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Kevin is an internationally respected consultant and academic in crisis management and resilience.

 

He gained his doctorate during 30 years’ police service, and trained as a UK representative of the EU Civil Protection Programme.

 

At Foresee Associates, he blends academic rigour with his extensive practical experience of crisis management. 

Dr Kevin Pollock, BSc (Hons), DipEcon, MSc, DipBCM, PhD

LEAD ASSOCIATE: CRISIS MANAGEMENT

Kevin gained extensive operational and theoretical knowledge of managing challenging incidents during his 30-year police career. He was trained in EU Civil Protection and brings years of experience as a police incident officer.

 

A Prince2 practitioner, he designed, implemented and embedded the force’s risk and business continuity management (BCM) programmes, including training the Force Executive and divisional teams. The BCM programme was adopted by the Association of Chief Police Officers (Scotland), as well as several UK police forces, the Scottish Ambulance Service, local authorities, and other agencies. Kevin has also planned, directed and participated in major-incident exercises across the UK.


On leaving the police service, Kevin established his own consultancy, specialising in risk, crisis, and BCM. He has worked throughout the UK and in the Middle East in complex organisations, managing high-performance teams, handling complicated projects, and driving organisational change.


He was commissioned by the UK Cabinet Office Civil Contingencies Secretariat to support the UK Joint Emergency Service Interoperability Programme (JESIP) by researching lessons from UK emergencies and major incidents. Kevin has published several papers for the EPC (formerly the Emergency Planning College). He was also commissioned by the Scottish Government to develop a Scottish Resilience Development Service (ScoRDS) framework for resilience practice and ensure effective learning from crises.


Kevin is an Academic Fellow at the EPC. He has lectured at Glasgow Caledonian University and recently was Assistant Professor of Policing and Security, Rabdan Academy, UAE. He also serves as Director of Risk on the board of the Scottish Police Credit Union.


Kevin has a master’s degree in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management and a PhD in Crisis Management and Resilience. Other qualifications include Terrorism Studies (St Andrews University) and Business Continuity Management (Coventry University). He is a member of the Institute of Risk Management, the Business Continuity Institute, and the Emergency Planning Society.


Kevin’s publications

  • Building a Resilience Profession: Presenting a Framework of Resilience Practice for the UK. (With E Coles) Publication forthcoming: Emergency Management Review

  • Local Interoperability in UK Emergency Management: A Research Report. Commissioned by Cabinet Office & Emergency Planning College. EPC Occasional Papers New Series, Number 19, February 2017

  • Resilience & Integrated Emergency Management: Competencies & Practice Indicators. Scottish Government: Scottish Resilience Development Service (ScoRDS), July 2016

  • Resilient Organisation or Mock Bureaucracy: Is your organisation ‘crisis-prepared’ or ‘crisis-prone’? Emergency Planning College. EPC Occasional Papers New Series, Number 16, March 2016

  • A Framework for Resilience Practice: How to Achieve Resilience? Overcoming Barriers to Learning. Scottish Government: Scottish Resilience Development Service (ScoRDS), February 2016

  • Resilience Frameworks: What is Resilience? A Global Comparison of Best Practice. Scottish Government: Scottish Resilience Development Service (ScoRDS), February 2016

  • Interoperability: Theory & Practice in UK Emergency Management. (With E Coles) EPC Occasional Papers New Series, Number 13, April 2015

  • Persistent Lessons Identified from Emergencies and Major Incidents in the United Kingdom. National Security Knowledge and Lessons Management Workshop Report. Australian Government Attorney-General’s Department, 2014

  • Review of Persistent Lessons Identified Relating to Interoperability from Emergencies and Major Incidents since 1986. A report commissioned by the Cabinet Office Civil Contingencies Secretariat. EPC Occasional Papers New Series, Number 6, October 2013

  • An examination of Scotland’s strategic coordinating groups to determine whether they are capable of delivering resilience and enhanced crisis management capabilities. PhD thesis, 2012

  • Isomorphic Learning: Do Scottish football clubs experience cultural readjustment following disasters? MSc dissertation, 2002