UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction


UCL IRDR Careers and Opportunities Fair, 28th Feb 2018

23 November 2017

Careers and Opportunities in Risk and Disaster Reduction Wednesday 28th February 2018, 5-8pm  Talks and Q&A session, 5-6pm, UCL Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre  Exhibitor Stalls and Reception, 6-8pm, UCL North Cloisters  Talks and Q&A  This section will include speakers from the commercial, public, academic, and NGO sectors whose organisations have roles and interests in the area of risk and disaster reduction.

career event They will all introduce details of the risk and disaster related opportunities and roles available in their sector, the specific opportunities in their company, and offer advice on how to be the best candidate for these opportunities. The speakers will all be available to answer questions from the audience. 


Dickie Whitaker - Private Sector

Dickie Whitaker has 30 year's experience in the Re(In)surance business and for the last 20 years has specialised in risk and innovation and linking academia, government and finance. Dickie has written and presented extensively on these subjects and has operated globally and has worked in both London and New York. He has co-founded and works for The Lighthill Risk Network, FiNexus Ltd, Oasis Palm Tree Ltd, The Oasis Hub and is chief executive of Oasis Loss Modelling Framework Ltd. He also works with and advises the following organisations:

  • NERC's Innovation Advisory Board,
  • Satellite Applications Catapult Advisory Group
  • South West Centre of Excellence Board - SAT APPS
  • The Institute for Environmental Analytics (IEA)
  • Insurance Development Forum (IDF) Risk modelling and management steering group.
  • Hitt Search 
  • Zoe Bolton Associates.

Accordingly, Dickie will offer insights and advice on a wide range of career paths and risk related roles in the insurance and financial services industries.

Dr Joanna Faure Walker - Academia

Dr Faure Walker is a senior lecturer and director of postgraduate studies in the UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction. Her research expertise includes earthquake fault mechanics and integrating science into disaster risk reduction in multi-hazard contexts, collaborating with the public, private and NGO sectors. Dr Faure Walker will offer insights and advice on postgraduate study, research and academic careers in risk and disaster reduction.

Rebekah Yore - Third Sector/ NGO

Rebekah Yore is an IRDR-Rescue Global sponsored PhD student and works part time for Rescue Global primarily on fundraising, communications and research partnership projects. She has deployed to the Philippines and more recently, to the Caribbean with Rescue Global to undertake academic fieldwork and to assist in a number of multi-agent resilience building and humanitarian response operations.

UK Government Cabinet Office

Speaker from the ISRG Civil Contingencies Secretariat (Cabinet Office).

Chaired by Raj Sidhu, UCL Careers Service

Exhibitor stalls 

This event will includes exhibitors from commercial organisations, international NGOs, the public sector, student organisations, and postgraduate study. They will present and discuss job opportunities in their organisations, as well as volunteering and internship opportunities, postgraduate study, and involvement in student societies.

Full exhibitor list below:

AIR Worldwide (AIR)

AIR Worldwide provides risk modeling solutions that make individuals, businesses, and society more resilient to extreme events. In 1987, AIR Worldwide founded the catastrophe modeling industry and today models the risk from natural catastrophes, terrorism, pandemics, casualty catastrophes, and cyber attacks, globally. Insurance, reinsurance, financial, corporate, and government clients rely on AIR's advanced science, software, and consulting services for catastrophe risk management, insurance-linked securities, site-specific engineering analyses, and agricultural risk management. AIR Worldwide, a Verisk (Nasdaq:VRSK) business, is headquartered in Boston with additional offices in North America, Europe, and Asia. For more information, please visit www.air-worldwide.com.

UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction Postgraduate Programmes

The UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction offers MSc, MRes, PGDip, PGCert and PhD programmes in:

  •  Risk and Disaster Reduction 
  • Risk, Disaster and Resilience 
  •  Risk and Disaster Science 
  • Space Risk and Disaster Reduction 

Details of these programmes can be found at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/rdr/graduate-study

Further information on all of our courses will be available at our recruitment stall, along with the chance to ask questions of our academic staff and current students

British Red Cross

The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies. We help vulnerable people in the UK and abroad prepare for, withstand and recover from emergencies in their own communities.  The Red Cross Red Crescent Movement is the largest humanitarian organization globally, recognized through the Geneva Conventions as auxiliary to public authorities.


People and skills for disaster relief

RedR UK is an international humanitarian capacity-building NGO. We provide training, coaching and mentoring, and technical support to give people the skills to prepare for, and respond to, disasters and emergencies worldwide. In 2016, we trained 6,714 people in 41 countries.

We work with international and national NGOs, UN agencies, academic institutions, think tanks and the private sector to improve emergency response at a global level.

