East Midlands

The East Midlands Branch covers the six counties of Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire and Rutland.

Committee Contacts

Graeme Hempsall

Graeme Hempsall

Branch Secretary and Lincolnshire Representative

01522 582286 / 07768 996085

Martin Wilkinson

Martin Wilkinson

Branch Treasurer

07769 640632 / Fax: 01673 885474



Education Representative

Eran Bauer

Eran Bauer

Employer Liaison and Industry

01526 323000

John Perkins

John Perkins

Derbyshire County Representative

07931 092719


Northamptonshire County Representative


Nigel Humphreys

Nigel Humphreys

Nottinghamshire County Representative

07803 313670

Andrew Murr

Andrew Murr

Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland County Representative

Andrew.Murr@leics.gov.uk 0116 3056280


This statement of intent sets out the standards that the East Midlands Branch will deliver as a minimum, towards the wider development and enhancement of the Society and the profession.

This document is complimentary to Branch Rules and other Society guidance.


To support the delivery of the Emergency Planning Society‘s strategic aims, and promote the professional interests of East Midlands Branch members.


  1. Assist and support the Society in the delivery of the core strategic aims in the East Midlands.
  2. Provide a forum for the professional development of Branch members.
  3. Assist and support the Society in its work towards Chartered Institute status.
  4. Assist and support the Society in its aim to influence policy relating to emergency planning and management.
  5. Provide a forum for study of the most effective means of planning and managing local emergency preparation and response.
  6. Provide a forum for the dissemination of good practice and lessons identified within the East Midlands.
  7. Actively recruit new members to the Society in the East Midlands.

The delivery of the above Aim and Objectives will be the responsibility of the Branch, with the support and assistance of the wider Society.


  1. The Branch will organise at least one of each of the following in a 12 month period:
  • Annual General Meeting.
  • Membership development workshop;
  • CPD workshop
  1. In addition the Branch will run other events and training days having informed Central Office for promotion via the schedule of events. These events will include forums on critical issues, training and awareness and team building events.
  2. The Branch will maintain a schedule of events and meetings on the EPS website to ensure members are informed in advance of dates.
  3. Branch Executives and Members will be ambassadors for the Society and the profession.
  4. The Branch will provide quarterly communications to members and the wider Society.
  5. The Branch will encourage and develop membership of the Society in the East Midlands, to include student and new members.

Committee Members Bios

Andrew McCombe DipEP MEPS

Job Title: Armed Forces Joint Regional Liaison Officer for the East Midlands | Organisation: Ministry of Defence

Andy is the Armed Forces UK resilience strategic representative in the East Midlands. His role is to represent the Armed Forces at regional and local resilience forums ensuring that MOD policy on and procedures for requesting military aid to the civil authorities are understood by all category 1 and 2 responders.

Andy’s role is to attend the Strategic Coordinating Group during a major incident and advise on options and arrange military aid.

Andy served on the EPS committee for 4 years before he took over as Branch Chair in September 2011.

In 2016 he assumed the role of deputy chair of the National Operational Committee and was awarded EPS member of the year at the annual awards ceremony.

Graeme Hempsall

Job Title: Emergency Planning Officer | Organisation: Lincolnshire County Council

Graeme Hempsall has worked as an Emergency Planner for Anglian Water for 7 years, before joining Lincolnshire’s Joint Emergency Management Service in December 2012.

He brings a wealth of experience with Category 2 organisations to the role, and has now been tasked with portfolios for Temporary Mortuaries and Mass Fatalities, Promotion of Business Continuity and Resilient Telecoms.

Martin Wilkinson

Job Title: Independent Telecoms Adviser | Organisation: telecomsresilience.com based near Market Rasen

Martin’s background is Army ICT, O2 Airwave and the London Resilience Team, where he provided a telecoms resilience consultancy for London blue light services and other responders. He wrote and followed up the 7/7 telecoms report for the London Regional Resilience Forum. He is now an independent adviser, specialising in resilient telecoms for Cat 1 and 2 responders, and he chairs the Lincolnshire telecoms sub group (TSG). He is an Associate Trainer of the Emergency Planning College at Easingwold, designing and running their resilient telecoms courses.

Andrea Contini

Job Title: Resilience Officer | Organisation: NHS Clinical Commissioning Group

Since 1999 Andrea has been engaged in different operative roles, volunteering in Civil Protection as well as an Emergency Transport Attendant, Ambulance Driver, and a Volunteer Fire Fighter.

He graduated in 2010 from the University of Perugia in “Coordination of Civil Protection Activities” and recently achieved his Master’s degree in “Emergency Planning and Management” at Coventry University.

Andrea also maintains his involvement in public sector voluntary work by undertaking duties as a trained member of the St. John Ambulance.

Alongside his participation in the European co-funded CascEff project, he is currently working as a Resilience Officer for the NHS, in a role related to improving preparedness and response in terms of the whole local health economy under the NHS England EPRR framework.

Eran Bauer

Job Title: Director | Organisation: Civil Defence Supply

Thirty years hands-on experience in national resilience and emergency planning including CBRN, anti- terrorist response, tactical firearms, riot control and special operations working worldwide. Designer, inventor (numerous patents) and key supplier of operational equipment to UK police, prisons, armed forces and other agencies.

Previously, Lincolnshire County Councillor with specific interest in Emergency Planning. Extensively involved in all aspects of preparation and planning for emergencies and disasters. Published numerous articles over the past three decades – Member of RUSI and BSI Committee chairman Police PPE group.

John Perkins

Job Title: Business Continuity Manager | Organisation: Derbyshire Constabulary

Following his role as Regional Resilience Director at the Government Office for the East Midlands between 2003 and 2007, John moved on promotion to DCLG to head up the Regional Resilience and Emergency Response Division, coordinating the work of the Regional Resilience Teams across England. During that time he had policy responsibility for the Government’s New Dimensions Programme and attended numerous COBR meetings as DCLG’s lead Emergency Response official.

In 2009 John moved to the Government Office for the West Midlands as Deputy Regional Director before leaving the Civil Service in 2011. He has just completed an MSc in Emergency Planning Management.

Aaron Goddard

Job Title: Emergency Planning Officer | Organisation: NHS England

Following a period in logistics, community safety and commercial events, all of which provided directly relevant experience, I moved into emergency planning.

Recent work streams included Telecom’s Group, Recovery, Flood Response and Management, Local Authority focused engagement with EU research projects and maintenance of the partnership between Northampton Borough and Daventry District Councils, and Northamptonshire County Council.
Recent achievements included kick- starting and ongoing support to an operation supplying 77,000 sandbags to flooded communities in the South of the UK. I am a graduate of the Resilience MSc programme at Cranfield Defence and Security and an active member of BAPCO.

Nigel Humphreys

Job Title: Director of Studies

Nigel is a Director of Studies delivering core programmes in the management of emergencies through the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM).

Prior to his retirement from the police service, Nigel was on secondment to HM Government between 2006 – 2013.
He initially worked for Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) as the lead on Operational Policing and Civil Contingencies and then for the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) as the National Coordinator for Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) and police liaison officer to the Cabinet Office.

He holds qualifications in emergency planning (mass fatalities), health & safety, business continuity, management and teaching along with membership of several professional bodies.

Nigel has an MSC in Strategic Management and an MSc in Disaster Victim Identification.

Andrew Murr

Details to follow

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