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Richard Barnes
Richard Barnes >

Deputy Mayor of London, London Assembly

Richard was appointed the Deputy Mayor of London in May 2008, following Boris Johnson's election as Mayor on May 1, 2008.  In addition to his responsibilities as the Mayor's Deputy, Richard has as his brief, policy areas including: Communities, Cohesion and Sustainability, together with Health and Procurement.

Formally a Leader of Hillingdon Council, Richard has been a member of the London Assembly representing Ealing and Hillingdon since the inception of the London Assembly in May 2000.

A member of Hillingdon Council since 1982, he has had a lifelong interest in local politics and is currently Ward Councillor for Harefield, where he lives.

Born in Peterborough, Richard was educated at primary and secondary level in Northampton and Wolverhampton before attending the University of Wales, Institute of Science and Technology where he gained an Honours degree in economics. On leaving University Richard spend some years in Scandinavia, leaving him with the legacy of speaking some Norwegian, Danish and Swedish in addition to French.

Richard has served on the Metropolitan Police Authority since July 2000, and was deputy chair between the years 2000 and 2004.  On the London Assembly, he has been a member of the Health Committee, Audit Panel and is leader of the Conservative Group. Throughout his career in local government, Richard has maintained a keen interest in management and financial structures and processes, ensuring value for money, as most clearly demonstrated in his investigations into the London Development Agency.

Richard Chaired the July 7 Review Committee, the only public inquiry into the July 7, 2005 bombings in London, the report of which has been downloaded over 170,000 times since publication, achieving a worldwide impact.  Raporteur for Resilience and Business Continuity for the Assembly, Richard also produced a report promoting business continuity to small businesses entitled Prepared For The Worst?


Brett Lovegrove
Brett Lovegrove
  Director, Valentis Bridge Ltd and Former Head of Counter Terrorism
City of London Police

Brett is a Director of Valentis Bridge Ltd and Quadre Resilience Ltd and will be the Chair of the National Risk 09 Conference.  His companies address the full spectrum of resilience issues featuring both nationally and internationally on defence and organisational solutions.

Brett joined the Metropolitan Police Service in 1978. Over his 30 years of service, he has been posted to uniformed, academic, strategic and detective duties.  In 1992, he served as a Detective Inspector in Counter-Terrorism and spent much of that time in Northern Ireland and Europe.  He attended Reading University and gained a Masters degree in Criminal Justice and Terrorism.

Brett transferred to the City of London police in his last five years and retired as the Head of Counter Terrorism that included the CT Section, Emergency Planning and Business Continuity, CBRN, Police Search Advisors and Architectural Liaison.

In this role, he was frequently asked to advise international organisations and governments including the US Congress, the European Government in The Hague and the Danish Parliament.  Brett led on the London, national and international rollout of Project Griffin (a police/security professional initiative to identify hostile reconnaissance), is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals, a member of the Defence and Security Committee in the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, a member of the UKTI DSO security sector advisory group, a Visiting Fellow at Cranfield University and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.


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Narinder Nayar >
  Chairman, Bombay First and Managing Director, Concast (India) Limited

Narinder Nayar has been actively and passionately involved with the Mumbai Transformation Programme, which is spearheaded by the Honourable Chief Minister.  As Chairman of Bombay First, Narinder was instrumental in arranging a study together with McKinsey on how Mumbai could be transformed into a world-class City over the next ten years. 

Following this study, several initiatives have been taken by the Maharashtra Government including constituting a Citizens’ Action Group of which Narinder Nayar is the Vice Chairman.  In addition, he is also an active member of the Empowered Committee headed by the Chief Secretary to monitor various ongoing projects in Mumbai.

He is also President of the Indo-Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Chairman of the Indo-Portuguese Business Committee and chairs an important CII Committee dealing with metallurgical equipment. He is also Member of the National Council of the Confederation of Indian Industry. He was a member of the Deutsche Bank Local Advisory Board for eight years.   


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John Tesh >

Deputy Director of Capabilities at the Civil Contingencies Secretariat, Cabinet Office

John Tesh is currently one of three deputy heads of the Civil Contingencies Secretariat in the UK Cabinet Office, which provides central support to the British Prime Minister and Cabinet Ministers in government.  The Civil Contingencies Secretariat provides leadership and coordination of the government’s response to emergencies.   

John Tesh has been head of the Capabilities team since June 2006.  He has particular responsibility for the National Risk Assessment and National Risk Register, and for identifying and assessing risks to national safety and security arising from both natural and man-made hazards including terrorism, extreme weather, infectious disease, and industrial accidents.  He leads the Resilience Capabilities Programme to improve the nation’s resilience to emergencies of these kinds.   He has been involved in the crisis responses to the 2007 flooding emergencies and outbreaks of animal disease in England, the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko, and to the 2006 terrorist bomb threat against UK airports. 

