Our Expert Speakers

Tony Redmond

Keynote Speaker


Anthony (Tony) Redmond is Professor of International Emergency Medicine at the University of Manchester where he co-founded the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI) www.hcri.ac.uk and is its deputy director. Read full bio

His interest in disaster management began with the earthquake in Armenia in 1988 and he has since continued to respond to a range of humanitarian crises including sudden onset disaster, conflict and refugee crises up to and including the recent Typhoon in the Philippines, and coordinating responses to the conflict in Gaza, the UK response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa and the earthquake in Nepal.

In 1994 he established UK-Med, an NGO that provides international emergency humanitarian medical assistance.

Steve Dennis

Steve Dennis

Canadian Steve Dennis holds a bachelor degree in Civil Engineering and a masters degree in International Relations. After 10 years of overseas humanitarian aid work, he was attacked, shot and kidnapped. In the months after, he discovered significant errors of neglect which led him to challenge the conclusions of his employer, NRC that the incident was only a matter of residual risk. Read full bio

After several other NRC kidnappings and fatalities in the years following, as well as the ending of support to his medical and other costs related to his injuries, and the breakdown of dialogue, he sued NRC for gross negligence and recovery of losses. In November 2015 the Oslo District Court found NRC grossly negligent in their duty to staff safety. Steve lives in Ankara with his wife and dogs.

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Rosamund Southgate - Public Health Specialist, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)

Rosamund Southgate is a public health specialist at the humanitarian medical relief charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in London, UK.
Her current portfolio of work includes: development of outbreak response protocols resources and training; review of rapid health assessment tools; evaluation of tech and innovation in the field; and support for disease surveillance. Rosamund has undertaken operational field work for MSF in Sierra Leone during the Ebola outbreak, Syria, South Sudan and Democratic Republic of the Congo. Read full bio

During medical school and specialty public health training in the UK, she worked in the National Health Service, local Government, and with Public Health England. During this time she focused on global public health and disaster and emergency response. She undertook work with WHO/Europe, the WHO GOARN, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the Global Health Security Initiative. She also undertook field work and research in Somaliland, South Africa, Uganda and Hong Kong.

Dr. Philippe Biberson

Dr. Philippe Biberson - Regional Medical Director, International SOS Medical Services, South Europe & North-West Africa

Dr. Philippe Biberson graduated in 1982 from the Bordeaux Medical School and holds a degree in Applied Epidemiology. He worked as a doctor in Gabon and Cameroon before joining Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in 1984. He carried out humanitarian missions in Honduras, Uganda and in Thailand. Read full bio

He is then appointed to the Operations Department in charge of humanitarian missions in South Asia, Sri Lanka and Guinea and he becomes Deputy Medical Director. In 1994 he was elected President of the French chapter of MSF and performs two successive terms. He left MSF in 2001 and served as Cooperation Attaché to the French Embassy in Vietnam. In 2006 he was appointed Medical Director of the Hanoi French Hospital until 2010.

Dr. Biberson joined International SOS in March 2010 to the position of Regional Medical Director – Medical Services for the region covering South Europe and North-West Africa.

His function is to assist companies on travel medicine, public health issues and community health, and throughout the development of medical services on remote sites.

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Steve McCann, Managing Director, Safer Edge

Steve has over 20 years’ experience in risk management and security, working in many different parts of the world as a consultant, trainer and practitioner. Read full bio

He's a specialist in approaches to security and risk management based on understanding, knowledge and risk mitigation rather than through use of weaponry. Steve advises international companies, often at Board level, on the duty of care process and leads in implementing fit for purpose processes to ensure compliance and good practice – whilst understanding that organisational culture will significantly effect what really happens. He's also experienced in reviewing existing organisational process and developing recommendations to move towards an improved way of working more safely, while maintaining operational and profit requirements.


Colin Pereira, Head of High Risk Security ITN News

Colin is responsible for the security of ITN News operations in high risk environments and previously was Deputy Head of the BBC High Risk Team. He has shaped the way the media work in hostile environments and helped build the media crisis management model. Colin has covered wars, natural disasters, terrorism and riots and advised on high risk investigations on every continent. He is also an award winning journalist in his own right. Read full bio

Colin also runs HP Risk Management, a consultancy advising companies operating in fragile environments.


