Nested Dependencies and Unconscious Connectivity

17Mar2020

One Great George Street, London SWIP 3AA

The modern world survives and thrives on complex interconnected systems which normally interface seamlessly and give efficiency and productivity. This Hazards Forum event will consider the some of the implications of failure of these interconnected systems which give rise to effects well beyond a single component replacement or a localised outage.

From 17:30

At Institution of Civil Engineers

One Great George Street, London SWIP 3AA

The modern world survives and thrives on complex interconnected systems which normally interface seamlessly and give efficiency and productivity. These systems are complex to develop and engineer but may be entirely un-noticed by the end user. This Hazards Forum event will consider the some of the implications of failure of these interconnected systems which give rise to effects well beyond a single component replacement or a localised outage.

The presentations will consider the implications of deliberate exploitation of vulnerabilities, the complex threats posed by flooding a particularly hot topic given the UK Government’s recent Property Flood Resilience Code of Practice launch and climate change implications and how a complex multi-tiered
organisation system in an airport can be improved.

This Hazards Forum event will bring together expert speakers from a variety of diverse sectors in security, natural hazards and aviation to discuss how these risks can be identified, characterised, modelled and mitigated.


Registration, tea and coffee is available from 17.30, and lectures will commence at 18.00. The event will conclude with a networking drinks reception.

Speaker biographies


Dr Paul Martin CBE


Paul is an adviser and writer on security, risk and behaviour with three decades of practitioner experience in national security. He is an Honorary Principal Research Fellow at Imperial College London and a Distinguished Fellow of RUSI. From 2013 to 2016 Paul was the Director of Security for the UK Parliament, with responsibility for its physical, cyber and personnel security. For the preceding 26 years he was a senior UK government official in the national security arena. Before joining government service, Paul was an academic in the field of behavioural science. He lectured at the University of Cambridge and has written or co-written several books on behavioural science and security. His most recent book is The Rules of Security. He has a degree in science and a PhD in behavioural biology from Cambridge and was a Harkness Fellow at Stanford University and a Fellow of Wolfson College Cambridge.


Dr Beverley Adams, Consulting Director and Head of Catastrophe Resilience and Visual Intelligence, Marsh Risk Consulting


Bev joined Marsh & McLennan Companies (MMC) in 2012. She is a climate change and flood resilience specialist, who co-chairs the UK Government’s flood resilience roundtable working group on data and visual intelligence. She chairs MMC’s visual intelligence working group, and through her team’s project work at Marsh Risk Consulting is driving operational best practice in catastrophe planning and response within businesses, government, and re/insurers. Bev has championed the deployment of innovation technologies including drones, aircraft, satellites and in-situ sensors for pre-loss risk and valuation surveys, early eyes response, and claims assessment. She has been involved in every major disaster over the past 20 years, is on 24/7 call for nationwide flood response with Flood Re. Bev is leading UK climate change risk modelling activities for MRC, and recently qualified as one of the UK’s first accredited flood resilience surveyors.


Barry Kirwan, EuroControl


Barry started his career as a psychologist and Human Factors specialist, working first as a consultant, and then as a team leader in accident prevention in the nuclear, oil and gas, and maritime sectors, including working at several UK nuclear sites as well as spending
short spells on oil rigs and floating production vessels. He then taught Human Factors at Birmingham University for five years, before becoming Head of Human Factors at National Air Traffic Services, the UK’s major air traffic services provider. In 2000 he moved to EuroControl, where he worked on a range of Human Factors and safety issues. In particular, following two tragic aviation disasters in Europe, he initiated and ran the European Safety Culture Programme for a decade, which now involves more than thirty countries who carry out periodic safety culture surveys. More recently, he has been involved with the Future Sky Safety programme, spreading
the safety culture approach to airlines, airframe manufacturers and airports, as well as developing new safety intelligence approaches including the use of safety dashboards. The most innovative aspect of this programme is known as the Luton Stack, which involves a cluster of organisations at a single airport location working together to improve safety intelligence and safety culture.

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