About ORBD

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Thomas Bennett FBCI, FEPS, CEO & Founder

A UAE-awarded thought-leader in the field of Resilience and Disaster Management, Thomas holds an extensive track record as an accomplished trainer and consultant to public and private sector organizations.

Through practical examples and engaging facilitation style, Thomas ensures clients receive effective strategies and insights in order to apply immediately upon return to their organizations.

Hertfordshire County Council employed Thomas as a Flood Emergency Planning Officer. In this role, Thomas organized public flood awareness techniques including a Flood Fair Conference attended by over 300 members of the public and 50+ exhibitors and speakers. Thomas also organized a roadshow that visited 12 towns and villages throughout Hertfordshire.

Emergency Planning & Business Continuity

Thomas’s experience in Emergency Planning and Business Continuity led to a role as risk manager and civil contingencies manager at the Bedfordshire County Council.

He gained an excellent reputation among local authorities and other Cat 1 and 2 organizations for his work in mass fatalities, flooding, COMAH compliance, liaison with Cat 2 organizations and the voluntary sector. In 2010 he was awarded the Fellowship of the Emergency Planning Society (FEPS) by the Emergency Planning Society for his extensive work in these areas.

Thomas continued success saw him appointed as the Chairman of the Bedfordshire Business Continuity Awareness Group, to promote Business Continuity amongst local businesses.

International Experience

By 2015 Thomas had become a highly respected Organizational Resilience professional and was offered a post to the Middle East. Working for a major oil and gas company, Thomas again excelled and was promoted after 4 years in recognition of his sterling efforts to create a mature Business Continuity Management system.

Thomas designed an entire BC management system to include; policy writing, embedding, business impact assessment implementation through to BC Plans, validation using exercises and audits.

Thomas has trained in excess of 2000 staff over 8 years in Business Continuity planning and recovery response.

Thomas has been recognized by the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) with several awards, including the Global and Regional 2022 award for Resilience and Continuity Professional, and 2023 Most Original Exercise Program. Thomas is a Fellow of the BCI, he has also written articles for various resilience publications.


ORBD was established in 2023 by Founder and CEO Thomas Bennett.

ORBD operate across the Middle East and beyond to help increase the resiliency of organizations.

ORBD’s main driver is to assist clients to bring the resilience disciplines to work in harmony rather than separate areas of work.

ORBD has a well established network of independent experts should that extra level of preparedness and crisis reduction specialist be required. Such network professionals include fire fighting, cyber resilience and security.

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