Continuity and Resilience Consultant

In this category the Judges will be looking for evidence of exceptional all round skills and broad experience in the continuity and resilience space. Applicants will have in depth knowledge of the discipline and will be able to demonstrate how they have helped improve organizational resilience for one or more clients.

The winner of this category will be able to show the Judges that they have an innovative approach to the discipline, are an outstanding problem solver and a worthy ambassador for the consultancy profession in the area of business continuity and resilience.

Judges will be looking for:

  1.  Evidence of exceptional  all round skills
  2. Broad experience in the continuity and resilience space
  3. In depth knowledge of the discipline
  4. Able to demonstrate improved organizational resilience for a client
  5. Able to demonstrate an innovative approach to the discipline
  6. Outstanding problem solver
  7. Worthy ambassador for the consultancy profession within the area of business continuity and resilience
  8. Provided at least one but no more than three client testimonials

Continuity and Resilience Professional (Private Sector)

In this category the Judges will be looking for evidence on how the individual has used creative and original approaches within their employing organization to improve overall resilience. Evidence of effective planning, response and recovery from the impacts of actual or potential disruptive incidents will add weight to the application. Further evidence of continual improvement and demonstrating how the entrant has influenced strategic thinking within the organization will enhance the entry.  
This individual is likely to be recognised as a leading and influential professional by his/her peer group and will be able to demonstrate their contribution to the growth of the discipline.

This category is for individuals who have 2 or more years’ experience in continuity and resilience. Those with less than 2 years’ experience should enter Newcomer of the Year.

Judges will be looking for:

  1. Evidence of how the individual has used creative and original approaches to their organization
  2. Evidence of effective planning, response and recovery
  3. Evidence of continual improvement
  4. Evidence of influencing strategic thinking
  5. Leading and professional recognition
  6. Examples of contribution to the growth of the discipline in the region
  7. Two or more years’ experience in continuity and resilience

Continuity and Resilience Professional (Public Sector)

In this category the Judges will be looking for evidence on how the individual has used creative and original approaches within their employing organization to improve overall resilience. Evidence of effective planning, response and recovery from the impacts of actual or potential disruptive incidents will add weight to the application. Further evidence of continual improvement and demonstrating how the entrant has influenced strategic thinking within the organization will enhance the entry.  
This individual is likely to be recognised as a leading and influential professional by his/her peer group and will be able to demonstrate their contribution to the growth of the discipline.

This category is for individuals who have 2 or more years’ experience in continuity and resilience. Those with less than 2 years’ experience should enter Newcomer of the Year.

Judges will be looking for:

  1. Creative and original approach to improving organizational resilience
  2. Evidence of effective planning, response and recovery
  3. Evidence of continual improvement
  4. Evidence of influential professional recognition
  5. Individual contribution to the growth of the discipline within the public sector
  6. Leading and influential professional recognition
  7. Evidence of strategic thinking
  8. Two or more years’ experience in continuity and resilience

Most Effective Recovery

If your organization, or your client’s organization, has suffered significantly from the impact of an incident or crisis and managed to ‘bounce back’ and demonstrate resilience, then the Judges would be pleased to receive an application in this category. The Judges will be looking at how effective the recovery was based on the quality of the planning, response that led to the effective recovery and the enhanced resilience level achieved as a result.
Evidence should be provided on how effective the organization’s business continuity arrangements were in surviving the disruption, what lessons were learnt during the process and how these lessons will help to continually improve and enhance ongoing levels of resilience within the organization.

Judges will be looking for:

  1. The scale and impact of the incident
  2. Demonstration of resilience ‘bounce back’ from the impact of an incident or crisis
  3. Evidence of the effective recovery based on outcome
  4. Quality of planning and response that led to the effective recovery
  5. How effective were the organization(s) business continuity arrangements
  6. Lessons learnt for the continual improvement and enhanced resilience
  7. The incident must have occurred within the last 12 months from the date of the application

Continuity and Resilience Newcomer

In this category the Judges will be looking for an enthusiastic approach to the discipline, passion for the industry and innovative ideas on how to implement and embed good practice in business continuity and resilience either within their own, or client, organizations. Above all, however, they will be hoping to see potential for intellectual and professional development and trying to spot an innovator and leader of the future. Entries should show any relevant professional credentials gained and examples of contributions made to the growth of the discipline.

This category is for individuals who have less than 2 years’ experience in continuity and resilience. Those with more than 2 years’ experience should enter either of the Continuity & Resilience Practitioner of the Year categories.

The Judges will be looking for:

  1. The entrant must have less than two years’ experience prior to the date of the application
  2. Evidence of enthusiasm and passion for the continuity and resilience discipline
  3. Demonstration of an innovative approach to BC
  4. Relevant professional qualifications and credentials
  5. Examples of contributions made to the growth of the discipline in the region
  6. Potential for future progression

Continuity and Resilience Team

This category is specifically for teams working in continuity and resilience with dedicated members within large organizations.

The Judges will be looking at how well the team is led, how the team works together but also at how it works across all disciplines within the organization. Major challenges that the team has faced, and how these were dealt with, would add weight to entries. Evidence of implementing business continuity and improving organizational resilience should be provided as part of the entry. Please include an outline of the team profile, their experience and their performance.

The Judges will be looking for:

  1. Provision of team profile, their experience and performance
  2. Evidence of team working
  3. Evidence of how the team works across all disciplines throughout the organization
  4. How well the team has dealt with and overcome challenges
  5. Evidence of implementing business continuity and organizational resilience
  6. Good team leadership

Continuity and Resilience Provider (Service/Product)

The winner of this Award will be recognised as providing an outstanding service, or product, relevant to the continuity and resilience profession. The type of service may include, but is not limited to:  training and education; IT disaster recovery services; physical disaster recovery services; consultancy and advisory services and auditing that contributes to good practice in the industry. Products may include, but are not limited to: hardware, software, automated notification systems, tools, templates, publications or events that support and contribute good practice in the industry. The Judges will be looking for a first class service or product backed up with excellent customer feedback and support. 3 customer references must form part of this application.

The Judges will be looking for:

  1. Outstanding product or service within a region or internationally
  2. Contribution to good practice within the industry
  3. Excellent customer feedback
  4. Excellent support
  5. Supporting statements from three customers

Continuity and Resilience Innovation

In this category the Judges will consider innovations which must be a NEW commercial product or service or an in-house initiative developed to help deliver a more effective continuity and resilience programme.

The Judges will be looking to see how the innovation, which must have been launched in the past 12 months, is being used to practical advantage by customers or colleagues. 3 customer or colleague references must form part of this application.

The judges will be looking for:

  1. A new commercial service, product or in-house innovation which has been launched within the last 12 months prior to the application
  2. Supporting statements from three customers
  3. Contribution to good practice within the industry

Industry Personality

Nominations for this category should be made for individuals who have added value to the continuity and resilience industry over the past year. They could be practitioners, academics, consultants, government officials or just enthusiastic ambassadors for the discipline. Quite simply they will have a huge personality and have made the continuity and resilience arena a better place.

A shortened entry criterion is in place for this category where only a 100 word summary of achievements should be submitted. The 5 most popular entrants will be out to a public vote.