BCI Gifted Grades and Global Awards 2012: the winners


The Business Continuity Institute has presented its 2012 BCI Gifted Grades and Global Awards at a Gala Dinner in London. The event took place on the evening of the first day of the BCM World Conference Gala Dinner, on 7th November 2012.

The Awards were presented by Steve Mellish FBCI and Iain Taylor (Hon) FBCI.

Gifted Grades

The evening commenced with the announcement of Gifted Grades, special awards bestowed by the Board of the BCI in recognition of exceptional service and significant contribution to both the Institute and the business continuity industry.

This year saw the presentation of three honorary grades and five gifted awards:

  • Andrew Hiles was awarded Honorary Fellowship in recognition of thirty years’ dedicated service to the industry and for making a real difference to how business continuity is received and perceived. This is the most senior recognition bestowed by the Institute and Andrew joins a group of only 10 holding this distinction.
  • Honorary Membership of the Institute was extended to two individuals who have contributed significantly to the development and understanding of business continuity, at a national level, within their respective countries.
  • Mohammed Al Jenaibi, Director of Safety and Prevention at NCEMA, was recognised for his significant contribution to the development of a business continuity standard for the United Arab Emirates; and Stuart Sterling, Assistant Director for Infrastructure and Corporate Resilience at the Civil Contingencies Secretariat, who has championed the promotion of business continuity to the wider business community achieving great success through a variety of initiatives, picked up the second Honorary MBCI.
  • Alan Elwood MBCI was presented with a BCI Achievement Award for his contribution in raising the profile of business continuity in the academic sector and for achieving significant growth in membership of the BCI Northern Ireland Forum.
  • Denis Goulet MBCI gained a BCI Achievement Award for running the most successful business continuity related LinkedIn Group, now with over 10,500 members.
  • A BCI Merit Award went to Daman Dev Sood MBCI for his work on bringing business continuity to the Indian Sub-Continent, helping to establish the credibility and reputation of the BCI in this region.
  • Joseph Gana MBCI also received a BCI Merit Award for his work in bringing business continuity to the African Continent through the establishment of the BCI Nigerian Forum and for his extensive work as an ambassador for the discipline.
  • The final Gifted Grade was awarded to Charlotte Thompson CBCI, who received The Alan Reed Education Award for achieving the highest grade this year in the BCI Certificate Examination: with a 94 percent pass rate.

The BCI Global Awards

The winners of the BCI Global Awards were:

  • Most Effective Recovery of the Year Award: bank muscat. The bank received the Award in recognition of an outstanding recovery following a major fire at one of its branches.
  • Public Sector Business Continuity Manager of the Year: Kevin Smith MBCI, Surrey County Council. The award was given for Kevin’s inspirational leadership to other business continuity and emergency management professionals in the public sector.
  • Business Continuity Consultant of the Year: Filip De Wolf FBCI. Filip has been actively involved in the development and implementation of business continuity Programmes for the European Commission, BPost (The Belgium Post), Navartis Pharma and Lombard Insurance International.
  • Business Continuity Team of the Year: Team AWE. Team AWE implemented a cross-organizational resilience programme that included threat planning; horizon scanning; as well as an incident response across four geographical locations covering more than 2,000 buildings and facilities.
  • Business Continuity Newcomer of the Year: Samantha Williamson AMBCI. Demonstrating some innovative approaches and excellent techniques, Samantha was able to engage with all parts of her organization to bring the team together in such a way that she was able to develop a business continuity plan that met all operational and strategic needs.
  • Business Continuity Personality of the Year Award: Andy Tomkinson MBCI. Andy topped the personality charts this year.
  • Business Continuity Manager of the Year Award: John Zeppos MBCI. John is highly regarded as a thought leader at both national and international level. His exceptional ability to handle crises was recently put to the test during riots in Athens earlier this year.

Special Achievement Award

The Awards ended with the presentation of a Special Achievement Award from the BCI Board and Global Membership Council in recognition of exceptional service and dedication to the BCI. The Award went to Lorraine Darke, Executive Director of the BCI, for her work in transforming the Institute.

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