Our Director

Steve Yates,

Director

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Steve is an independent resilience consultant who is a founding fellow of the Business Continuity Institute (FBCI), Certified Professional for the Disaster Recovery Institute (DRI) International (CBCP), Founding Fellow of the Institute of Civil Protection & Emergency Management (FICPEM), and is a Member of the Emergency Services Society (MEPS). He is also certified as a lead auditor by the British Standards Institution (BSI) in ISO 22301:2019; Societal Security, Business Continuity Management System (BCMS), advises on ISO 27001:2013; Information Technology – Security Techniques – Information Security Management Systems (ISMS), and has been admitted to the Freedom of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists (WCIT) in recognition for his work in technology Disaster Recovery and Incident Management.

He has served in the British Military and worked in both public & private sector organizations in operational roles for BCM, Crisis Management and IT Disaster Recovery. His “hands-on” approach and experience in leading teams at all levels, includes delivery of ISO Gap Analysis, Risk Assessments (RA), Business Impact Analysis (BIA), Business Continuity Planning (BCP), Incident Response and Crisis Management, including IT Disaster Recovery (DR), advising and leading teams during major incidents.

Key Achievements

  • Established strategic framework for the coordination, administration, development and quality assurance of Business Continuity Management (BCM), Crisis Management and IT DR Programs;

  • Led implementation of industry standards (e.g. ISO 22301, ISO22316, ISO 27001 / ISO 27031, ISO 27035, BS11200, BS65000), including involvement with ISO 31000, ISO 20000 / ITIL, as well as having responsibility delivering the Civil Contingencies Act (CCA) as a category 1 & 2 responder;

  • Led and delivered technology IT Disaster Recovery, Service Continuity, InfoSec Incident Management, plans and testing, directly for organizations and 3rd Party outsourced operations;

  • Delivered National and International subject matter training, establishing courseware and transfer of knowledge against recognised industry guidelines, BSI / ISO, DRII / BCI, and NCEMA 7000;

  • Involved in the response to major incidents, either as a Gold Chief of Staff, Silver Team Leader, or as a Bronze Team responder, examples being Terrorist Incidents, Protesters, Pandemics, IT Disaster Recovery as well as significant outages, InfoSec Incidents, Fires and Flooding;

  • Established Business And National Government (BANG) in 2006, now with some 2,400 members;

 

Industry Qualifications

  • Certified Fellow of the Business Continuity Institute (FBCI)

  • Certified Professional in BCP by the Disaster Recovery Institute International (CBCP)

  • Certified Fellow of the Institute of Civil Protection & Emergency Management (FICPEM)

  • Member of the Emergency Planning Society (MEPS)

  • Admitted to Freedom of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists (WCIT)

Best Accolades

  • Awarded “Freedom of the City of London” for work in Disaster Recovery & Incident Management

  • Elevated to be the first “Brit” to enter the USA’s Continuity Planning Management’s Hall of Fame as the “Practitioner of the Year”

  • Presented with the “BANG (Business And National Government) Contribution to the Profession”

  • Presented with the BCI “Public Sector Business Continuity Manager”

Examples of Published Papers

  • “Incident Management & the role of Response Teams” – Made available in BCI Continuity Magazine

  • “Resilience Planning for the Olympics” – Made available in ICPEM Resilience Magazine

  • “Intelligent Buildings for the 21st Century” – Made available to the construction industry on behalf of British Telecommunications plc.

  • “Foundations for Resilient Communications” – Delivered as a training course to public & private sector organizations

  • “Information Security Guidelines” – Provided as Guidelines for Survive! The Business Continuity Group members

  • “Building Telecommunications Resilience – the 7R’s” – Made available to all businesses on the Internet on behalf of Telewest Communications

Examples of Personal Recommendations

“I am writing to commend the effort and commitment of Steve Yates in supporting the Network Security Information Exchange (NISE) on the first anniversary of the formation of this influential and productive group, National Infrastructure Co-ordination Centre (NISCC)” (now known as Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI))

“Steve Yates has been acknowledged by the Metropolitan Police Service regarding the importance of his involvement and effort in what was determined by them as being vital to the delivery of a key London 2012 Olympic Exercise, held at the Olympic Park Main Stadium”

 

 

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