A career civil servant, he has spent most of his career in the Ministry of Defence, specialising in international security policy, but working also with the Armed Forces on operational policy, financial planning and organisational reform.   Outside the Ministry, he served in the UK Delegation to NATO in the early 1990s, in the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq in 2003, and as head of the new security issues programme at Chatham House, the Royal Institute for International Affairs, in 2004.

Cleo Paskal
Prof Cleo Paskal >

Associate Fellow in the Energy, Environment and Development Programme, Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House

Professor Cleo Paskal is an Associate Fellow in the Energy, Environment and Development Programme at Chatham House (Royal Institute of International Affairs). Her groundbreaking research on the geopolitical, economic and security implications of environmental change, has led to her being consulted by private industry, governments and non-profits from around the world.

Most recently, Prof Paskal has advised several UK Government Ministries, including the Ministry of Defence, presented her findings at the closed-door EU Experts Meeting on climate change and security, briefed the NATO Economic Committee on environmental change and energy security, consulted for the US Department of Energy on the stability of energy infrastructure, was a 'thought leader' for A T Kearney's CEO Retreat in Dubai, lectured at Cambridge University and briefed high-ranking government officials from several countries on specific scenarios they might face in the coming years.

Among her many publications, she is the author of the Climate Change and National Security policy paper for the UK Commission on National Security in the 21st Century (co-chaired by Lord Paddy Ashdown and Lord George Robertson).

Prof Paskal is Visiting Faculty in the Department of Geopolitics, Manipal University, India and Visiting Professor of Global Change, SCMS, Kochi, India.


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Ian Walford >
  Head of Scottish Resilience, Scottish Government

Since February 2008 Ian has been Head of Scottish Resilience in the Scottish Government, previously known as the Fire and Civil Contingencies Division. In June 2004, Ian became head of the Civil Contingencies Division in the Scottish Executive Justice Department – this became the Fire and Civil Contingencies Division in August 2005.

Following promotion to the Senior Civil Service Ian was the first head of the new Scottish Cabinet Secretariat in the Scottish Executive and then had a spell as Director of Corporate Development. After spending his first 3 and a half years in Scotland in the Education Department advising Ministers on Higher Education funding he moved to the newly formed Constitution Group in May 1997, where he worked on the Scotland Act and on establishing the new devolution settlement.

Ian moved to Edinburgh to join the Scottish Office in October 1993. His Civil Service Career began in Whitehall in the late 1980s at the Department for Education and Science.  This included a spell as private secretary to a Minister for State.

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Dr Wyn Price >
  Head of Emergencies and Security Branch, Welsh Assembly Government

Dr Wyn Price is Head of Emergencies Branch at the Welsh Assembly Government. He joined the Branch in September 1999 having previously worked within the Management Services Division of the Welsh Office. As well as being Chair of the Wales Risk Group, he also chairs the Wales Recovery Group, Wales Resilience Websites Group and acts as Deputy Chair of the Wales Training and Exercising Group and the Wales Resilience Partnership Team.

Dr Price has acted as the Secretary of the Wales Resilience Forum since its formation in September 2003. Educated at Aberystwyth and Cardiff Universities he has a degree in international politics and a PhD in Welsh socio-economic history.   


Nick Pope
Dr Nick Pope >

Associate Director Leading Threat and Risk Team, Arup Security and Risk Consulting

Dr Nick Pope is an Associate Director within the Arup Security and Risk Consulting practice, leading the Threat and Risk team within the practice.

His specific areas of interest and expertise include: Threat and Risk Evaluation; Security Consulting for Geopolitical and Terrorism Exposure; Assessment of Exposure Catastrophic Risk (incl. Earthquake, Windstorm and Flood); Application and Development of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Assessment of Risk Exposure; and Supply Chain Risk.

Nick also leads the development of Insurance Consulting service offerings within the group, where his experience and links within the insurance industry are paramount to the service development. He has experience of working with all sides of the insurance industry including underwriters, brokers, and insurance functions within corporations. Based on his academic research, he has developed extensive knowledge of numerical risk, which encourages a more rigorous approach to threat and consequence analysis. He has also developed a risk-based methodology for enhancing the loss estimation abilities within the group for more detailed EML/PML studies.

In 2008 Nick co-authored the Arup White Paper entitled Geopolitical Risk & Terrorism. This White Paper outlines the background to geopolitical risk and terrorism, and the importance of such issues to the strategies and operations of global businesses. It highlights the key aspects of these risks and discusses mitigation techniques and approaches. It can be downloaded from the Arup website.


