25 Apr

CIEH Emergency Planning Conference: Strengthening Preparation Strategies

Early bird - save £55 (ends 12 April)

CIEH member: £140
Affiliate member: £240
Non-member: £240

Standard Rate

CIEH member: £195
Affiliate member: £295
Non-member: £295

15 Hatfields, Chadwick Court, London, SE1 8DJ

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CIEH is pleased to launch our Emergency Planning Conference which will discuss strategies for protecting the public in the event of a disaster. This topical conference will examine Public Health England’s new Single Adverse weather plan, set to be published by 2020.

You will look at the key finding from the Kerslake review on the Manchester Arena Bombing and hear Southwark council’s Communications Response to the London Bridge Attack.

Discuss how Environmental health practitioners in local government can make sure they are prepared to play their part in the resilience agenda and hear about the decontamination procedures after the nerve agent poisoning in Salisbury. Analyse the work LGA has done in developing there 2018 councillor's guide to civil emergencies to ensure councils are prepared for civil emergencies. Examine best practice case studies, on how local authorities dealt with severe weather including the Beast from the East and extreme flooding.

Highlight Topics

  • Hear lessons learnt from the Salisbury attack (new session added)
  • Understand how to manage large crowds during events
  • Assess the national contingency plans set to protect the population from severe weather harm
  • Hear extraordinary case studies on overlooked and hidden public safety concerns
  • Discuss how communities work in partnership to recovery from floods

Who should attend 

  • Emergency Planning Officers
  • Environmental Health Managers
  • Event Managers
  • Public Protection Directors
  • Resilience Officers
  • Local Authorities


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Dr Tracey Coates is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography and Geology at Kingston University London, teaching and researching on the social science aspects of disaster management. Her PhD - ‘The Conscious Community: Belonging, identities and networks in local communities’ response to flooding’ connected the conceptual issues of locality and community to the experiences of those subject to flooding and the practicalities of Flood Risk Management policy to produce theoretically informed yet practical research. Working on projects in the UK and beyond she continues to critically explore the challenge of community resilience and the demands of partnership working. 

Tracy Daszkiewicz, Director of Public Health, Wiltshire Council has over 25 years’ experience working across health and social care, much of her career has been focused on inclusivity for groups who don’t experience equality of access to health, social care and other services. Tracy has been based in Wiltshire Public Health since 2008 where she was the lead for sexual and contraceptive health for 5 years and been the DPH since 2017. Tracy is also a lecturer and works across the Faculty of Health & Social Care as well as the Faculty of Social Science and the NHS leadership academy. 

Dr Hugh Deeming, is a research consultant based in North Yorkshire whose principal research interests include community resilience. From 2011 through to 2015 Hugh was the lead researcher on an EU-funded investigation of community resilience.
Recently Hugh has been conducting investigations to identify the lessons learned from the recovery after Storm Desmond’s floods in 2015 (by Cumbria Local Resilience Forum). Hugh is an advisor to the Cabinet Office on community resilience and recovery issues and a Senior Research Fellow at the Emergency Planning College.

Dr Lucy Easthope is independent researcher and consultant specialising in Disaster Recovery, with a long history of responding to the aftermath of major incidents. She is a Senior Fellow at the Cabinet Office Emergency Planning College, A Research Affiliate at the Joint Centre for Disaster Research, Massey University, New Zealand and Chair of the UK Emergency Planning Society’s Education Committee. She was awarded a Visiting Research Fellowship from the University of Bath in 2019. services. 

Camilla Ghiassee, is an Environmental Public Health scientist in the Extreme Events and Health Protection team at Public Health England. The team develop the evidence base for the public health impacts of extreme events, including flooding, cold and heat, and co-ordinate the Heatwave Plan for England and the Cold Weather Plan for England.
Prior to this, Camilla was in PHE’s Environmental Hazards & Emergencies department, undertaking public health risk assessments and providing advice to Category 1 responders on the health impacts of chemical and environmental incidents, related to contaminated land, air quality and water pollution.  

Beverley Griffiths, as the Capability Lead, Emergency Planning College has within her remit responsibility for the management and development of the Crowd and Public Safety capability at the Cabinet Office Emergency Planning College. She is also the lead for Serco, advising on Business Continuity, Risk, Security & Safety, Crisis Management and Incident Management, from policy to operations.
Beverley’s wealth of knowledge and expertise from her background and experience in Health, Local Authority, Government, Training, Consultancy, Resilience, Crowded Places (Recently advising and supporting NaCTSO), Event Management as well as an academic background enables her to provide extraordinary support to private and public organisations.

Nick Long DipEH MSc. PgCert CenvH CMCIEH CMIOSH MEPS, Corporate Director (Public Protection, Planning and Governance), Welwyn Hatfield Council, Hertfordshire qualified as an Environmental Health Officer in 1993 and has worked in all aspects of environmental health both at frontline and management levels. Currently Nick works in a leadership role covering a large number of council services including public health and protection, town planning, law and administration. Nick has a keen interest in emergency planning and regularly takes part in Local Resilience Forum activities and provides contributions at local, regional and national levels. 

Paul Robertson is the Senior Project Officer for Communities Prepared, a new national community resilience programme, run by the charity Groundwork in partnership with the Environment Agency. Paul heads up the community training and development for the programme, which focuses on increasing communities’ resilience and recovery to flooding and other civil emergencies through the delivery of a national online hub, in-person training and resources. Following severe flooding in his home town of Bradford on Avon in 2013-14, Paul established his local Council Community Emergency Volunteer group, a multi-role team of 30 trained volunteers, of which he is Senior Co-ordinator. 

Eric Stuart QPM, BA hons (CSM), UKCMA, Director, Gentian Events, a Crowd Safety Management Company. He has been involved in Crowd Safety for 15 years. He was the planning lead for Notting Hill Carnival and London New Year's Eve from 2005 to 2010. His final 'crowd' job in the Met Police was as 'Chief of Staff' for the planning and delivery of London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay. That team won the prestigious 'Police Team of the Year' against stiff competition in 2012. He was awarded the Queens Police Medal for distinguished service by Her Majesty on completion of his 33 years.

Kevin Walker, Intelligence Officer, National Events Intelligence Operations Unit (NEIU), has been a Police officer for 26 years covered numerous roles including CID and Traffic before moving into the Intelligence/covert world, he specialised in events and has been the lead intelligence officer at the Download festival since 2006.

In 2011 he was given a project by Leicestershire Chief Constable on customer experience of attendees at the Download festival. This highlighted how police colleagues across the UK do not share with colleagues in the UK let alone internationally, so with several other police officers around the country, Operation Gothic was created.

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