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The BANG Awards nominees

The 6th Annual Bang Awards, the UK’s alternative business continuity awards, will be presented on 30th April in London. The awards ceremony, at the Old Doctor Butlers Head pub, is free of charge to attend.

This year’s nominees are as follows:

1. Corniest Cliché

a) The BCI for stating on its website: “Preparing to sit the Certificate of the BCI (CBCI) examination, but not quite sure if you are ready? Take this short 50 question mock test to gauge your readiness. Instant responses will let you know whether you have failed or passed (and whether you have gained a mock “Merit”)”

b) Bucks New University for stating in an article: “resilience’ fundamentally means an accomplished form of survival and leadership in times of turmoil – whether personal or organisational”

c) The BSI for stating on its website: “An ISO 22301 package can be designed to remove the complexity of getting you where you want to be – whatever your starting point”

d) BANG Chair for stating on the BANG LinkedIn Group: “Having watched "World War Z", I find another worrying set of "killer disease" statistics”

2. Creativity and Innovative Planning

a) Paul Daniels of Leadership & Management; for understanding that when planning for the BANG annual charity auction for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY), to be creative and innovative you firstly need high quality auction items that individuals/organizations are prepared to realise the value of, and therefore pay a premium price.

b) Neal Mullen, Chair of BANG Dublin; for understanding the membership and suggesting that their first meeting should be held at the Guinness Gravity Bar, on the basis that other UK BANG Groups have their meetings in a pub.

c) Roger Jarvis of Ernst & Young reminded the BANG membership through LinkedIn of ‘The Minsky Moment’, and the recent revival of the work of American economist Hyman Minsky who provided a valuable insight into the nature of business continuity in general and disaster recovery in particular. This despite, or perhaps because, of the fact that Minsky was referring to the origins and anatomy of financial crashes and not BC/DR as such. In a nutshell Minsky proposed that “Stability is destabilising”, that the seeds of disruption for a modern economy lay not in some hostile external event but in the very stability of that system. Stability breeds complacency and beyond that to a lack of attendance to procedure and a casual attitude to risk. The road to disaster starts in the good times not in the bad ones. In summary of his posting there are three steps to avoidance, each one ten times harder than the last:

  • Recognise honestly just how far your business is away from the Minsky Moment.
  • Put the BC/DR controls in place to steer away from that Moment.
  • Keep the controls there and active, whatever the resource cost.


a) Duncan Hart of Cameron Communications for delivery of one of the best communication processes yet used at a BANG London event, all were impressed by the technology used and case studies that had been recorded and replayed to those members attending.

b) Nestor Alfonzo Santamaria of the Corporation of London for his work that he is carrying out for the EPS Executive London Branch and BCI London Forum, where he is leading development of a Resilience core body of knowledge, having gained agreement with the City Business Library Librarian for the establishment of a Resilience section.

c) Paul Kirvan, FBCI, of Paul Kirvan Associates for his clear communication, either in writing or verbally, using his developed understanding of our subject matter BCM information, gained over the past 25 years. His articles on technical and managerial aspects, articles in magazines and supporting documentation, whether written or using specialist software have been a refreshing addition to the core body of knowledge.

d) Richard Whitby of Crisis Solutions for reminding us that when there is so little information to go on, as is the case with MH370, it makes the handling of what little information there is even more critical.

4. Luckiest Recovery of the Year

a) Brigadier Jeff Little of House of Consultants for his ability to bounce back after his appearance on ‘Escape to the Country’, progress through several senior roles in industry, to a point where he is now delivering complex consultancy programmes within the Middle East.

b) Chris Smith of Deloitte for organizing his next career step after leaving the British Military, and for some unknown reason focusing on BCM as a civilian career, especially having previously survived an intensive ‘BCM Masterclass’.

c) Paul Robertson of PricewaterhouseCoopers for delivering a TED Talk titled 'Crisis is inevitable, failure doesn't have to be'. Paul finishes by saying "If you don’t want to fail you need to practice a crisis. More specifically, if you don’t want to fail, you've got to practice failing."

5. Best Staff Awareness of BC

a) Corporate Insurance & Risk (CIR) Magazine for its industry wide awareness of a range of related subject matter areas, and development of a Resilience sharing platform for industry professionals to exchange information.

b) The Business Continuity Institute (BCI) for establishing the Annual BC Awareness Week (BCAW) and providing supporting material before, during and after.

c) Transport for London (TfL) for cross divisional awareness by briefing of staff, secondees, contractors and suppliers.

d) British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) for their BCM Special Interest Group (SIG) and their management of communicating to likeminded Institute peers, and sharing of information to those individuals involved in managing buildings, structures and support services.

6. Most Bizarre Exercise Scenario

a) Andrew Macleod of Needhams 1834 for delivery of a crisis management new team building exercise that used realistic and supportable scenarios, which had happened but were either excluded form, or not covered, in the News! The actual scenarios used were based upon an undersea fibre cable break, between the UK and Europe, and the likelihood of large volumes of trades being caused by escalating events in the East China Sea.

b) Ronnie Coutts of the Emergency Services College (EPC) for his understanding of developing complex yet simple exercises that is relevant to all of those participating, even though from the outset they initially seem to be rather bizarre: the exercise that is!

c) Roger Gomm of the Institute of Civil Protection & Emergency Management (ICPEM) for his planning, support and delivery of two ‘UK Threat’ related 45 minute exercises at Counter Terror Expo 2014, on behalf of BANG. The level of input and output identified for each exercise, will deliver to delegates a worthwhile and operationally useful experience.

