Roger Gomm

Roger Gomm QPM is an Associate Lecturer at the EPC. He was a highly respected senior manager within the Metropolitan Police Service, who successfully completed a thirty-four year career before he retired in 2012. He has a unique background in operational command having been pivotal in all major events in London for over 14 years. He is accustomed to working at executive and tactical levels, with outstanding communication skills and the ability to motivate others, he is well practiced in managing complex threats to people, property and reputation; achieving business continuity and managing specialist teams with national and international responsibilities.

His emergency and crisis management credentials include a remarkable range of incidents. He was the MPS Casualty Bureau manager for Paddington (1999) and Selby rail crashes (2003), provided support to F&CO during the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004. He led the Casualty Bureau team in New York after the 9/11 terrorist attack, negotiating the two-way flow of information on UK casualties enabling the UK Government to support bereaved families. In July 2005, he managed the police tactical response to the London bombings of ‘7/7’, where he used his in-depth knowledge to excellent effect enabling the successful multi-agency response that was heralded by the media. More recently he initiated the response to and later reviewed the London Riots of August 2011 to identify learning. Roger was the Chair of the Command & Control Working Group, London Local Resilience Forum (LLRF) from 2002 to 2012 and led strategic partnership planning.

Roger has extensive command experience in a variety of roles, examples would include; strategic/gold commander, 2007, designed a strategic plan that successfully managed a high risk demonstration against the printing of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, the crown court proceeding publicly explored his strategy, numerous events at Wembley Stadium, London Marathon between 2002 to 2009, and the student protests in London in 2010; as the tactical/commander for the multi-agency New Year events in London for 7 years, Tour de France events in London in 2007 and the visit by US President Bush in 2008; and bronze/operational commander for numerous operations, including marches and protests, sporting and ceremonial events.

Roger has developed command centre processes and training programmes to prepare individuals and teams to command major events, including the 2012 London Olympics. In 2009, as part of an F&CO project he revolutionised the joint security planning in Lebanon for the first single day general election. He has designed and successfully delivered leadership, incident management training and exercises to a variety of audiences in the UK and abroad. His professional and personal commitment was recognised by Her Majesty in 2007 when he was awarded the Queens Police Medal for distinguished Service.

Since 2012 he has been involved in a number of projects within the field of Integrated Emergency Management, these would include; advising on the development of the Qatar National Resilience Programme as part of security planning for 2022 FIFA World Cup; Advisor to the GLA - London Resilience Team as part of the Academic and Operational Reference Group; Editorial Panel Member and occasional writer for Crisis Response Journal; Visiting Lecturer at Bournemouth, Portsmouth, St Andrews, Christ Church, Huddersfield and Glamorgan Universities where he delivers practical workshop for students studying emergency and crisis management, terrorism, public order and decision making; occasional commentator for Sky News and BBC Current Affairs Team on police and emergency procedures; and Vice Chair and Head of Training and Development, Institute of Civil Protection & Emergency Management where he is responsible for bringing together educators, academics and professionals.

Roger is a Fellow of the Institute of Civil Protection & Emergency Management (FICPEM), Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI), Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management (FinstLM) and Fellow of the Security Institute (FSyI). He has a Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS), Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status (QTLS) and is an Associate of the Institute for Learning (AIfL).