I am a retired Police Officer having served with the British Transport Police (BTP) across the United Kingdom beginning at Carlisle as a Police Cadet and eventually retiring in 2003 as Chief Inspector Operations. I was the Area Moderator for BTP at the time of Railtrack and delivered 200+ tabletop exercises training police forces, ambulance services and fire services in Major Incident Procedures. I also attended Ladbroke Grove, Hatfield, Selby and Potters Bar rail accidents in various roles but primarily logistics and support to the search teams and scene management. I joined the Institute of Emergency Management and was the treasurer including the period when the Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management was formed.
Following my retirement from the BTP I was a self-employed consultant and worked with a number of clients including the Chinese Police who took over the Kowloon and Canton Railway and the MTR underground system, as well as a number of other clients including a number of London Boroughs and for 15 months as the Business Continuity Advisor to the British Red Cross. I then went to work full time with the London Borough of Havering as the Emergency Planning and Business Continuity Manager where as part of the London Group of emergency planners I led a team who wrote the Excess Deaths Plan for London. I retired from Havering in 2017 and have since taken up part time work with a Funeral Director as well as Chair of Trustees for my local town Museum.