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SBRC chair

by Mark Rowe

The Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC) has named entrepreneur and angel investor, Paul Atkinson, pictured, as its new chair. With his experience in working with technology and services companies, Paul will work with the SBRC’s board, and CEO, Jude McCorry, to support Scottish businesses.

Jude McCorry, CEO of the SBRC said: “Over the last 12 months, the SBRC has launched many training programmes and initiatives to not only increase knowledge about cyber resilience but to support overall business resilience in Scotland as we all battle the effects of the pandemic. Throughout this, Paul has been heavily involved with the SBRC, particularly in steering the hugely successful Scottish Business Cares initiative. He not only brings significant experience as a Chair but as one of Scotland’s most successful entrepreneurs, he has a passion for technology which will support the SBRC as it further evolves.”

Paul is a founding partner of Par Equity and non-executive Chairman of Taranata Group. He said: “Jude and the wider team have transformed the SBRC over the last year and its success is testament to the incredible effort which has been put in. In parallel, we have also seen more organisations fall victim to cyber attacks, highlighting the fact that no business can afford to rest on their laurels when it comes to IT Security. Given the many issues the business community continues to face; it is more important than ever that they are equipped to approach the ongoing challenge of cyber resilience.”

Meanwhile on March 11, the Centre is running online a free event on ‘reputation management for senior business leaders in times of crisis’, delivered by Clark Communications. Covered will be:

– What is reputation management and how should company’s approach it?

– What is crisis communications and how does it differ from reputation management?

– What can a senior business leaders, including your board, do in advance to prepare for and manage a crisis?

– The crisis plan: what is it and what should it include?

– The role of the CXOs, senior management, and the board during a crisis

– The importance of clear communications programme in a crisis

– The role of the media during a crisis and what they want; and

– How to mitigate a crisis.


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