Speakers at Crisis Management Conference

Taking place on Wednesday, 30 September 2020, Crisis Management Conference considers pandemics, drones and terrorism.

Enjoy timely and relevant content delivered by high-level speakers, with a chance to quiz them on their knowledge and opinions with the digital platform’s Q&A feature.


Andy Baker


Andy Baker was a career detective who served 30 years in the Metropolitan Police Service attaining the rank of Commander. He then served 10 years as a deputy director in the UK’s Serious Organised Crime Agency / National Crime Agency. He has undertaken the role of ‘Gold’ over 750 times in the MPS and around 100 times in his various senior roles in SOCA/NCA.

On retirement, he was head hunted into the Corporate World as Head of Security and was employed by Real Estate Management Limited – a company managing sites across London including The Shard.

During his three year stint at REM he realigned their Emergency Response Plan into a more flexible Incident Response Plan; provided training to Executives and senior managers in the Company. He continues to advise REM and other companies on their crisis management processes and response to incidents.


Richard Stephenson

Owner and founder of YUDU Sentinel, the fast growing crisis communication platform for looking after staff and keeping operations running during major disruptive incidents. Richard has held CEO roles in private equity investments and tech startups in the UK, USA, France and Asia and is an experienced conference speaker.

Sam Dawson

Sam Dawson has worked in the Disaster Recovery Industry for over 15 years and is now responsible for developing and promoting BELFOR UK’s Commercial Major & Complex Loss service offering in the UK and Internationally, and overseeing the BELFOR corporate emergency response programme - RED ALERT ®. Sam has worked extensively within the insurance property claims sector and with a wide range of global companies to develop and deliver market leading restoration, recovery and resilience programmes.

Neill Catton


Neill Catton has been serving as CIS Managing Director since 2016. His 30+ years of experience at all levels of the security industry makes him a grounded, experienced and knowledgeable leader and mentor. A strategic, methodical thinker who thrives on new challenges, Neill has been instrumental in the development of high-quality standards that have led CIS to be ranked within the Top 1% of NSI Gold Security Companies in the UK.

Stuart Osborne


Stuart Osborne has an extensive career in the public and private sector. He is a former Chief Police Officer retiring from The Metropolitan Police as a Deputy Assistant Commissioner where he held several national and international policing portfolios. More recently he has worked as a senior executive in a FTSE top 50 defence organisation with global responsibility for risk and security; and leading FTSE facilities management and consulting organisation as group head of risk and Managing Director for Risk and Resilience Consulting.

As Director of Global Security for BA Systems between 2013-17, Stuart designed and led a Group-wide Risk, Security and Operations Business Transformation Programme that reduced organisational cost; enhanced client and employee confidence; and delivered increased shareholder value.

Whilst Head of Group Risk for Mitie, Stuart created and implemented new risk governance structures for all group businesses and 56,000 staff and contractors. This included the development of unique threat assessment and risk management tools and processes. Additionally, he created and managed a Risk and Resilience consultancy business with an annual revenue of £2 Million.

Stuart was made a life member of the UK Association of Chief Police Officers in 2013 and he is a full member of the FBI chaired International Association Chief Police committee on terrorism. He is an Advisor to the UK government protection of the national infrastructure chaired Register of Security Experts and Specialists. Stuart was awarded the Queens Police Medal for leading organizational change and Counter Terrorism in 2011.

Magda Popescu


In my current role I am part of the Global Security team at Facebook, focused on the technical aspect of security, providing guidance and assistance to all security personnel throughout EMEA. Leadership, management and guidance on the regional Security Team leaders, Receptionists and Officers. Oversee the consistency of client security programmes region-wide