"Uniting Academics with Professionals to Promote Excellence in Civil Protection"

Institute of Civil Protection & Emergency Management

Emily has had an interest in humanitarian affairs since she was 15 years of age when she went to Kenya with the Scouts to assist a small village group build a latrine block for their campsite. Emily later developed the interest this had awakened in her by completing a B.Sc. Honours degree in Development and Health in Disaster Management at the University of Coventry.

Since graduating ten years ago, Emily has had a number of roles, including working in emergency preparedness and planning with the Sussex Police and East Sussex NHS Health Care Trust. She is currently the Emergency Preparedness Manager with Public Health England. Her experiences include working at local level with Category 1 responders and more recently working at a national cross government level.

Most recently, Emily was part of a team that delivered emergency preparedness training in Ethiopia and Nigeria as part of a World Health Organisation International Health Strengthening Programme.

CHAIR      Nick Goldby 
Nick joined Arup’s Resilience, Security and Risk practice 7 years ago after 30 years with the Metropolitan Police Service. Nick spent the last 8 years of his service within Counter Terrorism, and specifically the Counter Terrorism Protective Security Command, where he was a licensed Counter Terrorism Security Advisor (CTSA). Previously Nick spent 10 years within the Central Command Complex at New Scotland Yard where he ran the Operations 

Support Office. Nick is skilled in security, resilience and emergency management principles and implementation of risk based solutions in challenging public and private environments. He has delivered practical understanding of threat analysis, protective security, incident management and resilience advice, through to policy development and the utilisation of a problem solving approach for business. 

Nick has delivered protective security vulnerability surveys, reports and consultancy advice to numerous public and private businesses.  He has identified, surveyed and made vulnerability reduction recommendations to sites at risk of terrorism within the British Home Office’s “Protecting Crowded Places” project in London and those that hold biological, radiological and chemical hazardous material. He has also worked closely with the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure and led CTSA activity for communications and emergency services as well as several other infrastructure sectors for the Metropolitan Police. 

Nick is or has been involved on many major projects around the world including the Tokyo 2020 Olympic & Paralympic Games preparations, Japan's transport infrastructure and high speed rail Shinkansen "Bullet" trains, transforming the London Olympic Park into the new Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford and is currently working with Public Health England on their new Headquarters and Science Hub in Harlow. 
Nick is also a Secured by Design Licensed Consultant, a Certified Business Continuity Institute Member and also a Member of the Security Institute. .


VICE - CHAIR (External Affairs) &

Director of Recruitment & Professional Development    Roger Gomm QPM

Roger retired from the Metropolitan Police Service having successfully completed a thirty-four year career in 2012.  He has a unique background in operational command having been pivotal in all major events in London for over 14 years. Accustomed to working at executive and tactical levels, he is well practiced in managing complex threats to people, property, places and reputation; achieving business continuity and managing specialist teams with national and international responsibilities. He developed command centre processes and training programmes to prepare individuals and teams to command major events, including the 2012 London Olympics. He designed and successfully delivered leadership, incident management training and exercises to a variety of audiences in the UK and abroad. His professional and personal commitment was recognised by Her Majesty in 2007 when he was awarded the Queens Police Medal for distinguished Service. 
Roger is now working as an Advisor, Trainer or Consultant and his portfolio includes; Associate Lecturer, Cabinet Office Emergency Planning College; Associate Tutor, College of Policing; Visiting Lecturer at Portsmouth, St Andrews, Bournemouth, Christ Church and Huddersfield Universities; Advisor to GLA / London Resilience Team as part of the Academic and Operational Reference Group; Editorial Panel Member and occasional writer for Crisis Response Journal; and a number of crisis management and security projects with corporates. He also worked as an Advisor to the Qatar National Resilience Programme as part of security planning for 2022 FIFA World Cup for 18 months.
Roger is a Fellow of the Institute of Civil Protection & Emergency Management (FICPEM), Fellow of the Security Institute (FSyI), Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI) and Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management (FInstLM).  He has a Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS), Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status (QTLS) and a Member of the Society for Education and Training (MSET)

Officers Without Portfolio

Tom Pine
​​Tom is Visiting Lecturer in Disaster Mangement at the University of Hertfordshire, where he was formerly a programme tutor, an Expert Witness for in extremis personal injury litigation, and a doctoral candidate researching crisis leadership for far future catastrophic risks.  He is a former senior Metropolitan Police officer (1967-99) with particular expertise in crisis, public order, marine policing, and the London Emergency Services Liaison Panel.  Since then he has worked on a wide range of capacity-building projects in E. Europe, the Balkans and NW. Africa, particularly civil protection and border security.  He is a graduate of the London School of Economics, a Fellow of the Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a Liveryman and Freeman of the City of London. here.

