A journey of adaptability

Celebrating 30 Years of Emergency Planning & Resilience

We’re excited to announce our two-day conference, ‘Celebrating 30 Years of Emergency Planning & Resilience – A journey of adaptability’, will be held on November 7th and 8th 2023 at the Mercure Manchester Piccadilly.

Join us for presentations from some of the world’s leading experts in resilience and help us mark our 30th anniversary. As well as two days of fascinating discussion and learning, we’ll also be holding a special celebratory anniversary awards ceremony, dinner and dance

Please note – Deadline booking extended, with limited spaces left


As a proud Premier Sponsor of the EPS Conference in Manchester, Noggin is delighted to play a part in this exciting event.
Chris and Stephen would like to extend you a warm welcome and chat through the Noggin world of digital resilience throughout the event.

Event Overview

Resilience’ is people’s ability to successfully adapt and grow following challenging situations.  Over the last 30 years, this ability has often been tested and ably demonstrated.  But what have we learnt from these experiences? Is the legislation we have in place fit for purpose? Do our current structures support the needs of modern day society? And what can we do to ensure we continuously adapt to the diverse needs of people?

As a sector, do we need to bounce forward into new realms and learn to be more adaptable as our circumstances evolve and change? Will that support stronger resilience, and in turn better equip us for the challenges if the next 30 years?

The past doesn’t equal the future the world is changing and the ability and need for adaptability to “change with the times” is key.  

Our conference programme will take you on a journey of discovery from frameworks to new approaches and from adapting learning from the past to face the new challenges of the future.  

Keynote conference speakers so far include...

Mary Jones

Mary has been the Head of Resilience for the UK Government since September 2022. In her role, she works to enhance the UK’s resilience in its ability to prepare for, adapt to and recover from shocks and disruptions.

Major General Timothy Hodgetts CB CBE KHS OstJ DL

Tim is the current serving Surgeon General of the United Kingdom Armed Forces, the Master General of the Army Medical Services and the elected Chair of the Committee of Chiefs of Military Medical Services in NATO (COMEDS). A highly sought after national and international speaker to inform and inspire, Tim’s passion is in reducing complexity, evidenced through his research and the books, guidelines, courses and practical heuristics he has created.

Dr Stuart Andrews

Stuart is Co-director of Performing City Resilience, a research project exploring intersections between ideas, practices, and strategies of arts, culture, and resilience.

Dr Patrick Duggan

Patrick is a researcher, academic leader and research manager with an internationally recognized scholarly profile in arts, culture, performance, and questions of urban living.

Paul Phipps-Williams

Head of Local Resilience Delivery at DLUHC, responsible for the Govern- ment’s strategic engagement with local resilience forums.

Rόisín Jordan

PhD Candidate at Alliance Manchester Business School. Her research examines the processes that most successfully support organisations in the management of societal resilience.

Andrew McClelland

Research Associate at the Alliance Manchester Business School (University of Manchester)

Marcus Oxley

Marcus is a senior risk and resilience consultant, policy advisor and practitioner with thirty years’ operational experience working for international public, private and voluntary sector organisations across Africa, Asia and Europe.

Amanda Coleman

Crisis communication specialist and the director and founder of crisis communication consultancy Amanda Coleman Communication Ltd.

Emma Dodgson

Emma works for Essex County Council, leading on planning for the human aspects of emergency planning for the Essex Resilience Forum and her Local Authority writing plans; arranging and delivering training; providing advice and consultancy.

Lt Col Rupert Clements Joint Regional Liaison Officer

Principle military liaison officers to the civil authorities responsible for the Defence relationship with Wiltshire and Swindon, Avon and Somerset, Gloucestershire, and the Bailiwick of Jersey

Julie Hicks

Content Writer & Lecturer’ for University of Wales Trinity St. David ‘Civil Contingencies Officer’ for Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council

Elizabeth Tassell

Libby became an Emergency Planning Professional during the October Floods in 1998 which is when she joined the Emergency Planning Society too.

Nathan Hazlehurst

Nathan is currently the Emergency Preparedness, Resilience and Response (EPRR) Manager for NHS Frimley ICB in the south of England

Barry Moss

After a 25-year military stint, Barry is now a resilience manager for a district general hospital with a terminal RAAC problem. He joined the Trust just before the pandemic which probably says something about his sense of timing and ability to anticipate.

Helen Turner

Helen Turner is currently the Force Preparedness Manager for British Transport Police, managing three teams who carry out emergency planning & business continuity, counter terrorism and major incident training, testing and exercising across the whole of England, Scotland and Wales.

