Rick Cudworth

Rick Cudworth


Rick is a senior advisor in organisational resilience and strategic risk mitigation and is a founding partner of resilience and crisis specialists ResilienC. With over 20 years’ experience as a Partner at Deloitte and KPMG, he was also Chair of the British Standards Institution Technical Committee for Continuity and Resilience, where he has been influential in the development of British and International Standards in the field.  He is a member of the Cabinet Office Behavioural Science Expert Group as part of the National Security Risk Assessment process for the UK, and a visiting professor at King's College London and visiting fellow at Cranfield University School of Management. He was a contributor and co-editor of the National Preparedness Commission’s report: Resilience Reimagined: A Practical Guide for Organisations.

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Martyn Link

Martyn Link

Executive Director

Martyn is an experienced strategic leader, passionate about enabling organisations prepare for, and adapt to, the biggest challenges of our time. He leads Resilience First, the business-focused arm of Resilience Rising, a global consortium working together to accelerate a safe, resilient and sustainable future for all. Prior to this Martyn spent 11 years at the global engineering giant Wood Plc, where he was responsible for corporate strategy, organisational design and leading the pivot towards the energy transition. Martyn is a scientist by training and has two degrees from Edinburgh University. He started his career at Wood Mackenzie where he focused on corporate strategy and competitive intelligence. Martyn subsequently helped shape the investment portfolio of an innovation fund before joining Wood.

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Seth Schultz

Chief Executive
Resilience Rising

Seth Schultz is Chief Executive of Resilience Rising. He has a long track record of building consensus and initiating change in the field of sustainable development, and of raising international awareness on the role of cities in tackling climate change.

With over 20 years of experience, Seth’s background is as a geologist and environmental scientist. Driven by the need to create change in urban sustainability he has worked with leading and innovative organizations in this space including the Louis Berger Group, the US Green Building Council, the Clinton Foundation, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, the Global Covenant of Mayors, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), where he was Co-Chair of the Scientific Steering Committee for Cities IPCC and served as a lead author on the ground breaking IPCC Special Report on 1.5 Degrees.

His recent work has focused on turning theory to practice, whether developing a global standard for Greenhouse Gas Emissions in cities, founding new organizations such as The Coalition for Urban Transitions, or a hard-hitting report on Mayoral powers and the ability and need for city leaders to become global change makers.

Seth sits on various boards and advisory councils, is a sought-after speaker and guest lecturer, and has authored numerous articles, reports, blogs and thought leadership pieces around the world. He has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Binghamton University.

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Resilience First Advisory Board Members:

  • Juliet Mian, Global Skill Leader | Resilience, Arup
  • Bob Rothenberg, Former Partner, Blick Rothenberg Limited
  • Richard Barnes, Independent and former Statutory Deputy Mayor for London
  • Stéphane Villemain, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, Ivanhoé Cambridge
  • Adam Hosking, Vice President and Global Director for Water Resources & Resilience, Jacobs
  • James Crask, Senior Vice President, Head of Resilience Advisory, Marsh
  • Lord Toby Harris, Chair, National Preparedness Commission
  • Caroline Field, Partner, National Resilience, PA Consulting
  • Mike Butler, Chief Resilience & Control Officer, Santander 
  • Matt Drew, Group Security & Resilience Director, Tesco
  • John Deverell CBE, CEO, The Prepared Mind
  • Basil Scarsella, CEO, UK Power Networks
  • Alison Wakefield, Professor of Criminology and Security Studies, University of West London
  • Peter Hall, Vice President & Global Director - Climate Resilience & ESG, WSP
  • Athanasios Kourniotis, Director, Innovation Quorum