Winners of the BCI Inaugural European Awards are announced

Press Release   •   Jun 13, 2013 12:35 BST

The Inaugural BCI European Awards ceremony took place yesterday evening (12th June) at a  dinner in Brussels held in conjunction with the BCI Executive Forum.

BCI Awards play an important role in raising awareness of the BC profession worldwide by showcasing  achievements and the value-added to organizations working in all sectors and by placing the spotlight on our star performers.

The BCI would like to take this opportunity to thank the judging panel for their support and time given to the BCI. The judges were Dr Wolfgang Mahr MBCI, Paul Théron MBCI  and Dr Stamatis Tournis MBCI 

And now to the winners:

Industry Personality of the Year

Industry Personality of the Year was awarded to Iain Taylor (Hon) FBCI, Chair of the BCI’s Global Membership Council. Iain has held senior resilience positions within leading global financial institutions and he has carried the torch for the profession in many contexts over many years. His nominator felt he deserved recognition for his diligent promotion of the discipline and how he maintains an enthusiastic, friendly personality yet remains a genuine individual, always
making time to help and provide guidance regardless of how busy he is…. a credit to the industry and an excellent sounding board for BC. Iain currently stands as Chair of the BCI GMC, mentors industry newcomers and has served as Chair of the IBM UK Client Community where his style, influence and personality have made it the engaging forum it is today.

BCM Newcomer of the Year

BCM Newcomer of the Year went to Andrew MacLeod AMBCI. Since joining the discipline of business continuity in July 2011, Andrew has brought originality and ingenuity to the industry. He designed and developed the first BCMS to be certified to ISO 22301 in the UK, and is recognised by his peers as
bringing exceptional qualities to business continuity.

Business Continuity Team of the Year

Business Continuity Team of the Year was awarded to SWIFT, a cross-divisional BCM team
who are tasked with implementing and maintaining the business continuity programme and culture. They reside in different areas and at different levels of their organization. The highlighted BCM team
achievements are:

-  Help compliance with ‘The Committee on Payments and Settlement Systems’ and the
‘International Organization of Securities Commissions’ principles.

-  Instrumental in the company high availability records (up to 99.999% for core services)

-  Run the business impact analysis project across the EU, US and APAC regions.

-  Develop and maintain a cost effective documentation framework deployment including 50+ business continuity and recovery plans. 

-  Coordinate 250+ business continuity exercises with, for some of them, involvement of our customer community and local authority.

-  Prepare a high visibility simulation for the members of our US National Members Groups. 

-  Provide internal and external awareness sessions to promote our operational excellence and resilience principles. It includes participation in local Business Continuity Financial chapter discussions as a strategic partner.

-  Distinguish
their BCM expertise by certifying as Business Continuity professional. 

The company, their customer community and the industry recognize their global business continuity value and, hence the BCM team contribution.

Business Continuity Provider of the Year (Product)

The Award for Business Continuity Provider of the Year (Product) went to eBRP Solutions Network, Inc, a premier provider of BCM software since 2002. Clients across six continents know eBRP as the Thought Leader in BCM. What sets this product apart is its capabilities as an Incident Management
toolset. While other BCM software stops at plans, this extends its full capabilities to managing response.

Business Continuity Provider of the Year (Service)

Continuity Shop was awarded Business Continuity Provider of the Year (Service) having developed around 30 Business Continuity Training Courses in the last nine years which have been delivered more than 700 times on four different continents. Their courses are well recognised in the industry and are endorsed by one or more professional bodies including the BCI, The British Standards Institution, The Emergency Planning Society and the British Computer Society. They trained many of the current senior BCM managers at the beginning of their careers. Continuity Shop is a strong supporter of the BCI and has invested time and money into promoting the aims, objectives and membership, and
is a Founding Partner of its Industry Partnership.

Business Continuity Innovation of the Year

The Business Continuity Innovation of the Year award went to Easy Continuity Ltd which launched in September 2012 to provide a unique Business Continuity proposition to the SME market, transforming their survival prospects and accessibility to practical solutions and strategies, without the high upfront
costs. The service comprises of 'Pre-Incident' checklists, tools, continuity plans and software so that
clients can prepare themselves, combined with 'Post Incident' facilitation to their extensive UK network of over 75 continuity facilities along with IT and telephony recovery and fire, flood
and restoration assistance. The service is a low, monthly based subscription, with most recovery costs being met by business interruption insurance.

Most Effective Recovery of the Year

The Most Effective Recovery of the Year award went to NHS Blood and Transplant, operators of one of the largest blood manufacturing centres in the world at Filton near Bristol. In Sept 2012, following intense prolonged rainfall the centre was flooded and closed, but a remarkable recovery operation involving staff at all levels saw it back in business within a week, with virtually no disruption to patients.The recovery involved implementation of the business continuity plans, along with a well-rehearsed command structure and a detailed logistics plan to maintain distribution to customers, so avoiding the potential for massive life threatening impacts on patients across the whole of the NHS.

Public Sector BC Manager of the Year

Mary-Ellen Lang MBCI was awarded Public Sector BC Manager of the Year for achieving corporate registration for BS25999 in 2011, being responsible for the Edinburgh Resilience Forum which promotes business continuity and improves community resilience and preparedness, and contributing
nationally to BC through key committees and groups.

One of our judges said of Mary-Ellen ‘Great achievements, especially in creating synergies between public and private actors and fostering BCM and crisis management’

Business Continuity Manager of the Year

Business Continuity Manager of the Year was awarded to David Clarke, MBCI of Telefónica UK Limited. He manages the Business Continuity programme for the whole of O2 in the UK.  With over 11,000 employees across the UK and a multitude of both UK and international suppliers, the BC management system has to be robust and flexible enough to support their 23 million+ customers at
all times. This last year has presented unique challenges for Dave with the Olympics and the Diamond Jubilee to plan for whilst, in parallel, delivering the re-certification to BS25999 and ensuring O2 UK became the only UK communications company to secure  ISO 22301 certification across all of its operations . 

Congratulations to all our winners and a big thank you to everyone who entered this year’s Awards and contributed to its success!  All of this year’s winners will now be entered into the BCI Global Awards 2013 that take place in November in London as part of the BCM World Conference and Exhibition 2013, where they will go head to head with all the winners from our other BCI
Regional Awards.  

Based in Caversham, United Kingdom, the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) was established in 1994 to promote the art and science of business continuity worldwide and to assist organizations in preparing for and surviving minor and large-scale man-made and natural disasters.  The Institute enables members to obtain guidance and support from their fellow practitioners and offers professional training and certification programmes to disseminate and validate the highest standards of competence and ethics.  It has circa 8,000 members in more than 100 countries, who are active in an estimated 3,000 organizations in private, public and third sectors.

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