National Resilience: Preparing for Future Challenges

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The current pandemic has forced us to adapt our lives, make sacrifices and work rapidly around complex challenges, both at home and at work. Our resilience – as a country, as businesses, as communities and as individuals – has been repeatedly tested. Is there more we can do to better assess, communicate and prepare for risk? Is there more we can do to enhance collaboration on resilience? Should we be doing more on resilience now to secure the UK’s future?


Penny Mordaunt, Paymaster General, will discuss how building UK resilience is a nationwide endeavour. She will also explain why now is an opportune moment for a renewed approach and highlight the role the UK public has in this effort.

The speech outlines the plan for a National Resilience Strategy in 2022, and emphasises the current Call for Evidence as a key opportunity for the public to share their perspectives.

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Speaker biography

  • The Rt. Hon. Penny Mordaunt MP

    The Rt. Hon. Penny Mordaunt MP joined the Cabinet Office as Paymaster General in February 2020. She previously held the roles of Secretary of State for Defence, Secretary of State for International Development and Minister for Women and Equalities. In her role as Paymaster General, she supports the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on civil contingencies issues (including COVID-19), cyber security, joint funds, Official Development Assistance (ODA) and global goals. She also supports Lord Frost on domestic transition readiness and the implementation of the EU–UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement, as well as international trade issues.



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