In December 2022, the UK Government published a new Resilience Framework. This has established new guidelines and demonstrates a keen awareness of the need for a stronger strategic response to the increasing number of risks the UK faces. The long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to be felt whilst new challenges are emerging, such as the record temperatures and extreme weather events of 2022. In these uncertain times, it is imperative that public and voluntary sector organisations work collaboratively to improve their preparedness and responses to different contingencies so they can assure the public of a coordinated and timely response.

  • There are over 40 Local Resilience Forums in England and Wales
  • The National Risk Register contains 38 types of possible crises that could affect the UK
  • 69% of emergency responders felt that their mental health deteriorated as a result of the pandemic, according to research from Mind

Join us at The Emergency Response and Recovery Conference 2023 to hear the latest updates and national guidelines on developing your local response to emergencies and civil contingencies. Learn from best practice case studies covering innovative ways you can improve your emergency preparedness and ensure your crisis response is coordinated and holistic. Topics will include strengthening Local Resilience Forums in line with the new national guidance, digital solutions to improve your preparedness and emergency response protocols as well as community resilience and engagement. There will also be the opportunity to network with senior colleagues from across the sector to discuss the major challenges and the solutions you have found most effective when working to improve local resilience and your emergency responses.

Why Attend:

✓ High- level keynotes on the latest initiatives to improve and coordinate emergency planning at the local level
✓ Case studies showcasing best practice multi-agency and community-facing approaches to improve emergency preparedness and planning capacity
✓ A wide range of topics covering innovative digital tools, mental health support for frontline responders and evaluating your emergency planning measures
✓ Networking opportunities with senior colleagues from across the sector
✓ 8 hours of CPD points towards your yearly quota


This year’s conference package includes 12-months FREE access to GE Insights, our cross-sector learning resource of case study focused videos, articles, lived experiences and more (RRP £199). Gain unlimited access to our online platform when you purchase your conference ticket.

Key benefits include:

 100s of Exclusive Case Studies – fingertip access to videos and articles covering all key sectors including Police & Criminal Justice, and ALL CPD certified

 Key Sessions from All Our Conferences – gain valuable insights from our past, present, and future events (160+ pa)

 Articles and Interviews – learn from our network of expert speakers and contributors explore further the key discussions from the conferences

 Additional CPD Hours – automatically earn more for everything you watch, read, and hear

 Your Own CPD Dashboard – charts your progress, allows you to add notes, download your activities, and save/print an official CPD certificate

 Personalised Homepage – only see the relevant content you need to save time

 30+ New Uploads Each Month – we’re adding new content every week to ensure you stay engaged and informed all year round.

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285

  • Online Registration
  • Chair’s Opening Remarks

    Professor Lee Miles, Professor of Crisis and Disaster Management, Disaster Management Centre Bournemouth University (CONFIRMED)

  • Keynote: Fostering Resilience: Stronger Local Resilience Forums and Whole Society Resilience
    • Key takeaways from the new UK Government Resilience Framework
    • National support to local resilience: National Strategic Risk Assessment, the National Risk Register, training & exercising and capability
    • Stronger LRFs: ambitions and next steps
    • Prevention rather than cure: digital and data capability improvements and whole of society approach

    Tony Bray, Deputy Director for Local Engagement and Response, DLUHC (CONFIRMED)

  • Keynote: Developing a Robust Local Emergency Preparedness and Response Strategy
    • Long-term reflections on managing Covid-19 on a local level and preparedness for high-consequence infectious diseases
    • Making the best use of diverse streams of data to transform it into actionable information and inform service design
    • Collaborating with local businesses and voluntary organisations to develop unified continuity measures
    • Recommendations for delivering strong organisational leadership and creating clear delegations of responsibility that prevent service duplication

    Carney Bonner, National Resilience Lead, British Red Cross (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers 
  • Comfort Break
  • Case Study: Why International Evacuations Require Local Partnership Working

    • Insight into the relationships between Local Authorities and International Airports
    • Reflections on the local response to Operation Pitting (the evacuation of Afghanistan)
    • Initial learning from the response to receiving Sudanese evacuation flights
    • Exploring why partnership working is essential when dealing with incidents of this nature

    Tom Knibbs, Associate Director of Joint Resilience and Emergency Planning, Birmingham and Solihull Integrated Care Board & Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Coordinating Services During Emergencies Through Strong Leadership and Effective Communication

    • Decision-making during emergencies: key recommendations for delivering timely and coordinated leadership
    • Communicating safety broadcasts and public health information to the community before, during and after a major incident
    • Establishing clear internal communications channels and protocols to facilitate an effective response to civil contingencies
    • Monitoring demand on resources to ensure additional capacity is made available in the event of rising tide emergencies

    Jyoti Atri, Executive Director of Public Health, Cambridgeshire County Council (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Working with Voluntary and Community Sector Partners to Deliver Person-Centric Emergency Responses

    • What do we mean by person or community-centric emergency planning and response?
    • Strategies for harnessing the power of community-led support for those impacted by emergencies
    • A recommendation for integrating VCSE Organisations into your resilience building and response planning
    • A recommendation for the longer term recovery of victims and communities impacted by emergencies

    Robyn Knox MBE, Director, Voluntary and Community Sector Emergencies Partnership (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers
  • Lunch 
  • Keynote: Developing a Holistic Risk Assessment Protocol to Improve Community Resilience

