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Around 100 delegates and visitors attended the Emergency Planning Society’s AGM and Annual Conference, held at the Emergency Planning College on 29 – 30 September.

They discussed the lessons to be learnt from a diverse range of topics, from Syria to the Nepalese earthquake, from current government thinking to the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

There will be full reports in the next issue of Resilience, and a picture gallery will be hosted on our website shortly.

Speakers and topics at the conference included:

Disposal of chemical weapons in Syria

Jerry Smith OBE

Weapons Inspector for the UN’s Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

The Government’s current thinking on resilience:

Ian Whitehouse

Deputy Director for Resilience Capabilities, Civil Contingencies Secretariat, Cabinet Office.

The Nepal disaster – International Search and Rescue

Sean Moore

USAR Capability lead & UK ISAR National Coordinator at Chief Fire Officers Association National Resilience and Assurance Team

The Wales NATO Summit 2014

Chris Armitt QPM

Civil Nuclear Constabulary

The Modern Slavery Act 2015

Stephen Chapman

Anti-Slavery Co-ordinator for the Welsh Government

COMAH Regulations 2015

Sandra Ashcroft

Health & Safety Executive

Local authority business continuity

Carol Mackay

Principal Emergency Planning Officer, Oxfordshire County Council