7. Most Helpful Person in the Industry

a) Steve Terry of Franklin Templeton for the past eight years has been a committee member and Treasurer of the BCI London Forum, and has showed his easy attitude by ensuring that the HMRC are fully engaged with the Forum’s activities, thereby preventing financial & personal disasters.

b) Laura Meadows of xMatters for providing best customer service over and above her normal course of work, and has shown her willingness to promote BC and Resilience on behalf of BANG, and the BCI London Forum who make up nearly 40 percent of the BCI’s UK membership.

c) Jim Moffat of Smith Ivanson for providing loyal and free service to BANG from Day 1, by establishing the social networking infrastructure for members and supporting BANG’s growth to beyond 1,600 members today.

8. The Rocket Science Award

a) Sir David Veness of Chertoff Group for supporting London First and being one of the founders of Cross-Sector Safety and Security Communications (CSSN) at a time, then and now, when such an organization was needed. Such challenges were not new, having served as Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Department of Safety & Security from its creation in 2005 until June 2009. This role carries responsibility for UN operations globally. And, prior to this appointment, he was Assistant Commissioner (Specialist Operations) New Scotland Yard from 1994-2005. David was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in 1994, a CBE in 2000, and was knighted in 2004.

b) Les Chapman of RTI (Forensic Engineering) found himself taking over the Chair of the Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management (ICPEM) who have an international membership, and work closely with such organizations as the UN. Having taken over this role he found himself involved in joining the ICPEM with the Emergency Planning Society (EPS), where discussions are continuing. And, all of this happened at a time when work pressures were high, but as he would say this is not Rocket Science.

9. Best Pub near a Recovery Centre

a) Borough Market; The Market Porter, not far from Sentronex recovery site, is most definitely a real ale pub, with up to nine traditional ales constantly changing; it’s a beer festival every day of the week. The Market Porter enjoys an attractive setting in a historic district of London – the Borough Market, so much so that the pub was transformed into the 'Third Hand Book Emporium' in the film 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban', and was situated next to 'The Leaky Cauldron'! Nearby attractions include Vinopolis, Southwark Cathedral, The Globe Theatre and the London Dungeon.

b) Canary Wharf; The Gun, not far from Sentronex and Sungard AS’s recovery sites in Canary Wharf, dates back to the early 18th century but it took its current name from the cannon which was fired to celebrate the opening of the West India Import Docks in 1802. In the late 18th century, Lord Horatio Nelson acquired a property just up the road (still known as Nelson’s House) and he regularly visited the docks to inspect the guns up until his glorious death at the battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Lord Nelson would frequent The Gun and regularly meet Lady Emma Hamilton in an upstairs room (now called The River Room) for their secret assignations. The Gun also has a long association with smugglers landing contraband on the site and distributing it via a hidden tunnel. To this day there is still a spy-hole in the secret circular staircase to watch out for ‘The Revenue Men’. As the docks on the Isle of Docks flourished so did the pub, becoming the local for dockers, stevedores and boatmen.

c) Founders Arms, near Hopton Street, SE1 9JH, a stone’s throw from IBM’s Sampson House. This large Young’s pub has some of the best views in London. Its patio overlooks the Thames towards Blackfriars. Food includes mussels, beer battered fish and chips, beef mushroom and ale pie, steak frites and more.

d) Bank; The Old Doctor Butlers Head (ODBH), BANG’s HQ, is a Shepherd Neame pub named after the court physician to James I, is a traditional pub in the heart of the City with a rich history and reputation for warm hospitality spanning four centuries. The bar, restaurant and function room offer a wide choice of traditional English food, cask ales, international lagers and wines in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

e) Blackfriars: The Rose and Crown on Colombo Street, Blackfriars, a stone’s throw away from SunGard’s Paris Garden site, is a Shepherd Neame pub dating back to the 16th century. It survived the Blitz undamaged while most of the surrounding area was flattened. It has a large beer garden lined with hop and wisteria.

f) Old Street: The Old Fountain 3, Baldwin St, EC1V 9NU, a short walk from Old Street Tube and a Phoenix recovery site, is a traditional freehouse, run by the same family since 1964 specializing in great quality real ale with seven rotating guest ales from micro-breweries across the country and plenty from London. It is consistently listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and holds a beer festival each year.

g) St Pauls: The Red Herring, a Fuller's establishment in the heart of Gresham Street, recovery site for the ODBH in the event of an evacuation, a bar in the city that captures the feeling of your local pub.

10. Best Contribution to the Profession

a) Dr James Bellini of Witt O’Brien’s who to our knowledge is the only futurologist (apart from industry horizon scanners) working in business continuity management who has been prepared to confront the scale of potential threats to the world.

b) Chris Needham Bennett of Needhams 1834 who has taken a more than serious approach to our subject matter and core body of knowledge by studying for a Professional Doctorate in Resilience whilst at the same time expanding his consultancy and training company to meet new opportunities.

c) Jim Burtles of Total Continuity who has become the ‘Moses’ of BCM, writing as an author and ‘ghosting’ others to produce key components of our subject matter, and for agreeing to lead a BANG Special Interest Group (SIG) to develop further his original work on the ‘Back Log Trap’, adding value to why organizations need to have BCM.

d) John Milne, who has championing the cause of resilience in the UK banking sector. It will be hard to find someone quite as focused on the subject of resilience within BoE to take the helm in the event that he moves on to pastures new.

e) Keith Tilley of SunGard Availability Services (A.V.) EMEA & APAC for his ongoing support to continuity and recovery, and for taking leadership as the Managing Director of EMEA and APAC as they become a standalone company from SunGard.

To attend this free event click here.

•Date: 9th April 2014 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

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