PlanB Consulting are very pleased that they have been shortlisted for the Business Continuity Institute Award (BCI) European Awards under the category of Business Continuity Service Provider of the Year. The Awards Ceremony will take place on 12th June as part of the BCI Executive Forum, which is being held in Brussels on 12th – 13th June 2013.
Charlie one of PlanB Consulting’s Directors said on hearing about the shortlist said;
“We are very excited about being shortlisted for this award. Last year we had a extremely successful year but it is aways hard for a small organisations like us to compete with the larger consultancies and service providers. This proves that through hard work and good services to our customers we can! Roll on the 12th June”.
Last week Charlie presented the first ever CBCI course based on the New 2013 GPG. On the course there were students from Kenya, Belgium and Nigeria as well as the UK. The course was a good improvement on the old course. There was a lot more opportunity for discussion and use of the case study VIA-C.
All students enjoyed the course and the feedback form filled out by the students gave him between 8-10 (out of 10!)
Commenting on the course on of the students Mark said
“We have just completed it (the exam) , it wasn’t as bad as expected – I think I speak for all, take care – have a good weekend all of you,
Thanks Charlie for the question tips – it helped”
We await to see how the exam results go!
New business continuity training course launched: Defensible Decision Making
PlanB Consulting has launched a new course on ‘Defensible Decision Making’. The course is aimed at those who have to take decisions during incidents, which could have major consequences or impact on members of the public, the environment or on their organisation.
It is also aimed at those who provide expert advice including:
- Those who may be asked to form part of a Science and Technical Advice Cell (STAC) as part of a multi-agency response;
- Members of public agencies who provide expert scientific and technical advice to the public and businesses;
- Those who provide advice on their products during an incident especially those which could affect public health or the environment;
- Members of staff who provide advice internally within their organisation.
Those called on to provide advice or make decisions need to make sure they make the best decision possible, with the information they have been given. This may be in a complex situation where there is limited information available. As all decisions are always open to challenge, they have to be able to justify the decision made or advice given after the event.
At the heart of the course is the decision making model. This is based upon the UK Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) recently published ‘National Decision Model’ and has been adopted for non-police use. The decision making model can be used by individuals making spontaneous decisions during the heat of the incident to teams responding to major incidents or managing planned operations. A key part of the course will show how to record the decision made, so that if the decision is later challenged, the rational, process and consideration can be recalled and used to justify the decision made.
The course mixes theory with real life examples. All those attending will get lots of ‘hands on’ experience at using the tool to take decisions and then using the supplied documentation to record the decision made.
The course was developed by Paul Macfarlane a former member of Strathclyde Police. His police experience involved working with partners in establishing Integrated Emergency Management arrangements and co-ordination of the emergency response. He was a regular lecturer on Major Incident response at the Scottish Police College and a guest speaker at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, Shrivenham.
The course is run over three hours and will be delivered by Paul or a PlanB Consulting director. Up to 12 students can attend each course. The course is only available as an in-house course and PlanB Consulting are able to deliver it worldwide.
The course compliments PlanB Consulting’s existing ‘in-house’ courses, which include:
- Loggist Training
- Incident Management Training for Teams
- Planning and Running Business Continuity Exercises
- Incident Management Support Training (Administration person training).
Charlie’s competition ’piece’ entitled, ‘ The Business Continuity Manager in 2017 – How you can avoid obsolesce……..’ is the runner up in the Continuity Central Business Continuity Paper of the Year competition.
You can read the article in the latest issue of the Business Continuity and Resiliency Journal.
Charlie Maclean-Bristol, one of our Directors, was interviewed by BBC Scotland on Tuesday last week and asked to give his comment on the power loss in Argyll.
Charlie put forward a view on crisis management and the steps needed to intake to avoid this happening again.