Past MKBRF Events

Since 2007 the Milton Keynes Business Resilience Forum have run a series of events. Find out about what we have been up to here.

Previous MKBRF Events

21st November 2018

ACT now!

At Network Rail’s impressive Quadrant:MK, MKBRF were delighted to host ACT now!, sponsored by ClearView Continuity – a seminar on understanding the current terrorism threat.

This was a half day morning event with a fascinating insight into Project Griffins replacement, Action Counters Terrorism (ACT), explaining measures individuals can take to protect themselves and their businesses; presented by South East Counter-Terrorism Unit’s Graeme Inness.

Graeme was excellently followed by David Starsmeare of Mirus IT, who explained how simple practices can make all the difference to businesses and how they can protect themselves from cyber related harms.

Finally, the morning was rounded off with some top tips from the MKBRF Lead Team member, Stuart Ellis, on what Business Continuity Planning and some easy steps to improve organisational resilience. 

19th October 2017

MKBRF Does Countdown

~business continuity going back to basics

Building on the success of our Spring event, MKBRF took a back to basics approach for this event, following numerous requests in the feedback provided.

The aim of the event was to have fun in promoting the basics of business continuity; learn how increased resilience can benefit all organisations and how it can be undertaken by anyone – and be jargon free!

In Milton Keynes Council’s Civic Offices, delegates were treated to a jam-packed day featuring an engaging presentation from Charlotte Stacey on South Oxfordshire and Vale of White District Council's response to their recent devastating fire.

Tim Parkins from Bucks Fire and Rescue provided an update on the support you can expect from the Fire and Rescue Service whilst also dispelling a few myths. However, the bulk of the day was handed over to Scott Hughes and the team from PwC, who facilitated an interactive exercise; leading delegates through the lifecycle of an incident and how to be better prepared at each stage.

5th July 2017

Exercise DigiBug

The recent ransomware attack against, amongst others, the NHS, was a wake-up call to us all! It’s not just how you protect yourself, but how you respond in the event, whereby you are a victim of such an attack.

Exercise ‘Digibug’ combined presentations and case studies, together with a hands-on exercise designed to provide helpful hints and tips - a positive learning experience in a relaxed atmosphere. This was an opportunity to share your own knowledge and experiences.

The Christian Centre in Oldbrook, Milton Keynes, played host to presentations from T-Systems Limited Head of Security, Rowan Irwin on online security; xMatters Limited VP, Laura Meadows, on the ways and means, and pro’s and con’s in communicating during and following an incident; Mirus IT’s David Starsmeare on managing an incident and Dr. Paul Robertson, Director of Crisis and Continuity for PwC UK, Exercise Digibug provided delegates with an in-depth view into the wide world of managing cyber related attacks.


20th April 2016

Stay Safe: Run, Hide, Tell – a seminar on understanding the terrorism threat

The date was 20th April, the time 09.30hrs, the venue the Quadrant Network Rail:  Milton Keynes Business Resilience Forum were delighted to host MKBRF Stay Safe: Run, Hide, Tell – a seminar on understanding the current terrorism threat.

Although the event was aimed at businesses within the Central Milton Keynes area, the key messages were relevant to any and everyone was welcome.  First a fascinating insight into the measures individuals can take to protect themselves was presented by South East Counter-Terrorism Unit about the Governments, focussing on the UK Governments’ ‘Stay Safe’ message (www.GOV.UK).

MKBRF event photo 20.4.16

The event also welcomed Area Commander of the Thames Valley Police and the Milton Keynes Council Emergency Planning team who provided an update on the Central Milton Keynes Evacuation Plan.  

After excellent refreshments, The Business Continuity Institute (BCI provided an update on how Business Continuity can provide a return on investment and initiatives that can be taken to promote BC during the forthcoming Business Continuity Awareness Week (16th-20th May). 

The penultimate speaker, the Business Continuity Manager at Network Rail, spoke about their approach to managing the terrorism threat. Finally the day was rounded off with some top tips from the MKBRF Lead Team as how to get started on Business Continuity and some easy steps to improve organisational resilience. 


21st October 2015

Ever Been Hacked…Off

At the world famous National Musuem of Computing at Bletchley Park, delegates from a range of different organsitations were treated to a morning of presentations on varying aspects of cyber security and business continuity.

Delegates heard an insightful presentation from the CPNI on The Who, Why and How of Cyber Attacks on UK businesses. Richard Bach from the Digital Economy Unit, DCMS spoke about Cyber Security Standards and how businesses could easily take learning from the available guidance. Neil Fisher formely of the FCO urdged delegates to integrate their Information Security and Business Continuity into everyday processes, whilst Malcom Maycock from Licence Bureau provided a useful insight into his own journey of cyber security. The morning was rounded off with a presentation from  Michala Hart from Exponential-e on the cost of cyber security failures.

