Simon Collins

Simon Collins


Simon is the co-founder of Gold●Collins, a crisis advisory business, and has a variety of chair, board and advisory roles with UK and international organisations.

He was Chairman and Senior Partner of KPMG LLP until 2017, following roles leading the Transactions and Corporate Finance businesses.  Prior to that he was an investment banker with SG Warburg and NatWest Markets.  He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse in 1986.

Simon is a non-executive director of the Royal Air Force, Chairman of the University of Manchester’s Global Leadership Board, Chairman of the Catalyst Board for Cancer Research UK and Chairman of Resilience First.

He is married to Simone and they have two adult children and live in North London.


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.


Michael Rooney

Chief Executive Officer

Mike Rooney was previously the Chief Operating Officer of London First (2004-2018) and was responsible for member management, commercial development and company support services. Before joining London First in 2002 as Commercial Director, he was Chairman and Chief Executive of Langdon’s Foods Plc.

He has had a wide experience of the dairy industry having worked during the 1980s and 1990s in senior management positions for Dairy Crest Foods Plc and as Household Director responsible for the doorstep delivery business. His early career was spent in marketing and advertising, working with leading advertising agencies including CDP and Inter Public as an account manager.

Resilience First Advisory Board Members:

  • Heather Adams, Managing Director – Strategy & Consulting, Accenture
  • Bob Rothenberg, Former Partner, Blick Rothenberg Limited
  • Gil Grein, Head of Global Security and Resilience, Facebook
  • Professor Lex Hoogduin, CEO, Global Complexity Network BV
  • Dr Pippa Malmgren, Founder & Chief Executive, H Robotics
  • Hank Cole, Global Head of Business Continuity & Incident Management, HSBC UK
  • Richard Barnes, Independent and former Statutory Deputy Mayor for London
  • Sir Ian Andrews CBEDirector, IMA Partners
  • Adrian Criddle, Vice President, Intel Corporation
  • Stéphane Villemain, Ivanhoé Cambridge
  • Nick Millar, Head of Operations, London Stansted Airport
  • James Crask, Senior Vice President, Head of Resilience Advisory, Marsh
  • Miguel Gamino, Executive Vice President, Global Cities, Mastercard
  • Christopher HandscombPartner, McKinsey & Company
  • Lord Toby Harris, Chair, National Preparedness Commission
  • Sir David Veness, Board Member, Resilience First
  • Mike Butler, Chief Resilience & Control Officer, Santander 
  • John Macbrayne, Group Security Director, Tesco
  • Richard Aylard, External Affairs and Sustainability Director, Thames Water Utilities
  • Alex Nickson, Head of Resilience, Thames Water Utilities
  • John Deverell CBE, CEO, The Prepared Mind
  • Basil Scarsella, CEO, UK Power Networks
  • Peter Hall, Vice President, Global Director for Sustainable & Resilient Infrastructure, Wood plc
  • Tom Lewis, President, WSP USA Solutions