Chris James

Chris has a background in private and public service emergency management. He has wide experience of working in multi-agency, senior management environments particularly with the Police, Health service, Fire & Rescue and private sector hazardous industrial sites.

He was Head of Emergency Planning for the UK West Sussex County Council overseeing the changes in management and working practices required to comply with the Civil Contingencies Act, 2004. He was an advisor to the UK Local Government Association (LGA) on Emergency Planning Issues, being involved in the LGA’s preparations for the Civil Contingencies Act. He worked closely with the UK Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) to create the first national guidance document for agencies involved in humanitarian assistance to families and communities.

Chris works with national and international companies and is involved in all aspects of the Emergency and Business Continuity management process. He has worked with UK police forces and health organisations to formulate and coordinate policy concerning emergency management leading to the successful development of corporate level crisis command and control systems for these organisations. Recently he has been engaged by the UK Cabinet Office to provide Civil Protection subject matter expertise for e-learning training. This is being developed for senior UK government officials.

Chris has over 15 years experience in the UK industrial sector preparing off-site single and multi-agency Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations (COMAH) plans. The companies include Astra Zeneca, National Grid (British Gas) LNG and Hallen PSD (aviation fuel storage). He has also worked with these companies to create on-site single and multi-agency command and control plans.

Chris leads EPC courses on control centre development and operation. He has designed and developed training and exercises required to support these arrangements. Working with SERCO he supported a private sector initiative to develop systems which enable scrutiny and gap analysis of critical national infrastructure (CNI).

Chris is adept at building positive, strong working relationships with senior officials in other countries including the UAE, the Kingdom of Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. For all three countries he has led on a wide range of consultancy and training activity including Civil Protection risk management, the development of plans, creating emergency control rooms and the development of emergency exercises. In the past he has been part of a core team that has led the development of national and local level civil protection risk registers for UAE and Bahrain.