After a networking lunch and opportunity for delegates to visit the exhibition stands, the afternoon was designed to provide a more interactive learning experience for delegates. There was a live hacking demonstration and business continuity exercise factiltated by PwC and an incredibly interesting tour of TNMoC.

This engaging and informative event was sponsored by; ClearView, Wilson James, PwC, (x) Matters,  NHBC and SilverDisc with the addition of exhibition stands from Polygon and DSM.


29th April 2015 

BANG Award 2015
Members of the Lead Team
with the BANG Award 2015

MKBRF was awarded the Best Staff Awareness Campaign 2015 at this year’s BANG awards, a public & private sector members association for business continuity and resilience professionals


18th March 2015

Your Morning Workout - part of Business Continuity Awareness Week 2015, supported by Santander

MKBRF held its very first breakfast event! So following a bacon roll and some networking, Milton Keynes based organisations were treated to this free event, with a fascinating presentation from Marion Ward of Santander on the Exercising you plans and some wonderful examples of how it can benefit your organisation.


22nd October 2014

Exercise Winchester - sponsored by (x)Matters

More than 65 delegates from a range of both local and national organisations such as Harrods; Sainsbury's; Red Bull Technology; the Foreign and Commonwealth Office; Age UK Milton Keynes and Cousins Safety Ltd, enjoyed Exercise Winchester, which was designed as an interactive scenario to help businesses explore how their organisation would continue to operate given a dramatic loss of staff and the wider implications of a pandemic incident.

The event which took place at Windmill Hill Golf Club featured an exhibition including; (x)Matters; ClearView Continuity; Risk Centric; DSM; T-Systems; PwC and Public Health MK.

Exercise Winchester was opened by Carole Mills, CEO Milton Keynes Council. There was an insightful presentation from Dr. Marianne Vinson from Public Health England about the current Ebola outbreak and a useful recap on the seriousness of Pandemic Influenza and steps that businesses could take to minimise infection.  

The main focus of the day was the business continuity exercise, which was facilitated by an expert team from PwC. Businesses were guided through a changing scenario, which prompted many useful discussions.

The day was rounded off with an engaging presentation from (x)Matters, regarding the importance of Crisis Communications during any incident. 


19th June 2014

MK Business Breakfast presentation, StadiumMK

Chair of the Forum, Tony Cutress and Carl Mayfield, lead from Milton Keynes Council gave a presentation at Capita Conference's Emergency Planning Conference on; Developing Local Business Continuity and Resilience; what business continuity means in practice; establishing and developing the role of the business resilience forum and working with local businesses in raising awareness and wider resilience issues


19th March 2014

Counting the Cost - part of Business Continuity Awareness Week 2014

A jam-packed half day seminar, exhibition and networking opportunity for c. 50 delegates. With expert speakers from both Government and Industry, Milton Keynes based organisations attended this free event to find out more about how their businesses may not be as cyber- secure as they thought. Presentations included an evaluation of the current security threats and some expert guidance on what steps you organisations take to protect themselves. We had expert speakers from:

  • Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI)
  • Network Rail
  • Microsoft
  • BSI
  • OCF IT Security Consultants


20th November 2013

Resilience- the Human Aspects

A half day conference with 50 delegates from both the private and public sector with presentations from the Police and South Central Ambulance Service as well as a very thought provoking session from Rosie Murray, MBE on awareness raising for trauma and the impact of an incident on your staff. We also heard from Kate Russell, Russell HR Consulting, about the “secret disaster” in the workplace – poor staff performance. The day was rounded off with an exhibition, networking and the opportunity for organisations to sign up to the FREE Milton Keynes Resilience Messaging Service.


15th March 2013

Resilience Isn’t Rocket Science

An interactive half day session focussing on busting the myth that resilience is complex, difficult and scary! The event opened with a presentation from the Deputy Mayor of Milton Keynes followed by author of BC for Dummies book, Michael Conway. Delegates were then able to choose from attending a selection of workshop sessions including;

  • How To Gain Buy In From The Board, facilitated by Dr Paul Robertson from PwC
  • De-mystifying A BIA, Andrew Bailey from Unisys
  • How IT Can Keep You Communicating, Paul Tomlinson from Mirus IT

The event finished with a presentation from ‘Dummy to Dynamo’ the story of how Ian Turvey from World Vision began his business continuity journey.


28th June 2012

Launch of the MK City Centre Evacuation Plan

Lucy Craddock from Milton Keynes Service Partnership gave a presentation to the 100 strong audience at the launch of the MK City Centre Evacuation Plan. Her presentation focussed on the importance and business benefits of Business Continuity and promoted the existence of the MKBRF welcoming all MK based organisations to join for free.


