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  • Adam Barrett MBCI
  • Jim Burtles Hon FBCI
  • Ian Clark FBCI
  • Michael Crooymans MBCI
  • Tim Janes Hon FBCI
  • Andrew MacLeod MBCI
  • Des O’Callaghan FBCI

Judges' biographies

Adam Barrett MBCI

Sungard Availability Services

A Business Continuity Consultant for Sungard Availability Services, Adam has previously worked in Business Continuity within Financial Services, Broadcast, Telecommunications and Retail organisations. He holds an MSc in Risk Analysis from King’s College London and is a representative on the BCI's Global Members Council.

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.

Tim Janes Hon FBCI

Tim Janes is one of the GMC Membership Directors and the BCI Australasian Chapter representative.  Tim has been an active leader, and Board member of the BCI Australasian Chapter since it was founded in 2007.  Tim was President of the Chapter for 5 years (2009 to 2014), and is currently a Non-Executive Director of the Chapter Board.  Tim became an MBCI in 2005 and was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the BCI in 2014. 

Tim was a member of Standard Australia’s TC223 Mirror committee for four years, and was Australia’s delegate responsible for contributing to the development of several ISO standards including the ISO 22301, Business Continuity standard.  He was a section author for the BCI’s Good Practice Guidelines 2013 Edition, and drafted the BCI’s Position Statement on Organisational Resilience in 2016. 

Outside the BCI, Tim has worked in the business continuity industry since 1993.  He has provided consulting and training services to organisations in Europe, Asia and Australia, including 6 years with a Big 4 firm in London, Hong Kong, and Sydney.  In 2003, he founded his own consulting business that provides business continuity, crisis management, and risk consulting services to organisations in and around Sydney, Australia. 

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. 

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.