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The Brilliance of Resilience

Airmic has followed up its much acclaimed reports, ‘Roads to Resilience’ and ’The Changing World of Risk’ with a series of five new webinars dedicated to the five principles of resilience in May.

‘Roads to Resilience’, the report by Cranfield School of Management published in 2014 on behalf of Airmic and sponsored by Crawford, Lockton & PwC, identified these principles and

’The Changing World of Risk’, published in 2015, further developed the role of resilience. It reminded the reader that the incentive to become resilient goes well beyond avoiding disaster.

The five principles of resilience are challenging to achieve but each one is essential. No principle is more important than another, and none of them can be ignored. Each webinar was dedicated to one of the five principles with discussion led by a small team from the Business Continuity profession, Airmic Partners and Airmic Members.

Business continuity professionals included Robert Macfarlane of the Cabinet Office, Martin Caddick of PwC and Ian Houghton, an independent consultant. Partners included James Tuplin of QBE, Tim Chadwick of JLT and Darren Holmes of Willis Towers Watson. Airmic members included Fiona Davidge of the Wellcome Trust, Elaine Heyworth of the Royal British Legion and Karla Cruckshanks of DLA Piper UK. The webinars were hosted by Airmic Deputy CEO Julia Graham.

All webinars will be available shortly on the new Airmic web site as part of a new Resilience Resource. In the Resource, members will also find papers and articles of interest on each resilience principle making access to further reading easy and convenient. Subject to feedback from those who took part in the webinars, a round table event may be arranged to focus on specific subjects members wish to explore and develop further.

According to Julia Graham, understanding and promoting resilience also benefits the risk manager in the facilitation of support to the board as trusted risk advisor, and organisations confident in their risk management translate that confidence into being more confident and entrepreneurial.

“In the increasingly fast changing, high velocity and inter-connected world, the recommendations from the ‘Roads to Resilience’ report remain fresh and relevant,” said Julia Graham.

Future series of Airmic webinars will include ‘Business Enablers of the Resilient Organisation’ and ‘Risk Managing in the Digital World.’