Randal S. Fletcher F JOIFF currently serves as the Chairman of JOIFF. He is the Global Response Advisor for BP PLC. within Intelligence, Security and Crisis Management, serving at the group level.

He has served within various roles and locations in crisis Management and Emergency response during his tenure including the Asia Pacific and Indian sub-continent region, Australia, and the US. He has served at every level of emergency response. He currently advises and assures BP’s global portfolio’s response capability. He has served several training organizations including the Ohio State Fire Academy, UNLV, TEEX, QFRS, CEFS and Director of the corporate training programs for BP plc. and various other locations globally. He has also served in various Business Management capacities and engineering positions, served as an Advisor to FAS, and served in the Military. He holds a degree in Organizational Management, and International Studies, including various certifications.

Topic: Managing within the unknowns. Finding and leveraging the expertise across the response functional boundaries (Response organisations, consultants, manufactures, developers, agencies, and the public). Minimising the illusions.

Eric Yap


Singapore Civil Defence Force

Eric was appointed by the Government to be the Commissioner of the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) in February 2012.

In his 24 years of service, he helmed a variety of key appointments such as SCDF’s Director of Operations, Division Commander and Fire Station Commander. Earlier in his career (1995-97), he also spent 3 years as an Assistant Director in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) developing national crisis preparedness policies and programmes. In 2008, he returned to MHA as the Senior Director of the Homefront Security Division. He was then responsible for developing national security strategies and managing the implementation of security measures and capability development for response to any crisis situation across the Government.

Prior to his present appointment, he was the Senior Director of Emergency Services in SCDF between 2010 and 2011. That office oversaw all aspects (covering policy development, training and operations) of emergency services provision (i.e. fire-fighting, rescue, Hazmat, unconventional threats and EMS) in Singapore.

Eric graduated from the UK in 1993 with a BA degree (1st Class Hons) and in 2000, he was appointed as a Foreign Fellow under the US Fulbright Program and graduated with MA degree from Emerson College, Boston, USA, in 2001.

He is also a graduate of the Stanford Executive Program 2009, Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.

He was conferred the Republic’s State honours of the Public Administration Medal (Bronze) and (Silver) by the President in 2004 and 2012 respectively.

Topic: Philosophy, perspective and directional imperative towards managing complex organisational and legislative mandates; Driving forward thinking into practical application.

Thad Allen

Thad Allen retired from the Coast Guard in 2010 as the 23rd Commandant. He currently serves as Senior Executive Advisor at Booz Allen Hamilton where he supports government and commercial clients in cyber security, energy and the environment, navigation systems, emergency response, and crisis leadership.

He is a nationally recognized expert in disaster response and an advisor to government leaders. He was the lead federal official for the responses to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the Deepwater Horizon Oil. He also directed Coast Guard operations in the wake of the 9/11 attacks and the Haitian Earthquake.

A 1971 graduate of the Coast Guard Academy, Admiral Allen also holds Master Degrees from The George Washington University and MIT Sloan School. He is a member in the Council on Foreign Relations and a Fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration. He serves on a number of federal advisory committees and holds the James Tyler Chair at the Admiral James M. Loy Institute for Leadership at the Coast Guard Academy.

Topic: Insights from Deepwater Horizon and other incidents, of strategic leadership and organisational management during crisis and emergency response. Developing and maintaining capability and cooperation between agencies, private organisations and the public.

Mark Scoggins, Solicitor Advocate

Graduate of Cambridge University. Solicitor Advocate (formerly barrister) based in the City of London since 1983. Principal practice is the defence of organizations and individuals in the emergency services sectors, chemical, transport, waste, water and construction, in regulatory and civil claims, particularly health and safety, environmental and catastrophic personal injury or death. Represented Thamas Trains at the public inquiry into the October 1999 collision near Ladbroke Grove. In 2003 handled the successful Old Bailey defence of Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir John Stevens and his predecessor Lord Condon on all charges brought against them by the HSE arising out of roof falls suffered by patrolling officers.

Appointed by Balfour Beatty on the October 2000 derailment at Hatfield, in July 2005 helped win the acquittal of its rail division on all corporate manslaughter charges it faced over the incident, and in July 2006 succeeded on its appeal against sentence for admitted health and safety failings. Represented the Metropolitan Police in health and safety prosecution brought to trial in October 2007 over the fatal shootings of Jean Charles de Menezes at Stockwell station. Visiting lecturer to the College of Policing.

Topic: Responsibility and accountability profiles for organisations and responders in high risk environments. Lessons from the field to the courtroom.

Jose Torero

Chair in the Department of Fire Protection Engineering and Director of the Center for Disaster Resilience in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Maryland (USA) (expert witness Grenfell High Rise Incident.)

He was formerly the Head of the School of Civil Engineering at the University of Queensland. He is Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK) since 2010, the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and The Royal Society of Edinburgh (UK) .[2] He held the BRE/RAE Chair in Fire Safety Engineering and directed the BRE Centre for Fire Safety Engineering from 2004 to 2012. He was co-Chair of Fire Safety at the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. He was the Editor-in-Chief of Fire Safety Journal and a member of the editorial board member of numerous journals including Fire Technology and Progress in Energy and Combustion Science. Torero has contributed mainly to the fields of combustion and fire sciences. His research work is in fire dynamics, flame spread, smouldering, combustion in microgravity, smoke detection, protection and suppression systems, and professional education in fire safety engineering. Since moving to Edinburgh in 2001 he has developed expertise in the behavior of structures in fire and the use of combustion to remediate contaminated land. Note: formal Bio to follow.

Topic: Hazard and Risk perspectives and their practical implications on response. Matching the science to the practice, and the engineering to the response profession organizations and legislation.

Notable Speakers

Gene Allen, TBC Head of Risk for Allianz Insurance Risk Specialist

Topic: Incidents of note; details and response risk profiles. Lessons from major incidents from the insurance perspective.


Varadendra Koti, TBC Group Head, S&OR-Fire Reliance Industries Ltd.

Topic: Butcher Island Tank Fire Key incident timeline and profile, firefighting with foam under complex logistical constraints


Brad Byczynski, BP Global Response Manager and BP Incident commander/Deputy Incident Commander Deepwater Horizon.

Topic: Deepwater Horizon, operational realities during response. A perspective from the industrial/corporate responder. A complimentary presentation to Admiral Allen, from the BP Incident Commander for Deepwater Horizon.


Garry Mcfadden, ERM Emergency Management consultants South Africa

Topic: Proactive fire protection design of new construction, and constraints of retro fitting of aging facilities in High Hazard industry, Applying technologies, and response philosophies to reduce risk during the life of an asset. (Consequences to response of extending service life of aging assets).


Eric LaVergne, Business Development Manager, Johnson Controls / Williams Fire & Hazard Control Products & Services

Topic: Fire Ground Logistics For Major Storage Tank Events


Nail Ramsden, ENRG Lastfire

Topic: Results of Lastfire’s recent testing and next phases of Lastfire testing programs of PFAS and Fluorine Free Foams


Pine Pienaar, JOIFF Director & Chief Fire Officer (Rtd.) Sasol Secunda Fulcrum Consultants

Topic: Modernising industrial fire departments, keeping current. Theory and practice.


Kevin Westwood JOIFF Director of Engineering and Technology, BP Group Fire Advisor

Topic: Drones in current use and application. Practical utilization and live link field demonstration.


Kevin White, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, Operations business Management office, Brisbane Region

Topic: Developing inter-agency and industrial cooperation, joint training and capability integration. A practitioners guide.





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