Leading in a crisis – course for engineers/professionals – 24th June


Leading through a crisis – how to cope when a situation is ever-changing and fluid, where you are under stress and the demands are high.

Delivered online 10.30am – 12.30pm 24th June 2020.

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In a crisis you can’t use pre-crisis thinking to get you out. Survival depends on rapidly reassessing what’s important and taking action appropriate to the new circumstances. This is the clarity of thought that the army trains its leaders to use in disaster management.

In this two-hour training session, Ebola treatment centre army engineer Maj. Nick Francis takes us through how you can apply clear thinking tools to manage any crisis.

Whether you are grappling with the Covid-19 crisis or the climate and bio-diversity crises more generally, this course aims to bring you:

  • Clarity of thought
  • A new way to assess objectives
  • An approach to bringing others with you.

Nick originally developed this training at the request of healthcare professionals in Sheffield responding to COVID 19, but it is completely transferable and is ideal for anyone who is trying to provide leadership in a rapidly changing or challenging situation. The training draws on military training and doctrine, Nick’s experiences dealing with the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the 10 principles of war, and a range of management and leadership tools.

We are introducing this course at a special introductory rate of £20.


Please log in to the event at 10:15am for a prompt 10.30am start.

We will deliver this webinar using Zoom. As an added security measure we require participants to register with Zoom before they can access the event. All you need to do is follow the link that comes in the confirmation email from Eventbrite.

About the trainers

Nick Francis

Nick is an award-winning engineer, experienced manager, and passionate educator. He has a track record of delivering innovative solutions to complex infrastructure problems. Having served for 16 years as an Officer in the Royal Engineers he has extensive operational military experience and is acutely aware of the impact, and fragility, of our built environment.

He is Director of Imagine Engineering, a company that brings together a unique set of skills and experience in technical engineering, engineering education and military leadership.

Nick won the “Operational Engineering Award” for his design and construction of emergency Ebola hospitals in Sierra Leone, his designs for emergency flood defences saved the town of Romsey from catastrophic flooding, and he played a leading role in protecting military camps in Afghanistan from very large vehicle borne bombs.

Oliver Broadbent

Oliver is creator of Eiffel Over – a collection of writing, broadcasts, performances and workshops on creativity and philosophy for engineers and other humans. Through Eiffel Over, Oliver aims to inspire people to rise to the challenge of the climate and biodiversity crises and to give them the practical creative problem-solving skills to do so.

He is Founder and Director of engineering training consultancy Constructivist. He also works with universities including Cambridge, Bath and Imperial to develop innovative approaches to curriculum design and delivery.

Oliver has co-authored a series of good practice teaching guides for the Royal Academy of Engineering on experience-led learning, e-learning for engineers, effective industrial engagement in engineering education and how to teach sustainability.

He is a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor at Imperial College, London.