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Community and City Resilience and COVID-19  – A Series of Webinars

Webinar Conversation 4

The EPS series of webinars will continue later this month. The ‘Planning for recovery and renewal & getting the message right for our diverse communities’ session is aimed at strategic leaders, those studying within the field of resilience, crisis management, emergency planning, those who will be leading the recovery and renew strategy for Covid19 and students.

Speaking at this fascinating event will be Duncan Shaw, Professor in Operational Research and Critical Systems at University of Manchester and David Powell, Visiting Academic at the University of Manchester. Their talk, ‘Planning Recovery and Renewal of our communities’ will outline how to build resilience partnerships to develop recovery strategies and ambitious plans for renewal of their areas.

Their presentation will cover how to establish the basics of Recovery, set up a Recovery Coordinating Group, assess impacts from COVID-19 and implement recovery strategies.
The event’s second presentation will see EPS Branches Director, and internationally renowned hostage and crisis negotiator, Andrew Brown explore ‘Navigating the crisis – how to communicate effectively across our many diverse communities’.
Using techniques and tactics derived from the world of hostage and crisis negotiation, Andrew will share the insights that help to craft and facilitate effective communication to reduce uncertainty and help communities navigate the global pandemic.

Jacqui Semple, EPS Chair, said: “This series of webinars centres around Community & City Resilience and Covid19 and the various themes that encompass recovery.

“We have been incredibly grateful to our speakers throughout the series who have, and will continue to explore, recovery from a number of different fascinating perspectives including the physical and psychological human impacts, community displacement, economic factors, infrastructure, disruption to daily life and environmental issues.”

The event is free of charge and will be held on July 23rd at 2pm. To book your place or to send any questions, please email admin@the-eps.org

The EPS is the UK’s leading professional body for those working in resilience and emergency planning. www.the-eps.org

Our Speakers

Duncan Shaw, Professor in Operational Research and Critical Systems, University of Manchester

Duncan is Professor in Operational Research and Critical Systems (Alliance Manchester Business School) at the University of Manchester. He works in the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute focusing on social and decision making aspects of disaster planning and response including community resilience. On COVID-19 he produces the weekly Manchester Briefing (international lessons on response and recovery, available at www.ambs.ac.uk/covidrecovery).

Duncan sits on numerous research, policy, planning and evaluation committees for the European Union, United Nations, international NGOs, UK government, NGOs. He chairs a committee on Community Resilience for the International Standards Organization and wrote the standards on spontaneous volunteers (ISO22319), conducting peer reviews (ISO22392), mass evacuation (ISO22315), and vulnerable people (ISO22395).

David Powell, Visiting Academic at the University of Manchester

David is a visiting Academic with University of Manchester. Following careers in the Army and Police Service, David went on to be Head of Emergency Planning & Business Continuity for Lincolnshire County Council, and Secretariat to the Lincolnshire Resilience Forum between 2008 and 2016.

David led local and national planning to coordinate emergency responses to the Coastal Surge threat along the East Coast of the UK, working together with other LRFs, Government Departments, Cabinet Office, and national organisations such as the Environment Agency, Military and Met Office.

Andrew B Brown, Chief Security Officer

Former Commander, Chief Inspector (retd.) Andrew B Brown is an internationally renowned hostage/crisis negotiator with specialist experience in dealing with kidnap for ransom; in designing conflict de-escalation skills for military operations and acting as an expert witness to judicial inquiries on the response to hostage taking.

A Fellow of the Chartered Management and Security Institutes, he has developed advanced negotiation and crisis leadership skills for major corporations, public bodies and Olympic sports coaches. As the Chief Security Officer for a faith-based INGO he keeps staff and beneficiaries safe across the forefront of the global refugee crisis.

As a Fulbright Alumnus, he continues to teach advanced negotiation tactics to many law enforcement agencies including NYPD, USMS and the FBI. Published in his field, he remains an Advisor to the Editorial Board of the Crisis Response Journal and has been recently appointed as the Director  of Branches to the Emergency Planning Society

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