Damian Taylor FRGS FCIM, Managing Director, TEN Risk Management & former Global Head of Security Assistance at International SOS/Control Risks

Damian’s experience of security and risk management spans some thirty years of both practical implementation and strategic risk management consulting in some 60+ countries.  He has first-hand experience of supporting clients through crises ranging back to the Pan Am 103 Lockerbie bombing in 1989, Hurricane Katrina in 1995, the full Arab Spring uprising through to the present day Nepalese earthquake in 2015. Read full bio

Damian grew up in Uganda and Libya and started his career in 1987 as a British Army infantry officer seeing service in Cyprus, Northern Ireland, Belize, Kenya, Brunei and Italy.

Upon leaving the army in 1995 Damian spent the next ten years planning and conducting remote expeditions to South East Asia, Africa and Central America as an Expedition Leader, then Operations Director and finally Managing Director with Trekforce Expeditions.  After 5 years, he moved to Indonesia and established JET Asia, training international expedition companies and educational establishments to manage and mitigate the risks involved with conducting expeditions to remote and extreme locations.

In 2005 Damian returned to the UK to join Control Risks. He spent the next 5 years in a variety of consulting and business development roles, culminating in two years as Director Service Delivery EMEA.  Whilst with Control Risks he travelled extensively to countries as varied as Afghanistan, Egypt, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Kenya, Libya, East Timor, Nigeria and New Orleans as Control Risks lead consultant in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

In 2009 Damian was appointed Regional Security Director EMEA for the newly formed Joint Venture between International SOS and Control Risks, with responsibility for the operational delivery of security risk management consulting, training and emergency assistance services to Control Risks and International SOS members within the region.  In this role, as well as being the regional lead Subject Matter Expert on Travel Risk Management, he also co-coordinated the security evacuations for multiple clients over the period of the “Arab Spring” deploying and running the Incident Management Teams in Egypt, Libya, Bahrain and Syria and the successful response Nairobi Westgate Mall terrorist incident.

Damian’s last role with Control Risks and International SOS was as Global Head of Security Assistance where he was responsible for the operational oversight and delivery of all travel security risk management and security assistance services. In addition to his responsibility for the upkeep of security assistance operational policies, planning and procedures, he also oversaw the company’s responses to the crises in Libya, Vanuatu, Yemen, Burundi, Burkina Faso and Nepal.

After 30 years of security risk management experience, he established TEN Risk Management to provide innovative and practical risk management solutions to organisations wishing to ensure the correct levels of Duty of Care are provided to their international assignees and travellers.

Damian is a graduate with a BA in English and Philosophy.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.  He speaks colloquial French, Indonesian and Malay and enjoys remote travel and expeditions.

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Suzanne Williams QPM (Sue) - Specialist Kidnap Response Consultant

As a Scotland Yard detective Sue was the senior officer in charge of both the Kidnap and the Hostage Crisis Negotiation Units. At the highest level, she has been an active contributor to the UK Government's crisis response process in cases of the kidnap/abduction of UK citizens overseas. Many of these cases evolved in the media spotlight others were resolved covertly, all demanded careful innovative negotiation strategies, the use of intermediaries and good communication to all stakeholders including the perpetrators.Read full bio

Prior to that posting she also formed part of the Royalty Protection senior management team working from Buckingham Palace. Her role included security preparation for annual major royal events, crisis management for spontaneous incidents and detailed plan writing for the response to serious crime against members of the British Royal family and Household. Sue qualified both in the UK and USA as a Hostage Negotiator 25 years ago, in that time she has contributed to the successful resolution of hundreds of kidnaps, hostage situations on land and the high seas. More recently she has undertaken cyber negotiations as a tactic for combating extortion. Sue is an accredited Senior Investigator for kidnaps and was awarded the Queen's Police Medal; in the Queens Birthday Honours in 2003, this was in recognition of her commitment to the fields of kidnap, negotiation and saving of life.

