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Conference Director, Tall Buildings Conference
Russ is the founder and CEO of Horizonscan. A company focusing on risk, resilience and client companies readiness for crisis events.
He began his fire career with Kent Fire Brigade. During this time he completed the Fire Engineering Degree Course at South Bank University.
On leaving the Fire Service, he took up the position of Head of Safety for Virgin Atlantic Airways, leading a multi-disciplinary team of safety, health and environmental specialists. Highlights included opening new airline routes to South Africa and the Caribbean.
In 1999, Russ was headhunted by BAA (UK airport operator) to lead the response to the major fire at Terminal 1, Heathrow Airport. In the following five years, he contributed to several major airport construction projects; including the skyway at Gatwick Airport and T5 at Heathrow Airport.
Russ was awarded the HSE’s award for European Safety and Health at Work achievement 1998 and European Strategic Risk Management Award 2004, International Fire professional of the Year 2015. CIR International Risk Management Award 2017. Following the Grenfell Fire, he became a regular expert contributor to media reports and broadcasts.
Now Russ works as a consulting resilience/business continuity advisor to several multinational companies. He is past-president of the UK South East Branch of the Institute of Fire Engineers and the inventor of the Crisisboardroom™ concept for management of crisis events. Crisisboardroom™ has been deployed around the World to make businesses more resilient.