The team
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Michael Rooney

Chief Executive Officer

Mike is Chief Executive Officer of Resilience First.

Previously, he was Chief Operating Officer of London First (2004-2018) and was responsible for member management, commercial development and company support services. Before joining London First in 2002 as Commercial Director, he was Chairman and Chief Executive of Langdon’s Foods Plc.

He has had a wide experience of the dairy industry having worked during the 1980s and 1990s in senior management positions for Dairy Crest Foods Plc and as Household Director responsible for the doorstep delivery business. His early career was spent in marketing and advertising, working with leading advertising agencies including CDP and Inter Public as an account manager.

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Robert Hall

Executive Director

Robert is Executive Director of Resilience First. Previously, he was Director of the Security & Resilience Network at London First. Before joining London First in 2013, he was Director of Resilience at G4S Risk Management Consulting. Robert has worked in the risk, security and resilience arenas in both the public and private sectors for many years.

He has held senior positions in two FTSE100 companies that specialise in financial services and manufacturing. He has also been Head of Analysis at a national intelligence agency, and Managing Editor of security titles at an international publishing company. In 2000, he founded and managed an international forum on global security and law enforcement for senior executives in government, business and academia.

Robert spent his early career in the military before moving into the commercial world. He has written and presented extensively on strategic risk and security issues.  He is a member of both the Security Institute and the Business Continuity Institute. He was a member of the Editorial Board on the new British Standard (BS65000) on organisational resilience.

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Sandra Leis

Operations Manager

Sandra is the Operations Manager of Resilience First. She is a German-born senior operations manager with more than 16 years’ experience in a range of disciplines including media, finance and artificial intelligence as well as events and project-roadshow managing. 

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Lorraine Homer

Lorraine is Director of Nightingale Consultants and communication and media adviser to Resilience First. She is one of the UK’s most experienced specialists in crisis communication and reputation management in policing, security and government. During her time with the Metropolitan Police Service, she handled some of the UK’s biggest crises including 7/7, 21/7 and the Boxing Day tsunami. In the Home Office, she led government communication for the London 2012 Olympics security operation, working across government, all of UK policing and the military as well as the security and intelligence agencies and liaison with the private sector. 

Now an independent consultant, Lorraine continues to advise policing and government as well as the private sector on critical communication issues including counter-terrorism and cyber crisis planning, with her plans used to manage terrorism incidents in London. She also exercises senior police officers and national media to prepare for major incidents.  She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and has won two PR Week awards and a Foreign Press Association Award, as well as two Commissioner’s Commendations from the Metropolitan Police Service.

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Marcus Oxley

Marcus is a Resilience Consultant with Resilience First. For the last 28 years, Marcus has worked extensively across Africa, Asia and Europe with governments, non-governmental organisations, UN agencies and international financial institutions, and academia to develop and implement policies and practices to prevent disasters and crisis, and strengthen the resilience of nations, organisations and communities.

Between 2007 and 2018, Marcus was the founding Executive Director of the Global Network of Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Reduction (GNDR). Over a ten-year period, GNDR has grown rapidly to become the world’s largest alliance of civil-society organisations committed to working collaboratively, in partnership with state and non-state actors, to strengthen the resilience and sustainability of communities and nations.

Marcus is an Urban Scholar for the UN Global Compact Cities Programme and a member of the Resilience Advisors (Europe) network. Marcus is director of a specialist consultancy practice ‘Resilience Solutions’ enabling people and organisations to survive and thrive in a world increasingly defined by extreme shocks and disturbances. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Project Management.


Alastair Brown

Alastair is a Consultant with Resilience First. In 2014 he became Europe’s first city Chief Resilience Officer for Glasgow. As CRO, he reported to offices in New York and London and played an active and leading role in a network of RC100 cities from across the world. He acted as point of contact for Glasgow and shared learning and experience with other cities. He set up and led a sub-set of post-industrial cities with participants from Europe, USA, China and Australia.

