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  • Jim Burtles
  • Michael Crooymans
  • Henry Ee
  • Andrew MacLeod
  • Ahmed Riad Ali

Judges' biographies

Jim Burtles KLJ, CMLJ, Hon. FBCI

Jim Burtles is well-known and respected as a business continuity professional with over 40 years of experience, spread across 4 continents and 23 countries.  He received the Freedom of the City of London in 1992, a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001 and an Honorary Fellowship of the BCI in 2010.

As an IBM systems engineer, back in the 70s and 80s, he was an early pioneer of what was to become our business continuity profession.  In 1994 he helped to found the Business Continuity Institute and currently serves on the Global Membership Council.  His practical experience includes hands-on recovery work with victims of a number of disastrous events such as bombings, earthquakes, storms and fires.

His published works include ‘Coping with Crisis’, ‘Principles and Practice of Business Continuity’ (now in its 2nd edition) and ‘Emergency Evacuation Planning’.

Michael Crooymans CBCI

Michael is a passionate and well experienced Business Continuity Management consultant at Sogeti. He currently actively serves the BCI and its members in various roles. He is Chair of the Global Membership Council where he also represents the Be/Ne Chapter of which he is a founding member. Michael leads the Netherlands Forum and is currently expanding the awareness of BCM in the region. He represents the BCI the Dutch Standards Organisation’s (NEN) NCM Mirror committee where he is involved in the development of BCM (related) standards.

Michael has been involved with Business Critical systems (Tandem / HP NonStop) since 1985 and after switching to Business Continuity Management in 2003 he has helped many companies to implement and/or improve their BCM capability.

As a respected BCM Subject Matter Expert he is involved in various workgroups, presents on BCM, reviews updates to the GPG and training courses and also acts as judge for various BCI awards.

Michael won the 2015 BCI European Award: Continuity and Resilience Professional (Private Sector) and was shortlisted for the Global Award.

Henry Ee

Henry Ee is the founder and Managing Director of Business Continuity Planning Asia Pte Ltd (BCP Asia). With over 20 years of Business Continuity, Enterprise Risk, IT-Disaster Recovery and Crisis Management experience, he has undertaken over 300 BCM projects spanning across Asia Pacific and across a spectrum of industries including Banking & Finance, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Telecommunication, IT, etc. An experienced trainer, Henry has trained and guided over 5000 professionals across Asia.

Before starting BCP Asia, he gained practical experience as an end-user through holding senior positions as Regional BCP Manager in 2 international banks, ABN AMRO and JP Morgan Chase, where he rolled out comprehensive regional BCP programs and rigorous trainings & exercises.

The first Asian to be elected to the Board of BCI (UK), he was later awarded with the Lifetime Achievement Award by BCI in October 2010. A member of the working committee of for various standards including ISO 22301, SS540:2008, etc.

Andrew MacLeod MBCI

Andrew MacLeod is an award winning business continuity and crisis management director with eleven years’ experience developed as a director at Needhams 1834, a leading independent provider of business continuity and crisis management consultancy, planning and training services, and previously as a business continuity project manager at Canary Wharf Group and an Army officer. He was the winner of the 2013 BCI Global BCM Newcomer of the Year and the 2013 BCI European BCM Newcomer of the Year, and has published articles on contemporary issues in leading business continuity and emergency planning journals and magazines, including the Journal of Business Continuity & Emergency Planning and Continuity Magazine. Andrew prepared the complete Needhams 1834 business continuity management system which was the first in the UK to receive certification to ISO 22301, and since then has supported more than 7 organisations in preparation for their successful certification to ISO 22301. He is certified as a Member of the Business Continuity Institute (MBCI) and an ISO 22301 Lead Auditor. In 2015 he was elected as a member of the BCI Global Membership Council, having been a committee member of the BCI London Forum since 2014. Additionally he was the Emergency Planning Society Representative on the BSI Technical Committee for the Crisis Management Standard BS11200. Previously Andrew was highly commended in the 2013 CIR Business Continuity Industry Newcomer of the Year and designed and developed the MRC E-Learning Package, which was highly commended in the 2013 CIR Business Continuity Initiative of the Year Category. 

Ahmed Riad Ali MBCI

Ahmed has a wide experience of Business Continuity Management, Information Security Management, IT Disaster Recovery and IT Risk Management as he has worked in these sectors for over twelve years. He has used his knowledge and experience to contribute to both local and regional markets.

As a dedicated ambassador of Business Continuity, Ahmed is currently one of the leading business continuity consultants in the Middle East and worldwide. He regularly organizes voluntary events and seminars to promote the concept of business continuity amongst his clients, peers and other practitioners. 
He has built an innovative model for business continuity management that can be easily adapted to any organization’s needs, but especially those operating in the MENA region that has an Arabic culture embedded in their working environment. 

Ahmed has been recognized for his outstanding contribution to business continuity. He was awarded winner of the BCI Middle East Awards in 2015 and 2014 and has also been elected as the Middle East Region Representative for the Member of Global Membership Council for the Business Continuity Institute.