June 19th, 2018

The Baroness Harris of Richmond DL

Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords

Angela Harris is a Liberal Democrat Life Peer and has been since 1999. Since entering the House of Lords she has chaired the European Union Select sub-Committee F and has been a member of the European Union Select Committee, Offices Committee and Refreshment Sub-Committee. She is a Whip for the Liberal Democrat group of Peers, Spokesperson on the Police in the House of Lords and Deputy Spokesperson on Northern Ireland.

Angela was born in Lancashire in 1944, the daughter of The Reverend G.H.H. Richards. She was a member of North Yorkshire County Council from 1981 to 2001 and the first woman to chair the authority in 1991/92. She has also served as Chair of the North Yorkshire Police Authority between 1994 to 2001 and Deputy Chair of the Association of Police Authorities between 1997 – 2001.

For 16 years between 1982-98 Angela was Justice of the Peace and Chair of Advisory Sub-committee. She was a former Town and District Councillor serving as both Mayor and Chairman and NHS Trust non-executive Director (1990-1997). She has also acted as a former Party Chief Steward at Federal Conferences for the Liberal Democrats and was a candidate for the Party in the 1999 European Parliament Elections.

Lord Harris of Haringey

Author, An independent Review of London’s Preparedness to Respond To A Major Terrorist Incident

Lord Toby Harris has been Chair of the National Trading Standards Board, which is responsible for delivering national and cross-boundary consumer protection enforcement activity, since May 2013. He is also the UK Coordinator of the Electrical Infrastructure Security Council and chairs the Independent Reference Group for the National Crime Agency. In 2016, he conducted an Independent Review for the Mayor of London on London’s Preparedness to Respond to a Major Terrorist Incident.

At the request of the Minister for Prisons, he led an Independent Review on the Deaths of Young People in Prison Custody. The report (“The Harris Review: Changing Prisons, Saving Lives”) that was published in July 2015 and is the most substantial review of penal policy for nearly thirty years. He was also Chair of the Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody that reports to the Ministry of Justice, the Home Office and the Department of Health from 2009 to 2015.

He was made a Life Peer in June 1998 and is Chair of the Labour Peers. In 2013, he chaired the House of Lords Committee on the Olympic and Paralympic Legacy. He has been a member of the Joint Committee on National Security from 2016 and previously from 2010 to 2014. He was also a member of the House of Lords Select Committee that reported on Personal Internet Security in 2007. He is Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Policing and an Officer of the Parliamentary Internet and Communications Technology Forum.

He was born in 1953 and graduated from Cambridge University in 1975, having studied Natural Sciences and Economics and where he was President of the Cambridge Union. His professional career began with four years in the Economics Division of the Bank of England. He then spent seven years at the Electricity Consumers’ Council, becoming Deputy Director in 1983. In 1987, he became Director of the Association of Community Health Councils for England and Wales (the national statutory body representing patients’ interests). He remained there until October 1998, when he established his own public affairs consultancy, Toby Harris Associates, which advises a number of major public and private sector bodies. He is a non-executive director of Cybersecurity Challenge UK, and a number of other companies.

He was a member of the London Assembly from May 2000 to June 2004, on which he led the Labour Group and he was the first Chair of the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA). He continued to sit on the MPA from 2004 until 2012, as the representative of the Home Secretary with a remit to oversee the national and international functions of the Metropolitan Police - primarily its role in counter-terrorism and security. He also oversaw their risk management and audit, and was the interim chair of the Audit Panel for the Metropolitan Police Service and the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime.

He was a member of Haringey Council from 1978 to 2002 and was its Leader from 1987 to 1999, having previously spent five years as Chair of Social Services. He was Chair of the Association of London Government (now London Councils), representing the 33 local authorities in London, from its formation in 1995 until 2000, and is now one of its Joint Presidents. He previously chaired the Association of London Authorities.

From 1986 to 1993, he was Chair of the Association of Metropolitan Authorities’ Social Services Committee and led for local government in negotiations about the introduction of Community Care and the Children Act. He was also a member of the Executive (and later a Vice President) of the Local Government Association for a number of years. He was also a member of the Executive of the Association of Police Authorities from 2000 to 2006 and was a Vice President from 2006 until 2012.