Jon Vangorph

Bio coming soon

Joe Hanley

Joe Hanley is a social worker, lecturer and researcher at the Open University. He has worked closely with the British Association of Social Workers since 2018.

Dr Paul O’hare

Dr Paul O’Hare is a Senior Lecturer in urban geography at Manchester Metropolitan University. He conducts research on community flood risk management and flood resilience.

Shelley Evans

Shelley is a Principal Analyst and Northern Hub Lead for Flood Resilience for JBA Consulting, she is also an industry course lecturer for the Flood and Coastal Risk Management Postgraduate Course at the Lancaster University.

Justin Sarginson

Justin leads the local Victim Support services in the East of England. Having over 20 years’ experience in the charity sector and third sectors, Justin is strong advocate of aligning beliefs and values within the workplace.

Chris Scott

Chris Scott has over 20 years' experience in the military and is a specialist in human intelligence., giving him a unique insight in understanding a person's ability to manage unwanted events.

Steve-Scott Bottoms

Steve Scott-Bottoms: Writer and performer. Steve is co-founder of the social enterprise Vesper Hill, and professor of drama at the University of Manchester.

Angel Scott-Bottoms

Angel Scott-Bottoms: Facilitator. Angel is managing partner of the social enterprise Vesper Hill, and brand leader for the Women in Business Network (WIBN).

Guest Chairs

Jacqui Semple

Jacqui started her career in social services. Her current role working for Angus Council is as service manager, with responsibility for risk management, resilience, and health & safety.

Professor Lucy Easthope

Well known to her emergency planning colleagues, Lucy has recently become decidedly more mainstream. For over two decades she has challenged others to think differently about what comes next, after tragic events.

Phil Emonson

Technical Director and Emergency Planning Lead at JBA Consulting and is also the Flood Resilience PWG Chair

Exhibitors and Sponsorships

Options to cherry pick from different packages may be available.   

To discuss further please contact [email protected]

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Pricing List

Early bird pricing will be available up until 22nd of September.

Day  Early Bird Price (Valid Until 22nd Sept)Regular Price
7th November Day 1  £100 (Ex Vat)    £125 (Ex Vat) 
8th November Day 2 £100 (Ex Vat) £125 (Ex Vat) 
2  Day Conference £200 (Ex Vat) £250 (Ex Vat) 
2 Day Conference, Awards & Dinner Dance £240 (Ex Vat)  £290 (Ex Vat)  
Dinner, Awards & DanceN/A£50 (Ex Vat)
Day  Early Bird Price (Valid Until 22nd Sept)Regular Price
7th November Day 1  £20 (Ex Vat)    £25 (Ex Vat) 
8th November Day 2 £20 (Ex Vat) £25 (Ex Vat) 
2  Day Conference £40 (Ex Vat) £50 (Ex Vat) 
2 Day Conference, Awards & Dinner Dance £80 (Ex Vat) £90 (Ex Vat)  
Dinner, Awards & DanceN/A£50 (Ex Vat)  
Day  Early Bird Price (Valid Until 22nd Sept)Regular Price
7th November Day 1  £80 (Ex Vat)£90 (Ex Vat)
8th November Day 2 £80 (Ex Vat)£90 (Ex Vat)
2  Day Conference £160 (Ex Vat)£180 (Ex Vat)
2 Day Conference, Awards & Dinner Dance £200 (Ex Vat)£220 (Ex Vat)
Dinner, Awards & DanceN/A£50 (Ex Vat)  
Day  Early Bird Price (Valid Until 22nd Sept)Regular Price
7th November Day 1  £160 (Ex Vat)£175 (Ex Vat)
8th November Day 2 £160 (Ex Vat)£175 (Ex Vat)
2  Day Conference £320 (Ex Vat)£370 (Ex Vat)
2 Day Conference, Awards & Dinner Dance £360 (Ex Vat)£410 (Ex Vat)
Dinner, Awards & DanceN/A£50 (Ex Vat)  
Day  Early Bird Price (Valid Until 22nd Sept)Regular Price
7th November Day 1  £25 (Ex Vat)£30 (Ex Vat)
8th November Day 2 £25 (Ex Vat)£30 (Ex Vat)
2  Day Conference £50 (Ex Vat)£60 (Ex Vat)
2 Day Conference, Awards & Dinner Dance £90 (Ex Vat)£100 (Ex Vat)
Dinner, Awards & DanceN/A£50 (Ex Vat)