Alex is the manager of the Major Incident Response Team (MIRT); a joint role for North Yorkshire County Council and City of York Council. MIRT is part of the Councils’ Resilience and Emergency Unit responding to the aftermath of major incidents; offering emotional support and practical advice as part of the humanitarian response, whilst people readjust to some sort of normality.
Alex has been the MIRT Manager since September 2015 and developed the role of MIRT, with other agencies recognising the value and professionalism of the team; expanding the pool of volunteers and networks. As a result she has built up a strong reputation with Local Authorities, emergency services and the 3rd Sector as an effective partner in emergency response management. The work of MIRT was recently recognised with the York and District Community Award Medal for the outstanding work of the team in setting up and managing rest centres during the floods of 2015.
She has particular interest in emotional resilience and expertise in managing the volunteer response to emergencies, particularly rest centres. She is currently undertaking research for the North Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum (NYLRF) into the future management / co-ordination of spontaneous volunteers.
Alex has 30 years’ experience working in the NHS and Local Government. She is a Member of the Association of Volunteer Managers and an Associate Member of the Emergency Planning Society.