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Building the resilience of essential services post-Covid

In the unique and challenging world of a global pandemic, the continuity of local services and businesses has been critical to maintaining successful operations for response organisations, providers of essential local services, and critical infrastructure.

In this, the second in a three-part series of podcasts co-produced with the British Standards Institute (BSI), we examine the contribution of standards to resilience planning, business continuity, and city resilience in terms of how we can recover and renew in the aftermath of Covid-19. Our speakers will share views on the key opportunities for enhancing continuity and resilience of organisations, cities, and wider systems.


Introductions and welcome from Professor Duncan Shaw (University of Manchester) and Dave Adamson (British Standards Institute)

Dave Adamson – Lead Standards Development Manager, British Standards Institute (“Standards for resilience and continuity”)

Professor Caroline Field – Associate Director Arup, Energy Sector Lead, Resilience Shift. Chair BSI City Resilience Standard Committee and ISO Urban Resilience Committee (“Resilience of Urban Systems”)

Russell Price – Chair of Continuity Forum and Cyber Risk & Insurance Forum (“The important relationship between risk and resilience in evolving real-world capabilities”

Rob McFarlane – Deputy Director, UK Civil Contingencies Secretariat (“What place does assurance have in improving Integrated Emergency Management?”)

Hosted by David Powell - Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI), University of Manchester

In partnership with the British Standards Institution

Sponsored by: EPC


Blog posts give the views of the author, and are not necessarily those of Alliance Manchester Business School and The University of Manchester.

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