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Dr Chris Needham-Bennett

Managing Director

Experience and expertise:

Chris has built up a wealth of experience since founding the company in 1996. He has worked across a wide spectrum of sectors and businesses in the UK and overseas. He specialises in the delivery of strategic training at board level and authorship of exercises.

Chris is noted for the innovative content of his training and his entertaining conference speaking engagements.

He is currently specialising in the legal and financial sectors in Europe


Education and former background:

  • Visiting Professor of University College London, (UCL)  

  • Member of the UCL’s Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR)

  • Doctorate in Risk Management University of Portsmouth

  • MSc Risk Psychology, University of Leicester

  • Royal Military Academy Sandhurst

  • Parachute Regiment: 10 years commissioned service (1981-1991)

  • Worked for private security companies on PFI security projects with Home Office

  • Speaks conversational German



  • Winner of 2015 BCI Global Business Continuity & Resilience Consultant of the Year

  • Winner of 2015 BCI European Business Continuity & Resilience Consultant of the Year


  • Crisis Response Journal. To read the article, please click here.

  • The Yanks & The Brits: Some Conference Observations in Continuity Insights

  • Lexcel Guide to Business Continuity Toolkit published by The Law Society, reviewed on Goodreads

  • Organisations consenting to infrastructure failure and business disruptions in Continuity Central

  • Team Based Business Continuity: Top Tips for Success in Agenda Security News

  • London Resilience – An Historical Perspective in Continuity Magazine

  • Marketing Maturity or Intellectual Vacuum in Continuity Magazine



  • Chaired the conference for BCI London Forums “How to manage the human aspects of incident management & resilience” event at the London Fire Brigade Headquarters, 11th September 2015

  • Speaker on “BC Plans – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” at the CSARN Business Continuity & Corporate Reputations Conference, Fareham, 23rd September 2014

  • Speaker on “Business Continuity Planning: What could possibly go wrong…?” at IFSEC Academy, ExCel London, 18th June 2014

  • Chaired the debate for BCI London Forums “Adaptation and Change” event at Guildhall, Livery Hall London, 2nd June 2014

  • Speaker on “What does BC compliance look like under the new FCA?” at the DataFort Symposium at the Gherkin, 21st May 2014

  • Speaker on the assumptions inherent in BC planning and their rationalisation, at the Ministry of Justice’s BC Planners Conference, London, 8th May 2014

  • Ran workshops on UK Threats at the Counter Terror Expo, Olympia, London, 29th April 2014

  • Speaker at DataFort’s Financial Compliance Conference at the Gherkin, 29th January 2014

  • Participator in a mock trial at the Resilient Scotland conference, Edinburgh, 20th November 2013

  • Lecturer on business continuity in the air transport industry at Cranfield University, 14th November 2013

  • Speaker on “BC Plans – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” at the CSARN Business Continuity Briefing, London, 7th June 2013

  • Speaker on “The Path to True Resilience” at the 11th Annual Continuity Insights Management Conference, San Diego, 22-24th April 2013


Client Comments:

“Chris Needham-Bennett was outstanding, innovative and deserving of future invitation.”

“His more global view on a number of perspectives is important in thinking about that which involves more intellectual power than is involved in a normal delivery.”

“Chris Needham-Bennett; particularly effective in providing a different way of looking at strategy & crisis management.”

“I have really appreciated the generosity and clarity with which you share your knowledge, and know the thought-provoking training you provide has truly empowered better leadership amongst colleagues across the organisation.”

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