On Resilience: Leading Through Crisis and Beyond

LIVE WEBINAR | On Resilience: Leading Through Crisis and Beyond

Thursday 8th April 2021

Webinar: 9:00AM- 10:00AM GMT


In a year fraught with crisis, ‘Resilience’ has emerged as the watchword for organisations and individuals alike.
But what are the tools and behaviours of organisational and personal resilience? What can you do to cultivate resilience today? And how can you use a crisis to build greater resilience for an uncertain future?
Accompanying our soon-to-be-released Business Perspectives Report ‘On Resilience’, we’re pleased to invite you to attend a conversation with Australian and British leaders who have been at the heart of responding to crises including the 2019/20 Australian bushfire season and the industry and political impacts of COVID-19. Join us to hear how they navigate risk; the culture and platforms that drive organisational resilience and the personal lessons of leading through crisis.  

With Speakers: 

Stuart Ellis, Chief Executive Officer, AFAC

Stuart Ellis is an experienced leader in the emergency management industry. Following a distinguished 22 year career in the Australian Army, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer/Chief Officer of the South Australian Country Fire Service for five years. In 2002, Mr Ellis established a consultancy company and has been involved in over 20 operational reviews, including the Canberra Bushfires, the Victorian Bushfire Royal Commission and the Christchurch Earthquake. In 2012 he was appointed CEO of AFAC.

He is passionate about improving the professional standing of fire and emergency personnel and has a focus on progressing an industry wide, integrated approach to emergency management.


Elizabeth Vega OBE, Group CEO, Informed Solutions

Elizabeth has over 30 years’ experience working at executive leadership level, heading & advising on complex change and digital transformation programmes for globally recognised and respected organisations.

She holds a variety of high profile industry representative roles including; Member of the UK Govt. Cabinet Office Small & Medium Business Panel, Chair of the Culture & Capability Working Group and Member of the Public Sector Procurement Innovation Panel, where she champions the creation of a diverse, innovative and competitive supplier marketplace.

Elizabeth is a UK Govt. Department for International Trade (DIT) Northern Powerhouse Export Champion, a Bank of England Agent, and ScaleUp Institute ‘Access to Markets & Finance’ Committee Member. Elizabeth is a member of the International Trade Policy Advisory Panel supporting the official negotiation teams of both nations on the Australian-UK Free Trade Agreement.


Sam Lyon, Managing Director, C|T Partners 

Sam Lyon is a communications strategist and former journalist with over a decade’s experience, advising governments and business leaders at the highest levels. Sam has devised and implemented communications strategies, campaigns and crisis management in the UK and abroad.

Sam provides senior counsel and advises on strategic and crisis communications, messaging, day-to-day media handling and media training – drawing on his vast experience as a Fleet Street journalist.

Sam joined C|T Partners as senior director in 2012. Prior to C|T Partners he worked at City Hall as Director of Communications and official spokesman to the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. Sam managed all the Mayor’s external affairs during the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations and in the run up to the London 2012 Olympic Games. Previous to this Sam was Media Director, spokesman and senior campaign advisor to Boris Johnson during his successful 2012 Mayoral campaign.


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