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21st Pandemic Planning Conference for Employers: Coronavirus Focus

Danubius Hotel Regents Park , 18 Lodge Road, St. John's Wood, London NW8 7JT

Does your organisation have a robust pandemic contingency plan in place? What is your OH policy on pandemics and are you prepared for potential travel bans, quarantine and sick leave?

Following the confirmation of the recent Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak in China, stock markets are already seeing a hit and Société General have warned that economic growth will fall, if the outbreak fails to stabilise by March. They predict retail and tourism will be hardest hit, with manufacturing also feeling the blow.

There are companies who may not survive a pandemic and planning needs to start now; drawing lessons from the SARS and Avian Flu, BFI’s unique 21st pandemic planning event for employers combines the necessary medical, HR, risk mitigation, legal and operational elements into a robust plan.

This critical briefing will give employers the real facts and figures, ensuring your organisation revises and implements practical and workable business continuity and contingency plans. You’ll also examine the components of a legal and workable legal policy to understand how to approach such areas as travel bans, sick leave and absenteeism, quarantine and communications as affected by a global pandemic outbreak.

Experts will also address the crucial elements of communication and briefing during a pandemic as well as give key medical updates and possible scenarios to ensure your organisation can implement a robust resilience plan.

Which functions will benefit from attending

  • HR, Health and Safety, Business Continuity Planning, Occupational Health, Contingency and Business Continuity Planning, Recruitment, Resourcing, Legal & Compliance, Line Management, Employee Relations, Security, Risk, Compliance, Strategy, Operations, and all directors and staff with responsibilities within this area.

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Coffee and registration

CHAIR'S WELCOME, OPENING REMARKS, OBJECTIVES OF THE DAY & LEARNING OUTCOMES

Mark Harris

Mark Harris

Lead Crisis Consultant
Blindside Risk

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Mark Harris

Lead Crisis Consultant , Blindside Risk

As Blindside’s Lead Crisis Consultant, Mark allocates resources to ensure clients are serviced throughout the Crisis and Issues Management cycle from identification and preparation, prevention through planning and training, to response and recovery. Blindside’s crisis management preparedness and response services ensure clients are ready to face situations and events of a challenging nature, throughout the world. Over the last 24 years, Mark has worked at the forefront of crisis management and communications internationally and held senior positions with leading consultancies such Control Risks, and Burson-Marsteller. Mark has worked on over 150 incidents of kidnapping, extortion, and hostage taking around the world, and 19 cases of vessel hijack. He has also advised numerous companies as they have prepared to restructure, close facilities, or transfer operations to other countries. Mark regularly presents at conferences and is often invited to comment on news stories on a regular basis by news channels such as the BBC, ITN, Channel 4, CNN, NBC, and Al Jazeera.

OPENING ADDRESS: PANDEMIC, PREPAREDNESS, PLANNING AND PANIC – RESILIENCE FOR 2020

Dr Dipti Patel

Dr Dipti Patel

Chief Medical Officer
Foreign & Commonwealth Office

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Dr Dipti Patel

Chief Medical Officer , Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Dr Dipti Patel is a consultant in occupational medicine and a travel medicine physician. She is Director of the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC), and the Chief Medical Officer at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). She is also an honorary lecturer in occupational medicine at the Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health at Manchester University. Previous roles include being a non-executive director at the Health Protection Agency, the director of clinical services at the Medical Advisory Service for Traveller’s Abroad, consultant occupational health physician at the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), and honorary clinical senior lecturer in occupational medicine at the Kent Institute of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dipti is an associate editor for Travel Medicine and Infectious Diseases, and co-editor of the ABC of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. She is a member of the UK Advisory Committee on Malaria Prevention, the Travel Subcommittee of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, and is on the WHO roster of experts in Travel Medicine. Dipti has a special interest in complex travellers, travel health education, medico-legal issues, and occupational travellers.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: A CRUCIAL UPDATE ON THE CURRENT SITUATION

Professor John Oxford

Professor John Oxford

Emeritus Professor of Virology
Queen Mary College, University of London

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Professor John Oxford

Emeritus Professor of Virology , Queen Mary College, University of London

John Oxford is the UK's top expert on influenza and Emeritus Professor of Virology at the University of London. His work on the 1918 strain of influenza (Spanish flu) is world famous. Professor Oxford is the founder of Retroscreen Virology, a leader in the field of vaccine and anti-viral clinical trials for the last 20 years. He is also co-author of Human Virology, now in its 4th Edition and published by Oxford University Press. Professor Oxford appears regularly on Radio 4's Today programme, BBC's Newsnight and ITV and Channel 4 News talking about influenza and, more recently, Ebola.

  • Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19)
  • How the virus has spread so far
  • The future

Coffee and networking

LEGAL UPDATE FOR HR: CRITICAL POLICY ISSUES

Vince Toman

Vince Toman

Barrister
Lewis Silkin LLP

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Vince Toman

Barrister , Lewis Silkin LLP

Prior to becoming a barrister, Vince worked in industry where he had first-hand experience in collective employment law and trade unions: as a shop steward; an adviser to independent trade unions; and an employment lawyer for a leading trade union firm of solicitors. Having then worked for a number of years in the Employment Department of a large city practice, he joined Lewis Silkin in January 2001. Specialties: He is an expert in trade union and collective employment law issues. He advises on industrial disputes, Information and Consultation Regulations matters (ICE and TICE), as well as European Work Council issues. He also has experience in health and safety issues, including disaster management and corporate manslaughter.

  • Duty to protect staff
  • Sick leave and sick pay
  • Absenteeism and disciplinary actions
  • Travel bans and quarantine
  • Changes in employee roles
  • Layoffs
  • Communications
  • Third party contracts

DEVELOPING AN EFFECTIVE PANDEMIC CONTINGENCY PLAN

James Lythe

James Lythe

Associate Director, Crisis Management & Business Continuity Strategy Planning
Control Risks

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James Lythe

Associate Director, Crisis Management & Business Continuity Strategy Planning , Control Risks

James Lythe is an Associate Director within Control Risks' Crisis & Security Consulting Department (Europe and Africa). James works with clients to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of crisis management teams, working across a variety of sectors.

  • Assessing the risks
  • Planning issues: key questions to ask
  • Defining your business position of staff travel
  • Review, testing & updating – key learning points
  • Avoiding common pitfalls; what lessons must be learnt from previous years
  • What does the future hold? planning for a range of scenarios

Lunch and networking

CONTEXT IS EVERYTHING: CASE STUDIES AND LESSONS LEARNED IN A CRISIS

Richard Stephenson

Richard Stephenson

CEO
Sentinel

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Richard Stephenson

CEO , Sentinel

Owner and founder of YUDU Sentinel, the fast growing crisis communication platform for looking after staff and keeping operations running during major disruptive incidents. Richard has held CEO roles in private equity investments and tech start-ups in the UK, USA, France and Asia and is an experienced conference speaker.

  • Similarities and differences: a pandemic crisis unpicked
  • How the crisis unfolds: stories from the front line
  • Becoming a trusted source of truth in a hyper-connected world
  • Ensuring your messages are clear and consistent – staff, customers, clients and supply chain
  • Global challenges
  • Key considerations to ensure minimal impact on your business

POLICY CHECKLIST: ENSURING YOUR PANDEMIC PLAN IS FULLY UP TO DATE

Dr Anthony Renshaw

Dr Anthony Renshaw

Medical Director, Health Consulting - Europe
International SOS

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Dr Anthony Renshaw

Medical Director, Health Consulting - Europe , International SOS

Dr Anthony Renshaw provides medical advisory to numerous global organisations across the academic, resources, infrastructure, manufacturing, government and professional services sectors. He has expertise in emergency response and managing public health crises, including pandemic planning for multiple leading organisations. Since joining International SOS in 2008, Anthony has overseen healthcare delivery and consulting platforms across China, Mongolia, Sakhalin, Korea and Japan; led community health programs in the Pacific; run remote health services across Australia; and worked in correctional services and defence. He has consulted widely across Africa, Europe and Asia-Pacific focusing on global health security, occupational health and emergency planning. He has a keen interest in the interplay between global health and the private sector. Prior to joining the company he was a surgeon in the UK and South Africa. Anthony is a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and a Fellow of both the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management and the Royal Society for Public Health. He holds a doctorate in surgery from UCL and an MBA from INSEAD. He read medicine at the University of Manchester, where he also holds degrees in immunology and oncology.

