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Building ‘Resilient Communities’ in the face of modern-day adversity – a blog by Deverell Associates and London First has been published, read it here

Previous events – 2018

22 March. Leading Resilient Organisations
Breakfast Briefing. What makes an effective resilient organisation? A good resilient organisation can successfully identify long-term challenges such as AI and climate change as well as build organisational agility to be able to absorb and adapt. The challenges can expose risks but also present opportunities. Those with the foresight to embrace change and prepare for it can reap competitive advantage.
This breakfast meeting addressed the fundamental issues in leading resilient organisations in a turbulent age. The practical issues and implications were analysed in an effort to identify success and measure progress. Caroline Field introduced a comprehensive framework for holistically measuring and managing resilience within your organisation. Hazel McLaughlin explored how to build resilience at the individual and team levels and how to ensure the right culture, values and behaviours that mitigate risk and seize opportunities for the future. Robert Hall focused on building and benchmarking the resilience of local business communities in city districts. Participants had the opportunity to engage in a group discussion with interactive survey questions for a real-time measure of the core issues and the actions needed by decision makers.
Simon Webb, Director, Nicols Group
Caroline Field, Principal, Resilience Practice, MMI Engineering
Hazel McLaughlin, Partner and Business Psychologist, OE Cam
Robert Hall, Director, Security & Resilience Network, London First

28 February. The Dynamics of Crowds and Communities post-Incident
Breakfast Briefing.  The reaction of crowds on Oxford St on 24 November to reports of shots being fired was not too surprising. A degree of confusion was an expected reaction to a major traumatic event, whether real or perceived, especially for people who are caught unexpectedly in the open. A similar reaction was observable at the Manchester arena in connection with that recent terrorist attack, but was also a significant feature in the distant Hillsborough tragedy where terrorism was not a factor. While good building design and sound event planning can go a long way to forestall tragic incidents, there is much to consider when managing crowds and communities, which often have a dynamic all of their own. This briefing considered what role crowd dynamics can play in post-incident behaviour and how best practice can be applied in various, mass self-evacuation scenarios.
Chair: Professor Gloria Laycock OBE, UCL Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science
Simon Ancliffe, Managing Director, Movement Strategies
Michael Wood, Managing Director, Monarda Solutions Ltd

Security Adviser, CPNI
Sponsor and Host: Facebook and Wilson James Ltd


7 February. Briefing with the Deputy National Security Adviser, Richard Moore CMG
Evening Briefing and Private Dinner. Richard Moore, the UK’s Deputy National Security Adviser, gave an evening briefing to members and then became the guest at a private dinner, organised by London First and hosted by PA Consulting. Ricard gave an after-dinner address on his views on the security state of the nation and the role of business in helping to fulfil that task.
Sponsor and Host: PA Consulting

5 February. Managing Fire Risk in Tall Buildings (FPA Seminar)
The Fire Protection Association ran a seminar aimed at all those concerned with the safety of tall buildings regardless of age, structure or use. The event was aimed at those with responsibility for residential premises including blocks of flats, hospitals, halls of residence and hotels. Comment were made on some of the findings from the interim Hackitt Report on the Grenfell Tower fire.

30 January. Designing Cities for a Safe Future
Breakfast Briefing. The need to make citizens and corporations feel safe from changing urban threats requires a judicious balance between reassurance through protective measures and the appearance of normality through open spaces. To generate a fortress response will be negative for long-term business, tourism and city living – and expensive. So what are the options for shaping a compromise that will sustain defences against potential shocks while minimising the worst effects of prolonged stress? This briefing looked at the dilemmas and offered some ideas on what a balance may look like and who was best placed to deliver it.
Christian Bocci, Partner, WestonWilliamson + Partners
Michael Center, Regional Security Adviser, United Nations Department of Safety and Security
Carolyn Dunlop, Risk Director, Debenhams, and Chair, Crowded Spaces Industry Exchange
John Deverell CBE, Managing Director, Deverell Associates
Chris Stevens, Project Technical Security Advisor, Crossrail
Richard Bond, Senior Consultant, Resilience, Security & Risk, Arup
Chief Inspector Nick Staley, MPS
Sponsor and Host: WestonWilliamson + Partners

Previous events – 2017

30 November. Workshop at UK Security Expo

Workshop. The second UK Security Expo was held at Olympia on 29-30 November. The Security & Resilience Network launched its Resilience First concept and Application for Resilient Communities (ARC) at a workshop on 30 November. ARC is an app that has been designed in conjunction with partners, namely consultants Alchemmy and designers Both the programme and app are designed to provide business communities in defined urban areas with the information and tools to enable them to build and mature resilience for the greater good and success. The overall aim of the initiative is to create a network of leaders and practitioners who can together improve micro-city resilience through innovation, integration and best practice, thereby making a city safe, secure, smart, survivable and sustainable in the face of growing challenges.
Robert Hall, Director, Security & Resilience Network, London First
David Allen-Rogers, Senior Consultant, Alchemmy
Mathieu Gomez, Manager, Alchemmy
Ross Tuffee, Sales Director,

