Reports

Partnering with Purpose

This report, prepared by Marsh McLennan for the National Preparedness Commission, examines the opportunities for stronger interactions between public and private sectors. Founded on extensive desk research and interviews with… Read more

State Protection Gap Risk Management – Financial Foundations for Resilience

Lord Toby Harris, Chair, National Preparedness Commission, and Professor Michael Mainelli, Executive Chairman, Z/Yen Group, provide new thinking on how insurance could reduce the impact of all significant risks, and… Read more

Learning that can save lives

This report by Lianna Roast from the Disaster Management Centre at Bournemouth University looks at how lessons from major incidents can be translated in to real-world change and asks how… Read more

Response to Call for Evidence from the Integrated Review

In response to the UK Government’s Call for Evidence in connection with the Integrated Review, the Chair of the National Preparedness Commission, Lord Toby Harris, has written to the Paymaster… Read more

Resilience reimagined: a practical guide for organisations

A major report commissioned by the National Preparedness Commission was launched on 30 March 2021. City AM reported the launch with an article by Lord Toby Harris, the Chairman of… Read more

Lessons from the Millennium Bug

The Millennium Bug or Y2K issue arose when it was feared that computers would fail at midnight on 1 January 2000. The concerns related to the formatting and storage of… Read more

Building Better Resilience

Covid-19 has shown that many organisations were less well-prepared than they thought they were and less well-prepared than they should have been. This paper highlights three areas that are crucial… Read more

Strategic Issues: A discussion paper

This paper was prepared for the first meeting of the National Preparedness Commission and sets out the global context and key strategic issues for the Commission’s future work. The full… Read more

Partner Reports

The Defence contribution to resilience

The UK MOD has recently released the Joint Doctrine Publication (JDP) 02, UK Operations: The Defence Contribution to Resilience (4th Edition). As the Foreword makes clear, ‘Defence has a key… Read more

Put people first to get emergency response right

The Chief Executive of the British Red Cross, Mike Adamson, writes for the National Preparedness Commission about the importance of influencing the National Resilience Strategy and Civil Contingencies Act review…. Read more

Enhancing Defence’s Contribution to Societal Resilience in the UK

A report conducted by the Global Strategic Partnership (GSP) on behalf of the Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre (DCDC) within the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) was published on 21… Read more

Critical Capabilities: strengthening UK resilience

The National Preparedness Commission and the Royal Academy of Engineering share a concern to increase the UK’s resilience post-COVID.  This urgent mission was discussed at a joint roundtable on 22… Read more

Transitioning From Risk To Resilience

Covid-19 has shown that there are systemic risks that do not readily lend themselves to quantitative risk analysis. While a pandemic has been recorded on most professional risk registers for… Read more

Half of the National Risk Register is Missing

Suzanne Raine in a newsbrief published by RUSI says that “Half of the National Risk Register is missing” and argues that it should be much more than a list of… Read more

Risk management in the UK: What can we learn from COVID-19 and are we prepared for the next disaster?

It is important that governments use COVID-19 as an opportunity to learn in order to be able to protect citizens from future pandemics or other disasters. This paper assesses how… Read more