Business Continuity Management Consultant


Potentially the biggest survival challenge facing organisations

Robert Clark's third publication "Business Continuity and the Pandemic Threat" has been published by IT Governance and is available globally in both paperback and e-Book formats.

Pandemics are by their nature widespread, indiscriminate and impossible to prevent. How would your business fare if most of your workforce were incapacitated by an unexpected incident? Business Continuity and the Pandemic Threat considers the corporate impact of pandemics and shows how best to prepare for and mitigate their effects.

Reviews and Feedback:

Dr Tanya Melillo MD

Head of Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Unit, MALTA

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Clark’s book which is written in a style that makes it easy for anyone to understand without requiring a background in medicine or business. I have been involved in disaster management planning for the past ten years and yet I still found this book both enlightening and extremely informative.


Owen Gregory MSc BA (Hons) MBCI MBCS

Having known Rob Clark for several years, and spoken to him on numerous occasions about the many aspects of the business continuity world – the breadth of knowledge, analysis of the subject and the well-balanced presentation of this volume comes as no surprise. This informative book is written in an easy going and conversational manner, but the message it brings to the table is critical to understanding the meaning of any forthcoming pandemic threat and considerations of how to mitigate the effects, where possible, to you and your organisation

About the book:

The increase in commercial aviation and international travel means that pandemics now spread faster than ever before. Seasonal flu pandemics, zoonotic contagions such as Ebola, swine flu and avian flu (e.g. H5N1 and H7N9), and respiratory syndromes such as SARS and MERS have affected millions worldwide. Add the ever-present threat of terrorism and biological warfare, and the possibility of large proportions of your workforce being incapacitated is a lot stronger than you might think.

You may well have prepared for limited business interruptions, but how would your business fare if 50% or more of your employees, including those you rely on to execute your business continuity plan, were afflicted by illness – or worse?

Although nothing can be done to prevent pandemics, their impact can be significantly mitigated. Business Continuity and the Pandemic Threat explains how.


Product overview

The book is divided into two parts, which examine the pandemic threat and explain how businesses can prepare to reduce its potential impact:

  • Part I: Understanding the Threat

    The first, shorter, part provides the reader with a detailed overview of the challenge that pandemic threats can present. It uses historical examples (such as the 1918-19 Spanish Flu outbreak, which killed 50 million) to illustrate how pandemics can have devastating effects not only on the global population but also on critical infrastructure, the global economy and society.

  • Part II: Preparing for the Inevitable

    The second part of the book considers the actions that can be taken at a global, national, corporate and individual level to mitigate the risk and limit the damage of pandemic occurences. It provides guidance on creating and validating a pandemic plan, and explains how it integrates with a business continuity plan. Comprehensive case studies are provided throughout.



Topics covered include:

  • The World Health Organisation’s pandemic phases
  • The Centre for Disease Control’s Pandemic Severity Index
  • Preventive control measures
  • Crisis management and the composition of a crisis management team
  • Dealing with cash-flow, staff absenteeism, home working and supply chain management
  • Communications and media plans
  • Pandemic issues for HR
  • The threat to critical national infrastructure
  • Health service contingency plans and first responders' business continuity plans
  • The provision of vaccines and antiviral medicines, including relevant ethical issues

Take your business continuity plan to the next level: ensure your organisation survives a pandemic with a substantially depleted workforce. Buy Business Continuity and the Pandemic Threat today.

About the author

Robert A Clark is a fellow of the Institute of Business Continuity Management, a fellow of the British Computer Society, a member of the Business Continuity Institute and an Approved BCI Instructor. He was employed by IBM for 15 years and Fujitsu for 11, working with clients on BCM-related assignments. He is now a freelance business continuity consultant at Since 2014, he has been a part-time associate lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University, where he has delivered BCM courses to both undergraduate and postgraduate students.


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