TREASURER     Paul Collard  

Paul is in his 29th year with Sussex Police and his 12th year as one of the Force Emergency Planning Officers.
Paul joined the ICPEM in 2004 and became a Fellow in 2014.

Paul has been involved in the response to a number of Major Incidents in Sussex including the Shortgate Fireworks factory explosion and most recently as the Police Silver Commanders Tactical Advisor at the Shoreham Airshow and then subsequently part of the Victim recovery process as the Victim Audit Area Manager.

Paul has extensive practical and planning experience in the Event industry having been part of a 12 hour music event in his then home town of Mayfield. East Sussex as the Safety and Security manager on 4 occasions.
Paul has a Diploma in Emergency Planning from Coventry University.

A former soldier, senior police officer and pseudo-academic, Tony was latterly the Associate Director of the Resilience Centre at Cranfield University based at the UK Defence Academy at Shrivenham for a number of years where he taught on a number of Masters’ programmes, including the Master of Defence Administration (MDA), MSc in Global Security and its distance learning counterpart, the MSc in International Security; and the MSc in Disaster Management and its sequel, the MSc in Resilience. For six years, from 1998 to 2003, he was Director of the annual International Disaster Management Course.

He has been an officer of institutes connected with civil protection and emergency management for a number of years, firstly as Chair of the Executive Council of the Institute of Civil Defence and Disaster Studies (ICDDS). In 2009, when ICDDS merged with the Institute of Emergency Management (IEM) to become the Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management (ICPEM) he became the founding Co-Chair of the Executive Council before, in 2010, becoming Vice-President, a position he held until 2014.

 He holds an MPhil from the University of Southampton and is the author and/or co-editor of a number of books relating to emergency management including three editions of Tolley’s Handbook of Disaster and Emergency Management: Principles and Practice and the British Standards Institution’s (BSI’s) Disaster and Emergency Management Systems.   

VICE - CHAIR (Internal Affairs)     ​Gordon MacDonald


A physics graduate with a PhD in the crystal chemistry of apatites, the major mineral components of bones and teeth, Eric was a lecturer in Dental Anatomy at the London Hospital Medical College (LHMC) before becoming the Director of the Civil Emergency Management Centre (CEMC) at the University of Hertfordshire (UH) until his 2003 retirement.
Formerly Specialist Adviser to the Defence Committee of the House of Commons he is now part-time Forensic Consultant for the International Committee of the Red Cross, lectures and providing training in Management of Human Remains, Emergency Planning and Disaster Victim Identification after disasters in many countries.
He was responsible for starting up and lecturing on the first Diploma in Forensic Odontology at the LHMC and transferring this course to UH.  As director of the CEMC he was responsible for starting the first MSc in Emergency Planning and Disaster Management (1996).
He was a founder member of British Association for Forensic Odontology and the Institute of Emergency Management as well as being its President. He holds an honorary appointment in the Cameron Centre for Forensic Medical Science.​


Farnaz is a researcher and consultant with over 20 years of experience in disaster management and risk reduction, urban development and programme management in the UK and the Middle East, including post-disaster urban reconstruction. 
She has done various researches on recovery, disaster risk reduction and urban resilience. She is associated with two UCL departments

related to disasters, risk and recovery that are the Bartlett Development Planning Unit (DPU) and the Institute for Risk and Disaster

Reduction (IRDR), where she recently developed professional short courses on risk, resilience and recovery.  She is the co-editor of

the book ‘Urban Change in Iran’, co-author of a research roadmap for CIB World on Disasters and the Built Environment, and advisory

editor for Urban Series, Springer International Publication. 
As a consultant Farnaz has delivered largescale urban development and architectural projects, such as post-disaster reconstruction in

the city of Bam, Iran, recognized as a world heritage site after the disastrous earthquake in 2003. Her own consultancy company worked

with 2,100 disaster-affected families and other stakeholders on the reconstruction of houses, retail units and post disaster urban design

project. Such experiences inspired her PhD research at UCL, examining organizational design and management for post-disaster reconstruction

programmes, which aim to reduce future disaster risks and safeguard historic urban identity. Her experience in Bam has been featured as a good practice in the Guidance for Humanitarian Organisations: the Built Environment Professions in Disaster Risk Reduction and Response published by Westminster University.
Farnaz is the founding director of ‘Silk Cities’, a contextual association of researchers and practitioners for knowledge exchange on contemporary challenges of historic cities in the Middle East and Central Asia, including urban vulnerability and post-crisis reconstruction. She is motivated to bridge the gap between practice and academia through impact-oriented activities.

