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

Webinar Conversation 3 – Organisational resilience and the resilience professional and  ‘new’ emergencies

The Emergency Planning Society’s series of webinars – Community and City Resilience and COVID-19 – continues with the latest event –which will explore “Organisational resilience and the resilience professional and  ‘new’ emergencies”.

This webinar conversation, the third in the series, will be held on July 16th at 2pm and will feature fascinating insights from a range of speakers.

The series centres around Community & City Resilience and Covid19 and the various themes that encompass recovery. Speakers throughout the series will explore recovery from a number of different perspectives including the physical and psychological human impacts, community displacement, economic factors, infrastructure, disruption to daily life and environmental issues.

“Responding in new ways to a new kind of emergency”

The webinar’s first session will look at “Responding in new ways to a new kind of emergency” and will be led by British Red Cross Chief Executive Michael Adamson and Jehangir Malik OBE, Programme Director for the Voluntary and Community Sector Emergency Partnership with British Red Cross.

When the Government called for volunteers to support in the response to COVID-19, in just a few hours more than 40,000 people signed up to the National Volunteering Campaign.

The activities and services provided by recognised voluntary organisations and volunteers who signed up for the campaign have been of critical importance in maintaining a level of community resilience. This will continue to be important during recovery, with volunteers being the central component of social capital in the UK and therefore the heart of recovery planning.

The British Red Cross has had a pivotal role in co-ordinating the national campaign through their community reserves programme. In their session, Michael and Jehangir will explore a range of subjects including how to mobilise a large number of volunteers and provide psycho-social support, managing spontaneous volunteers, what role the Voluntary and Community Sector Emergency Partnership is taking in the response to COVID-19, how the vulnerability index has been used, understanding of unmet need to influence response and what kind of strategic role the British Red Cross will have during the planning for renewal and recovery.

The session will also look at how important the role of the volunteer is in supporting communities to heal and renew after having been in continuous ‘crisis state’ of anxiety and fear for a considerable time.

“The Eight Elements of Organisational Resilience: The Role of Resilience Professionals”

Delegates will then hear about “The Eight Elements of Organisational Resilience: The Role of Resilience Professionals” in a conversation led by Dr. Andrea Bonime-Blanc.

Dr Bonime-Blanc will discuss her model of organisational resilience which leaders – business, government or society – should consider for preparedness and resilience through times of crisis.

She will highlight the role resilience professionals should play – from governance and culture to risk and performance management, exploring how each resilience professional must play multiple roles in helping to build sustainable, value-added organisational resilience that takes care of, and benefits communities, employees, customers and others.

EPS Chair Jacqui Semple said: “This webinar conversation, the third in our series, will give delegates a great opportunity to learn more about the different roles we as resilience professionals must play in responding to a crisis, as well as the supplementary and important role volunteers can also play.”

The event is free of charge and will be held on July 16th at 2pm. To book your place, 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

Jehangir Malik OBE

Jehangir Malik is the Programme Director for the Voluntary and Community Sector Emergency Partnership with British Red Cross.

Previously, Jehangir has been the CEO of various faith-based organisations including Muslim Aid and Director for Islamic Relief UK focusing on faith-based humanitarian action and development, working in UK and in over Thirty countries worldwide. In 2017, Muslim Aid Team were one of the first responders to Grenfell tragedy and have remained actively engaged on numerous voluntary sector initiatives aimed at improving mechanisms within UK disaster response frameworks including the creation of VCSEP and National Emergency Trust.

In 2010, Jehangir was awarded an OBE in recognition of his 20 years of contribution to the humanitarian cause. Jehangir is on the board of trustees at ACEVO (Assoc of Chef Execs for Voluntary Orgs), founder of Muslim Charities Forum and the recently formed National Emergency Trust. Also served a Commissioner on Birmingham Children’s Commission on tackling poverty in Birmingham and a recent judge on the 2019 Civil Society Media Charity Awards.

Michael Adamson

Chief Executive – British Red Cross

Michael Adamson is Chief Executive of the British Red Cross, the country’s leading voluntary crisis response organisation, and part of the worldwide Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

Michael is responsible for all of the British Red Cross’ UK and International work. Prior to his current appointment, he held several other senior positions within BRC, including Managing Director of Operations. Mike has also worked as a Director of Commissioning in the NHS and spent five years as Managing Director for Services at another national charity. He began his career as an economist in management consultancy.

Michael is currently:

  • Chair of Voluntary & Community Sector Emergency Partnership
  • Trustee of National Emergency Trust
  • Member of the NHS Prevention Board
  • Trustee of Catch 22
  • Member of the Foreign Secretary’s Human Rights Advisory Panel
  • Trustee of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC)
  • Member of CASS External Advisory Panel for Charities Masters

Michael also chaired the NCVO review on how charities enable donors to give consent.

Andrea Bonime-Blanc, JD/PhD

Dr Bonime-Blanc is CEO and Founder of GEC Risk Advisory and a global governance, risk, ESG, ethics, cyber and crisis strategist, serving business, non-profits, and government.

Since 2017, she has served as the Independent Ethics Advisor to the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico.

Prior to starting her own business seven years ago, she served as senior executive at several global companies. Today she advises many executives and boards in the private and public sectors, serves on several boards of directors internationally and is a sought after keynote speaker and author of several books.

Her latest book is Gloom to Boom: How Leaders Transform Risk into Resilience and Value published by Routledge in 2020. She has just begun to write her next book “Resilience, Inc.: Futureproofing People, Planet and Profits” due in 2021.

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