17 October The Grenfell Tower Fire – Implications for Business
Breakfast Briefing. The tragic fire at the 24-storey Grenfell Tower block of public housing flats in north Kensington on 14 June 2017 made that building a landmark in a number of ways. The cause and lessons are being examined in an inquiry conducted by Sir Martin Moore-Bick. Sadly, there have been three major fires in tower blocks leading to fatalities since 2005. This breakfast briefing looked at what help can be given to industry and interested stakeholders in order to understand the circumstances and ramifications of the Grenfell fire and appreciate what this may mean for business organisations. The event was aimed at all those concerned with the safety of tall buildings regardless of age, structure or use, and the resilience aspects of recovery. It was of particular benefit to those with safety and security responsibilities for residential premises including blocks of flats, hospitals, halls of residence and hotels.
Chairman: Richard Barnes, former Statutory Deputy Mayor of London
Ian Herbert, Principal Fire Consultant, MMI Engineering
John Frost MBCI, Head Of Business Continuity, Marks and Spencer, and Chairman of the Retail Business Continuity Association
Toby Gould, Deputy Head, London Resilience
Sponsor: BNP Paribas

21 September Water Scarcity and Security in London 
Breakfast briefing. With a growing population, London is expected to require an extra 200 million litres per day of potable water by 2025. This has to be found from a variety of resources, as well as from savings or reuse. Furthermore, to meet the most severe droughts, longer drought permits and orders, and water restrictions lasting nine months or more, may be required. A six-month drought order could cost businesses between £750 million and £1.7 billion. This means that water security is a priority issue that must be tackled if London is to be secure for the future. The briefing looked at the challenges and what businesses can do in resilience planning.
Chair: Professor Chris Rapley CBE, Chair, London Climate Change Partnership
Alex Nickson, Water Resources and Growth Lead, Thames Water
Christine Cambrook, Associate in the Water Group, BuroHappold Engineering
Sponsor: BuroHappold
CoHost: Thames Estuary Partnership

7 July Preventing, Interdicting and Mitigating Lone-Actor Extremism 
Breakfast briefing. After terrorist incidents in Nice, Berlin, Stockholm and more recently London and Manchester, attention has been refocused on attacks by so called lone-actor extremists. Based on findings from an EU-funded academic project, this briefing will look at the patterns of lone-actor radicalisation and how the phenomenon can be prevented or mitigated. Speakers discussed the importance of public-private-academic collaboration in order to bring evidence to practice, the assumptions that organisations make about the willingness and ability of staff to work during major terrorist incidents, the positive impacts of communicating through general messages like Run-Hide-Tell, and disruptive impact on hostiles and their attack planning by resilient people in order to help embed security behaviours and deter hostile reconnaissance.
Chairman: Hagai Segal, Senior Lecturer, New York University (London)
Richard H, Head of NaCTSO
Dr Brooke Rogers, Reader in Risk and Terror, Department of War Studies, King’s College London
Dr Julia Pearce, Research Fellow, Department of War Studies, King’s College London
Dr Sharon H, Group Leader, Personnel and People Security, CPNI
Sponsor: NBC Universal

7 June Brexit: One Year On. The Challenge of Securing UK’s Borders
Breakfast briefing. This briefing launched the second of our reports on the post-Brexit situation. The report considered the issues of border security in 2019. It, and the briefing, examined border challenges, border control and identity management, the implications of the government’s White Paper on border arrangements, legal implications and obligations, and the future of border and immigration management. The conclusions and recommendations were offered as a prelude to the new ‘Borders and Infrastructure’ Expo at IFSEC 2017 (20-22 June).
Chairman: James Kelly, Chairman BSIA
John Vine CBE QPM, former Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration
Joe Connell, Director, Praemunitus Ltd Intelligence & Risk Consultants & Chairman of Association of Security Consultants
Dr Alison Wakefield, Senior Lecturer in Security Risk Management, University of Portsmouth
Claire Bradley, European Law Monitor Organisation, University of Portsmouth
Sponsor: IFSEC2017

17 May Joint London First / OSAC / ASIS / EastWest Institute Spring Conference
Sir David Veness CBE QPM, Chair of Advisory Board, Security & Resilience Network, London First
Bruce McConnell, Global Vice President, EastWest Institute and former Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity at US Department of Homeland Security
Dr Alex Tarter, Head of Cyber Consulting, Thales
Kevin Duffey, Managing Director, CyberRescue
Michael DeBolt, Head of Cybercrime Fusion Unit, INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation
Dr Sam De Silva, Partner, CMS McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Brian Fishman, Head of Counter Terrorism Policy, Facebook
Brendan Goode, Global Head of Cyber Security Operations, Deutsche Bank
Ian McCormmack, Technical Director, National Cyber Security Centre
Greg Williams, Editor, WIRED Magazine
Gareth Williams, Vice President, Secure Communications and Information Systems (SIX) UK, Thales
Detective Inspector Grahame Mace, Head of Cyber Team, National Fraud Intelligence Bureau
Todd Renner, Assistant Legal Attaché, US Embassy
Graeme Hackland, Chief Information Officer, Williams F1
Brian Boetig, Legal Attaché, US Embassy
Host: RBS
Sponsor: Thales.

