Chris Tunnah, Chairman
Chris wrote his first program in 1973, and has had many years of IT experience since. He has worked with various multinational organisations which have seen him implementing resilient systems for over 30 years. In those roles he has audited and advised on best practice to minimise exposure to risk and to rapidly recover when problems do arise. He has worked with hundreds of organisations to minimise risk and plan effectively for recovery. A board member for ten years, he has a number of technical and advisory skills that are on offer to be used by the Executive Board as they see fit.
His role as chair is to provide leadership and strategy and represent the group.
Alan Dawson - Vice Chairman
Alan has been in IT Sales and Management for over 25 years, including 10 years running his own businesses as a Board Director and as a Management Consultant. He has a wide experience and knowledge of the IT industry in general, especially in Scotland, recent specialisation has been in Business Continuity, IT Security and Resilience, Corporate Governance & Risk Management.
He has been on the board of Scottish Continuity for over 15 years and served before as Vice Chair between 2008 and 2011.
His role as vice chair of the Scottish Continuity is to support the chair and the various subgroups in the various activities which are designed to meet the Group's mission of 'Building Resilient communities'. These activities include setting up and running city, wide multiple sector table top resilience exercises, hosting conferences, running industry projects such as BCM benchmarking exercises and sharing best practice amongst members.
Tommy Lynch - Treasurer
Like most people working in IT, Tommy fell into a career in IT rather than necessarily seeking such a career out after graduating from Napier University in 1993. His career started by working with West Lothian NHS Trust on a range of clinical audit projects – and learning more than he ever wanted to about chiropody - before helping to install the first ever PC network for the hospital.
His experience there helped him move into mainstream IT support and development for Shepherd & Wedderburn WS and then onto the fledgling Scottish Parliament in setting up its IT Customer Relationship Management function in 2001. After helping deliver several significant IT change projects, Tommy became the Parliaments first Business Continuity Manager in 2009. Since then Tommy has helped the Parliament improve its planning processes, its ability to respond to incidents and, in general, be more resilient.
Tommy is keen to promote – and learn from – others good practice on BC, communications, risk management and audit. He also plays a leading role in an international group of BC practitioner representing legislatures from the UK, Canada and New Zealand.
Being visually impaired himself, Tommy is also keen on promoting diversity and inclusion in professional and private life and co-chairs the Scottish Parliaments “ParliAble” workplace equality network.
His role as Treasurer of the Scottish Continuity Group is to encourage and attract new members, collect subscriptions and manage the financial affairs of the group.
Joyce Borthwick - Secretary
Joyce Borthwick is Director of Crescent Events Limited - an events management company she founded in 2001. She has 25+ years’ experience organising, developing and managing meetings and events throughout the UK and Europe.
Joyce is passionate about the events industry and works with a wide range of businesses, associations and governmental organisations. Her experience means that she delivers everything from meetings, seminars, training sessions, conferences, exhibitions, corporate events and roadshows right through to gala dinners, lunches, receptions, themed events, family fun days, cocktail parties – and much more besides! She themes and brands events for maximum impact, whether it’s a corporate or private event. In everything she does Joyce’s approach is to meet and exceed client objectives, provide exceptional service and value for money, designing and delivering highly engaging events, within the client’s budget.
Joyce is full Member of the Association of British Professional Conference Organisers (ABPCO).
Joyce has worked with Scottish Continuity since 2007 organising and delivering the Annual Resilient Scotland Conference and is delighted to be offered the opportunity to be a member of the Board.
Gordon Mackie, Board Member
Having been on the board of SCOG (a Business Continuity / IT Disaster Recovery group bringing together the Financial Services Organisations based around St Andrew Square in Edinburgh) and then a founding member of the Scottish Continuity Group since 1994, Gordon has held the posts of Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer in his 25 years on the board.
Happily retired but still scuba diving around the world, conducting BC and ITSC consultancy work and holding the position of Chief Technology Officer of UK Business Continuity as well as being active on the Scottish Continuity Board. He is also a keen Bass player and plays in a rock band called Long Earth.
Gordon is also active in the events subgroup.
Gordon is also an External Examiner for Glasgow Caledonian University.
Previously, Gordon was the I.T. Service Continuity Manager for Tesco Bank, based in Edinburgh. Prior to this, he was the IT Service Continuity Architect for Standard Life for 12 years, IT Operations Manager for Scottish Provident for 12 years and held several IT posts in Unisys and UK Universities in the 1970s and 1980s. Gordon has designed and implemented IT Service solutions all over Europe and India. Gordon was involved in many recovery operations following IRA bombings in London and Manchester.
Gordon has been working in IT Service Mgt since 1974, working in several sectors - Universities, Multinational Computer Manufacturers and 3 financial institutions. His experience has involved management of Operations, Problem, Incident and Change Mgt, Networks and Systems Programming. He is an ITIL Practitioner and active member of the ITSMF and a Member of the BCI.
Gordon formed the SCG IT Subgroup (also known as Wing IT) in 1999, mainly to form a peer group to discuss Year 2K issues. Once they had Y2K out of the way, they continued to meet, discussing mainframe disaster recovery at first, then working their way through the technology platforms, identifying challenges and looking for recovery solutions and opportunities.
