Richard Gordon has been Director of Bournemouth University Disaster Management Centre since May 2005, having worked as Deputy Director and as a disaster management consultant for the centre for eight years.
Richard provides disaster management expertise, project management and training to government ministries, national security forces, media, industry, emergency services and non-governmental organisations. His work seeks to cover the full spectrum of disaster management including integrated planning, command and control systems, risk assessment, early warning, community based risk reduction, and communication and situational awareness.
Richard designs, coordinates and delivers national level disaster management projects in the Middle East, West Africa, South and East Asia, Eastern Europe and Southern America. Activities include disaster management briefings to senior government ministers and the design and delivery of multi-agency crisis management courses and exercises aimed at encouraging integration across the public and private sectors.
Richard regards disaster management as a multi-disciplinary activity that draws upon hard and soft science, in support of practitioner based systems, leading to cohesive strategies underpinned by academic rigour.
Richard is a former British Army Officer, a qualified teacher, and a Fellow of the Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management (ICPEM).