    • Creating a thorough risk assessment plan: identifying existing and developing risks alongside pre-existing support services to plan for future development and redundancy
    • Working with VCSE organisations to incorporate hard-to-reach and at-risk populations into community resilience networks
    • Connecting with community leaders to signpost services and improve awareness of potential risks
    • Integrating national learning and guidance into local knowledge and situational requirements to create a tailored emergency preparedness programme
    • Workforce planning and expansion to improve preparedness, delegate responsibilities and increase community outreach

    Richard Abbot, Head of Strategic Risk and Improvement, West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, Vice Chair, International Group National Fire Chiefs Council (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: The Resilience and Emergencies Professional Apprenticeship: Standardising Risk Preparation 

    • Key training priorities for the Resilience Apprenticeship
    • Achieving common standards: developing shared resilience targets and vocabulary to improve interoperability across the field
    • Attracting and supporting new professionals to the resilience sector

    Eleanor Parker, Resilience and Emergencies Professional Degree Apprenticeship Development Project Manager, West Mercia Local Resilience Forum

  • Questions and Answers
  • Breakout Networking: Working in Partnership to Improve Emergency Preparedness and Response

    Take the opportunity to network with a range of colleagues from across the sector to discuss common challenges and solutions you have found around improving local resilience and emergency response services.
  • Comfort Break

  • (Pre-Record) Case Study: Analysing, Streamlining and Re-prioritising to Recover the LRF Work Plan After the Prolonged Impacts of Covid-19

    • Capability Focussed Risk Review to Identify Gaps and help Re-Prioritise Workloads
    • How to adapt and get the most out of new hybrid working
    • Using Technology to streamline practices, including automated call cascades and web-managed non-geographic telephone numbers
    • Streamlining communications using Resilience Direct, Mapping and Microsoft 365

    Deborah Haynes, Head of Dorset Civil Contingencies Unit, Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service

  • Case Study: Lessons Identified in an Acute Hospitals Trust regarding Emergency Preparedness, Resilience and Response

    • The Operational Assurance Framework: creating effective quality control mechanisms to ensure systems and procedures are fit for purpose
    • Connecting with national partners from across the country to learn from their organisational experiences
    • Establishing key performance indicators and making the best use of data from a variety of streams to coordinate improvements
    • Utilising operational risk information inspections to continuously monitor and assess the risk responders may face in a variety of emergency situations in your local context

    Dickie Head, Head of Resilience, Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Chair’s Closing Remarks 

    *programme subject to change without notice

Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend?

Delegates who will have an interest in this event will be professionals who work on local emergency planning and response.

*This Conference is open to Public, Private and Third Sectors

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285


We are now taking bookings for our wide range of sponsorship and exhibition packages; we also offer bespoke packages tailored for your organisation.

Why Sponsor and Exhibit at this event:

 Network with key decision makers from across the sector
 Meet your target audience
 Listen and Learn from leading experts from across the further education sector
 Opportunity to demonstrate your products or services
 Speak alongside industry leading experts
 Work with your dedicated account manager to generate the maximum amount of leads

Exhibition and Sponsorship Packages:

Strategic Headline Sponsor:

  • 20-minute speaking slot followed by Q&A
  • 3x2m Exhibition Space (In the Refreshments and Catering room)
  • Pre show marketing email to all registered delegates
  • Post show inclusion on presentation email
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • A4 Insert or A4 Chair Drop
  • 5 Delegate Conference Passes
  • 1 Speaker Pass

Key Supporter Package:

  • 20-minute speaking slot followed by Q&A
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • A4 Insert or Chair Drop
  • 1 Speaker Pass
  • 2 Delegate Conference Passes

Exhibition Stand:

  • 3x2m Exhibition Space (In the Refreshments and Catering room)
  • Power, Wifi, Table and 2 Chairs (If required)
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • 2 Delegate Conference Passes
  • 1 Stand Manager Pass

Insert or Chair Drop:

  • 1 Delegate Conference Pass
  • A4 insert into delegate pack or A4 Chair Drop

For more information or to discuss your requirements, please contact the team on 0330 0584 285, or sponsorship@governmentevents.co.uk or complete our enquiry form and we will contact you.

  • Private Sector Rate: £499.00+VAT
  • Public Sector Rate: £360.00+VAT
  • Voluntary Sector Rate: £330.00+VAT
  • Public Sector: £449.00+VAT+VAT
  • Private Sector: £649.00+VAT+VAT
  • Voluntary Sector: £379.00+VAT+VAT

Your delegate place at this leading conference gives you access to all of the following including 12-months FREE access to GE Insights, our cross-sector learning resource, and the easiest way for you to prepare for the conference and then stay engaged all year with the ongoing discussions and best practice:

✓ High Level Keynotes

✓ Case Studies Showcasing Best Practice

✓ Panel Discussions

✓ Live Chat and Networking Opportunities

✓ Q&A

✓ 8 Hours of CPD

✓ Speaker Presentations and Videos OnDemand

✓ 12-Months FREE access to GE Insights (RRP £199)

 – 100s of exclusive case study focused videos and articles

 –  CPD Dashboard

 –  Personalised Homepage

 – 30+ new uploads each month