Dr Erica Seville is Co-Leader of the Resilient Organisations community and Director of ResOrgs Ltd.
Resilient Organisations has been researching what makes organisations resilient in the face of major crises, since 2004. Erica has authored over 100 research articles and is regularly invited to speak on the topic of resilience. She is the only non-Australian member to sit on the Resilience Expert Advisory Group, providing advice and support to the Critical Infrastructure Advisory Committee of the Australian Federal Government.
Erica has a Bachelor of Civil Engineering Honours degree and a Ph.D. in risk assessment. Erica is an Adjunct Senior Fellow with the Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering at the University of Canterbury, and also director of Risk Strategies Research and Consulting.
Erica’s interest in resilience sparked from her experience working at JP Morgan Chase in London during the September 11th terrorist attacks, where the closure of their NY office saw the implementation of well-rehearsed business continuity plans. In the banking sector, there are very clear drivers for business continuity investment given the substantial capital at risk from an inability to trade. Upon return to New Zealand, Erica recognised that most NZ organisations are not so well prepared for major disruption! Given that many of these organisations manage, maintain and operate our critical infrastructure, provide employment for communities, and make up the economy, there is a need for them to be resilient.
Through her company Risk Strategies Research and Consulting, Erica provides strategic risk management and resilience advice to clients in a variety of sectors including major health providers, the mining and oil and gas industries, construction contractors, and critical infrastructure providers.