He chaired the Wembley National Stadium Trust from 1996 to 2018 and the Freedom Charity from 2009 to 2015, was the first Chair of the Institute of Commissioning Professionals, has been a non-executive director of the London Ambulance Service, a Senior Associate of the Kings Fund, and a member of the Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants. He is a former member of the Committee of the Regions of the European Union.

Katherine Richardson

Deputy Director, Resilience and Emergencies Division, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Katherine is the Deputy Director leading the Resilience and Emergency Division in the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. Katherine is responsible for MHCLG’s role in working with local resilience forums as well as with central government to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies.

Katherine joined MHCLG (formerly DCLG) in January 2017 from the Home Office where she spent over ten years in a variety of roles, most recently in countering extremism. She has worked in various other departments including the Ministry of Justice, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for Work and Pensions.

Tony Thompson

Emergency Planning Consultant

Tony Thompson took over the role of Chair of the Emergency Planning Society in February 2015. He has worked most of life in the emergency and resilience field at the strategic, tactical and operational levels. He is a former superintendent in the British Transport Police (BTP) and has first-hand experience at many of Britain’s major train disasters including Clapham Junction (1988) – where he was the BTP incident commander, Severn Tunnel Collision (1991), Ladbroke Grove (1999) and Great Heck//Selby (2001). He was one of the first members of the UK Police Major Disaster Advisory Team when it was set up in 1993 and remained for a 10-year period until he took early retirement in 2002.

In 2003, he joined the then Office of the Deputy Prime Minister as a Deputy Director in Bristol. He established the Regional Resilience Team for South West England, as part of the government’s new resilience arrangements for wide-area and large-scale emergencies in the English regions. He was the regional lead for central government during the response to the Boscastle floods in North Cornwall in 2004, and orchestrated the inception of the Regional Resilience Forum for the South West.

In 2005, he took up the post of Head of UK Emergency Response and Resilience for the British Red Cross, based at their UK Office in London. This strategic role required him to work closely with the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office and other government departments to provide Red Cross humanitarian support in the aftermath of many major emergencies, including the Indian Ocean Tsunami (2004), the Pakistan Earthquake (2005), the London Bombings (2005) and the UK floods (2007). In the response to the London bombings he was the Gold commander for the British Red Cross. He had an active role in the development of a government-funded scheme to provide financial support to British victims of terrorist acts abroad, and managed the British Red Cross Psycho-social Support Team which gives practical and emotional support to British nationals affected by emergencies anywhere in the world.

In 2008, he worked in the Middle East as principal security consultant for a major project for the Critical National Infrastructure Authority based in Abu Dhabi. This included the provision of emergency management training. Tony is now based in the UK and continues to work in emergency management, resilience and related disciplines.

He holds a Masters Degree in Civil Emergency Management and a degree in English law. He lives in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset.

Heather Shepherd

Flood Recovery Specialist, National Flood Forum

Heather Shepherd works for The National Flood Forum with a focus on Community Engagement and Flood Recovery. Heather has suffered flooding herself and has worked in flooding for 18 years. Amongst her many roles, for the past 10 of these, she has provided long term recovery advice and support for Communities, Councils & LRF’s, a few of these include; the major floods of Yorkshire, Cumbria, Lancashire, West Sussex, Kent, Surrey, Calderdale, Liverpool, Hampshire.

Although Heather now works managing and advising, she still likes to ensure she keeps working at the heart of communities where possible, creating partnership working to reduce flood risk and increase community resilience. Heather gave evidence to the EFRA committee at the winter floods of 2015-16 inquiry, she is also a member of the Midlands RFCC and received an MBE for her services to flooded communities.

Luana Avagliano

Head of ResilienceDirect, Cabinet Office Civil Contingencies Secretariat

Luana has worked in Digital Delivery of online transactional services for 13 years.

As Head of ResilienceDirect, Luana works closely with the UKs Resilience Community, encompassing the blue lights, public, private and the voluntary sector. This has resulted in the launch of ResilienceDirect Service, on 27 March 2014. This is the free capability for our community, providing a secure, collaborative platform, live information sharing and the use of data for situational awareness and focusing on impacts. Luana places the user at the heart of everything ResilienceDirect delivers..