16 May High-Level Dialogue on Cyberspace Co-operation
A private meeting organised by the EastWest Institute which identified areas of common concern and created a framework for sustained discussion. The primary focus of this meeting was the intersection of cyber and nuclear issues. The dialogue brought together international cybersecurity and nuclear experts, former and current government officials, business leaders and academics, and other key partners. The Security & Resilience Network was a co-partner.

5 April Vulnerabilities and risks in cities from drones and other unconventional attacks
Afternoon Seminar. Concerns are mounting about terrorists returning from the Middle East with the knowledge of using weaponised drones, or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, on the battlefield. Delivering an improvised explosive device in the UK on a drone would present a novel attack vector and in a densely populated area could cause significant damage, not to mention fear. In its latest report, Pool Re, the government-backed reinsurance company, warns that extremists equipped with bomb-making knowledge and chemical weapons skills are heading to returning to Europe will escalate this threat. This seminar, sponsored and hosted by Arup, brings together a panel of experts in protecting buildings through design, unmanned aerial vehicle capabilities and CBRN operations. They will discuss the threats and responses.
Chair: Ed Butler CBE DSO, Head of Risk Analysis, Pool Re
Sponsor: Arup
Hamish de Bretton-Gordon OBE, Managing Director, CBRN
Ian Womersley, Head of National CBRN Centre and Operational Development Unit, National Counter Terrorism Policing
David Butler BEM, Managing Director, CBRN Solutions UK
Mike G, Centre for Protection of National Infrastructure
Richard Bond, Senior Consultant, Resilience, Security & Risk, Arup
Fernando Lopez-Calleja, Head of Aerodrome Licensing & Assurance Airside Operations, Heathrow Airport

1 March Strengthening Cyber Resilience and the new National Cyber Security Centre
Breakfast Briefing. On 1 November 2016 the UK Government launched the National Cyber Security Strategy 2016-2021. In that document much was made of the contribution from the new National Cyber Security Centre which aims to provide ‘a hub of world-class, user-friendly expertise for businesses and individuals, as well as rapid response to major incidents’. The NCSC was formally opened by the Queen on 14 February 2017. A senior NCSC director spoke to members on the work of the Centre and how it could help businesses improve their cyber responses and resilience in the increasingly challenging internet age. This briefing considered how cyber resilience could be applied and what adaptation was necessary. A response from business was provided by a leading expert in cyber security who was former head of Europol’s cyber-crime unit.
Chair: Sir Ian Andrews CBE TD
Sponsor: Baring Asset Management
Speaker: Senior Director, National Cyber Security Centre
Commentator: Troels Oerting, Group Chief Security Officer and Group Chief Information Security Officer, Barclays

Previous events – 2016


22 November Terrorist Trends and Protecting London through Partnership.
Briefing. In the run-up to the national Counter-Terrorism Week (w/c 28 November 2016), with the theme of ‘Partnership’, it was important to be aware of the latest trends in the terrorist threat and the moves to counter the dangers to London. Delegates heard the official assessment from the Head of CT Command in London, as well as an academic view of the extent of radicalisation and the effectiveness of counter-radicalisation programmes. In addition, as terrorism feeds on publicity there was a contribution from a serious and well-known writer on the role of the media in the portrayal of the extremist and the terrorists’ campaign in liberal democracies.
You can read notes on the briefing here.
Hagai Segal, Lecturer and Consultant on Risk, Counter-terrorism & the Middle-East, New York University in London
Commander Dean Haydon, Head of SO15 Command, MPS.
Professor Peter Neumann, Professor of Security Studies at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London.
Robert Fox, Author and Journalist, Evening Standard.

19 October Global Resilience Summit 2016.
For a second year, the Global Resilience Summit – Delivering City & Corporate Resilience – promoted an international approach to the subject by bringing together some of the world’s top thinkers and players to look over the horizon. The aim in 2016 was to advance the understanding, leadership and benchmarking of resilience in major cities like London. It focused 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 both communities and corporates.

14 September Transferring Risk to the Insurance Market – Flooding, Terrorism and Cyber.
Breakfast Briefing
Incidents of flooding, terrorism and cyber attack are top risks for businesses today. In an effort to provide effective insurance cover, the government has worked with the insurance market to introduce Pool Re for general terrorism cover and more recently FloodRe to cover the flooding of private properties. New efforts are underway to introduce cyber insurance more widely. This briefing presented an opportunity to learn more about the workings of these three aspects of transferring risk and how they can practically benefit users. The three confirmed speakers provided an expert view of the market and how risk and security professionals can interact.
Jon Hall QFSM, Managing Director, Resilience Advisors Ltd
Ed Butler CBE DSO, Head of Risk Analysis, PoolRe
Mark Camillo, Head of Cyber EMEA, AIG
David Williams, Technical Director, AXA
Sponsor: AIG

