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Individual membership


Continuity and Resilience Consultant 2015

In this category the judges will be looking for evidence of exceptional all round skills and a broad experience in the continuity and resilience space. Applicants will have in depth knowledge on the relevant subject areas and will be able to demonstrate how they have helped improve organizational resilience for a client. The winner of this category will be able to show the judges that they have an innovative approach to the discipline, are an outstanding problem solver and a worthy ambassador for the consultancy profession in the area of business continuity and resilience. All entries should include the length of time the entrant has been involved in business continuity and resilience and any relevant professional credentials they have as well as any examples of contributions made to the growth of the discipline in the local region.

Suggested Criteria checklist:

  1. In depth knowledge
  2. Broad experience
  3. Improved organizational resilience for a client
  4. Innovative approach
  5. Outstanding problem solver
  6. Worthy consultancy ambassador
  7. Minimum 5 years’ experience
  8. Relevant professional credentials
  9. Examples of contribution to growth of the discipline in the region.

Continuity and Resilience Professional (Private Sector) 2015

Judging for this category will focus on how the individual has used creative and original approaches in their employing organization to improve overall resilience. Evidence of effective planning, response and recovery from the impacts of actual or potential disruptive incidents will add weight to the application. Further evidence of continual improvement and demonstrating how the entrant has influenced strategic thinking within the organization will enhance the entry. This individual is likely to be recognised as a leading and influential professional by his/her peer group. They will also be able to demonstrate their contribution to the growth of the discipline in the region.

Suggested Criteria checklist:

  1. Creative and original approach to improving organizational resilience in their organization
  2. Evidence of effective planning, response and recovery
  3. Evidence of continual improvement
  4. Evidence of influencing strategic thinking
  5. Leading and influential professional recognition
  6. Examples of contribution to growth of the discipline in the region.

Continuity and Resilience Professional (Public Sector) 2015

The role of a continuity and resilience Professional working in the Public Sector is often two fold, as they look internally to ensure the services they provide can be maintained in all eventualities but additional external responsibility may be placed upon them as they encourage local communities to become more resilient. In this category the judges will be looking for an outstanding individual who has used creative and original approaches to improve overall resilience. Evidence of effective planning, response and recovery from the impacts from actual or potential disruptive incidents will add weight to the application. Further evidence of continual improvement and demonstrating how the entrant has influenced strategic thinking within the organization will enhance the entry. This individual is likely to be recognised as a leading and influential professional by his/her peer group. Emphasis will be on the individual contribution to organizational and community resilience. .They will also be able to demonstrate their contribution to the growth of the discipline in their local community and wider region.
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Suggested Criteria checklist:

  1. Creative and original approach to improving organizational resilience
  2. Evidence of effective planning, response and recovery
  3. Evidence of continual improvement
  4. Evidence of influencing strategic thinking
  5. Leading and influential professional recognition
  6. Individual contribution to organizational and community resilience
  7. Examples of contribution to growth of the discipline in the local community and wider region.

Most Effective Recovery

If your organization, or your client’s organization, has suffered significantly from the impact of an incident or crises and managed to ‘bounce back’ and demonstrate resilience, then the judges would be pleased to receive an application in this category. The judges will be looking at how effective the recovery was based on the quality of the planning, response that led to the effective recovery and the enhanced resilience level achieved as a result. Evidence should be provided on how effective the organizations business continuity arrangements were in surviving the disruption, what lessons were learnt during the process and how these lessons will help to continually improve and enhance ongoing levels of resilience within the organization.

Suggested Criteria checklist:

  1. This incident or crisis must have occurred in the previous 12 months from the date of the application.
  2. There must have been significant disruption to business as usual
  3. The entrant must demonstrate an effective recovery based on outcome
  4. Quality of the planning and response that led to the effective recovery
  5. How effective were the BC arrangements
  6. Lessons learned for continual improvement and enhanced resilience

Continuity and Resilience Newcomer 2015

Entrants into this category will have been working within continuity and resilience for less than 2 years. The judges will be looking for an enthusiastic approach to the discipline, passion for the industry and innovative ideas on how to implement and embed good practice in business continuity and resilience either within their own, or client, organizations. Above all, however, they will be hoping to see potential for intellectual and professional development and trying to spot an innovator and leader of the future. Entries should show any relevant professional credentials gained and examples of contributions made to the growth of the discipline in the region.

Suggested Criteria checklist:

  1. The entrant must have less than 2 years’ experience prior to the date of the application.
  2. Evidence of enthusiasm and passion for the discipline
  3. The entrant must demonstrate an innovative approach to BC and resilience
  4. Relevant professional credentials
  5. Potential for future innovator and leader
  6. Examples of contributions made to the growth of the discipline in the region

Continuity and Resilience Team 2015

This category is specifically for teams working in continuity and resilience with dedicated members within large organizations. The judges will be looking at how well the team is led, how the team works together but also at how it works across all disciplines within the organization. Major challenges that the team has faced, and how these were dealt with, would add weight to entries. Evidence of implementing BC and improving organizational resilience should be provided as part of the entry. Please include an outline of the team profile, their experience and their performance.

Suggested Criteria checklist:

  1. Good team leadership
  2. Good team working
  3. Evidence of team working across the organization
  4. How well the team has dealt with and overcome challenges
  5. Relevant professional credentials of team members
  6. Examples of contributions made to improving organizational resilience.

Continuity and Resilience Provider (Service/Product) 2015

The winner of this Award will be recognised as providing an outstanding service, or product relevant to the continuity and resilience profession within the region. The type of service may include, but is not limited to:  training and education; IT disaster recovery services; physical disaster recovery services; consultancy and advisory services and auditing that contributes to good practice in the industry. Products may include, but are not limited to: hardware, software, automated notification systems, tools, templates, publications or events that support and contribute good practice in the industry. The judges will be looking for a first class service or product backed up with excellent customer feedback and support.

It is a criterion of entry that the service or product provider has a minimum of 5 customers (who may be invited by the entrant to submit supporting statements) and have been offering their services or products for a minimum of 2 years prior to the date of application. Please include the number of customers and length of time in the application, along with any certifications achieved in relevant areas of expertise.

Suggested Criteria checklist:

  1. Outstanding product or service providing within the region
  2. Contribution to good practice within the industry
  3. Excellent customer feedback and support
  4. Supporting statements from minimum of 5 customers
  5. Service or product to be offered for a minimum of 2 years prior to application date.

Continuity and Resilience Innovation 2015

The judges will present this award to the organization which has demonstrated outstanding innovation in the development of a new product or service for the continuity and resilience sector within the region.  The product or service must have come onto the market within the year prior to the date of application and have a relevant business continuity and resilience application. The judges will be looking for:

What the product or service offers
Why the product or service was developed in relation to market need within the region
How the product or service is being used to practical advantage by customers

Suggested Criteria checklist:

  1. Outstanding innovation in the development of a product or service providing within the region
  2. Contribution to good practice within the industry
  3. Excellent customer feedback and support
  4. Supporting statements from customers
  5. New Service or product to have come onto the market in the 1 years prior to application date.

Public Vote Category

Industry Personality 2015

Nominations for this category should be made for individuals who have added value to the continuity and resilience industry over the past year. They could be practitioners, academics, consultants, government officials or just enthusiastic ambassadors for the discipline. Quite simply they will have a huge personality and have made the continuity and resilience arena a better place.

A shortened entry criterion is in place for this category where only a 100 word summary of achievements should be submitted. The 5 most popular entrants will be out to a public vote.