Resilience First is delighted to announce Rick Cudworth as its new Chair.

Rick’s appointment follows the recruitment of
Martyn Link as Executive Director who joined Resilience First in September 2022.

Rick succeeded Simon Collins who stepped down at the end of 2022 after being involved since Resilience First’s foundation in 2018.

Rick is a senior advisor in organisational resilience and strategic risk mitigation and is a founding partner of resilience and crisis specialists ResilienC. With over 20 years’ experience as a Partner at Deloitte and KPMG, he was also Chair of the British Standards Institution Technical Committee for Continuity and Resilience, where he has been influential in the development of British and International Standards in the field.  He is a member of the Cabinet Office Behavioural Science Expert Group as part of the National Security Risk Assessment process for the UK, and a visiting professor at King's College London and visiting fellow at Cranfield University School of Management. He was a contributor and co-editor of the National Preparedness Commission’s report: Resilience Reimagined: A Practical Guide for Organisations.

Rick Cudworth, Chair of Resilience First said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as the new Chair of Resilience First, and to be able to follow on from Simon Collins who has done a tremendous job as Chair over recent years – thank you Simon, it’s an honour to do so! As Resilience First embarks on its new strategy, which shows great ambition and includes many exciting ideas to support and engage with members in the future, I look forward to being able to contribute my experience and thoughts. I especially look forward to engaging with members too!”

Martyn Link, Executive Director of Resilience First, commented: “We are excited to welcome Rick to take on the position as Chair of Resilience First. Rick brings an incredible wealth of experience in business resilience and has been at the forefront of helping organisations understand how to become more resilient for many years. I look forward to working closely with him over the coming months.”

Seth Schultz, CEO of Resilience Rising, said:The time for large-scale transformation is now. Business innovation needs to be at the heart of this and Resilience First is in a unique role to drive the change we need to achieve systemic resilience at a global scale. We are thrilled to have Rick join Resilience First as Chair, bringing with him extensive knowledge and expertise. Resilience Rising looks forward to continued collaboration and progress on resilience for businesses and consumers alike while helping ensure collaboration with other essential communities of practice.

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