21 Jul – The Security & Resilience Implications of Brexit for London.
While the shock of Brexit will take some time to dissipate and the road ahead look clearer, it is important that we consider the strategic and operational implications of the new political environment. There are sure to be new challenges in both security and resilience for the business community in London. This briefing considered the early effects and the possible consequences that large and small businesses will need to bear in mind in their planning.
You can read notes on the briefing here.
Chairman and Speaker: Sir David Veness CBE QPM, Chairman, Security & Resilience Advisory Board, London First
Speaker: John Barradell, Chief Executive, The Corporation of London
Howard Dawber, Strategic Adviser, Canary Wharf Group plc.
Stefan Gershater, Director, UK&I Advisory, Ernst & Young LLP

15 June The Challenges of Territorial Policing in London.
Breakfast Briefing
Policing London at a time of local political change as well as social challenges makes for a busy portfolio. Crime may be down overall in London but there are pockets of criminality which stretch the police service in the protection of Londoners as a whole. The Assistant Commissioner at the Met responsible for Territorial Policing provided at this briefing a unique insight on the problems his command faces, the priorities that he sets for Borough policing, and the way he believes the police, with finite resources, can address some of the stubborn challenges that his officers face every day on the streets of the capital.
You can read notes on the briefing here.
Chair: Cressida Dick CBE QPM, Director General, FCO
Speaker: Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt, MPS
Sponsor: Hogan Lovells International LLP

24 May Russia’s Impact on the City.
(by invitation)
The extent to which Russian politics, business dealings and investments have an impact on London will be outlined and discussed by a world-renowned expert in the subject.
After-dinner Speaker:
Professor Mark Galeotti, Professor of Global Affairs and Director, Initiative for the Study of Emerging Threats Center for Global Affairs, NYU School of Professional Studies

18 May Internet Intelligence: Protecting Organisations and Creating Opportunities.
Evening Briefing & Reception.
Increasingly, the best way for organisations in the 21st Century to defend against the onslaught of modern threats and thrive in the midst of increasing competition is to secure an information advantage. A panel of experts shared details on how leading organisations can capture intelligence from the Internet to deliver actionable insight to combat a range of threats, including insider threat and reputational damage, as well as to maximise strategic market opportunities.
Lord Evans, former Director General of MI5
Sarah de Gay, General Counsel & Head of Compliance, Slaughter and May
Robert Farrer-Brown, General Counsel, Lazard
Mike Millward, Founder MRC Global Risk
Host: Slaughter and May, and Blackdot Solutions Ltd.

6-8 April  ASIS 15th European Security Conference & Exhibition.
Conference (London)
Security professionals and experts from over Europe and beyond assembled for networking opportunities and a trade exhibition featuring cutting-edge security technology and solutions from a select group of leading companies. London First was a supporter of the Conference, and co-hosted with ASIS and OSAC a Chairman’s breakfast on 8 April. Charles Farr CMG OBE, Chairman, Joint Intelligence Committee, spoke at the briefing which was also attended by Mark Rowley QPM, Assistant Commissioner for Specialist Operations, Metropolitan Police Service of London.

23 March  A New Approach to Tackling Fraud.
Breakfast Briefing 
With the Home Secretary launching the Joint Fraud Task Force on 10 February, and with work underway on a revamped Action Fraud, it was timely that London First members heard more about these developments and how they might affect them for the better. The National Co-ordinator for Economic Crime offered the police perspective while the Chief Executive of CIFAS provided the view of the UK’s Fraud Prevention Service.
Commander Chris Greany, National Co-ordinator for Economic Crime, City of London Police
Simon Dukes, CEO, CIFAS
Host: Estee Lauder

11 February Protecting the Critical National Infrastructure.
With around 80% of the CNI in the hands of the private sector, it is vital to consider roles and responsibilities in the face of growing risks to ever more interconnected and interdependent systems.  This briefing was a rare opportunity to hear from a key speaker on the issues and challenges.
Chairman: Sir Ian Andrews CBE TD, Director IMA Partners Ltd and former Chairman of the Serious and Organised Crime Agency.
Speaker: Head, Centre for the Protection of the National Infrastructure
Host: Edelman and BAE Systems

27 January Maintaining London’s Transport through Shocks and Stresses.
Breakfast Briefing
Maintaining London’s traffic is paramount all the time and not just at times of crises. This briefing considered how best to make the transportation system in the capital as resilient as possible so that it can respond and recover to any interruption or incident.
Richard Barnes, former Statutory Deputy Mayor of London and Deputy Chairman of the Metropolitan Police Committee
Garrett Emmerson, Chief Operating Officer, Transport for London
Assistant Chief Constable Mark Newton, British Transport Police
Ian Graham, Vice President & Country Manager UK, Verint Systems Inc.

