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Gordan MacDonald MSc, Dip Mgmt, FICPEM

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Programme Director, HPA Emergency Planning Programmes

Following a challenging and fulfilling first career in the UK Royal Air Force as a commissioned officer, where he was involved globally in all aspects of medical / healthcare provision both strategically and operationally in peacetime, war fighting and humanitarian operations, he took up a second career with the Department of Health and subsequently the Health Protection Agency, delivering NHS and Public Health emergency planning advice and direction to the NHS both regionally and nationally.

At a senior level he participated at a national level in a number of health-related emergency responses, the Litvienko Poisoning and the 7/7 bombings to name but two. Gordon held a position as one of the HPA National Incident Directors for the Swine Flu Pandemic. During these events he worked closely with the DH and Government departments at a national level and with associated International organisations.

In 2011 Gordon took up the post of the NHS 2012 Olympics National Assurance Manager where he effectively led the NHS-focused planning work for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Working across many boundaries, using evidence-based assurance process, he contributed successfully towards ensuring that the health-related operational requirements were met, and that NHS business-as-usual performance levels were maintained during the Games period.

Gordon is currently the Programme Director for Emergency Planning programmes within the Executive Education department at the School of Business and Economics, and is responsible for delivering the Diploma of Health Emergency Planning to over 80 students annually across the country.

He is currently actively involved in setting up an Organisational Resilience suite of individual Master’s-level resilience programmes.

Academically, he holds an MSc in Civil Emergency Management and a Diploma in Business Management.

A Post Chair and  current Vice Chair for the Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management, where he works towards supporting and achieving the Institute’s mission statement ('To bring together emergency professionals, academics and business, in order to provide an informed and influential voice on all aspects of civil protection and emergency management').

Building Societal and Organisational Resilience

Healthcare Emergency Preparation Resilience and Response

Authority, in the context of Civil protection and Social contract theories

Global Disaster Risk Reduction

Leadership in unfamiliar situations

Communicable Diseases associated with disaster’s

Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Terrorism