Judges' biographies

  • Rich Bogle
  • Martin Fenlon
  • Pete Frielinghaus
  • Ahmed Riad Ali

Richard Bogle Rich Bogle MBCI

An established professional in the business continuity industry, Rich is currently VP of Business Continuity for Synchrony Financial. Prior to this, he led crisis management, business continuity and disaster recovery activities in a global context for two of the world’s largest investment management organizations, and for a leading international general insurance and reinsurance group. He is certified as a Member of the Business Continuity Institute (MBCI), and is a Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP) with the Disaster Recovery Institute.

In addition to being a regarded speaker at global business continuity conferences and author of industry publications, Rich is the cofounder of the award winning Business Risk & Resilience XGen initiative; an education and networking forum for the next generation of industry leaders. He has been an elected member of the BCI Global Membership Council since 2012, and an elected member of the BCI US Chapter Board in September 2014. Rich is also a former CIR Industry Newcomer of the Year Award Winner, CIR Industry Initiative of the Year winner, and served for several years as the Vice Chair of the IBM BC&RS Client Community.

Henry EeMartin W Fenlon MBA BA (Hons) Dip BCM MBCI

Martin is Head of Business continuity at Serco / EPC. He is an BC advisor to the Houses of Parliament where, until 2016, he was Parliament’s Business Resilience Manager where he was responsible for aligning its BCM programme to the industry standard for Business Continuity Management, ISO 22301. Before taking on that role he was Assistant Director at the Cabinet Office. He has achieved ISO 22301 Certification for both the EPC and Parliament. He has delivered BCM training and consultancy in the Middle East and regularly teaches the BCI’s Certificate of Business Continuity Management qualification.

Martin was the lead auditor for the UK Cabinet Office Independent Internal Review (IIR) award. The IIR was awarded to organisations who have demonstrated they have aligned their business continuity management system to ISO22301:2012. Clients include organisations from both the public and private sectors. Martin undertook Independent Internal Reviews of the global insurance group Aviva as well as a number of Government Departments including No. 10 Downing Street.

Martin holds a Social Work qualification, an MBA, and is also a PRINCE2 registered practitioner. Martin has been involved in Business Continuity since 2004 was made a Member of the Business Continuity Institute in 2007. He is a Lead Auditor in Business Continuity Management. Martin spent his early career in banking before changing career paths to work as a Senior Probation Officer and then Course Director in the UK’s Home Office Crime Reduction College. Martin is an Approved Trainer by the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) and delivered a key note speech at the BCI World Conference in 2014 and was appointed as the BCI’s Lead Auditor in 2016.

Pete FrielinghausPete Frielinghaus MBCI

Pete is a director of the African Chapter of the Business Continuity Institute, a member of the BCI Global Membership Council, an approved BCI and ISO 22301 Instructor and has been the area representative for Mauritius and surrounding areas since establishing their presence there a number of years ago. He was awarded the Business Continuity Consultant of the year at the BCI annual Awards in August 2014 and shortlisted for the Global Awards that same year. 

Since returning from Mauritius Pete has been assisting ContinuitySA as a senior BCM advisor across all the disciplines of BCM both locally in South Africa as well as across all the regional countries south of the Sahara – he is currently deployed as the Managing Director of ContinuityEastAfrica in Nairobi where he is establishing a BCM company to serve the growing demand of Business Continuity Management in Eastern Africa.

Ahmed Riad AliAhmed 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.