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  • Jim Burtles Hon FBCI
  • Ian Clark FBCI
  • Michael Crooymans MBCI
  • Pete Frielinghaus MBCI
  • Lesely Grimes FBCI
  • Roberto Grosso Ciponte MBCI
  • Sharad Karia MBCI
  • Margaret Millett MBCI
  • Des O’Callaghan FBCI
  • Sue Stallard, FBCI
  • Elaine Tomlin MBCI

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’.

Ian Clark FBCI

4Thought Associates

Ian is a highly motivated and experienced Business Continuity Management practitioner with extensive practical experience of the necessary disciplines and roles essential in developing and delivering a holistic Business Continuity Management programme across multiple industry sectors in many countries encompassing diverse cultures.

A member of the Business Continuity Institute, the global organisation for the Business Continuity practitioner, since 1996 and elevated to Fellow of the Institute in 1998. He was an elected Director of the BCI from December 2002 until December 2006 and during his tenure held positions on the Executive Management Board of the Institute and as the Chair of the Standards and Compliance committee. He still actively participates in the development and proofing of International BCM related standards. Ian is the incumbent Chairman of the Global Membership Council of the BCI.

He has supplied consultancy services in many business sectors and at all levels within organisations ranging from multi-national businesses and Governments to small or medium sized organisations. He continually strives to achieve a balance within organisations by aligning operational management of tactical activities to current and future strategic business needs. A proponent of the active integration of Risk Management and Business Continuity Management techniques throughout the organisational supply chain in developing a resilient and balanced continuity programme that is both effective and maintainable that suits the organisation’s operational needs and culture.

He is the Principal of 4Thought Associates; an organisation dedicated to assisting organisations achieve a high level of resilience and Business Continuity Management capability through active partnership at strategic, operational and tactical levels.

Michael Crooymans MBCI

Michael, originally from New Zealand, has been involved with Business Critical systems (Tandem / HP NonStop) since 1985. Michael joined Sogeti in 1989 and by 2003 he had developed himself to the position of BCM Consultant – a subject about which he is very passionate. Michael has helped many companies to implement and/or improve their BCM capability. Due to his IT background he is also occasionally involved in IT Service Continuity assignments.

Michael passed the DRII and CBCI exams with merit in 2005 and 2015 respectively. He has been affiliate member of the BCI since 2011 and is currently completing his MBCI application.

Since presenting at the BCI conference in London in 2012 he has actively been involved with the promotion and development of BCM in the Netherlands. Initially assisting with the BC Café and soon thereafter as a member of the BCI-NL Forum core team. As well as helping set up the BCI BE/NE Chapter he is also the leader of 2 of the work groups and represents the BCI-NL Forum at the NEN BCM standards commission and is involved development of new standards. Michael also represents the BE/NE chapter at the BCI Group Membership Council. In this role he also reviews updates to the GPG, training courses and acts as judge for various BCI awards. He won the 2015 BCI European Award: Continuity and Resilience Professional (Private Sector) and was shortlisted for the Global Award.

Pete Frielinghaus MBCI

Education & Qualifications:
Certified ISO 223301 Instructor | Business Continuity Management | Member of the Business Continuity Institute (MBCI) | Director of the SADC Chapter of the BCI | Mauritius BCI Forum chairman and founder | Area Representative for BCI in Mauritius and surrounding islands | Approved BCI Trainer / Instructor

Summary of Work Experience:

Pete is a director of the African Chapter of the Business Continuity Institute (BCI www.thebci.org), an approved BCI and ISO 22301 Instructor and has been the area representative for Mauritius and surrounding areas since establishing their presence there a number of years ago. He was recently awarded the Business Continuity Consultant of the year at the Africa Chapter of BCI annual Awards held in Johannesburg in August and shortlisted for the Global Awards.

Pete gained a broad range of skills in training, retail telecommunications and IT during his career which started in the IT Industry in the early 80’s. As an entrepreneur he has been involved with several start-up ventures in the retail sector before joining a large South African Investment Bank where he was responsible for Integration, System Design, BCM and the general operations in their securities division. During this time he gained extensive experience on a wide variety of systems and processes in the banking industry including application development, implementation, database management, communications and business continuity planning.

In 2002 Pete focused specifically on business continuity management where he completed a wide variety of assignments both locally in SA as well as London and West Africa involving all aspects of the BCM Lifecycle. He was the founder and General Manager of an IT services start-up in Mauritius specialising in Business Continuity and off-site recovery

He has been a certified member of the Business Continuity Institute since 2004 and in 2013 was elected as a director of the inaugural African Chapter of the Business Continuity Institute.

In addition to his in-depth operational BCM experience, Pete has been involved in BCM engagements (ranging from reviews to full programme implementations) in various industries including the following :

  • Telecommunications
  • Textile Retailers
  • Financial (Banking and Insurance)
  • Logistics & Transport
  • Government, Defence
  • Retail
  • Health, Medical and Pharmaceutical
  • Security
  • Manufacturing
  • Distribution and Mining

Lesley Grimes FBCI

Lesley is a Business Continuity Professional with over 12 years of experience in establishing, embedding and maintaining Business Continuity across Nuclear, Utilities, Logistics and Manufacturing sectors across the UK, Europe and the US. 

Lesley has delivered a range of Business Continuity Management projects and solutions in a number of large, unique and complex organisation which brings exceptional challenges -from heavily regulated areas such as Office of Nuclear Regulation (ONR), Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Environment Agency (EA) and many other regulatory bodies. She has held positions as Head of Resilience at Atomic Weapons Establishment and she has held Business continuity management positions within Centrica PLC group of companies including British Gas and the Automobile Association.

