Mel Gosling FBCI
Mel Gosling is the founder and Managing Director of Merrycon Ltd, a company that specialises in providing Business Continuity services. He is a Fellow of the Business Continuity Institute (BCI), and is Merrycon’s principal consultant in Business Continuity, with more than 17 years of experience in the field of Business Continuity Management (BCM).
After obtaining a first class honours degree in maths from University College London, Mel worked for a number of companies in the field of Operational Research before moving into software development, database consultancy, and then IT Management. He first became involved in Business Continuity through the development and deployment of an IT Disaster Recovery Plan for an international insurance group in the early 1990s, and later took on responsibility for its BCM programme. He subsequently worked on contract to the group to successfully manage, amongst other initiatives, its Year 2000 project, before establishing Merrycon as a specialist supplier of Business Continuity services in 2001.
Mel is the architect of a package of consultancy and software provided by Merrycon that enables organisations to introduce BCM through the development and deployment of appropriate Business Continuity Plans. Initially developed in early 2002, it has been used by Mel to successfully introduce BCM to a wide variety of types and sizes of organisation from insurance broking through manufacturing and retail to local government and health providers. As well as using the package to implement BCM, Mel has worked with many clients to review their implementation of BCM, assist with the development of BCM guidelines, train staff in all aspects of BCM, and run exercises.
Mel is an active member of the BCI, and served on its Membership Committee from 2007 to 2010. He was a major contributor to the 2010 version of the BCI’s Good Practice Guidelines(GPG), provided the subject matter expertise in the design of the BCI’s E-learning GPG course, and was one of the contributing authors to the 2013 version of the GPG. Mel is an accredited trainer for the BCI, and has provided Business Continuity training to a wide variety of organisations and individuals, and has been both a facilitator and trainer in the Learning Stream at the 2012, 2013, and 2014 BCM World Conferences.
He is a regular contributor of articles on the subject of Business Continuity to a number of publications including Continuity, the magazine of the BCI, and is probably most famous for “debunking” the 80% statistic so often quoted by people trying to frighten organisations into implementing Business Continuity.