Welcome to Europe's foremost authority on the leadership and management of crisis and emergency situations

OCTO is Europe’s foremost authority on the leadership and management of crisis and emergency situations. We develop people and organisations to function effectively in critical fast-moving environments. Our track record speaks for itself.

We offer:
a comprehensive range of services and products in the areas of crisis, emergency, leadership and resilience.

From the CEO and Board to the sharp end we deliver:

  • capability and confidence; helping people to ‘perform under pressure’
  • organisations that create opportunity from adversity
  • stimulating, inspirational training and exercise experience
  • research, benchmarking, state-of-the art techniques
  • Performance Under Pressure - Crisis 

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  • Performance Under Pressure - Emergency 

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  • Performance Under Pressure - Leadership 

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  • Performance Under Pressure - Resilience 

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Our Services

  • Exercises

    Our experienced team can support you develop, plan and conduct the full spectrum from live national crisis to single agency tactical table top exercises.

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  • Training

    We deliver a comprehensive range of bespoke training services and products, from Board level to the sharp end, including accreditation of personnel in crisis roles.

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  • Consultancy

    We offer crisis, leadership, resilience and emergency management services with first class experienced consultants. We will work with you to deliver world class preparedness.

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  • Crisis Communications

    We field highly experienced media professionals and provide a wide range of services to protect and even build your reputation in crisis.

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  • Software Support

    We have developed a wide range of software products that will enhance or simplify the process of incident management, including exercising and simulation.

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  • Audit and Review

    Use our benchmarking model for major hazard emergency management - EMPIRE, which stands for "emergency management performance indicators and risk evaluation".

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To discuss any of our Products or Services call us on

01244 405270

  • " Excellent training course. Very relevant to my job and well run. Practical application is a great way to learn! "

    David Todhunter, Shift Team Manager, Sellafield Limited.

  • " The role of international consultants OCTO, who provided an external oversight of the review process, is particularly acknowledged. In addition to their oversight brief, OCTO provided expert input and material for the development of the sections on Risk Assessment, Information Management and Co-ordination Centres.... "

    Government of Ireland's "Framework for Major Emergency Management" , Acknowledgements, page 10.

  • " Excellent course. Very professional instructors. Definitive improvement shown by the teams over the 3 days - good work. "

    John Bode, Shift Team Manager, Sellafield Limited.

  • " Following our major airfield response exercise .....I am pleased to inform you that the team and process worked really well and in the hot debrief the team members, particularly the lead and deputy, were fulsome in their praise of the OCTO process and training.... "

    John Oldham, Investment & Infrastructure Services, Military Air & Information, BAE Systems.

  • " Thank you again...there was only praise for how well it was run and organised. Professional, interactive and with very good coaching. "

    Guy Stone, Corporate Emergency Management & Business Continuity Manager, Novartis International.

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