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New deputy mayor for Policing to speak at Global Resilience Summit

London First is delighted to present its second Global Resilience Summit, which will take place on Wednesday 19 October 2016, at the QEII Centre.

As the Summit approaches, we are pleased to announce three new speakers to the extensive programme:

  • Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor, Mayoral Office for Policing and Crime, Greater London Authority. Sophie will be in discussion with Sir David Veness on topics such as London’s position in the world as a resilient city, the challenges and opportunities that Brexit is expected to bring, London’s adoption and appointment of a Chief Resilience Officer, the challenges of managing the policing of the capital, including its preparation to meet a terrorist attack.
  • Christian Sommade, Executive Director, French High Committee for Civil Defence. Christian will be giving his perspective on how French society is coping with the shocks arising from recent terrorist attacks and how local communities are rebounding in the face of a prolonged campaign of Islamic extremism.
  • Dr Ilan Kelman, a Reader from UCL, and Adrian Tinniswood OBE, a historian and author, will respectively be talking about the resiliency parallels between the Fort McMurray fire (2016) and the Great Fire of London (1666). With the 350th commemorative year of the London fire then it will be a fascinating review of the lessons for resilient communities in the face of a major catastrophe.

The theme for 2016 will be Delivering City & Corporate Resilience, and the Summit will look to advance the understanding, leadership and benchmarking of resilience in major cities like London.

The Summit will focus on the key issues of organisational, reputational and digital resilience that demand Board-level attention in managing long-term risks from shocks and stresses in communities and corporates.

The outcomes will help Boards and senior management in both the public and private sectors drive resilience forward: it will also incorporate the results of project work on micro-community resilience that London First has been leading under the title of ‘London Bridges’.

To see the latest programme, please click here.

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Contact: Robert Hall,

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