Institute of Civil Protection and
Emergency Management
Uniting Academics with Professionals to
Promote Excellence in Civil Protection




The Rt330px Baroness DSouza 2013 Hon. Baroness Frances D'Souza CMG

From 1977 to 1983 she was a senior lecturer at Oxford Brookes University. Baroness D'Souza founded and directed the International Disaster Institute, based in London, and from 1978-1984 she was Editor of 'Disasters', the senior journal in the field of disaster risk reduction.

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Deputy President and Chair of the Board of Trustees

Professor David Alexander

DavidAlexanderSmallDavid Alexander is Professor of Risk and Disaster Reduction at University College London. His books include "Natural Disasters", "Confronting Catastrophe", "Principles of Emergency Planning and Management", "Recovery from Disaster" (with Ian Davis) and "How to Write an Emergency Plan".  

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President Emeritus

Eric Dykes

Eric DykesSmallA physics graduate with a PhD (University of London) in the crystal chemistry of apatites, the major mineral component of bones and teeth, Eric was a lecturer in Dental Anatomy at the London Hospital Medical College (LHMC) before becoming the Director of the Civil Emergency Management Centre (CEMC) at the University of Hertfordshire (UH) until his 2003 retirement.

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President Emeritus and Acting Vice Chair

Tony Moore

TonyMooreSmallA former soldier, senior police officer and pseudo-academic, Tony was latterly the Associate Director of the Resilience Centre at Cranfield University based at the UK Defence Academy at Shrivenham for a number of years where he taught on a number of Masters’ programmes, including the Master of Defence Administration (MDA), MSc in Global Security and its distance learning counterpart, the MSc in International Security; and the MSc in Disaster Management and its sequel, the MSc in Resilience. For six years, from 1998 to 2003, he was Director of the annual International Disaster Management Course.

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Election of Officers at AGM 2020


Arrangements for the Election of Officers to the Executive Committee 

In order to ensure open and transparent elections for all Officer posts for the forthcoming Annual General Meeting, any eligible member who wishes to stand for election for one of the available posts can submit their expression of interest.

As part of this year’s election process all nominees will be required to complete the expression of interest survey and provide a photo and short biography of their experience and what they feel they can bring to the Institute in terms of skills and expertise. All existing Officers will be up for re-election as their periods in office have either expired, or have not been voted on at a quorate meeting of members and officers. 

The expression of interest survey can be found here

If you wish to complete the survey via a mobile device please scan the QR code below:

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Director of Communications and Acting General Secretary

Luke Martin MBCI, MICPEM, MInstLM

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Luke runs a specialist consultancy providing detailed threat analysis, protective security advice, incident management and resilience advice through to policy development within the fields of Business Continuity, Crisis Management, Emergency Preparedness, Incident Response, Leadership Development and Enterprise Risk Management.

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Academic Director

Dr. Burcak Basbug Erkan


Burcak is currently the Director of the MSc in Disaster Management and Resilience, a Research Associate at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at the University of Coventry. She is a former Director of the Disaster Management Centre at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara.

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Director of Events

Tony Thompson

TonyThompsonSmallTony’s experience in emergency management extends over 40 years. Service in the RAF was followed by 32 years in the British Transport Police, then roles as Head of Regional Resilience for South West England, and Head of UK Emergency Response for the British Red Cross.

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Managing Editor of Alert

Dave Dowling

TonyThompsonSmallDave has operated in the field of emergency management for over thirty years, developing a high level of expertise in dealing with a wide variety of incidents / emergency situations at Operational, Tactical and Strategic levels.

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Member Services


richard-cocks-smRichard served in the London Ambulance Service for 33 years and the Health Protection Agency for 2 years. He was a founder member of the LAS Emergency Planning Unit. He attended events and major incidents in London either as Ambulance Silver or as the Ambulance Tactical Advisor. He was also a member of various safety groups including Wembley Stadium and Heathrow Airport.

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Librarian & Archivist

John Lawal

John was a London Borough Emergency Planning Officer for 15 years, during which he was also the Chair of the North East London Emergency Planning Group (NELEPG) and Chair of his Council’s Corporate Security Group. He was also one of the out-of-hours Duty Emergency Response Officers, responding to all types of emergencies arising in the Borough. A high point of his career was being selected to represent the London Emergency Planning Officers on a visit to Buckingham Palace where he met Her Majesty the Queen and other members of the royal family.

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