Luana also dedicates her time and energy to other key events and forums, Major Incident and Emergency Response 2018, Emergency Services Show 2018 including the past 3 years. Luana has chaired Ambition Emergency Preparedness Resilience and Response for the past 4 years , the international event to share best practice, reflect on new innovation and network. Chair of the Steering Group The MOBILISE project in parallel with other academic research projects looking at surface water flooding in urban areas and collaboration across the emergencies services.

Luana champions innovation, focusing on delivering capability to truly assist the Resilience Community within the UK.

Commander Dean Haydon

Senior National Co-ordinator, Counter Terrorism Policing

In May 2018, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Dean Haydon was appointed as the UK’s Senior National Co-ordinator for Counter Terrorism (CT) Policing, responsible for the delivery and central co-ordination of Counter Terrorism activities and allied matters across the national CT policing network.

Prior to this appointment, he was the Commander of New Scotland Yard’s Counter Terrorism Command (SO15), with responsibility for managing both London and International Operations. As part of its leading role in the National Counter Terrorism Police Network, SO15 regularly engages with other partner agencies, including MI5 and MI6 to counter the threat of terrorism to the UK, as well as conducting investigations into breaches of the Official Secrets Act and War Crimes. This Command has a “local to global” reach with officers permanently posted in all of London’s boroughs as well as sixteen countries around the world. As part of his International CT recognition and joint working, he has been awarded the FBI Directors excellence award and the Spanish Police medal of Honour.

Through numerous terrorism investigations, the CT policing network has built a worldwide reputation for excellence and is regularly deployed nationally and internationally in the global fight against terrorism, assisting allied countries in their response to terrorist attacks, as well as building capacity and capability. DAC Haydon is on the board of Governors for LINCT (Leadership in Counter Terrorism across the international partners). In 2017, the UK experienced an unprecedented level of terrorist attacks and associated disruptive activity preventing further attacks and DAC Haydon was at the forefront of managing and leading the UK response in addition to managing the press and media as the national spokesperson.

In previous roles, he has led the Homicide and Major Crime Command and the Sexual Offences Exploitation and Child Abuse Command (SCO1 and SCO17). In 2014, he was Temporary Commander within Specialist Crime and Operations responsible for tackling gangs, firearms and serious and organised crime in London (SCO7 and SCO8). In 2012, he was the Head of Trident Gang Crime Command and the London Crime Squad (SCO8) and in this role he was a Home Office “Peer reviewer” for gangs and organised crime.

DAC Haydon is a Senior Identification Manager (SIM) for Disaster Victim Identification (DVI). In September 2014, he travelled to Ukraine to lead and manage the UK’s response to the Malaysian air crash (MH17). DAC Haydon was also until recently the National Police Chiefs Council lead for Casualty Bureau coordinating the national emergency response in the event of a major disaster or mass fatality incident. He is also a CT Commander trained to manage high threat and extreme threat to life operations, a CBRNE Commander and a Strategic Firearms Commander.

As a Chief Officer, he has retained the lead for a number of legacy high profile cases and these include the Stephen Lawrence murder investigation and separately the Levi Bellfield national co-ordination role, involving offences of murder, rape and abduction across multiple force areas. He also led the initial review into phone hacking at News International.

During DAC Haydon’s 31 year service with the Metropolitan Police Service he has served as Staff Officer to Assistant Commissioner Specialist Operations (ACSO) and led on the pro-active interventions strategy for the 2012 Olympics and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in London. He has also served in the Anti-Corruption Command managing numerous high profile corruption enquiries in the UK and overseas.

Carl Daniels

Deputy Senior Responsible Officer, Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Principles (JESIP)

Carl joined the Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Programme (JESIP) at its inception in August 2012. Originally from the North West Ambulance Service, Carl was the Head of Resilience Development, leading on the delivery of a wide variety of Emergency preparedness and Resilience functions, Commander training, debriefing and organisational learning from incidents.

As the JESIP Ambulance Senior User, he led on developing the initial JESIP training products and a model for their delivery, this resulted in over 12000 emergency service commanders being jointly trained through 2013/14. Following the initial two-year programme, Carl is now heading up the JESIP team as the Deputy Senior Responsible Officer.

He is an experienced commander and has commanded the ambulance response to a variety of incident types, including flooding, public order and terrorism.

Carl attained a Master’s Degree in Management from Manchester Metropolitan University Business School in 2009.