For those looking to enter the humanitarian sector, RedR offers the opportunity to join our Affiliates scheme, which provides access to training, mentoring programmes, job opportunities and networking events with experienced humanitarians.

Ambiental Risk Analytics

Technology, imagination and partnerships allow us to better understand, map and model flood risk around the world. Together, they improve accuracy in predicting, preventing and planning for flood events. As a team at Ambiental Risk Analytics, we've got expertise in everything from risk modelling, advanced mathematics, hydrology, GIS and engineering, to emergency response, business systems and software development. Ambiental's clients include global (re)insurers, governments, utilities companies, aid organisations and the World Bank. We're always on the lookout for talented graduates and postgraduates with skills in GIS, AI, computer programming, flood modelling, fluid mechanics, insurance, remote sensing, and civil engineering. 

Geology for Global Development

Geology for Global Development is an organisation that aims to educate geoscientists about the role of geology in the reduction of poverty. It encompasses a wide range of disciplines within the field of Earth sciences; from geochemistry and hydrogeology, to geophysics and structural geology. All of these play a vital role in international development and improving the standard of living around the world.

Being part of the UCL GfGD group offers an alternative viewpoint on how geology can be applied. You are invited to attend talks from researchers, NGOs and experts in the relevant fields.

Rescue Global

The Rescue Global mission is to save life. Empowering and enabling the world's most vulnerable nations, contributing to truly global, multi-sector resilience, Rescue Global impacts the entire life cycle of critical events and related issues world-wide. Rescue Global have opportunities for student placements, partnerships for research projects, and potentially internships or employment.


Horizonscan are specialist consultants in Organisational Resilience and Business Continuity. Horizonscan has a global client base and operate in multiple sectors, including aerospace, manufacturing and insurance. Over the coming months, Horizonscan will be looking to add new faces to their growing team of consultants. Come and talk to Horizonscan's General Manager Will Scobie if you are interested in learning more.

ERT Search and Rescue (ERTSAR) UK/GBR

The Emergency Response Team Search and Rescue (ERTSAR) provides emergency and disaster response, search and rescue and medical specialists across the globe in all types of emergencies to reduce suffering, preserve life and establish a place of safety. Their main operational focus is as Responders following a disaster however they do work in CBDRM / DRR functions and other sectors of the Disaster Management Cyclen when not responding.

ERT SAR is a United Nations recognized INSARAG asset and deployable rescue team and has deployed to some of the largest disasters in the past 15 years from earthquakes to Floods and Medical emergencies in the United Kingdom and abroad. 

The team also responds to high-risk despondent missing person searches alongside the police and provides a full range of national resilience including flood rescue services.  Operational Members of ERT SAR are unpaid volunteers and are required to maintain minimum standards of fitness, attendance and training. They receive monthly training and access specialist resources. 

ERT SAR is based in Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire and has a sister team in Toronto Canada as well as satellite groups internationally. They are currently recruiting members for the 2018 intake.

For more information contact:


or see: www.ERT-SAR.org.uk

UCL MSc Earthquake Engineering with Disaster Management

The UCL Earthquake Engineering with Disaster Management MSc, in the department of Civil Environmental and Geomatic Engineering, combines specialist earthquake engineering knowledge with an understanding of the social, economic and political impact of earthquake events in order to produce engineers that can provide holistic design solutions and be able to work in both engineering and disaster management roles. 

Civil Contingencies Secretariat (Cabinet Office)

The Civil Contingencies Secretariat (CCS) exists to improve the UK's ability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies and disruptive challenges - usually described as 'resilience'. It does so by focusing on risk, from identification through planning and capability building to response and crisis management. It is part of the National Security Secretariat in the Cabinet Office, sitting at the centre of government and coordinating and supporting the work of all government departments and agencies.

CCS works to improve the resilience of the UK's Critical National Infrastructure and to support departments and local authorities in preparing for and mitigating against risks that could affect their sectors or communities. It also enhances the government's crisis response capabilities, including by managing COBR.

As well as reporting to the Minister for the Cabinet Office, CCS also provides advice directly to No.10 on a wider range of civil emergencies, including when the Prime Minister is in the chair of COBR. CCS also owns the Emergency Planning College based in Yorkshire, operated by a private contractor on its behalf.

CCS recruits a wide range of generalists and specialists in order to effectively carry out its role. Recent joiners have included academics in the fields of behavioural analysis and natural disaster management, engineers, and humanitarian specialists, as well as a wide range of policy experts from across the Civil Service. If you are interested in finding out more about opportunities to work in CCS, please look out for posts advertised on Civil Service Jobs (https://www.civilservicejobs.service.gov.uk/csr/index.cgi) or contact CCSPACT@cabinet-office.x.gsi.gov.uk

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