Welcome to the 2014 BCI World Conference and Exhibition which is being held in the Institute’s 20th year.
This year we will explore business continuity and resilience through a varied programme which includes keynote speakers, three main conference streams and an interactive game show. Delegates can also attend pre-conference training and are invited to a welcome networking event. In addition, the prestigious BCI Gala Dinner and Global Awards will be held on Wednesday 5th November at the incredible Science Museum. The full programme is available here.
The accompanying Exhibition offers three complimentary seminar programmes with the exhibition hall acting as a central networking hub for both conference delegates and exhibition visitors with a variety of attractions including demonstrations and product showcasing. A guided tour of the exhibition floor with an experienced practitioner is available to all newcomers which gives an invaluable insight to this field and the chance to meet other professionals.
Our three keynote speakers each come from different perspectives: Professor Steve Peters is a bestselling author, consultant psychiatrist and psychologist to several of the world’s leading sport stars. Professor Peters will use his wealth of experience in understanding people’s minds to help us control the irrational, impulsive, seemingly impossible part of our mind that often holds us back. Martin Fenlon MBCI, Business Resilience Coordinator, Houses of Parliament will tell us how the Houses of Parliament protect themselves from today’s risks and threats by building resilience and Dr Rob Macfarlane, Assistant Director, Training and Doctrine, CCS, Cabinet Office will be announcing a new national standard for Organizational Resilience - BS 65000. We are very lucky to have the opportunity of a sneak preview.
Our venue is London Olympia which brings modern facilities and British heritage together. London is a diverse and exciting city with some of the world's best sights, attractions and activities. With so much to do, it's hard to narrow down the long list of reasons to visit. London's famous skyline continues to evolve, the most recent addition being the striking Shard building. There are plenty of places to view the iconic skyline along the river, but make sure you take in a panoramic view of London from up high at some point during your stay.
The conference will be of interest to all business continuity professionals and others working in associated disciplines who have an interest in building and improving resilience in their organization. Delegates who have attended in the past include Heads of Emergency Management, Business Continuity Managers, Directors, Senior Executives, Business Continuity and Risk Consultants, Operational Managers and Risk Managers. It is suitable for newcomers and experienced professionals alike.
It is open to BCI members as well as non-members from around the world – over 20 countries in 2013 - and we welcome a rich variety of professionals at all levels with diverse approaches and viewpoints. BCI Members can attend the AGM which takes place on Tuesday 4th November.
The conference promises to be an excellent occasion for discussion, debate, learning and networking. I hope you can join us and I look forward to meeting you in November.
Steve Mellish FBCI
Chair, Business Continuity Institute