Due to her extensive experience in these areas she is currently called upon to assist and advise many foreign governments, organizations, and individuals experiencing similar crimes in action and critical incidents. Sue is a visiting lecturer at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative in Boston, USA, where she works with the international aid sector developing crisis teams and ensuring kidnap response documentation is fit for purpose. Having chosen to focus on the humanitarian aid sector Sue is an established subject matter expert within the INGO global community. She is also a retained crisis management advisor to International Maritime Bureau in London.


Paul Thornbury, Head of Security, London School of Economics and Political Science

Paul is a former military officer with background in counter terrorism, peacekeeping and human intelligence operations.  After the military Paul worked as a humanitarian de-mining consultant, a senior executive in the commercial security and risk management industry and as an advisor to the insurance industry and central government. Read full bio

A PhD candidate in the LSE Department of Sociology, Paul’s academic research involves the exploration of social boundaries relating to non-state violence. He has a specific interest in private policing and military activity and is currently involved in co-authoring a paper on comparative levels of violence in abduction and hostage taking incidents. Paul speaks fluent Russian and Serbo-Croat.

Megan Nobert

Megan Nobert, Founder / Director, Report the Abuse

Megan Nobert is a Canadian born legal professional and academic specialised in international criminal law and human rights. She is also a humanitarian with field experience in the Gaza Strip, Jordan and South Sudan. She is currently based in Geneva, Switzerland, as Founder and Director of Report the Abuse, an NGO that works on sexual violence against and within the humanitarian and development community.

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Gillian Dacey - Independent consultant and trainer in emergency preparedness and disaster risk reduction

Gillian Dacey is an independent consultant and trainer in emergency preparedness and disaster risk reduction. Her work currently focusses on the health, humanitarian and travel safety sectors, involving pre-deployment training, emergency response evaluations and simulation exercises. She is currently researching part time for a PhD with the Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction at University College London, studying human behaviour during earthquakes. Read full bio

Having previously worked in health emergency preparedness and response with Public Health England and the Department of Health, Gillian was involved in responding to UK national incidents such as pandemic influenza, flooding and Ebola. She also delivered exercise and training programmes for the health sector in the UK, EU and the World Health Organization in areas such as Ebola, terrorism and mass casualty events. Prior to that she worked as a frontline paramedic for 16 years in NZ and UK, and led the development of the search and rescue component of the UK national ambulance HART programme. As a registered paramedic, she also delivers training on field trauma in conflict situations.

As an experienced Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) technician, she has responded to earthquakes in Iran, Pakistan and Indonesia, and delivered a number of community-based capacity building programmes, including disaster preparedness training to community response teams in Pakistan, Turkey, and India.


Julie Black – University Safety Officer, University of Oxford

Julie works as a University Safety Officer at the University of Oxford, a role that has allowed some, albeit too limited, travel to Kenya, Thailand and Vietnam, where the University has several research units working in collaboration with the Wellcome Trust and National partners.  Closer to home though Julie coordinates the safety training syllabus for staff and students, which includes fieldwork planning and fieldwork first aid. She regularly reviews travel plans and risk assessments for individuals undertaking high risk travel or research in various parts of the world. Read full bio

Julie has a background in biological sciences and trained as a clinical cytogeneticist, working in NHS diagnostic laboratories in Glasgow and London. However, the attraction of routine lab work in the UK palled and she developed a keen interest in seeing the world. She has travelled in the Americas and extensively in the Pacific, settling in Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea. She first worked at the University of Papua New Guinea as a research assistant examining traditional plants for antimalarial activity, and was later attached to an Oxford University clinical research team, researching severe malaria and snakebite. She obtained an MSc in Applied Parasitology and Medical Entomology, which opened up opportunities to conduct research in Gambia and Cote d’Ivoire.

Julie says that she’s not a security expert but if you can think of a daft thing to do while travelling – she’s probably done it!