In 2016 he delivered the Resilience Strategy for Glasgow, with its focus on actions to enhance resilience around four pillars relating to civic participation, economy, place, and local communities. He and his team developed this over two years working with other sectors and the public to define Glasgow’s shocks and stresses and set out actions to address these. He has a strong media presence on resilience, with both recorded and live media as well as published articles and has presented at international conferences and events on the subject. He undertakes lecturing on resilience and provide training on resilience for other organisations. He have been working with BSI as it develops its City Resilience Standard (BS67000).



Asma Jinha


Asma is a consultant to Resilience First. She is a public policy and strategic communications professional with vast experience of leading projects and programmes from cities as diverse as Amman, Islamabad, London, Moscow and New Delhi.

Some of her areas of focus have included civil renewal and active citizenship; community cohesion; equality and diversity; health inequalities; security, resilience and counter-terrorism; and transport, amongst others. Most recently as the Associate Director, City and Practice Management (EMEA), she led the delivery of the 100 Resilient Cities programme - pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation - in the UK and The Netherlands. Asma also worked on the integrated security operations at the London Summer Olympics 2012 and as Advisor at the Sochi Winter Olympics 2014. 


Eddie Saade

Associate Director of Business Relationships
Resilience First

Eddie is Associate Director of Business Relationships for Resilience First. He has 10 years of cross-sectorial experience in generating, optimizing and executing on sustainable business practices. He has worked in the United States, the Middle East, and Europe.

His services have helped SMEs  scale in Healthcare, Digital Marketing, Diplomatic Consulting and Investment. His last role gave him a wealth of experience managing public-private-educational partnership between Granahan McCourt Capital, Trinity College Dublin and CONNECT (part of the Science Foundation Ireland).

Eddie holds a BA in Middle East Studies and an MA in Global and International Studies from the University of California in Santa Barbara and a further MA in Television and Digital Journalism from the American University in Cairo.

Our board
Simon Collins

Simon Collins


Simon is a Chairman and C-suite adviser.  Until 2017 he was the UK Chairman and Senior Partner of KPMG and a member of the KPMG Global Board and Executive Committee.

Simon qualified as a chartered accountant before moving into banking at SG Warburg & Co, then NatWest Markets where he became a Managing Director and Head of the Global Debt Structuring and Private Placement Group.

After a number of years in investment banking, Simon founded KPMG’s Debt Advisory practice. Since then he has advised major corporates, private equity houses and governments.

Simon is a Trustee of Pancreatic Cancer UK and chairs the RAF100 Appeal.

Lord Toby Harris

Lord Toby Harris

Lord Toby Harris was made a life peer in 1998 and chairs the Labour Peers.  He is member of the Joint Committee on National Security Strategy.  He is the UK Coordinator of the Electrical Infrastructure Security Council and chairs the Independent Reference Group for the National Crime Agency. 

In 2016, he conducted an Independent Review for the Mayor of London on London’s Preparedness to Respond to a Major Terrorist Incident.  At the request of the Minister for Prisons, he led an Independent Review on the Deaths of Young People in Prison Custody.  The report (“The Harris Review: Changing Prisons, Saving Lives”) that was published in July 2015 and is the most substantial review of penal policy for nearly thirty years.  

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Bob Rothenberg MBE

Bob Rothenberg is the senior partner of Blick Rothenberg accountants and was made an MBE in the 2007 New Year’s Honours List for services to business and to the community in London. His professional work extends to general, financial and commercial advice and he acts as a trustee and an executor for a number of clients. He spends much of his time promoting London and the UK as business centres representing not only Blick Rothenberg and its international association but also the wider business investment community.

Bob is Chair of the Governors of Highgate School, a Trustee of Police Now and for eleven years was a Board member of Think London, the official foreign direct investment agency for London.  He is regularly quoted on tax and commercial issues in the national press and appears on these topics on radio and other media outlets.

Bob and his wife Pippa live in north London and they have three children and five grandchildren. He is a keen skier, avid Spurs football supporter and enjoys theatre and opera.