In 2018 and on into the future, Gordon will facilitate workshops and events to bring together IT Service Continuity practitioners to discuss the current recovery challenges and also work with SMEs to assist them in putting robust IT recovery solutions in place to underpin their Business Continuity Readiness.
Richard MacLennan - Board member
Richard MacLennan is the Head of IT with The Law Society of Scotland. He has been working in the IT and communications field for over twenty years. During this time, he has held a number of leadership positions working as a systems architect, an IT manager and as a consultant/ advisor.
His knowledge and experience is in the specification, design and implementation of IT technologies to achieve business success.
He brings a depth of experience, technical skills and management capabilities to his current role where he leads a team, who support, maintain and develop multiple membership solutions, office applications and bespoke services. Since joining the Society he has been actively involved in improving business and technical processes in the areas of security, infrastructure, communications and business efficiencies.
Richard is a member of the professions technology committee and heads up the Society business continuity and disaster recovery teams.
Sandra Riddell - Board Member
Sandra Riddell is a Business Resilience Manager for a global IT Outsourcing organisation and has over 11 years of business resilience experience - from Emergency Response to Crisis Management to Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery. She leads for Corporate Business Resilience. Responsible for maintaining the Resilience Policy and Program and providing the guidance and governance needed to enable successful implementation and compliance of the Policy by our business groups and functional support services. Our aim – to set up our teams for success – to develop the preparedness and response and management needed to both survive and thrive the impact of disruptive events, protecting employees, locations, critical products and services, clients and our reputation. Sandra is passionate about keeping up to date with what is happening in the industry and enjoys sharing that knowledge with others.
Sandra holds a BEng(Hons) in Software Engineering from Napier University in Edinburgh, is a Member of the Business Continuity Institute and joined the board of Scottish Continuity in March 2016.
When not working, Sandra enjoys spending time on great adventures, including family holidays and regularly walking bits of the Camino, painting landscapes with acrylics, music and socialising! Hoping for a campervan soon to do even more travelling!
Matthew Wardner - Board Member
Matthew was commissioned into the British Army in 1985. During the next 27 year’s he saw active service in Northern Ireland (6 years), Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan and the Falkland Islands before leaving the Army as a Lieutenant Colonel. On leaving the Army he joined Altor Risk Group as a Project Manager - within 18 months, Matthew was the European Business Unit Leader running a team of thirty and turning around a small loss to a £300,000 profit from a turnover of £3million.
Matthew left Altor to become the Crisis Management Leader for Genel Energy where he led the delivery of crisis planning, preparation, training and exercises. Following the delivery of this project, Matthew established his own Crisis Management and Business Continuity consultancy, “Inverroy Crisis Management Limited” (Inverroy) in March 2015.
Three years later, Inverroy employs four full time staff and a team of specialist Associates, delivering Emergency Response, Crisis Management, Business Continuity and Security support. In addition to consultancy, Inverroy have used their extensive response knowledge to develop the Noticomm® Emergency Mass Notification System, which reduces the mean time to know for responders and ensures the right person has the right information to deliver the most appropriate response.
On leaving the Army, Matthew returned to University and earned an MBA (Oil and Gas Management) with Distinction from Robert Gordon University. Matthew is a Member and Approved Instructor of the Business Continuity Institute and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.
George Berrich - Honorary Life Member
Born in the USA, with that inherent "can do" attitude, George did a degree course in Systems Science, at Michigan State University, before immersing himself in an IT career and has built up his knowledge within the Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery industry for the last twelve years.
George has worked both in-house, managing, supporting and developing IT systems (Burroughs Corporation, Stakis PLC), as well as externally, selling IT, communications and business continuity / disaster recovery solutions for companies such as Compaq, Computacenter, Hewlett Packard Business Continuity and IBM Business Continuity.
His extensive experience across a wide range of business sectors and IT products and services means that he is able to give sound advice and support for even the most complex of IT or communications requirements.
And his passion for improving the business continuity and disaster recovery industry led him to sitting on the board of the Scottish Continuity Group for the last five years. and as Chairman 2015-2017
With UK Business Continuity Ltd, as CEO and founder, George is putting his money where his mouth is by delivering the low-cost, flexible solutions, and the vastly improved level of support that SME organisations of all sizes have been crying out for.
Douglas Craik - Honorary Life Member
After over 12 years as Treasurer of Scottish Continuity Group - Douglas has stepped down, handing over the Accounts Book and quill pen to Gordon Mackie. We are pleased to say that he has agreed to continue as a member and we have awarded him Honorary Life Member status in recognition of all the work he has done for us over the years.
For those who did not meet Douglas :-
Douglas is a Member of the Business Continuity Institute and before retiring was Group Business Continuity Manager (UK & Ireland) at Prudential plc. He was a Board Member of the Scottish Continuity Group since 2001 and Treasurer since 2004.
Douglas is the Chairman of Pickering's Gin.
Douglas is also the National Convener of the Traditional Music & Song Association of Scotland (TMSA) and performs throughout Scotland on the folk-singing scene.
I am sure that he will be tempted to attend any social occasions and will be seen at the annual Resilient Scotland events as well.
The board wish him all the best and happy bowling!