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  • 12 Oct 2017
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (UTC+13:00)
  • Auckland Council, Level 1, 24 Wellesley Street, Auckland


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Auckland BCI Forum

Learnings from Exercises

Thursday 12 October 2017
12:00 noon to 13:30 pm 

The organising committee of the BCI Auckland Forum invites you to attend our October 2017 Forum session on 12 October 2017 at Auckland Council, Level 1, 24 Wellesley Street, Auckland. 

(When you arrive pop to the Kiosk at Customer Services and sign yourself in via the visitor console stating that you are visiting Chiana Sherwood and retrieve a visitor access card from Reception.  Take the lifts through the barrier on your left to the 1st floor where you will be greeted).

Topic:  Learnings from Exercises - Interactive Workshop

The true test of an organisations resiliency is performed during the validation phase of the business continuity lifecycle.  Exercising confirms that the BCM Programme meets the objectives set in the BC policy and that the organization’s Business Continuity Programme is truly ‘fit for purpose’.  Every exercise therefore presents its own unique opportunities for improvement and development. 

In this workshop, once again we have guest speakers from a number of leading New Zealand organizations sharing highlights of their own exercise programmes and some of the resulting opportunities for improvement.  Presentations will be very interactive with all speakers taking questions along the way and will provide great learning for all involved.

Lunch has been kindly sponsored by Auckland Council.

Presenters and Topics

Jane Rollin, Fonterra – Group Manager Risk Integration

Exercising the ‘Less Familiar’

Jane will outline how exercising the ‘less familiar’ can add value to your preparedness planning; identify hidden vulnerabilities and sharpen response capabilities.  Fictional scenarios can come true!

Chiana Sherwood, AMBCI, Auckland Council - Business Continuity Advisor

Learnings from Tangaroa

Chiana will discuss the findings of the Crisis Management Team in Auckland Council in their participation of the Tangaroa Exercise that the Auckland Emergency Management (nee Civil Defence Emergency Management) team held in August 2016 and how effectively they responded to this exercise.

Mahesh Ayyagari, CBCI, 2degrees Mobile – Manager, Business Continuity Management

Challenges from the woodworks

Mahesh will speak about the challenges of conducting exercise programmes in the intricate web of telecommunications organizations and ‘things that crawl out of the woodworks’.  


Jane Rollin, Fonterra – Group Manager Risk Integration

Jane has worked across the ‘resilience’ spectrum for the last 20 years with roles focusing on performance improvement, business risk and emergency management.  Her current role within Fonterra has a more holistic view of resilience, connecting stands of work around awareness, preparedness, response and adapting to change within one performance-driven Resilience Framework.

[also from Fonterra:  Fiona Carrick – Group Manager Programme Integration & Governance; Karen Smyth – Group Manager Preparedness & Response; and Gemma Leman – Resilience Deployment Manager]

Chiana Sherwood, AMBCI, Auckland Council - Business Continuity Advisor

Chiana has worked for the last two years as the Business Continuity Advisor at Auckland Council. She has a broad career having worked in many industry sectors including: supply chain, local government, retail and hospitality.  She has a strong understanding of the importance of exercising and introduces a practical approach with a strong focus on process, procedures and keeping plans up to date. She combines excellent people skills with problem solving abilities allowing her to deliver solutions to meet requirement. Outside of work she is a strong supporter and President of a local Toastmasters club.

Mahesh Ayyagari, CBCI, 2degrees – Manager, Business Continuity Management

Mahesh has worked in the telecommunications industry for over 20 years, having experience in international Project and Program Management, Service Delivery Management and Business Continuity Management. Mahesh has been in his current role for around 5 years and helped 2degrees become more resilient over time. He manages the entire BC lifecycle for 2degrees.

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