Glasgow gets UK’s first chief in disaster role

The following is an excerpt from a piece that originally appeared in the Evening Times on September 5, 2014. It was wirtten by Vivienne Nicoll. Click the link to read the full piece.

Glasgow has become the first city in the UK to appoint an expert to draw up plans for dealing with future catastrophes.

As Chief Resilience Officer, Alastair Brown will consider the impact of events such as severe storms and flooding.

Earlier this year, the Rockefeller Foundation announced a £100million scheme that will see 100 cities worldwide drawing up plans to deal with a range of potential disasters.

Glasgow was chosen in the first batch of 33, along with others from countries such as Thailand, Israel, the USA, Vietnam, South Africa and India.


The post is fully funded by the 100 Resilient Cities organisation.

Mr Brown has been with the city council since 1993 and heads the Sustainable Glasgow programme. He previously worked in community health in the East End.

Recently, he has been involved in Future City Glasgow - the £24million programme demonstrating the use of smart technology to advance cities in areas such as transport, travel and energy and which opens data to business and the public.

He will now lead organisations across Glasgow in looking at disaster scenarios, how to handle them and how to help the city bounce back.

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