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Business Continuity conference agenda now available.

Business Continuity Expo And Conference : 29 January, 2008  (Company News)
The Business Continuity conference will feature three streams covering best practice, strategies and management.
This year's Business Continuity Conference 2008 promises to deliver an unrivalled line up of expert speakers fresh to the BC circuit, offering original and insightful comment to help professionals assure sound business continuity practice and gain the knowledge and expertise to cope and succeed through any potential disaster. The conference takes place on 2nd and 3rd April at EXCEL London and runs alongside Business Continuity Expo 2008.

The 2008 conference agenda explores the issues affecting Business Continuity today, illustrated with end-user case studies and analysis from leading experts such as Gerald Corbett, Chairman of SSL International, PJ di Giammarino, CEO JWG-IT, Colin Clark, Head of Corporate Business Control - Somerfield Supermarkets and Kathryn Holloway, Presenter and Broadcaster - Press Alert and Visor Consultants. The conference provides an informative peer-to-peer forum which explores the threats, solutions and best practices as well as an insight into how to mitigate risk and manage crisis.

With much of the content for the conference, compiled by experts from a high powered steering committee, delegates are assured of a comprehensive and cutting edge programme exploring the whole business continuity lifecycle from corporate governance, risk, compliance, resilience and brand management as well as the practical solutions for contingency planning, incident management and recovery.

Laurence Myerson, CEO, SMS Worldwide will be one of the panellists who will address the issues around good solid business continuity Management. He says "Optimising Resilient Communications is a highly potent session discussing how to ensure the use of communication in the event of a crisis, even when all communication systems have failed including the Mobile Phone Networks. With the Metropolitan Police, The Cabinet Office and SMS Worldwide we shall uncover the tricks of the trade in our session and well worth attending.'

To bring the issues of business continuity and resilience to life there will be a host of recent case studies, workshops and analysis covering the whole spectrum of business continuity management from risk analysis to protecting your brand and reputation in the areas of finance, public sector and telecoms.

Martin Caddick, Leader, Business Continuity Management team, Marsh says about the event 'Marsh is once again looking forward to participating in this year's Business Continuity Expo following last year's success. Business Continuity Expo provides a unique platform to engage in stimulating debate with industry peers and new business contacts on a wide range of business continuity topics.

'Wider industry understanding of business continuity as a key risk issue is growing, as more and more firms realise that with risk comes reward, if managed effectively.'

The conference will kick start with an opening presentation which will discuss "National Resilience, Corporate Resilience and Operational Continuity - Three Sides of the Same Coin?". It will be chaired by Bruce Mann CB, Director of Civil Contingencies Secretariat (tbc) with Gerald Corbett, Chairman, SSL International and Brett Lovegrove, Head of Counter Terrorism, City of London Police in the panel.

The Business Continuity Conference has been divided into three diverse streams spaced over two days to ensure that no matter whatever your business agenda, your needs will be met. Each stream will consist of presentations from individual speakers, ending with a panel discussion led by the Chair. The three streams will cover:.

STREAM 1: Drivers, Issues, Risk and Best Practice.
STREAM 2: Business Strategies.
STREAM 3: Business Continuity Management.

Highlights from Stream 1 Drivers, Issues, Risk and Best Practice include:.

- Risk as Part of Business Continuity which looks at strategies for co-optimisation of Operational Risk and Business Continuity Management on a global and site level, chaired by Rubina Faber, Director, Regal.

- Understanding and Mitigating Reputational Risk chaired by Jon Collins, Service Director, from Freeform Dynamics who will explore some of the ways in which you can protect, recover and insure you reputation.

- Managing Risk in Supply Chains- In this session experts will look at how organisations can reduce their exposure to supply chain risk in the global trading environment. Chaired by Matthew Elkington, VP Risk Consulting at Marsh.

- BS 25999: Is it Worth Doing it Well? - Julian Thrussell, Management Systems UK BS25999 Product Manager, BSI with the help of other experts will look at the certification process, business advantages and asks whether your organisation really needs the standard.

Highlights from STREAM 2: Business Strategies include:.

A panel discussion on "Measuring Value to Shareholders: What's the Real Cost of an Incident?" Pat Roberts, Senior consultant at Needhams 1834 will chair the panel which shall examine the effect on stakeholder trust, reputation, shareprice and brand equity - and how you can minimise them.

Other sessions include:.

- Maintaining Corporate Health Through Exercise -with panellists including Michael Charlton-Weedy, CEO, Emergency Planning College; Charles Le Gallais, Director of Homeland Security and Resilience, Finmeccanica; Chris Needham-Bennett, CEO, Needhams 1834; Nick Beale, CEO, Citysafe.

- Corporate Resilience: Is it Time for a New BC Model? This session, chaired by Peter Power, Managing Director, Visor Consultants outlines how the notion of corporate resilience can take business continuity, risk and crisis management into a more active environment.

- Appetite, Liability, Responsibility and Legal Considerations: Real considerations for Directors- Bill Byrne, Managing Director from Heffernan Global Services Inc. discusses why the board of directors are really interested in Business Continuity, using the results of a CEO survey to back up the debate.

Highlights from STREAM 3 - Business Continuity Management include:.

- Optimising Resilient Communications- Chaired by Dr Nigel Brown, Lead for Resilient Telecommunications Strategy from The Cabinet Office, this session focuses on resilient communications and how essentially important they are within a continuity plan.

- The Impact of an Incident -presented by Mel Gosling, Managing Director, Merricom; Wayne Harrop, Senior Lecturer in BCM, University of Coventry; Kathy Settle, Head of Regional Resilience, Government Office for the North West; Prof Richard Walton, Visiting Professor, Royal Holloway University.

- Invoke: Best Practice in Incident Management -It will be chaired by Karen Dye, Crisis Management, Emergency Response and Business Continuity Programs Manager, from Sun Microsystems.

- Human and Personnel Aspects of BC: Reacting to an Incident- Chaired by Rosie Murray, Director of Raising Awareness For Trauma, expect to see dissection of vegetables and discussions on neurobiology and psycho-modification as the panel of experts explore human behaviour before, during and after an incident.

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