Previous events – 2015

2 December Lessons from Paris. Breakfast Briefing
The recent terrorist attacks in Paris have marked a significant change in the attack profile of IS in Europe. By targeting sites such as restaurants and theatres, with the aim of causing mass casualties, it is appropriate that businesses should draw the right and immediate lessons in order to prevent or mitigate such attacks elsewhere. This briefing will be given by senior officers in the police, with a guest speaker from Paris.
Chairman: Sir David Veness CBE QPM, Chairman of the Advisory Board, Security & Resilience Network
Commander Richard Walton, Deputy Assistant Commissioner, MPS Specialist Operations Command
Superintendent David Roney, Office of the National Co-ordinator PROTECT & PREPARE, National Counter Terrorism Policing HQ
Dr Nicolas Le Saux CPP, Chairman (Designate) of the ASIS European Advisory Council

 1 December Reimagining the Police Service.  Afternoon Seminar
This seminar will consider the ways in which the Police Service in England and Wales could be organised and managed to meet the challenges of crime (including terrorism), funding constraints and public expectations over the next decade. The backcloth will be the fact that the financial situation of policing is unlikely to improve for at least the next decade. Finances and structure will have a direct impact on operational issues, as well as leadership, privatisation, outsourcing, organisation and accountability. The seminar will consist of short presentations on relevant themes followed by open discussion facilitated by a chairman, who will be supported by rapporteurs. The event will be conducted under the Chatham House rule.
You can read notes on the briefing here.
Sponsor: EY
Chairman: Sir David Veness CBE QPM
Charles Clarke,
former Home Secretary
Craig Mackey QPM,
Deputy Commissioner, MPS
Stephen Otter QPM, Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary for the National Team
Stephen Kavanagh, Chief Constable of Essex
Professor Tony Travers, Professor, Department of Government, LSE
Matt Maer DSO OBE, Director of Group Security, Canary Wharf
Nick Ross, Author and Journalist
Chris Donnelly CBE TD,
Director, Institute for Statecraft
David Gilberston QPM,
former Deputy Assistant Commissioner, MPS

15 October  Global Resilience Summit. Conference
With 54 per cent of the world’s population living in urban areas – a proportion that is expected to increase to 66 per cent by 2050 – the security and resilience of cities around the world is set to face a number of difficult challenges. As cities continue to grow economically, technologically, socially, and inter-dependently, it is vital that we exploit the ideas that link together concepts and best practices so that we can meet, and collectively overcome, the challenges that threaten the future of our cities.
The Global Resilience Summit, which was held on 15 October 2015, sought to address these challenges by providing a forum for ideas and discussion on security and resilience in cities. Organised by London First, the Summit offered a unique and crucial opportunity for security professionals from the private, voluntary, and wider public-sectors to collaborate and learn from one another.
The Summit’s themes were centred on urban terrorism, crisis management, business resilience, and city policing.


8 July  How does Climate Change affect London? Breakfast Briefing
The winter of 2013/14 demonstrated that the London Metropolitan area can be subject to area flooding on a significant scale. Like many world cities, it is sited around a major river and on a vulnerable coastline. Flooding is, in fact, considered to be one of the top security risks for London.  But with a changing climate, the capital is also subject to heat stress, air pollution, greenhouse gases, etc.  This briefing will examine the challenges ahead and how London and its environs can take proactive measures to mitigate the worst effects of impacts of climate change in both the security (protective) and resiliency (adaptability) contexts.
Jon Lovell, Chair of the ULI UK Sustainability Council and Director of Sustainability, Deloitte
Sir Philip Dilley, Chairman, Environment Agency
Professor Chris Rapley CBE, Chairman, London Climate Change Partnership
Sponsor: BuroHappold
Supporter: Urban Land Institute (UK)

25 June  ASIS International (UK Chapter) Summer Seminar. Conference

18 June  Simulation in the CityBreakfast Briefing
As cities become more complex and hence vulnerable to disruption, it is important to be able to simulate routine and abnormal events in a safe environment so that planners and responders alike can decide on the best course of action. Simulation is currently of sufficient sophistication to be able to model explosions, review critical infrastructure designs, explore crowd dynamics, or run real-time exercises and communications. It can also help target harden the build environment. This briefing looked at the capabilities, present and future, of how simulation could help in managing securely and safely urban systems in smart cities.
Dr Mike Griffin, Technical Director, VectorCommand Ltd
David Prior, Founder and CTO, Xuvasi Ltd
Paul Snudden, CEO, Advanced Laser Imaging Ltd.
Sponsor: ICBC Standard Bank

21 May  Tackling Terrorism – Lessons for the Future. OSAC / London First Spring Seminar
This annual joint seminar focused on the threat to cities like London from international terrorism. Recent attacks in Ottawa, Sydney, Paris and Copenhagen have illustrated the vulnerability of complex urban environments and the need to have robust Prevent, Prepare and Protect strategies. The event looked at what it takes to make a city resilient to terrorism, and what lessons can be learnt to make those strategies effective and adaptable to meet future threats.
Speakers included:
Lord Evans of Weardale, former Director General of the British Security Service (MI5)
Commander Richard Walton, Counter Terrorism Command (SO15) London & International
Niall P Brennan, Legal Attaché, FBI, Paris
Hagai Segal, Lecturer & Consultant, NYU, London
Glenn Schoen, CEO, Boardroom@Crisis
Richard Voke, Partner, Ashfords LLP
Sponsor: State Street

