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




Major General (Rtd) Tim Cross, CBE

Major General (Rtd) Tim Cross, CBEGeneral Cross is a logistics expert who has dealt with numerous aid relief situations, including organising refugee camps in Macedonia and Kosovo.

Born in 1951 he was commissioned into the Army in 1971.

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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

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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Nick Goldby

NickGoldbySmallNick joined Arup’s Resilience, Security and Risk practice 7 years ago after 30 years with the Metropolitan Police Service. Nick spent the last 8 years of his service within Counter Terrorism, and specifically the Counter Terrorism Protective Security Command, where he was a licensed Counter Terrorism Security Advisor (CTSA).

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Vice Chair


JeremyWallSmallJeremy has worked for London Underground for over 29 years, covering a wide range of operational and planning functions with in-depth knowledge across multiple disciplines.

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General Secretary

Emily Collard

EmilyCollardSmallEmily has had an interest in humanitarian affairs since she was 15 years of age when she went to Kenya with the Scouts to assist a small village group build a latrine block for their campsite. Emily later developed the interest this had awakened in her by completing a B.Sc. Honours degree in Development and Health in Disaster Management at the University of Coventry.

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Membership Secretary and Treasurer

Paul Collard

PaulCollardSmallPaul recently retired from Sussex Police after 30 years’ service, having spent 16 years as one of the Force Emergency Planning Officers and latterly the EP Manager for Surrey & Sussex Police.

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Director of Communications

Sarah Schubert

Sarah SchubertSmallSarah Schubert has over 15 years' experience working for both large and specialised consulting firms. She has an MSc in Risk, Disaster and Resilience from UCL where she specialised in organisational resilience.

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Academic Director

Dr Sylvia Edwards, BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD (Med), DipCrim, ProfCertMgt, ACSFS, FRAI, FICPEM, MCMI

SylviaEdwardsSmallSylvia is an internationally published clinical research fellow and academic. Sylvia also works for the City of London Police as an accredited investigator and has operational and investigative Police experience spanning 14 years. Her investigative work has resulted in a National Home Office Award and Police Award. Sylvia also has formal qualifications in Forensic Human Identification and Mass Fatality Incident Investigation.

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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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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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