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.