Gulf Centre for Aviation Studies

UK Ofqual-regulated Level 5 Management Award in Corporate Risk & Crisis Management

‘Most man-made disasters and violent conflicts are preceded by incubation periods during which policy makers misinterpret, are ignorant of, or flat-out ignore repeated indications of impending danger’ - (Boin & t’Hart, 2003:547)
In the modern world, security and risk managers can no longer claim that they are in control of factors such as terrorism, climate change, social and political instability, natural disasters, technological breakdown, supply chain failures or any of the other rapidly cascading threats that could cause disruption, and potentially catastrophic destruction, to their operations.
For most security managers, genuine crises are events that they are likely to encounter no more than once or twice in their careers. It is at such moments that lessons learned over years of experience come into play. This course will prepare crisis managers to deal with such events as professionally and effectively as possible, and in so doing, will ensure the greatest safety for their organisations, operations and personnel’
This course has been designed for experienced security, risk and crisis managers who are being tasked with the planning and management of increasingly complex scenarios.
Course Organizers
First of its kind, this course is a collaborative outcome between Delta & GCAS, with a common objective of providing world class accredited learning opportunities to the wider security community leading to professional development and capacity building.

Course Fees & Discounts
As a special offer, the course fees include the 5% Value Added Tax [VAT] applicable from 01st Jan 2018.
Please do email us on for special group, aviation industry, security organizations & for early bird discounts

Course Benefits

  • To understand the basic and advanced principles that are the foundation of effective Corporate Risk and Crisis Management.
  • To be able to utilise those principles in a practical working environment.
  • To be able to provide leadership in all issues concerning Corporate Risk and Crisis Management within your own workplace environment.
  • To add value to your own organisation.
  • To add value to your own personal and professional development.
  • To inspire you to continue with further training.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for experienced security, risk and crisis managers who are working in large organisations, and who are being given increasing responsibility for issues such as strategic risk policy, business continuity planning, crisis management, training and exercising and other ‘softer’ issues such as resilience and capability development.

Course Outline

For modern security managers, the world is very different from that we were used to ten or twenty years ago. One of the most fundamental differences is the complexity of the risk environment that we are operating in, and it is that complexity that leads to the crisis scenarios that we are faced with today. For the modern corporation, every aspect of their operation is based on a highly- interconnected network of sub-operations, the failure of anyone which could be the trigger for   a major, and potentially catastrophic, corporate failure.

The nature of outside events – natural disasters, climactic changes, terrorism, political instability or supply chain collapse to name but a few, pose challenges that few security managers have actually been prepared for. Whilst each crisis is unique in itself, the challenges they create are highly predictable, and it is the creation of a robust and resilient crisis management capability based on effective planning and management that differentiates those organisations that are able to survive and recover from crisis events, and those organisations that are actually inherently unprepared, and are likely to fail at the earliest stage of any crisis situation.

This course, which has been run for major international organisations, corporations and government and security agencies across the world, is designed to give participants an insight into how crises develop, how they impact on an organisation, and how that organisation can best prepare itself for a strong, speedy and effective response.

Day 1
Session 1 - Setting the Agenda: 21st Century Risk & Crisis Management
Session 2 - Hierarchy of Events: Incidents - Emergencies - Crises
Session 3 - From Classical Risk Management to Crisis Management
Session 4 - Creating the RM/CM Command & Control Structure

Day 2
Session 5 - Decision-Making and Crisis Management
Session 6 - Learning the Lessons: Case Studies in Failure
Session 7 - Practical Issues in Strategic Security Management: 10-Point Check List
Session 8 - The Development Process: Creating Corporate Risk Management Frameworks
Session 9 - Building the Business Continuity Plan

Day 3
Session 10 - Training & Exercising
Session 11 - Table Top Exercise
Session 12 - Creating Resilience and High-Reliability Organisations
Session 13 - Summation and Final Thoughts

Assessed Assignments Guidelines
  • Assignment are a mixture of classroom-based group work and individual work.
  • Assignments are Externally Assessed.
  • They need to demonstrate a level of professional commitment and capability appropriate to a Level 5 Qualification.
  • They need to demonstrate a clear understanding of all of the principles associated with that particular subject.
  • They need to demonstrate an ability to translate theoretical management models into the realities of real world situations.
  • They need to demonstrate that the candidate has gained a level of knowledge, skills and professional capability that will allow them to take leadership of corporate risk and crisis management in their own organisations.
  • They need to demonstrate that the candidate is worthy of a Level 5 Qualification in Corporate Risk and Crisis Management.

The programme offers a mixture of theoretical knowledge with practical exercises, designed to give all participants skills and capabilities that are immediately transferable to their own work-place environment. 

Course Prerequisite (s)

  • Participants need to have experience in the fields of security, risk and crisis management
  • A basic understanding of incident response and management in multiagency framework
  • Ability to speak, read and write English language

Instructor Biography

Dr. David Rubens DSyRM, CSyP, FSyI
Dr. David Rubens DSyRM, CSyP, FSyI

David has been involved in security consultancy since 1992. He has an MSc in Security and Risk Management from Leicester University (2006) and was a Visiting Lecturer and Dissertation Supervisor on the Leicester University ‘Security, Policing and Terrorism’ MSc programme. 

He has also been a Visiting Lecturer (2010-’11) on the Strategic Leadership Programme at Cranfield University, the civilian research wing of the UK Defence Academy, where he specialised in terrorism and public policy, and strategic management of large-scale, complex operations. He completed his Doctorate in Security and Risk Management at University of Portsmouth (2016), writing his thesis on strategic management and critical decision-making in hyper-complex crisis environments.  David has served two terms as a Board Director of the UK Security Institute, and has been published widely in professional magazines.