About the programme

BeResilient is a programme of support aimed at helping companies in the construction sector to implement new working practices in accordance with the British Standards publication, BS 65000:2014 Guidance on Organizational Resilience. This programme has been inspired by recent market research which highlighted that the construction sector on average is the largest contributor to business insolvencies each year in the UK.

The programme was developed by the National Federation of Builders and funded by CITB in 2019. The programme now has a lasting legacy and is continuing to provide training and guidance on challenges facing this sector. This includes the newly launched CITB funded Digital Leaders programme which offers ILM accredited qualifications in Digital Leadership in Construction.

Why is organisational resilience important?

What BeResilient beneficiaries have to say

What is organisational resilience?

Organisational Resilience is defined by the BSI as “the ability of an organisation to anticipate, prepare for, respond and adapt to incremental change and sudden disruptions in order to survive and prosper.”

It reaches beyond risk management towards a more holistic view of business health and success.  A resilient organisation is one that not merely survives over the long term, but also flourishes - passing the test of time.

Organisational Resilience is a strategic imperative for an organisation to prosper in today’s dynamic, interconnected world.  It is not a one-off exercise, but achieved over time and for the long-term.  Mastering Organisational Resilience requires the adoption of excellent habits and best practice to deliver business improvement by building competence and capability across all aspects of an organisation. This allows leaders to take measured risks with confidence, making the most of opportunities that present themselves.

BSI on Organisational Resilience

Meet our expert

Tim Whitehill of Project Five Consulting Ltd.

Tim is an experienced Management Consultant with dedicated expertise in the construction sector. He supports the development of organisational resilience in construction firms through transformation change driven by disruptive and trending themes facing this sector, including:

  • Strategy and competitive advantage
  • Digital transformation
  • Lean & continuous improvement
  • Agile project management and scrum
  • BIM implementation
  • Leadership and management
  • Winning work
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Partnering & collaborative working

Since creating the BeResilient programme, Tim is now advancing his knowledge of organisational resilience through doctoral research at Liverpool John Moores University, where he is applying "design science research" methodology aimed at develop pragmatic solutions to this critical problem in this industry.

In 2018 Tim co-authored the industry report The Organisational Resilience of the UK Construction Industry: Are we built on a house of cards? .