Sustainability and Emergency Response: How preparedness is greater than just risk management

Time & Location

Thursday: 13.00 to 13.30, Stage 1

Hosted by:

Craig ThomsonSales & Client Director – Ricardo Energy & Environment

About this Session

This session will explore the link between good quality, robust emergency response provision, and your organisations commitment to sustainability frameworks, such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals and other interlinking sustainability initiatives, including Responsible Care®. We will explore how emergency response can be a proactive tool, adding value to your customers and key stakeholders, and demonstrate commitment to your own sustainability policies. We will discussion actionable advice on maximising the value you recognise from your own emergency response arrangements.

Hosted by: Craig Thomson, Sales & Client Director – Ricardo Energy & Environment

Featuring combination of emergency response and business risk expert panellists.


Guest Panellists:

Douglas Leech

Douglas Leech

Technical Director - Chemical Business Association

Douglas Leech is the Technical Director of the Chemical Business Association based in Crewe.

He joined the association in 2003 following over twenty years in the product formulation sector in management, health & safety, quality and R & D roles.

He is a charter chemist, scientist and safety professional and holds a dangerous goods safety advisor (DGSA) qualification since 1999. In his role in CBA he involved in work within the broad topics of transport, trade controls, chemical handling, security and health and safety.

He works in the UK, Europe and internationally in the area of security being a member of DG Home standing committee of experts (SCP) on explosives, in Europe, as an industry expert in the field of misuse of chemicals.

He is a member of the UK Chemical Weapons Authority Advisory Committee, a role he has held since 2006 and annually attends the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) associates programme to education national inspectors and industry of the extensive regulations for trade in chemicals.

He has also worked with the World Customs Organisation (WCO) and Interpol to help provide an insight into industry obligations, systems and procedures to government officials and foster cooperation.

Chris Sowden

Chris Sowden

Emergency Response Team Manager -National Chemical Emergency Centre (NCEC)

As Team Manager of NCEC’s emergency responders, Chris works closely with the team of call handlers to ensure they have the skills and experience required to respond to the full range of incident calls they receive, helping clients to manage incidents safely whilst actively working to mitigate risk. Chris has worked in the emergency response area for over ten years and has extensive experience of chemical safety regulations, ensuring that the advice and support our emergency responders provide is appropriate and in-line with industry best practice.