Blog posts

​Investing in the future

Jul 22, 2015 16:12 BST The Business Continuity Institute My current role leading the research function at the ​Business Continuity Institute requires specialist knowledge of business continuity. This specialist knowledge comes from rigorous academic study which should complement prior credentials and professional practice. Being part of the Diploma programme since last year involved a steep learning curve, but it represented a worthwhile investment.

7/7 lessons revisited

Jul 10, 2015 15:05 BST The Business Continuity Institute ​I thought this week with the 10th anniversary of 7/7 I would look back through one of the reports on the incident by the London Assembly (Report of the 7th July Review Committee) and highlight some of the learning points from the incident. If we can learn from incidents and improve our response, then something good has come out of a terrible incident.

Communicating in the cloud

Jul 09, 2015 15:23 BST The Business Continuity Institute The cloud is creating some powerful new paradigms in the way that individuals and organisations communicate and collaborate. These technologies are rapidly reducing the cycle time of many activities ranging from bid preparation to decision making. It might also affect the way we think about some aspects of incident communication going forward.

Business continuity during transport disruptions

Jul 08, 2015 15:53 BST The Business Continuity Institute Tube strikes or any other form of transport network disruption are hardly unheard events so organizations should have business continuity plans in place to deal with such events, plans that deal with any disruption that inhibits the ability of staff to access their place of work. These plans don't even need to be that complicated.

Internship at the Business Continuity Institute

Jul 03, 2015 12:19 BST The Business Continuity Institute I found the internship at the Business Continuity Institute to be an invaluable experience in understanding the significance of a research position within an organisation.

It's not big and it's not clever!

Jun 29, 2015 09:56 BST The Business Continuity Institute In common with many industries, the business continuity world is awash with acronyms, abbreviations and jargon. And whilst this is all very well for your average business continuity manager or consultant when they’re speaking to another business continuity 'expert', actually most business users aren’t fluent in BCM-speak.

​Hard wiring business continuity management

Jun 24, 2015 15:17 BST The Business Continuity Institute When an incident occurs in a vehicle, there are a number of 'hard wired' features that will automatically deploy. You don’t have to initiate a 'vehicular incident management plan', you don’t have to know how to deploy an airbag – it’s all built in and automatically activates when required. Is it possible to do this with aspects of our business continuity and incident response arrangements?

The ease with which you can inspire the future

Jun 10, 2015 09:30 BST The Business Continuity Institute I have been a contributor to the ‘Inspiring the Future’ website for several months, the initiative being strongly supported by my employer, The Wellcome Trust, as part of our commitment to encourage staff to volunteer their time and expertise to the wider community.

​Influencing behaviour in a crisis through communication

Jun 09, 2015 09:30 BST The Business Continuity Institute The more we discussed, the more I came to think that whilst social media undoubtedly has an important role to play in any crisis communications strategy, it is the message that is being communicated that determines the impact of the communications.

Bringing business continuity to schools

Jun 08, 2015 12:43 BST The Business Continuity Institute This year I have been taking part in a schools project called ‘Inspiring the Future’ in which business people use their knowledge and experience to help students prepare for life in the business world. Once you join the scheme you are able to choose which events you are willing and able to take part in. Of course, this depends largely on your willingness to travel and your availability.