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  • Reginald Atta-Kesson MBCI
  • Adam Barrett MBCI
  • Ian Clark FBCI
  • Michael Crooymans CBCI
  • Roberto Grosso Ciponte MBCI
  • Margaret Millett MBCI
  • Ahmed Riad Ali MBCI
  • Elaine Tomlin MBCI

Judges' biographies

Reginald Atta-Kesson MBCI

PwC Africa

Reginald is a Senior Manager in PwC with over 14 years’ experience and responsible for PwC Africa’s Business Continuity programme covering – Ghana, Liberia and Nigeria in the west; to Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda in the east; Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe further south; and Mauritius out in the Indian Ocean.

Reginald led the firm in implementing and attaining certification of their BCMS to the then BS 25999-2:2007 and successfully converted and recertified to the ISO 22301:2012.

He is a Lead Auditor in ISO 22301 and a Member of the BCI. He also holds an MSc. in Information Systems and BSc. (Hon) in Business Decision Sciences from the University of Hertfordshire.

Adam Barrett MBCI

Sungard Availability Services

A Business Continuity Consultant for Sungard Availability Services, Adam has previously worked in Business Continuity within Financial Services, Broadcast, Telecommunications and Retail organisations. He holds an MSc in Risk Analysis from King’s College London and is a representative on the BCI's Global Members Council.

Ian Clark FBCI

4Thought Associates

Ian is a highly motivated and experienced Business Continuity Management practitioner with extensive practical experience of the necessary disciplines and roles essential in developing and delivering a holistic Business Continuity Management programme across multiple industry sectors in many countries encompassing diverse cultures.

A member of the Business Continuity Institute, the global organisation for the Business Continuity practitioner, since 1996 and elevated to Fellow of the Institute in 1998. He was an elected Director of the BCI from December 2002 until December 2006 and during his tenure held positions on the Executive Management Board of the Institute and as the Chair of the Standards and Compliance committee. He still actively participates in the development and proofing of International BCM related standards. Ian is the incumbent Chairman of the Global Membership Council of the BCI.

He has supplied consultancy services in many business sectors and at all levels within organisations ranging from multi-national businesses and Governments to small or medium sized organisations. He continually strives to achieve a balance within organisations by aligning operational management of tactical activities to current and future strategic business needs. A proponent of the active integration of Risk Management and Business Continuity Management techniques throughout the organisational supply chain in developing a resilient and balanced continuity programme that is both effective and maintainable that suits the organisation’s operational needs and culture.

He is the Principal of 4Thought Associates; an organisation dedicated to assisting organisations achieve a high level of resilience and Business Continuity Management capability through active partnership at strategic, operational and tactical levels.

Michael Crooymans CBCI

Michael, originally from New Zealand, has been involved with Business Critical systems (Tandem / HP NonStop) since 1985. Michael joined Sogeti in 1989 and by 2003 he had developed himself to the position of BCM Consultant – a subject about which he is very passionate. Michael has helped many companies to implement and/or improve their BCM capability. Due to his IT background he is also occasionally involved in IT Service Continuity assignments.

Michael passed the DRII and CBCI exams with merit in 2005 and 2015 respectively. He has been affiliate member of the BCI since 2011 and is currently completing his MBCI application.

Since presenting at the BCI conference in London in 2012 he has actively been involved with the promotion and development of BCM in the Netherlands. Initially assisting with the BC Café and soon thereafter as a member of the BCI-NL Forum core team. As well as helping set up the BCI BE/NE Chapter he is also the leader of 2 of the work groups and represents the BCI-NL Forum at the NEN BCM standards commission and is involved development of new standards. Michael also represents the BE/NE chapter at the BCI Group Membership Council. In this role he also reviews updates to the GPG, training courses and acts as judge for various BCI awards. He won the 2015 BCI European Award: Continuity and Resilience Professional (Private Sector) and was shortlisted for the Global Award.

