Arrival and registration

08.00 - 08.55

The conference centre will be open from 8am for guests to arrive and register for the day's events. Guests are invited to enjoy a coffee before the conference officially begins at 9am.

Welcome from the conference chair

09.00 – 09.05

Sue Saville OSue Saville, journalist

Sue Saville is an experienced conference host, having facilitated at events for the NHS and pharmaceutical companies, plus the banking and insurance industries. She chaired the stage at the Launch Dinner for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal, with Royalty attending. Sue has chaired symposia at medical conferences, including international events for rheumatism and neurology. She will be launching the conference with a brief welcome message.

Introduction to the day: 10 years of Risk Leaders 

09.05 – 09.15

Socrates Coudounaris, CFIRM, Chair IRM 

IRM’s flagship Risk Leaders Conference has now been running for 10 years and has firmly established itself as a leading international learning event for the risk community. IRM Chairman, Socrates Coudounaris, takes a brief look back at the issues and personalities that have been on the agenda. 

Keynote presentation: Cyber fraud and the challenges it presents to a global organisation.

09.15 – 09.40

Jim Winters, Managing Director, Global Fraud Management, Barclays 


Research showcase: Emerging Risk Scenarios - Risk Management Exemplars from the Energy and Consumer Sectors 

09.40 – 10.05

Professor Daniel Ralph, Judge Business School, Cambridge University

Dr Andrew Coburn, Chief Scientist, Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies 

The second year of the joint research programme for IRM and the Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies (CCRS) has taken an in-depth look at identifying, assessing, and managing risks within two very different sectors – energy and consumer goods. 

  • Scenario Stress Tests for the Energy Sector - Professor Daniel Ralph, Academic Director, Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies and Professor of Operations Research, Cambridge Judge Business School
  • Risk Management for the Consumer Sector - Dr Andrew Coburn, Chief Scientist, Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies  

Keynote Presentation: How Myopic Financial Strategies Increase Corporate Risk    

10.05 – 10.30

Robert J Trent PhD, Professor of Supply Chain Management, Lehigh University, USA 

Few corporate leaders would argue against the notion that their firms are under intense pressure to manage costs.  Unfortunately, in an effort to enhance their financial position industrial customers have pursued financial strategies that can affect supplier-buyer relationships quickly and sometimes irreparably.  This presentation focuses on the unintended consequences that can result when industrial customers take actions that affect adversely the financial standing of their suppliers. Findings presented here will show that financially myopic strategies increase corporate risk by encouraging retaliatory action by suppliers and reducing the likelihood of receiving preferential treatment from suppliers.

Networking coffee break  

10.30 - 11.00

Panel discussion - Talking about our Generation 

11.00 – 12.00

New generations of the risk community talk about the challenges they see, the skills that they are developing and how they want their careers to progress. 

Session chair: Dan Tapsell, Contracts Manager, Broadgate Search

  • Karlene Agard, Aravun
  • Alex Deas, Network Rail
  • Jemma Boyce, London City Airport
  • Chris Hanlon, Monza Bank

Keynote presentation: Changing behaviour to support cyber security

12.00 – 12.30

John Scott, Head of Security Education, Bank of England 

You can’t control culture, but you can control some of the things that determine culture. Based on psychological and sociological principles, John Scott describes the respectful approach taken by the Bank of England’s security education team to raising standards of cyber security compliance.  

Networking lunch

12.30 – 13.20

Workshop Sessions (3 sessions, 45 mins each, running twice)

13.20 – 14.55

Workshop 1: LexisNexis 

Content to be confirmed. 


Workshop 2:   

Content to be confirmed

Workshop 3: TBC 

Speaking opportunities available.

If you are interested in speaking during one of the above workshop sessions, please contact

Tea break and networking

14.55 – 15.20

Keynote presentation: 

15.20 – 16.20

Lakshmi Shyam-Sunder, Chief Risk Officer, World Bank 

Summary and wrap-up

16.25 – 16.30

Conference chair Sue Saville will return briefly to conclude the day's events. 

Drinks reception

16.30 – 18.00

Guests are invited to stay and network until 6pm at our drinks reception.