14 May  Policing in the Digital Age. Breakfast Briefing
This briefing provided a rare, single occasion to hear from the three most senior officers in London who are responsible for shaping the responses as well as the forces needed to meet the law-enforcement challenges in a world increasingly dominated by cyber-space. It was an opportunity to hear about not only the latest actions to tackle cyber-crime but also the new ways that the police are using technologies to help them in their daily task to ensure London remains a safe and vibrant capital.
Sir David Veness CBE QPM,
Chairman of the Security & Resilience Network Advisory Board
Keith Bristow QPM,
Director General, National Crime Agency
Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe QPM,
Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis
Adrian Leppard QPM,
Commissioner of the City of London Police
Sponsor: RBS

19 March  Tackling Terrorism: The Lessons from Sydney and Paris. Drinks reception
The events in Australia and France have been sharp reminders of the nature of the modern terrorist threat. However, the end of 2014 and start of 2015 have been particularly violent months with terrorist attacks worldwide including an assault on the Canadian Parliament and a foiled plot in Belgium. What do these recent incidents tell us? At this briefing, a range of experts offered their thoughts on the latest terrorist trends and suggested ways that we should prepare for a possible attack nearer home.
Detective Chief Superintendent Scott Wilson, National Co-ordinator of PROTECT & PREPARE, National Counter Terrorism Policing HQ, ACPO Terrorism & Allied Matters
Professor Anthony Glees, Director, Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies, The University of Buckingham.
Shaun O’Mahony CEO, Blackdot Solutions Ltd.
Sponsor: NBC Universal

12 February Tackling Cyber Fraud.  Breakfast Briefing
Fraud and cyber-crime are significant and growing problems across all sectors of society, and especially business. The National Fraud Authority estimated that in 2013 the loss to the UK economy through fraud was £52 billion. A recent report showed that companies based in London were not fully aware of the threat posed by cyber-crime and could be undermining the capital’s reputation as a safe place to do business. The threat was also felt to be under-reported and that the cost of cyber-crime to business had ballooned, especially among smaller companies. This briefing shed some light on the accurate picture and the steps that businesses could take to protect themselves.
John Barradell, Town Clerk and Chief Executive, City of London Corporation
Detective Superintendent Peter O’Doherty, City of London Police, Director National Fraud Intelligence Bureau
Stephen Bonner, Head of Cyber Crime, KPMG
Sponsor: City of London Corporation

21 January Ebola and Pandemic Flu Update.  Breakfast Briefing
The ravages of the Ebola outbreak in west Africa have had repercussions in more distant countries as medical staff and travellers return home. At the same time, the isolated bird flu outbreaks in various countries have provided a reminder of the previous incidents of viral transmission to humans and the impact they have had on business. Hence, it was necessary that organisations based in London looked carefully at the issues surrounding the spread of these deadly diseases and considered their advice to travellers, insurance provision and actions if staff became casualties. This briefing examined these aspects and offered advice from experts.
Deborah Turbitt, ?Consultant in Communicable Disease Control, Public Health England (tbc)
Olly Morton, Operations Director, SecureBio Ltd
David Lanfranchi, Project Manager, Business Interruption Centre of Excellence, Marsh Ltd
Sponsor: Prudential Plc


Previous events – 2013-14

4 December Future Sight: Security Forecast.   Breakfast Debate
With so much occurring in the security and resilience space both domestically and internationally, it is appropriate at year end to have a look at what the year ahead (2015 plus) may look like and what challenges we can expect in terms of threats as well as responses. The breakfast debate will involve some key figures in the political and security domains who will offer their own forecasts as well as debate the issues between themselves and the audience. Under the theme of ‘Future Sight’, the audience can expect some topical discussion and hear insights on the major issues that we might have to contend with as a nation and that may affect London in particular for the foreseeable future.
Professor Michael Clarke, Director General of the Royal United Services Institute
Lord Hannay of Chiswick GCMG CH, Chair of the All Party Group on Global Security and Non-Proliferation
Keith Bristow QPM, Director General, National Crime Agency
Niall MacGinnis, Group Security Director, Diageo
Con Coughlin, Defence Correspondent, The Daily Telegraph (Chairman)

13 November Counter-Terrorism Awareness.   Breakfast Briefing
The increase in the national threat level in response to international events has refocused minds on the nature and scale of the challenge from terrorism. However, the old adage that the terrorist has to be successful only once to have the desired effect while the authorities have to be successful all of the time in defeating the threat still holds true. It was therefore timely in advance of a national Counter-Terrorism Awareness Campaign that businesses in London heard from the experts in counter-terrorism about the latest situation and the associated protective measures.
Delfont Mackintosh Theatres and Estee Lauder
Stuart Osborne, Director of Global Security, BAE Systems plc, and former Deputy Assistant Commissioner and Senior National Co-ordinator, Counter-terrorism, Metropolitan Police.
Key-note Speaker:
Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley QPM, Specialist Operations, Metropolitan Police
Other Speakers:
Chief Inspector Anthony Bennett, SO20 Counter-Terrorism Protective Security, Metropolitan Police
Counter-Terrorism Security Adviser Geoff Bigby, Metropolitan Police



The World Cities Conference 2014 was held in London and brought together 285 participants over two-and-a-half days. The event included a pre-event workshop, a full conference programme, a delegate dinner and a VIP reception. (For details, see: From an initial survey (126 people, 19% return):

  • 100% found the conference very valuable or valuable.
  • 100% found the conference administration very good or good.
  • 66.6% found the networking element of the conference very valuable or valuable.
  • 95.8% would be interested in attending a future World Cities event.
  • 90% would recommend a colleague to attend.

