Enabling infrastructure and buildings to better withstand biochemical threats

Director of DBG Defence Hamish de Bretton-Gordon gave a confidential presentation to acumen7 members today on current threats to bio-security. Hamish covered where the threats are perceived to be coming from, and how we can enable our infrastructure and buildings to better withstand them. Hamish has served and volunteered in conflict zones around the world and unearthed evidence of multiple chemical attacks in the current Syrian conflict. He continues to advise the Government at the highest level, including after the 2018 Novichok poisoning in Salisbury. Hamish was formerly a British Army officer for 23 years and commanding officer of the UK’s Joint Chemical, Biological and Nuclear Regiment and NATO’s Rapid Reaction CBRN Battalion. Hamish is the author of Chemical Warrior.

 

Disruptive Technology Update

At acumen7’s February meeting, Darya Bahram shared a fascinating insight from a PwC survey revealing 69% of CEOs agree that emerging technologies will disrupt their business over the next few years. Darya, Secretary General of the Association of Consultant Architects, then gave the assembled members an enlightening overview of just what that will entail, covering Building Information Modelling (BIM), Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT), Blockchain, Smart Contracts, FinTech, RegTech and InsurTech. The advantages of this automation include higher accuracy, uniform quality, increased productivity, reduced costs and the ability to avoid potential risks.

For more information on the Association of Consultant Architects, visit: https://acarchitects.co.uk/

 

 

 

Responding to technical innovation

Rob Hughes and Mark Outram presented at The Future of Work Seminar around the topic of preparing and developing a hybrid workforce for the disruptive digital age. Rob is CEO at Techopian, an online publication covering developments in technology, business, the economy and society. Mark is the Managing Director and Co-Founder of Propel Consult, delivery partner of a global Robotic Process Automation vendor, Automation Anywhere, offering full implementation and skilled resource to customers embarking on their RPA journey.

For more information, visit: www.techopian.com and www.propelconsult.com

Operational resilience

Suneeta Padda, Founding Director at Padda Consulting, presented at The Future of Work seminar to showcase the impact of increasing risks relating to cyber, health and safety arising through working at home and the required changes in culture needed to support our ‘new normal’ working environment. Suneeta is the Founder of Padda Consulting, which was established to help domestic UK and global insurance intermediaries and insurers achieve evidence and maintain compliance with the FCA’s principle-based regulatory framework, Lloyd’s Minimum Standards and the PRA-PSM’s, SIMR, Corporate Governance and Solvency II.

For more information, visit: www.padda-consulting.co.uk