Richard Stephenson


Over the past 10 years, Richard has overseen the growth of YUDU to become a global leader in cloud based document distribution and corporate communications. Richard has been running technology led international businesses for the past 30 years and completed his first private equity backed MBO in 2001.

Richard's past roles include being an Operating Partner with Duke Street Capital, Chairman of Xafinity Holdings Ltd, President of the Supervisory Board of Navimo S.A. and Chairman of Deloro Stellite Ltd.

Andrew Lynch

Editor of Fire Magazine and IFP

Andrew has twenty years’ experience as a leading public sector Editor and combines this with national roles as Chair of the Board of Trustees of The Fire Fighters Charity from 2016, Vice Chair of the Fire Sector Federation – the umbrella group for fire sector organisations in the UK – from 2017, and Parliamentary Liaison Officer for the All Party Parliamentary Fire Safety and Rescue Group from 2015.

Andrew has been the Editor of FIRE magazine – the trusted voice of fire & emergency since 1908 – from 2000, and Managing Editor of International Fire Professional – the journal of the Institution of Fire Engineers – from 2012.

Andrew programmes and chairs the FIRE Congress on themes ranging from Firefighter Safety, A Fire Safe Future After the Tragedy of Grenfell Tower, Changing the Face of the UK Fire and Rescue Service, and Resilience to Terrorism. He is also the creator and host of the celebrated blue light Excellence in Fire & Emergency Awards, now in its fifth year.

Dr Dave Sloggett

Alan Taylor Research Fellow, The University of Oxford

Dr Dave Sloggett has worked in the field of counter terrorism for over forty years. His work has seen him deployed into Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. he also led the development of a number of CT systems that are operational in the UK today.

His current research work at Oxford University focuses on the development of models of terrorist and insurgent groups and their tactics and on the development of real-time information services to help first responders deployed into an active event.

He also delivers a range of lectures on contemporary security threats to MoD establishments and is an authority on Information Operations.

Antony Sloan

Safety and Security Officer, Transport Wing for West Midlands

Antony has been within the transport industry for 10 years, working for Transport for West Midlands and previously Centro.

Working as part of the innovative ‘Safer Travel Partnership’ Antony is part of the team working to drive down Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour on public transport within the region, working on a daily basis with West Midlands Police and British Transport Police Officers in order to achieve this. Antony manages a dedicated team of police staff that focuses on tackling and preventing anti-social behaviour.

Antony also manages a Communications and Education department within the Partnership.

For the last 18 months Antony has been working collaboratively with transport operators, category one responders and the Local Resilience Forum to ensure full integration of transport specific plans and multi-agency partnership working.

Martin Iversen

Country Manager for Ireland and Executive Consultant, Braemar Response Limited

Martin Iversen is the Country Manager for Ireland and Executive Consultant for Braemar Response Limited. He is responsible for all Braemar Response business activities on the Island of Ireland ensuring the company can deliver a range of preparedness and response solutions to events such as oil spills, HNS/chemical incidents, flooding, marine casualties and other industrial and civil emergencies. He also acts in a wider consulting role, at C Suite and Senior Leadership levels within organizations on Resilience, HSE and Crisis and Emergency Management projects.

Martin has almost 30 years’ experience in the arena of Resilience, Operational Excellence and Crisis and Emergency Management, in both public and private sectors having served in the UK emergency services, worked for the worlding leading energy companies and now with a Commercial Response organization. He has undertaken assignments in Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australasia at Corporate, Senior Leadership and Operational levels, and as such, conveys a global, strategic and culturally diverse perspective coupled with solid, practical hands-on and hands-in experience.

Martin has a MSc in Environmental and Health and Safety Management, LLM in International Environmental Law and an MBA. He is an Associate Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers.

Harriet Hirst

Development Manager, GB3

Harriet serves as the Development Manager of GB3 Limited. Formed in 2012 GB3 provides IT strategy, systems and support services; with dedicated software development and cyber security divisions.

With over 8 years of experience in the Software industry specialising in Java and JavaScript, Harriet has worked on a wide variety of projects within a number of different sectors, including financial, e-commerce and government services.

Harriet is married and with a noisy cat and cheeky Labrador, Archie and Lily. She and her husband Tim love to be outdoors and cook together, always trying new recipes. In her spare time, Harriet likes to swim, do yoga and attempts to get things to grow in their