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Around 120 emergency planning practitioners attended the EPS’s annual AGM and Networking Study Day on 10-11 September, for what all participants agreed was a great event with top speakers, all bringing up to the minute analysis and lessons identified from current major incidents.

Held at the Crypt on the Green in London, speakers included:

  • Lord Kerslake and Dr Hugh Deeming, authors of the review into the events around the attack on Manchester Arena.
  • Alistair Cunningham, who heads Wiltshire Council’s Gold Command in the ongoing events in Salisbury, explaining the experience for a local authority being caught up in a major security sensitive incident.
  • Matt Hogan, of London Resilience, and Rev Dr Mike Long of the Notting Hill Methodist Church, on the issues around the Grenfell Tower disaster.
  • Shelley Wright, communications specialist on the Greater Manchester Combined Authority who spoke on community engagement following the Manchester Arena terror attack.

The event was opened by Alison McGovern MP, a member of the Treasury Select Committee, and speakers also included Dr Robert MacFarlane, deputy director at the Civil Contingencies Secretariat, and Deborah Higgins, the new head of the Emergency Planning College.

The main theme throughout the event was on recovery after major incidents, and the debates were assisted by presentations from the Human Aspects and CBRN Professional Working Groups.

The Chair of the EPS, Jacqui Semple, said:

“My heartfelt thanks to everyone who pulled together to deliver this fabulous, topical and member focussed event; specifically Dr Lucy Easthope and Emma Stanley, for their hard work and delivery of such a great event. We will be scheduling events for the next year, with our new events director, Scott Senior, so watch this space.”

There will be full reports of the major discussions in the next issue of Resilience magazine, distributed to all members of the EPS – to get your copy join the EPS now.

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