Moya Wood-Heath
Moya Wood-Heath >

  Emergency Planning/Civil Protection Advisor, British Red Cross Society and Red Cross European Union Office

Moya joined the British Red Cross Society (BRCS), in February 1994. She is the BRCS Emergency Planning/Civil Protection Advisor to the British Red Cross and to the Red Cross European Union Office (RC/EU Office), Chair of the Voluntary Sector Civil Protection Forum and the Assistant General Secretary of the National Voluntary Aid Societies Emergency Committee.

Her areas of responsibilities at the BRCS involve extensive liaison with Government Departments, Category 1 Responders, professional associations and voluntary organisations to explore the auxiliary and supportive role of voluntary organisations within the UK. At the RC/EU Office, Moya has responsibility for developing cross-European civil protection and emergency planning networks by maximising the contribution of the Red Cross National Societies within European Union Member States.
Moya has led three Red Cross and EC supported projects to: understand better the contribution that Non-governmental organisations’ volunteers can make in prevention of, planning for, and responding to civil emergencies and to consider how such contributions can be utilised fully; work together to support individuals in an emergency or disaster; and inform and prepare communities to work together in civil protection.

Prior to joining the BRCS Moya had been a member of the Metropolitan Police where she became involved in the response to many of the major incidents that occurred in London, and elsewhere in the UK, specialising in the impact of such incidents on individuals and the management of gathering information and enquiries from the public.
She was seconded to the UK Government Home Office, to develop a national Police system for dealing with the public demand for information in the wake of such incidents.  Her final post in the Police Service was at the National Police Staff College, Hampshire, where she trained senior police officers in emergency incident management.


Mike Granatt
Mike Granatt >
  Luther Pendragon

Mike Granatt is a partner in Luther Pendragon, a leading City of London consultancy, specialising in crisis management, crisis communication and communication strategy.  He is the former founding Head of the Cabinet Office Civil Contingencies Secretariat and former Director-General of the Government Information and Communication Service (GICS).
Today he provides board-level advice and training in strategy, crisis management, and risk communication to clients in the UK, Middle East, South Asia and the European Institutions.
Between 1986 and 1997, Mike was communication director in the departments of Energy and Environment, the Metropolitan Police Service, and the Home Office.  He was involved in the management of crises and potential disasters, including the October storm of 1987, the millennium period arrangements 1999/200, the fuel protests of 2000, foot and mouth disease in 2001, and others.
From 1998 to 2003, Mike was D-G of the GICS in the Cabinet Office. He was responsible for co-ordinating national emergency communication and for the professional standards of all government communication staff. During 2001-2002, he also founded and led the Civil Contingencies Secretariat, which developed the concept of national resilience and started the work that led to the Civil Contingencies Act 2004.
Mike is an elected Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, and a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Defence Academy of the UK.

In 2001, Her Majesty the Queen appointed him a Companion of the Bath for exceptional public service.

Mike Granatt
Roger Gomm >
Metropolitan Police Service

Roger has 31 years policing experience in a variety of roles, primarily as a uniform officer.
A highly confident leader who is currently a key member of the Metropolitan Police Central Operations, Public Order Command, responsible for the management of spontaneous and pre-planned events/incidents in London.

Roger is an advanced public order, CBRN and firearms CADRE officer for the MPS.  He is recognised as the pre-eminent event commander in the UK, regularly fulfilling the role of overall strategic or the tactical commander for pre-planned events that require complex multi-agency planning and co-operation, to mitigate threats and deliver safe events e.g. Tour de France 2007, New Years Eve in central, London Marathon and numerous marches/demonstrations.  He took tactical command of London during the suicide terrorist attacks on 7th July 2005 and made key decisions, including managing the threats and risks, which enabled the successful multi-agency response that was heralded by the service and media. 

Roger has advised and supported other police forces with strategy and the planning processes for large events, especially those where security, including firearms, meets public order, e.g. Sweden, Norway, Australian Federal Police, New York Police Department and Scottish Police Forces for the G8 Conference in 2005.  He recently advised the Lebanese authorities, on behalf of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, on security planning for the first single day general election in June 2009. He used his knowledge and experience of managing the UK General Election in London 2005 and specifically highlighted the UK Counter Terrorism Strategy. This was very well received and revolutionised the joint security planning.

Roger, personally negotiated at a very senior level the two-way flow of information on UK casualties after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the USA, which enabled the UK Government to support the bereaved families.  He led the Casualty Bureau team on this task and supported the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in New York City.

Awards and Commendations

  • Queen's Police Medal (QPM) for Distinguished Service
  • Commissioner’s Commendation for leadership of the casualty bureau team sent to New York after the 9/11 terrorist attacks
  • Commissioner’s Commendation for leadership as the Silver Commander for the 7th July 2005 terrorist attacks in London
  • Two Assistant Commissioners Commendations for strategic and tactical leadership of high profile events
  • Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal
  • Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal

Mike Granatt
Mick Palfrey >
  Head of Resilience & Assurance > British Telecom