James McAlister is the Vice Chair of the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) and Director of Crisis Prepared Limited an organisational resilience consultancy. He is a former police officer with over 30 years experience in Business Continuity, Civil Protection, Crisis / Emergency Management, Security, Firearms, Public Order and Training. James has advised, planned and contributed to many operations and exercises throughout the UK and internationally including political party conferences, major sporting events, VIP visits, counter terrorism operations, public order events and environmental / man-made disasters. James is a UK Government member of the European Union Civil Protection Team; was the first UK member to be deployed on an international mission – China Earthquake 2008 and was the Deputy Team Leader for the Super Typhoon Haiyan Mission – Philippines 2013. He is a training consultant for a number of EU governmental agencies including the Danish Emergency Management Agency, Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, Spanish Civil Protection School and the German Ministry of the Interior. He has a Masters Degree and Diploma’s in Business Continuity Management & Education; is a qualified further / higher education teacher, BCI Approved Instructor and ISO 22301 Lead Auditor. He is a Fellow of the Business Continuity Institute and Institute for Civil Protection & Emergency Management James has won a number of prestigious awards including the CIR Magazine ‘Public Sector Continuity Manager of the Year Award’ on two occasions 2009 & 2011, the BCI ‘European Public Sector Business Continuity Manager of the Year 2014’ and a ‚Highly Commended’ at the BCI Global Awards 2014.