  • What needs to be in your policy?
  • Assessing the risk
  • Communicating effectively with employees during a pandemic
  • Ensuring Business Continuity
  • Co-ordinating key functions: HR, Risk, Occupational Health, Legal, Resilience

Afternoon tea and networking

CRUCIAL ELEMENTS OF PANDEMIC PLANNING & COMMUNICATION

Mark Harris

Mark Harris

Lead Crisis Consultant
Blindside Risk

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Mark Harris

Lead Crisis Consultant , Blindside Risk

As Blindside’s Lead Crisis Consultant, Mark allocates resources to ensure clients are serviced throughout the Crisis and Issues Management cycle from identification and preparation, prevention through planning and training, to response and recovery. Blindside’s crisis management preparedness and response services ensure clients are ready to face situations and events of a challenging nature, throughout the world. Over the last 24 years, Mark has worked at the forefront of crisis management and communications internationally and held senior positions with leading consultancies such Control Risks, and Burson-Marsteller. Mark has worked on over 150 incidents of kidnapping, extortion, and hostage taking around the world, and 19 cases of vessel hijack. He has also advised numerous companies as they have prepared to restructure, close facilities, or transfer operations to other countries. Mark regularly presents at conferences and is often invited to comment on news stories on a regular basis by news channels such as the BBC, ITN, Channel 4, CNN, NBC, and Al Jazeera.

  • Controlling rumour, speculation and panic: essential messages
  • Consistent messages internally and externally
  • Keeping client facing staff informed and acting on their feedback and questions
  • Integrating your messages across platforms: keeping preparation and planning upfront and central
  • Information management as issue control tool
  • Internal briefing and information cascade: who, what, where and when?

INTERACTIVE Q & A: CRUCIAL ELEMENTS OF PANDEMIC PLANNING

Mark Harris

Mark Harris

Lead Crisis Consultant
Blindside Risk

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Mark Harris

Lead Crisis Consultant , Blindside Risk

As Blindside’s Lead Crisis Consultant, Mark allocates resources to ensure clients are serviced throughout the Crisis and Issues Management cycle from identification and preparation, prevention through planning and training, to response and recovery. Blindside’s crisis management preparedness and response services ensure clients are ready to face situations and events of a challenging nature, throughout the world. Over the last 24 years, Mark has worked at the forefront of crisis management and communications internationally and held senior positions with leading consultancies such Control Risks, and Burson-Marsteller. Mark has worked on over 150 incidents of kidnapping, extortion, and hostage taking around the world, and 19 cases of vessel hijack. He has also advised numerous companies as they have prepared to restructure, close facilities, or transfer operations to other countries. Mark regularly presents at conferences and is often invited to comment on news stories on a regular basis by news channels such as the BBC, ITN, Channel 4, CNN, NBC, and Al Jazeera.

James Lythe

James Lythe

Associate Director, Crisis Management & Business Continuity Strategy Planning
Control Risks

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Control Risks logo

James Lythe

Associate Director, Crisis Management & Business Continuity Strategy Planning , Control Risks

James Lythe is an Associate Director within Control Risks' Crisis & Security Consulting Department (Europe and Africa). James works with clients to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of crisis management teams, working across a variety of sectors.

Richard Stephenson

Richard Stephenson

CEO
Sentinel

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Sentinel logo

Richard Stephenson

CEO , Sentinel

Owner and founder of YUDU Sentinel, the fast growing crisis communication platform for looking after staff and keeping operations running during major disruptive incidents. Richard has held CEO roles in private equity investments and tech start-ups in the UK, USA, France and Asia and is an experienced conference speaker.

Dr Anthony Renshaw

Dr Anthony Renshaw

Medical Director, Health Consulting - Europe
International SOS

View Bio
International SOS logo

Dr Anthony Renshaw

Medical Director, Health Consulting - Europe , International SOS

Dr Anthony Renshaw provides medical advisory to numerous global organisations across the academic, resources, infrastructure, manufacturing, government and professional services sectors. He has expertise in emergency response and managing public health crises, including pandemic planning for multiple leading organisations. Since joining International SOS in 2008, Anthony has overseen healthcare delivery and consulting platforms across China, Mongolia, Sakhalin, Korea and Japan; led community health programs in the Pacific; run remote health services across Australia; and worked in correctional services and defence. He has consulted widely across Africa, Europe and Asia-Pacific focusing on global health security, occupational health and emergency planning. He has a keen interest in the interplay between global health and the private sector. Prior to joining the company he was a surgeon in the UK and South Africa. Anthony is a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and a Fellow of both the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management and the Royal Society for Public Health. He holds a doctorate in surgery from UCL and an MBA from INSEAD. He read medicine at the University of Manchester, where he also holds degrees in immunology and oncology.

A great chance to ask our expert panel crucial questions you might have regarding the current situation as well as issues regarding your organisations pandemic planning strategies and policy. Questions can be submitted pre-event to samantha.travis@bfi.co.uk

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