5th -  23rd March 2012


MKBRF offered organisations across Milton Keynes the opportunity to take part in the Business Continuity Institutes BC24 online simulation game.


4th November 2011

MK Business Breakfast presentation, StadiumMK

Chair of the Forum, Tony Cutress and Lucy Craddock lead from Milton Keynes Service Partnership gave a presentation to the busy business breakfast meeting in Milton Keynes about the business benefits of business continuity and why being resilient is good for business. They enlightened the audience to the activities of the MKBRF and invited delegates to join the Forum for free.


10th October 2011

Developing and Effective BCM Capability Seminar and Workshop

This time the MKBRF utilised the fantastic Open University Hub Theatre to host this morning seminar in partnership with BSI, Cabinet Office and PwC. The event focussed around the benefits of business continuity with topics discussed such as the British Standard for Business Continuity – 25999, as well as a live example of how important IT data security is with a real time hacking demonstration.


7th April 2011

Crisis Communications: Business Continuity and the Media

This full day event encouraged delegates to learn how effective internal communications and management of the media could promote their organisation during and after a serious incident, thus promoting the reputation of their organisation. We were joined by Dr Mills Hills from the University of Leicester who spoke of the importance of crisis communications as well as members of the press – including Ian Cameron, former Editor News, BBC Nations & English Regions, Charlotte Hume, former BBC and ITN correspondent and Jeff Edwards, former Crime Correspondent, Daily Mirror for a highly interactive exercised based event.


25th March 2011

InsideEx B2B Exhibition, StadiumMK

The MKBRF were invited to take a stand at the InsideEx exhibition at the StadiumMK in Milton Keynes. The Lead Team members who took slots on the stand throughout the day had the opportunity to meet members of the business community and increase awareness of the Milton Keynes Business Resilience Forum.


3rd March 2011

Business Continuity and the Threat Environment

The MKBRF worked in association with Biztech to develop this breakfast meeting. The seminar focussed what business aspects are vulnerable in terms of both technology and people, considering also the security threats facing the UK and businesses as well as an introduction to why crisis communications are part of the business continuity plan. Speakers were Dr Andrew Powell from the Centre for Protection of National Infrastructure, Andrew Sheldon from Evidence Talks, a representative from ACE Insurance and Dr Paul Robertson from PwC.


21st June 2010

MKBRF Market Survey

Members of the Lead Team of the MKBRF caught up with members to gauge current levels and understanding of business continuity within member organisations as well as to get a sense of future event topics that members would like to see covered.


25th January 2010

Exercise Midwinter – a Business Continuity and Supply Chain major event

This full day interactive workshop focussed on the important topic of supply chain resilience and included tips on how to weather and storm and keep your business afloat. It included presentations from supply chain expert Dr. Helen Peck from Cranfield University as well as an exercise scenario for delegates to work through.


21st October 2009

Milton Keynes Business Resilience Forum Flu Game

This interactive ‘game’ was adapted from the NHS Flu Game developed by Camden Trust in 2008. It simulated the effects of an influenza pandemic on 13 local businesses within a community. Each table at the event represented one of these companies and modelled the effects of the pandemic over a 15 week local ‘wave’. This event focussed on pandemic flu but the plans and knowledge gained on the day could also be applied to other situations.


17th – 19th September 2009

InsideEx, Middleton Hall, The Centre MK

Milton Keynes Business Resilience Forum had a stand and gave a presentation at this business to business exhibition.


23rd – 27th March 2009

Business Continuity Awareness Week

Members of the MKBRF Lead Team took part in a series of BBC Three Counties Radio speaking of the business benefits of resilience, how to get started, communications, the impact of major ncidents as well as why insurance is not a plan!


January 2009

Project Griffin

Milton Keynes Council and MKBRF sponsored the launch of Project Griffin in Milton Keynes. Organisations had the opportunity take part in a free day long training session raising awareness of current threats to business sectors, improving incident recognition and response as well as providing information on counter- terrorism activities.


14th May 2008

Exercise Phoenix

This enabled delegates to exercise their incident response plans if they had one, and showed them what should be in the plan, if they didn’t already have one. Phoenix showed them what to expect in the kind of incident which could disrupt their organisations and helped them to minimise workflow losses. Representatives from the Emergency Services were also on hand.


1st February 2007

Secure in the Knowledge

With representatives from GOSE, IBM and Milton Keynes Council the MKBRF was launched to over 150 delegates at this day long Secure in the Knowledge event. Delegates heard from speakers on the topics of why business continuity is essential business practice, the launch of the MKBRF and a presentation on the impact of the Buncefield incident.  Delegates also heard a presentation on avian flu and after  lunch and networking took part in a table top exercise ‘Windswept’ giving MK businesses their first taste of what future MKBRF events may look like.


Last Updated: 26 November 2018