Roberto Grosso Ciponte MBCI

In December 2000, I joined the Nestlé group where I was in charge of the Swiss Nespresso Club and later on for the Nespresso Club worldwide. It was during this time that I first got in contact with Business Continuity when I was given the mission to develop BCM solutions for the Customer Relationship Centres, which at that time where single points of contact for the brand and therefore single point of failure.

Since 2009 I have been in charge of Business Continuity Management for Nestlé and in 2014 I also took over the responsibility for our Global Loss Prevention programme as well as some other global insurance programmes.

Since 2013 I have been in charge of the BCI Forum in the French part of Switzerland and I have led the BCI Swiss Chapter since March 2015.

Margaret Millett, MSc Business Continuity MBCP MBCI

Assistant Vice President, MetLife, Raleigh, North Carolina

Margaret Millett is an Assistant Vice President at MetLife responsible for their Global Resiliency Program.  She has been actively involved in the business continuity field since 1994 and worked for financial services companies in Boston, Massachusetts and Dublin, Ireland. She spent six years working for eBay in California prior to moving to North Carolina in 2014. Margaret has held board levels positions with business continuity organizations, written publications and spoken at business continuity management conferences in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
In 2011, Margaret was awarded a Master of Science in Business Continuity from Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont with honors. She has been certified as a Member of the Business Continuity Institute (MBCI) and a Master Business Continuity Professional (MBCP).

Affiliations include: The Business Continuity Institute (BCI), Continuity Insights (CI) Editorial Advisory Board, Business Continuity Professionals of the Carolinas (BCPC), DRI International and a member of the US Technical Advisory Group to ISO Technical Committee 292.

In 2015, Margaret was named the head of the Eastern North Carolina Alzheimer’s Association Board of Directors.

Ahmed Riad Ali MBCI

Ahmed has a wide experience of Business Continuity Management, Information Security Management, IT Disaster Recovery and IT Risk Management as he has worked in these sectors for over twelve years. He has used his knowledge and experience to contribute to both local and regional markets.

As a dedicated ambassador of Business Continuity, Ahmed is currently one of the leading business continuity consultants in the Middle East and worldwide. He regularly organizes voluntary events and seminars to promote the concept of business continuity amongst his clients, peers and other practitioners. 
He has built an innovative model for business continuity management that can be easily adapted to any organization’s needs, but especially those operating in the MENA region that has an Arabic culture embedded in their working environment. 

Ahmed has been recognized for his outstanding contribution to business continuity. He was awarded winner of the BCI Middle East Awards in 2015 and 2014 and has also been elected as the Middle East Region Representative for the Member of Global Membership Council for the Business Continuity Institute.

Elaine Tomlin, MBCI, DBCI

BC Board Director

Elaine is a member of the BCI Board of Directors and also represents Europe on the BCI, Global Council Membership Committee.  In the past, Elaine has been shortlisted for a number of awards including European Business Continuity Manager of the year (BCI), Global Business Continuity Manager of the year (BCI) and Resiliency Manager of the Year (CIR). 

Elaine has over 11 years’ experience heading-up business continuity management for Certus, an Irish financial services company formally known as Bank of Scotland Ireland.  Elaine is a highly experienced BCM practitioner. 

After starting her career in software and telecoms, in 2004 Elaine moved to the financial services sector within Operational Risk where she headed-up the implementation and launch of Bank of Scotland Ireland’s BCM Programme.  Elaine is a recognised BCM subject matter expert with significant experience developing, facilitating and implementing varied crisis management exercises, technical recovery exercises and business continuity strategy planning for multiple clients.  Elaine works closely with all key crisis management stakeholders and particularly with technical recovery teams and also manages emergency response protocols for the business.

Elaine is a graduate of Coventry University where she studied Business Continuity Management and later Enterprise Risk Management (UCD), Project Management and more recently achieved her certification in ISO22301 BCM Lead Auditor. Elaine is also a BCM mentor with experience training Irish practitioners, a registered BCI Mentor and a member of the Emergency Planning Society.