44 storey GHQ in Canary Wharf, London and have held various Regional, Area and Branch retail roles for HSBC in the UK.