Former BCI Chair and Technical Director Lyndon Bird to Lead the DRI Future Strategic Vision Committee
Bringing together a global community of subject matter experts, DRI International has convened the Future Strategic Vision Committee, the leading global think tank on matters of operational resilience, discipline integration, and the future role of resilience professionals.
This interdisciplinary group seeks to unite the profession by establishing meaningful and productive links among other professional bodies, higher education, and membership organizations. DRI has tapped Former Business Continuity Institute (BCI) Chair Lyndon Bird to lead this effort, naming him Committee Chair.
Ahead of the Game
“This is an ideas-led program and we’re trying to get out in front of it, get ahead of the game,” said Bird. “As a profession, we are at a crossroads. Traditionally, we had areas such as business continuity, risk, and security operations in isolated areas, and we need to bring those together. We also need to bring together leading thinkers in these fields to see where the individual disciplines are going and how we can work together to expand our knowledge. ”
Bird, who was BCI’s Technical Director from 2006 to early 2015 and Chairman from 2000 until 2003, said he believes DRI’s “excellent reputation, global reach, and status as a not-for-profit” combine to make DRI “uniquely positioned to succeed.”
“I do not underestimate the difficulty of this undertaking,” Bird said. “There are deeply held intellectual views at play here, not just professional defensiveness, and it is going to be a challenge to break down 20 years of resistance, boundaries and frameworks.”
Outreach and Inclusiveness
DRI President Al Berman thinks the time is right for a change and that Bird is the right man for the job.
“Over the last four or five years, it has been DRI’s goal to create as much outreach as possible,” said Berman. “You can see it in our academic outreach and in our work with groups like RIMS [Risk and Insurance Management Society] and IFMA [International Facilities Managers Association]. This committee is a product of that outreach, as it became clear to us that it would be a really good idea to create a think tank, but not just any think tank.”
Berman describes the DRI Future Strategic Vision Committee as a group with “no borders, where we are looking for the best and the brightest no matter what their affiliation may be. That’s why I reached out to Lyndon to shape and lead this committee,” he said.
“We’re looking for people who have dedicated themselves to this profession and who will help envision and enact what its future will be. We’re looking at members of industry, government, academia, non-profits, standards and regulatory bodies. We will be determining what the issues of the future are and how we can prepare for them, while extending outreach for BC professionals. I have known Lyndon, both personally and professionally for almost a decade. When we conceived of the idea of forming this committee, I could not think of a person who would be more qualified than Lyndon. I am so looking forward to working with him. ”
Berman and Bird both emphasize the magnitude and gravity of the issues.
“These are very serious issues,” Berman said. “Cyber security, supply chain, insurance, community resilience, and GRC, among others. We need to get organizations looking at these concerns and considering all aspects.
To do that, Bird said “We need to bring the right people together and take action.”
What will the Future Strategic Vision Committee Do?
Its goals are as follows:
- Create the leading global “Think Tank” on matters of operational resilience, discipline integration and the future role of resilience professionals.
- Work with other professional bodies and membership organizations on an international basis to share knowledge, develop common strategic frameworks and promote resilience concepts to as wide an audience as possible using existing and new promotional channels.
- Provide input into other committees (in particular the Professional Development and Global Infrastructure Committees) to ensure their development activities are consistent with the future directions of the resilience community as a whole.
- Keep the Institute at the forefront of innovative thinking; influencing governments, regulators, standards bodies and academic institutions – and ensure it is recognized internationally as the thought leader.
Bird has worked exclusively in business continuity since 1986 as a consultant, presenter, educator, author, and business manager. He has spoken at and chaired conferences throughout the world and has contributed features, articles and interviews to most leading business and specialist publications. He has been interviewed by a wide range of broadcasters, including the BBC, Sky News, Bloomberg TV and CNBC on continuity and resilience topics. Bird helped found the Business Continuity Institute in 1994 to promote and develop the emerging BC discipline as a professional field of activity and was a member of the original BS25999 Technical Committee. He was voted BCM Consultant of the Year in 2002 and given the BCM Lifetime Award in 2004 by Continuity, Insurance & Risk Magazine. He is currently Editor of the Journal of Business Continuity and Emergency Planning published in the UK and the US, an advisory board member for the US publication Disaster Resource Guide, and his new book “Operational Resilience in the Financial Sector” has recently been published by Incisive Media.