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Winners of the BCI Inaugural Australasian Awards are announced

A special reception held today in Sydney, Australia and hosted by Westpac Banking Corporation was the centre of attention as the winners of the BCI Inaugural Australasian Awards were announced.

Business Continuity (BC) professionals and organizations gathered together to celebrate the winners and to pay homage to the talents and achievements of some of the best BC professionals and organizations working in the Australasian Region.

The BCI would like to take this opportunity to thank all the Award Sponsors for their support and commitment to the BCI and to the BC profession.  The BCI Awards play an important role to raise the awareness of the BC profession worldwide by showcasing its achievements and value-add to organizations working in all sectors and by putting the spotlight on some of its star performers.  The individual awards were presented to the winners by representatives from the sponsorship organizations.

And now to the winners:

Industry Personality of the Year
Industry Personality of the Year was awarded to Tim James MBCI and President of the BCI Australasian Chapter.  Tim is well-known across Australia for his innovative and pragmatic approach to Risk and Business Continuity Management and is recognised as a prominent ambassador of both the Institute and the BC profession.  He has been a driving force behind the success and growth of the annual Australasian Business Continuity Summit that is the key BCM event in the Australasian region.  Tim is also the Australasian representative of the BCI on the TC223 Committee, the technical body responsible for ISO22301, ISO22313 and other international standards.  Tim was also a major contributor to the recently released Good Practice Guidelines 2013, the independent body of knowledge for BC professionals worldwide.

BCM Newcomer of the Year – Sponsored by Deloitte
BCM Newcomer of the Year went to Heather Kay, ComSuper.  Since joining the Company, Heather has made an outstanding contribution towards increasing the BCM capability of the organization through the implementation of innovative strategies and contemporary standards to strengthen Emergency Management functions, taking their BCM capability from a public concern to a point of pride.  In addition, Heather has made a significant contribution towards increasing the BCM capability of the Australian National Government through her work with a new (informal) community for BCM practice in the Canberra region that complements the work of formal BCM professional bodies.

Business Continuity Team of the Year – Sponsored by Linus Revive
Business Continuity Team of the Year went to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) for their outstanding BCM Framework, which is acknowledged as having the highest maturity amongst 26 other Australian Government agencies, according to the 2012 Comcover benchmarking survey.  This excellent BCM framework enables the team to effectively manage and shape administrative systems that support and fund services for Australians ensuring a timely and efficient response to incidents and major crises, both man-made and as a result of natural catastrophes.

Business Continuity Consultant of the Year
The winner of the Business Consultant of the Year was Saul Midler MBCI, LINUS Information Security Solutions.   Saul has 21 years’ experience in BCM consultancy, has produced hundreds of procedures and facilitated hundreds of exercises as well as 50 three-hour simulations.  His passion for educating the community in BCM is considered second to none.  He is also responsible for the functional design of Linus Revive BCMS software and is the winner of three international industry awards. His engaging style, expertise and pragmatic approach have made him a highly sought-after consultant, presenter and mentor.

Business Continuity Provider of the Year (Product) – Sponsored by CCMS (Continuity and Compliance Management Services)
The Award for Business Continuity Provider of the Year (Product) went to LINUS Information Security Solutions for their multi-award winning Business Continuity Management System (BCMS), which was developed in Australia and first released in 2003 and is now used to protect organizations across diverse market sectors both domestically and internationally.   Their BCMS puts particular focus on ensuring team-based procedures and plans are updated dynamically in line with the needs of the organization when an incident arises; reduces the time and effort of keeping BC information and plans up-to-date; and is based on good BCM practice through the alignment to international standards and guidelines.

Business Continuity Innovation of the Year –Sponsored by CCMS (Continuity and Compliance Management Services)
The Business Continuity Innovation of the Year award went to Blue Zoo for their Software-as-a-Service (Saas) tool, which consists of four sophisticated frameworks including Business Continuity Management Systems (aligned with ISO 22301:2012), IT System Disaster Recovery Readiness, and IT System Resiliency Capability Maturity. The tool enables companies to assess and measure, manage and report on their BCM governance posture, strategy and improvement program in real-time as well as quantifying the success of implemented governance programs and providing a roadmap for continuing improvement.

Public Sector BC Manager of the Year – Sponsored by Fulcrum Risk Services
This award went to Glen Redstall CBCI, Inland Revenue.  Glen has nearly 25 years’ experience in the public sector, including seven years as a BC practitioner.  A much sought-after speaker, Glen also holds a Certificate in Risk Management from George Washington University.  Glen is the BCI Forum Leader in Wellington and the Chairperson of the Government Sector Business Continuity Group.  With national responsibility for Business Continuity, Crisis Management and Emergency Management at Inland Revenue, Glen has conducted an organization-wide Business Impact Analysis (BIA), enhanced the organization’s emergency preparedness, and has activated the Crisis Management Team for the Canterbury Earthquakes and Pike River Mine explosions.  He represents the Inland Revenue on the National Welfare Coordination Group, and acts as a liaison point between this group and the National Crisis Management Centre.

Highly commended was awarded to Graham Harnwell AMBCI, Western Australia Police for his outstanding efforts to promote BCM across his region.

Congratulations to all our winners and a big thank you to everyone who entered this year’s Awards and contributed to its success!  All of this year’s winners will now be entered into the BCI Global Awards 2013 that take place in November in London as part of the BCM World Conference and Exhibition 2013, where they will go head to head with all the winners from our other BCI Regional Awards.

The Judging Panel

  • Sharon Buckland MBCI
  • Ian Clark FBCI, Principal, 4Thought Ltd
  • Professor Allan Manning, The LMI Group
  • Leslie T Whittet FBCI, Director, Leslie Whittet & Associates

The judges' biographies can be read here.

All winners from the Inaugural BCI Australasian Awards 2013 will be automatically entered into the BCI Global Awards 2013 that take place in November during the BCM World Conference and Exhibition 2013, 6th to 7th November 2013 in London.