Individual comments received included the following:

Many of the presentations were amongst the best I have experienced at a conference and the ones on the first day in particular were consistently good.Overall I thought the event was excellent. You and your team should be congratulated and should feel very pleased that it went so well. All in all it was a great event and one that I would recommend that we support again if you have a conference next year.’ (Sponsor)

I thought the venue at the British Library was good and was well organised.’ (Sponsor)

‘The conference, I believe, managed to strike a balance, in what is always difficult, between detailed technical and broad overviews. In speaking with the many delegates, I would say that the overall consensus was that it was a very successful and productive three days, which gave much food for thought and issues to build on.’ (Delegate)

I thought it was an insightful event.’ (Speaker)

The whole thing was so well organised, the speakers were hugely engaging and logistically it ran like clockwork. No mean feat for such a prestigious event.’  (Speaker)

We truly enjoyed it and found it to be extremely helpful, mainly in the sense that you very successfully achieved to have such a variety and diverse range of speakers and opinions, which is always very thought provoking.’ (Delegate)

‘It was a valuable use of my time and much appreciated.’ (Delegate)

‘It was a great event with some very interesting speakers.’ (Delegate)

‘An excellent event and I thoroughly enjoyed Nick Ross’s talk.’ (Delegate)

‘It was an excellent conference.’ (Speaker)

‘I really enjoyed the conference and the other speakers and will always be a huge supporter of London First.’ (Speaker – Europol)

‘Congratulations again on a very successful event – very well organised and great set of speakers.’ (Sponsor)

‘Thank you very much indeed for a fantastic event.  I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to have met the London First Community – and indeed to have dined with some of them.  It was a great experience and one which showed good promise for business going forward.’ (Delegate)

This is just a note to say that I very much enjoyed attending the World Cities Conference and think it worked very well indeed. I learned a great deal and found the topics very interesting and intellectually stimulating.’ (Delegate)

11 September Gangs – Challenges and Responses  Breakfast Briefing
The disruption and danger that violent gangs can bring to a neighbourhood have received much coverage. This briefing uncovered some of the truths and myths, and tried to put the risk into perspective. It heard from those who are in the front line of policing about this pernicious problem in urban environments. The focus included business responses and how the public and private sectors could work together to make a difference to the culture of gangs and the individuals caught up in the cycle of violence.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Stephen Rodhouse, Specialist Crime and Operations, MPS
Chris Moore, Chief Executive, The Clink Restaurant Company Limited
Jessica Hodgson, Operations Manager, North London District, Job Centre Plus (DWP)

2 July  Promoting Cyber Security Awareness.  Breakfast Briefing
This briefing by the Centre for the Protection of the National Infrastructure (CPNI) provided senior managers with an awareness of the cyber threat, its impact and how to manage cyber-related risks. It included a demonstration of what an attack looked like and what could be achieved. The briefing highlighted a number of key questions for organisations to consider when managing cyber risks. It was a non-technical briefing.
Sponsor: Avanta

23 June A quarrel in a far-away country: Ukraine’s implications for London.  Breakfast Briefing
In order to gain a clearer picture of the events in eastern Ukraine and their impact on a city like London, as well as the consequences for broader international relations, this briefing provided an insight on Russian and Ukrainian motivations and the likely outcome over the short, medium and long term. The speaker,  a renowned expert on the Russian military as well as Russian organised crime, has written extensively on Russian geopolitical affairs.
Professor Mark Galeotti, Clinical Professor of Global Affairs, New York University
Sponsor: Bircham Dyson Bell

3 June Kidnap: A Hostage’s Story.   Breakfast Briefing 
This event heard from a former hostage on his experiences of being kidnapped by separatist rebels in the Danakil Depression area of northern Ethiopia in 2007, and from Rachel Briggs on the challenges for organisations of supporting families and employees during and after a kidnap. Hostage UK is a charity that supports families and hostages during and after a kidnap. The organisation is not involved in operational responses but offers a range of help and services to enable families and organisations to cope better with the consequences of a kidnap (
Peter Rudge, Vice-Chair of Hostage UK and Director of duckrabbit.
Rachel Briggs OBE, Director of Hostage UK and  Research Director at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue
Sponsor: Standard Bank

