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AFB Training Workshop: The Art of Fire Drills

Cost: £230 + VAT

The AFB is pleased to partner with BDO LLP to bring members this interactive workshop to learn about the challenges faced when planning and executing Fire Drills.  It will also include information regarding the testing of the Crisis Management and Operational Resilience arrangements, or the Recovery Plan for your bank

Fire Drills should be a joint exercise led by Risk, IT and the Operational Resilience functions within a bank. It is crucial that firms take time to prepare sufficiently using a severe and plausible scenario to ensure that they can simulate how they would withstand a stress in a real-life scenario. The lessons learned from the exercise will provide invaluable insight on the robustness of the oversight arrangements within a bank.  At the end of this workshop, all attendees will understand how to take corrective measures before a real-life scenario materialises.

To note, there are only 12 places on this workshop, so book early to avoid disappointment.  Should there be interest, we will run additional workshops later in the year.

Why attend?

  • Small group environment with opportunity to share insight and practical experience
  • Opportunity to hear from subject matter experts with experience of developing and executing Fire Drills

Learning Outcomes

This workshop is designed to offer an understanding of how to plan and execute Fire Drills, highlighting common pit falls and practical challenges.

By the end of the workshop, you should be able to:

  • Carry out a critical challenge to the scenario selection process
  • Determine the necessary Fire Drill artefacts needed to execute the stress simulation
  • Start the process of developing a set of multi-year Fire Drill objectives for your bank


Dora Grant, Associate Director

Dora has 18 years of experience in risk management, including serving as Chief Risk Officer (SMF4) for two banks and Head of Governance for a large UK insurer. Reflecting her deep industry experience, Dora is particularly focussed on matters relating to prudential regulation and operational risk. She has extensive experience of supporting clients design and documenting recovery plans as well as preparing and executing different types of Fire Drills.

Mads Hannibal, Partner

Mads joined BDO in April 2022 and has 18 years of regulatory experience gained within the Financial Services Authority and a Big 4. His focus includes Governance arrangements and Risk Management Frameworks as well as authorisations. He works predominantly with foreign banks and investment firms including developing and delivering Fire Drills.



Format:           In-person at BDO LLP, 55 Baker St, London W1U 7EU

Cost:               £230 + VAT

Date:               Tuesday 27 September 2022

Time:              09:00 – 11:00 (Registration from 08:30)    

Places:           Maximum of 12 people

There will be ample opportunity for questions throughout the session, however, if you would like to submit a question before or have any specific questions or areas that you would like the session to address, please send them to the AFB at as soon as practicable. You will receive details on how to join the Workshop a few days before the event.

The Workshop will be held under the Chatham House Rule, to promote free and constructive discussion.