Lesley has served as a BCI Membership Committee Member and BCI assessor since 2006 and is currently the Chief Examiner for the Certificate of the BCI (CBCI).

Roberto Grosso Ciponte MBCI

In December 2000, I joined the Nestlé group where I was in charge of the Swiss Nespresso Club and later on for the Nespresso Club worldwide. It was during this time that I first got in contact with Business Continuity when I was given the mission to develop BCM solutions for the Customer Relationship Centres, which at that time where single points of contact for the brand and therefore single point of failure.

Since 2009 I have been in charge of Business Continuity Management for Nestlé and in 2014 I also took over the responsibility for our Global Loss Prevention programme as well as some other global insurance programmes.

Since 2013 I have been in charge of the BCI Forum in the French part of Switzerland and I have led the BCI Swiss Chapter since March 2015.

Sharad Karia MBCI

With background in the IT industry, Sharad progressed into Business Continuity industry through Disaster Recovery over 20 years ago. He was Business Recovery Manager at Royal Mail for a number of years, then moved to a consultancy serving high profile clients internationally. He now continues to do this through his own company since 2002.

Sharad has been a Member of the Business Continuity Institute since 1999 and has participated in the mentoring and assessment programmes. He is also an active committee member of the BCI London Forum
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Margaret Millett, MSc Business Continuity, MBCP, MBCI

Assistant Vice President, MetLife, Raleigh, North Carolina

Margaret Millett is an Assistant Vice President at MetLife responsible for their Global Resiliency Program.  She has been actively involved in the business continuity field since 1994 and worked for financial services companies in Boston, Massachusetts and Dublin, Ireland. She spent six years working for eBay, Inc. in California prior to moving to North Carolina in 2014. Margaret has held board levels positions with business continuity organizations, written publications and spoken at business continuity management conferences in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

In 2011, Margaret was awarded a Master of Science in Business Continuity from Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont with honors. She has been certified as a Member of the Business Continuity Institute (MBCI) and a Master Business Continuity Professional (MBCP).

Affiliations include: The Business Continuity Institute (BCI), Continuity Insights (CI) Editorial Advisory Board, Business Continuity Professionals of the Carolinas (BCPC), DRI International and a member of the US Technical Advisory Group to ISO Technical Committee 292.

In 2015, Margaret was named the chair of the Alzheimer’s Association Eastern North Carolina Board of Directors.

Des O’Callaghan FBCI

I am a semi-retired Business Continuity Management professional located near Toronto, Canada, currently dividing my time between independent consulting, teaching and various involvements in BCM-related associations. At present I am Communications Director for the BCI Canada Chapter and Alternate Leader for the Greater Toronto Area Forum. I have held several executive positions with the Toronto Chapter of the Disaster Recovery Information Exchange and was Editor of its quarterly newsletter for the past 20 years. I have served for 5 years as a member of the Education Committee of the World Conference on Disaster Management, which is held annually in Toronto.

Prior to retirement from full-time work in 2010, I held various leadership positions in BCM in the Canadian financial sector. I developed and delivered a 4-course BCM certificate program at George Brown College in Toronto in 2006 and continue to teach today with several companies. I obtained my FBCI designation in 1996 as Canada’s first BCI member. In 2009 I was honoured to receive recognition for my contributions to the profession as winner of the National Award of Excellence for Business Continuity presented by the Canadian Centre for Emergency Preparedness. In 2015 I received a Global Achievement Award at the BCI World Gala Dinner.

Sue Stallard, FBCI

Corporate Business Continuity Manager, T-Systems Limited

Sue has been involved with Business Continuity Management for over 12 years with an extensive wealth of experience that commenced at DHL Supply Chain (formerly Exel), where her work was recognised when she was awarded the CIR Magazine Manager of the Year 2007. From 2008 Sue has worked in many sectors, including financial, local authority and Information, Communication and Technology, currently at T-Systems Limited where she is the International Working Group Leader for a Group of Experts of Deutsche Telekom AG (of which T-Systems is a subsidiary). Outside of her business role Sue is currently the Chair of the Milton Keynes Business Resilience Forum; was previously Secretary of the author group and a contributor to the popular book ‘Business Continuity for Dummies’; and is an active member of both the BCI Partnership Steering Group and the BCI South Midlands Forum.

Elaine Tomlin, MBCI, DBCI

BC Board Director

Elaine is a member of the BCI Board of Directors and also represents Europe on the BCI, Global Council Membership Committee.  In the past, Elaine has been shortlisted for a number of awards including European Business Continuity Manager of the year (BCI), Global Business Continuity Manager of the year (BCI) and Resiliency Manager of the Year (CIR). 

Elaine has over 11 years’ experience heading-up business continuity management for Certus, an Irish financial services company formally known as Bank of Scotland Ireland.  Elaine is a highly experienced BCM practitioner. 

After starting her career in software and telecoms, in 2004 Elaine moved to the financial services sector within Operational Risk where she headed-up the implementation and launch of Bank of Scotland Ireland’s BCM Programme.  Elaine is a recognised BCM subject matter expert with significant experience developing, facilitating and implementing varied crisis management exercises, technical recovery exercises and business continuity strategy planning for multiple clients.  Elaine works closely with all key crisis management stakeholders and particularly with technical recovery teams and also manages emergency response protocols for the business.

Elaine is a graduate of Coventry University where she studied Business Continuity Management and later Enterprise Risk Management (UCD), Project Management and more recently achieved her certification in ISO22301 BCM Lead Auditor. Elaine is also a BCM mentor with experience training Irish practitioners, a registered BCI Mentor and a member of the Emergency Planning Society.