International Representative with special responsibility for Europe
Lina Kolesnikova
Based in Brussels, Lina provides consultancy in the areas of security, risk and crisis management to a number of organisations within both the public and private sectors.

She is a member of the Advisory Board of both the Crisis Response Journal and a member of the International Advisory Committee for the CBRNE-Terrorism newsletter.

She is the author of more than one hundred articles on a wide range of issues arising from recent events on the global scene. She is a frequent speaker and moderator at international conferences.

She holds an MSc degree in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management from the University of Leicester, and is a graduate of the American Military University in both Logistics Management and Terrorism Studies. She holds a post-graduate diploma in International and European Relations from the University of Amsterdam.   

PRESIDENT      Major General (Retired) Tim Cross CBE 

Major General (Retired) Tim Cross CBE was commissioned into the British Army in 1971. He commanded at every level, from leading a small Bomb Disposal Team in N Ireland in the 1970’s to commanding a Division of 30,000 in 2004/07.

Alongside various tours in the UK and Germany, he served with the UN in Cyprus in 1980/81 and had operational deployments to Kuwait/Iraq in 1990/91 and Bosnia in 1995/96 and ‘97.  In 1999, as a Brigadier in command of 101 Logistic Brigade, he deployed to Macedonia, Albania and Kosovo and was appointed CBE in the subsequent operational awards for his work in leading the NATO response to the Humanitarian crisis; his brigade headquarters was also awarded the Wilkinson Sword of Peace.  

In 2002 he became involved in the planning for operations in Iraq and subsequently deployed to Washington, Kuwait and Baghdad as the British Deputy to the US-led Coalition Provisional Authority. He returned to the UK in ‘03 and assumed command of one of the three Divisions of the UK Field Army from October ‘04. Retiring in Jan ‘07 he was the Army Adviser to the UK House of Commons Defence Committee for 7 years until 2014.

Amongst a broad portfolio Tim is a Local Lay Minister in the Church of England and the Chairman of the Board of Theos – a Christian Think Tank. An itinerant preacher and international speaker he is engaged across UK/International business, academia and the charity/humanitarian world. A Tutor at the Leadership Trust, he sits on the Ethics Board of a major UK technology company; is a Visiting/Honorary Professor at three UK Universities; and the President of the Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management.

Tim has been married to Christine since 1972 and they have 3 children; Alexander, ex-Lt Cdr in the Royal Navy and now working in Industry; Gemma – who married his ADC - and Stephen – ex-Army and now working in Government. He also has 5 grandchildren - Daniel, Harry, Katie, Eloise and Alice. Outside of them, his hobbies include gardening, walking and reading/writing, having had a number of articles and book chapters published.



Professor David Alexander

David Alexander is Professor of Risk and Disaster Reduction at University College London. His books include "Natural Disasters", "Confronting Catastrophe", "Principles of Emergency Planning and Management", "Recovery from Disaster" (with Ian Davis) and "How to Write an Emergency Plan".

He is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. His research and teaching interests include natural hazards, earthquake disasters, culture and disasters, and emergency planning and management. David Alexander is Visiting Professor at Northumbria, Bournemouth and Lund Universities, Research Fellow at the Global Risk Forum GRF Davos, and Vice-President and Trustee of ICPEM.

Richard served in the London Ambulance Service (LAS) for 33 years and the Health Protection Agency based at Porton Down for 2 years. He was a founder member of the LAS Emergency Planning Unit and through contracts was the Health Emergency Planning Advisor for North Thames and London. He attended exercises, events and major incidents in London as LAS Silver, LAS Tactical Advisor or LAS Emergency Planner. He also represented the LAS at various

safety groups across London including the Royal Palaces, Houses of Parliament, Wembley Stadium and Heathrow Airport.
He was involved in the planning for the large events in London (eg Nottinghill Carnival, Trooping the Colour, New Year's Eve)
Richard was a member of the planning team and directing staff for Exercise Osiris 2 (CBRN - Bank Underground) and Exercise Atlantic

Blue (CBRN – involving UK, USA & Canada). He was a visiting lecturer at the National Police Staff College (Bramshill), Emergency

Planning College (Easingwold), Metropolitan Police College, National Police CBRN Training School (Winterbourne Gunner), British

Transport Police Training School and the University of Hertfordshire.
He was a member of London Emergency Services Liaison Panel (LESLP) and was chair of the Quarantine and Police Powers Sub Group.

He was part of the LESLP team sent to New York and Washington post 9/11 to identify lessons learnt that might benefit London.
He has held the post of Executive Medical Manager at the Royal International Air Tattoo.
Richard graduated with an MSc in Civil Emergency Management from the University of Hertfordshire in 1994.
He has been a member of St John holding various posts and currently holds the post of Emergency Operations Officer in South Anglia.