12 May  Fifth OSAC / London First Spring Seminar. Conference

23 April  Fighting Corruption – How Effective Are We? Breakfast Debate
The UK Bribery Act has had an impact and consequences well beyond UK borders. It was a landmark in many respects and required companies to publish their anti-bribery policies. This debate took stock of the situation and reviewed the expected outcomes from two perspectives: one from the anti-corruption campaigning organisation Transparency International; the other from the Serious Fraud Office.
Chair: Satindar Dogra,
Partner, Linklaters
David Green
 CB QC, Director, Serious Fraud Office
Robert Barrington, Executive Director, Transparency International (UK)
Sponsor: Linklaters

9 April Dinner with Charles Farr CMG OBE, Director General of Office of Security and Counter Terrorism.
Sponsor: Deutsche Bank

20 March  Energy Security – Keeping the Lights on: A Guide for Security and Resilience Managers.  Breakfast Briefing
As the country’s electricity supply faces its biggest strain in years, emergency measures are being designed to prevent blackouts and brownouts (rostering) across Britain. The consequences of any cuts for industry in particular and businesses in general could be severe. This briefing outlined both the issues and possible responses, and looked at what specific actions that risk, security and resilience managers could undertake in advance.
Mark Pollard, Managing Director, Europe Industry Practices, Marsh Inc.
Mark Prouse, Energy Resilience, Department of Energy & Climate Change
Sponsor: Google

13 February The Public Perception of Risk. Breakfast Briefing 
The perception of risk by the public and private sectors is often very different from reality. Falling crime rates, for instance, are not how many people see the dangers of becoming a victim of crime. Cyber-fraud is also a real possibility in today’s electronic age yet many people pay scant regard to their own cyber security. As a result, the cyber threat will be a feature of a forthcoming awareness campaign by the Government. This briefing considered the reasons and rationale for how we view risk in our general lives and in business.
Professor Ragnar Löfstedt,
King’s Centre for Risk Management, King’s College London
Peter Wilson, Deputy Director, OSCT, Home Office
Sponsor: Baker Tilly

16 January Designing out Crime in City Planning.  Roundtable
The roundtable considered the architectural and procedural ways of making cities more secure for both residents and workers alike. Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) is a multi-disciplinary approach to deterring criminal behaviour through clever design, and this meeting explored the latest concepts including the techniques for crowd dynamics and the challenges presented by tall buildings.
Sophie Camburn,
Associate, Town Planning, Arup
Chris Tomlinson, Senior Consultant, Resilience, Security and Risk, Arup
Doug Skins, Development Officer, ACPO Secured by Design
Simon Ancliffe, Managing Director, Movement Strategies
Sponsor: Arup


3 December The Future of Terrorism in a Fractious World. Breakfast Briefing

27 November Cyber Awareness. Breakfast Briefing

20 November
Reputational Resilience. Roundtable An examination of how companies were brought low by critical incidents and what lessons there were for others who want to avoid repeating the mistakes and secure their brand in the

12 November   How To Execute Change Having Identified The Problem. Leadership Lecture

12 November   MET Change in London, including tackling cybercrime and terrorism. Breakfast Briefing

23 October  Cyber Intelligence and Cyber Espionage. Roundtable

22 October Crime Fighting – The role of the new NCA in helping business. Breakfast Briefing

8 October  Organisational and Community Resilience. Breakfast Briefing

26 September  Crowd-sourced Intelligence: Potential & Pitfalls. Roundtable

17 September  Intellectual Property Theft. Breakfast Briefing

17 July The Application of Technology for a Safer London. Workshop

11 July Food Security: Protecting the Supply Chain. Breakfast Briefing

9 July  Kidnap and Ransom: Trends and Avoidance. Lunchtime Briefing

3 July Elite Performance and Leadership. Lecture

26 June UK’s National Cyber Security Strategy and Business Engagement. Breakfast Briefing

12 June  Cyber Security Strategy and Business Alignment. Workshop

23 May   Fourth OSAC / London First Spring Seminar. Conference

14 May  Organised Crime: Business Challenges and Responses. Roundtable

9 May    The Future Threat Landscape: The Benefits of Information Sharing. Breakfast Briefing

19 April  Applying the Security Lessons of London2012. Roundtable

Other events in 2012-2013 included:

  • Breakfast Briefing with Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey QPM, Deputy Commissioner, Metropolitan Police. 5 March 2013.
  • Masterclass with Sir David Bell, Vice-Chancellor, University of Roehampton. 20 March 2013.
  • Leadership Lecture by Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, Metropolitan Police.  February 2013.
  • Breakfast Briefing with Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Stephen Greenhalgh. 12 February 2013.
  • Breakfast Briefing with Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick, Specialist Operations, Metropolitan Police. 28 November 2012.
  • Breakfast briefing with Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey QPM, Metropolitan Police. 5 July 2012
  • Breakfast briefing with Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, Specialist Crime and Operations, Metropolitan Police. 22 June 2012.
  • Breakfast briefing with Assistant Commissioner Simon Byrne, Territorial Policing, Metropolitan Police. 16 May 2012.
  • New York University’s Global Risk Roundtable. 28-29 March 2012.

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