Gerard Forlin

Gerard Forlin QC

Gerard Forlin was educated at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, LSE and UCL. He was appointed as Queens Council in both civil and criminal law. He is General Editor of "Corporate Liability: work related deaths and criminal prosecutions" (Bloomsbury 3rd edition 2014). He specialises in health and safety, environmental, regulatory, corporate manslaughter, aviation and transport, inquests, public inquiries and mass tort disaster litigation. He has worked in over 50 countries.Read full bio

Gerard has undertaken a series of lectures for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the UN and ASEAN on the UK Bribery Act in Australia and all over Asia. He will be conducting more later in the year.

He has published over 100 articles and appears regularly on TV and radio channels such as CNN, BBC and Sky. Gerard has worked on several high profile cases within the higher education sector, both in the UK and abroad.


Philippa Tubb RGN, Dip Trop Nursing, MA

Managing Director Well Travelled Clinics at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Phil is a registered nurse with a clinical background in Tropical Diseases and HIV, and has an MA in Health Education and Health Promotion. Phil started her career in Tropical Medicine in 1990, and worked at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in London for two years, before going overseas where she worked for over four years in emergency refugee healthcare in Sudan, Tanzania and DRC. Read full bio

On her return from overseas, Phil worked in the NHS and was the Assistant Director of Clinical Governance at Aintree Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in Liverpool for nine years.  She has specialist knowledge in the fields of clinical governance, clinical risk management and patient safety. Phil is also a Non-Executive Director at an NHS Foundation Trust in the Northwest and a Specialist Advisor for the Care Quality Commission.


Dr Matt Ladbrook, TD MBChB PhD MRCGP FAWM

Matt has delivered medical care to his patients all over the world, including in deserts, the Arctic and at very high altitude. He was the first doctor in the UK to become a Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine. Matt is a passionate medical trainer and is the Medical Director of the WEMSI-International Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician course - the most advanced medical course of its kind in Europe. Before training in medicine, Matt worked for the Ministry of Defence in counter terrorism and contingency planning. This involved helping co-ordinate multi-agency response to terrorist incidents in the UK. Matt served as a commando in the Army Reserve for 12 years.Read full bio

Dr Matt Ladbrook is a General Practitioner with a special interest in expedition and wilderness medicine. Matt combines his work as a GP in the NHS with providing medical support as a freelance consultant to organisations including Earthwatch Institute, Expertise Consultancy Group, Classic Tours and LFL Ltd. These roles involve advising organisations and individuals on all aspects of travel safety and medical care. This may include: pre-departure screening and training, provision of medications, assessment of local medical facilities, evacuation planning and the provision of medical care, either on the ground or via telemedicine.


Roger Griffin Professor in Modern History at Oxford Brookes University

Roger is Professor in Modern History at Oxford Brookes University and has authored over 100 publications relating to fascism, racism, extremism and terrorism. Rogers talk draws on his book Terrorist's Creed which develops the theory of 'heroic doubling' as the central process in the journey to violent extremism, whether racist or religious, and should be invaluable to anyone trying to make sense of duty of care with respect to the Prevent programme in an educational context.


Lloyd Figgins CEO Founder Lloyd Figgins International

Lloyd Figgins is an international expert in risk and crisis management. He is the CEO of LFL - Global Risk Mitigation and the author of “Looking for Lemons - A Travel Survival Guide”. He is a former police officer, soldier and expedition leader, who has worked in over 80 countries, including some of the world’s more hostile and remote regions. Read full bio

He has worked for many industry sectors, including oil and gas, scientific research, NGO’s, overseas government, education and mining. He has been exposed to many adverse situations ranging from coups to earthquakes and animal attacks to terrorism.

Lloyd is also an adventurer and has led expeditions all over the globe including rowing 3,200 miles across the Atlantic Ocean.

Lloyd is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a respected speaker on the subject of risk and crisis management. He often provides commentary in the media and has made regular appearances on the BBC and Sky News.


Martin Alderton, Managing Consultant, Clarity Stress and Trauma

Before beginning his fifteen years’ experience providing post-incident psychological support Martin managed a multi-disciplinary mental health team. He also founded and managed a local authority’s disaster response team. Martin has also designed and delivered incident management training programmes around the world. A visiting lecturer at the Universities of Coventry and Wolverhampton and a veteran of more than 450 incidents Martin has been interviewed on the BBC, ITV and Sky and is a regular contributor to BBC Radio.