Media contacts

Resilience First is a not-for-profit membership organisation with the stated mission to ‘improve urban resilience for business communities in the UK and beyond’. It originated from the Security and Resilience Network at London First. Resilience First is backed by leading businesses including Atkins, Barclays, Facebook, HSBC UK, Intel, Mastercard, Resilience Shift, Stansted Airport, Tesco, Thames Water, Thornton Tomasetti and UK Power Networks.

Any media wishing to inquire about the work of Resilience First or obtain insight, interviews or quotes from any of our panel of experts, please contact Robert Hall on 07535 976962 or e-mail

Robert Hall, Executive Director of Resilience First, has worked in the risk, security and resilience arena for many years, including Director of the Security & Resilience Network at London First and Director of Resilience at G4S Risk Management Consulting. He has held senior positions in two FTSE 100 companies and was Managing Editor of security titles at an international publishing company. He has written and presented extensively on strategic risk and security issues. Robert can comment on issues of business, community and emotional resilience.

Lord Harris of Haringey is a member of the Joint Committee on National Security Strategy.  He is the UK Co-ordinator of the Electrical Infrastructure Security Council and chairs the Independent Reference Group for the National Crime Agency. In 2016, he conducted an Independent Review for the Mayor of London on London’s Preparedness to Respond to a Major Terrorist Incident.  At the request of the Minister for Prisons, he led an Independent Review on the Deaths of Young People in Prison Custody.  He is a member of the Advisory Board of Resilience First.  Lord Harris can comment on issues of security resilience and politics.

Former Brigadier John Deverell CBE was Director of Defence Diplomacy in the Ministry of Defence. He spent many years serving in the British Army where he was responsible as a senior commander for a third of all personnel across the Army. As well as leading his own company in London and globally, John also works abroad from time to time for the Foreign Office, the Department for International Development and the Stabilisation Unit. John is a member of the Resilience First Advisory Board.  He has spoken frequently on TV and radio, advising on strategy, crisis resolution and security.