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Dr Pippa Malmgren

Pippa is Honorary Chairperson of Resilience First. She is a former Presidential advisor and a prominent public speaker who co-founded H Robotics, which makes modular, AI-led, commercial-use drones for a wide range of industries including mining, oil and gas, insurance and public safety. Dr. Malmgren founded the DRPM Group, which advises institutional investors worldwide on investment trends and is a platform for her public speaking. She is a Non Executive Board Member of the Department of International Trade in the UK. She also serves on the British Ministry of Defence Working Group on Global Strategic Trends. She Chairs the Lewis PR Advisory Board (LAB) and is the Honorary Chairman of Resillience First and an member of the Greater London Authority Advisory Board. She often participates in the Pentagon’s scenario sessions with the Office of Net Assessment.

She served President George W. Bush in the White House and on The National Economic Council where she handled financial market issues. Prior to that, she was the Chief Currency Strategist for Bankers Trust and then the Deputy Head of Global Strategy at UBS. She is ranked in the top 30 Most Influential Economists in the World and in the top 5 Most Powerful Women in Finance in 2017. Brandwatch ranks her as the 3rd most important Influencer on Robotics on Twitter in 2017. Pippa is a regular guest anchor on CNBC and a regular commentator on the BBC.

She is also an author. In 2016, her book Signals: How Everyday Signs Help Us Navigate the World’s Turbulent Economy was crowdfunded on Indiegogo and a 4x Amazon best-seller. She wrote Geopolitics for Investors, commissioned by the CFA.  She will release Leadership in the 21st Century in September 2018.

Sir Ian Andrews

Sir Ian Andrews CBE TD

A former Second Permanent Secretary (2nd PUS) of the UK Ministry of Defence who retired after 34 years in the civil service in 2009, Sir Ian continues to pursue a wide range of security interests. From 2009-2013, he was Non-Executive Chairman of the UK Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) – now part of the National Crime Agency – and he is a Non-Executive Director of the Health and Social Care Information Centre for England where   he takes a particular interest in Information Assurance and Cyber Security.

For much of the last 20 years he has been closely involved in the leadership of transformational change in large and complex organisations in the national security space. Appointments have included as a Managing Director of a major Ministry of Defence Trading Fund (the Defence Research and Evaluation Agency) and Chief Executive of the then Defence Estates Agency: and as the 2nd PUS, he was a member of all three single Service management Boards, as well as the Defence Board. He is a senior adviser to the Transparency International Defence and Security Programme and recent years have seen him providing support to Defence Diplomacy, particularly in Latin America, and contributing to various public sector and academic leadership initiatives.


Sir David Veness CBE QPM

Sir David was Chairman of the London First Security & Resilience Network from 2009 until 2018. He served as Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Department of Safety & Security from its creation in 2005 until June 2009. This role carries responsibility for UN operations globally. Prior to this appointment, he was Assistant Commissioner (Specialist Operations) New Scotland Yard from 1994-2005. He joined the Metropolitan Police as a cadet in 1964 and as a constable in 1966.

In the course of his police career, he specialised in serious crime investigation, hostage negotiation and counter terrorism. David was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge (MA, LLM) and attended the Royal College of Defence Studies in 1990. David was awarded the Queen's Police Medal in 1994, a CBE in 2000, and was knighted in 2004.  

Other Strategic Consultative and Steering Group Members:

  • Basil Scarsella, CEO, UK Power Networks
  • Alan Brown, Group Director of Security and Resilience, Tesco  
  • Mike Butler, Group Director of Resilience, Barclays
  • Mike Croll, EMEA Security Manager, Facebook 
  • Rik Berbé, Global Complexity Network B.V.
  • Richard Barnes, Independent and former Statutory Deputy Mayor for London   
  • Philip Songhurst-Thonet, UK Head of Enterprise Risk and Resilience Practice, AON
  • Caroline Field, Principal, MMI Engineering
  • Bill Moore CBE, former CEO, The Portman Estate        
  • Julian Enoizi, CEO, Pool Reinsurance Company Limited
  • John Deverell CBE, CEO, John Deverell Associates
  • Craig Oxby, Head of Airport Operations and Resilience, London Heathrow Airport
  • Nick Millar, Head of Operations, London Stansted Airport
  • Melanie Butler, Partner, PwC
  • Lina Liakou, Regional Director, Rockefeller’s Resilient Cities100
  • Miguel Gamino, Chief Resilience Officer, Mastercard
  • Alex Nickson, Head of Resilience, Thames Water