Institute of Risk Management (IRM) hosts highest attended Risk Leaders event to date

Over 160 senior risk managers from around the world recently attended IRM’s Risk Leaders: No More Business as Usual Conference in London, the leading Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) conference globally.

Delegates from the British Army, Sellafield, big four consultancies, government agencies, high street banks, building societies, construction and transport and infrastructure industries all converged to hear from world renowned speakers and leading experts in their field.

We were honoured to have Prof.  Mervyn E King, Chairman of the King Committee on Corporate Governance in South Africa & Chairman of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) deliver a session on how to be a good corporate citizen and share his wisdom on board reporting as it relates to risk management.

Prof. Howard Kunreuther, James G. Dinan Professor of Decision Sciences and Public Policy at the Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania & co-director of the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Process Center also gave a keynote on his research and new book:  The Ostrich Paradox: Why we under prepare for disasters.

He delivered a thought provoking session where delegates heard about foreseeing and protecting against natural catastrophes and why we consistently fail to heed the warnings to protect ourselves and our communities and some of the psychological reasons for this.

A video from Prof. Kunreuther can be viewed here:

Delegates also heard from:

Ian Barlow, Senior Independent Director, Smith and Nephew PLC and Trevor LLanwarne, MIRM, former Government Actuary who both presented on the Governments’ new framework for risk management - that is currently being rolled out across UK Civil Service and associated bodies.

Other speakers included:         

  • Mike Gill, Former Deputy CEO Mid Staffordshire Hospital
  • Sarah O’Donovan, Chief Credit Risk Officer, Barclaycard UK
  • Robert Smith, Director Business Compliance and Ethics, Serco; and
  • Caroline Wehrle, CMIRM, Global Risk and Compliance Director, Diageo.

Ian Livsey, Chief Executive of the Institute of Risk Management said:

“The IRM’s Risk Leaders conference is the world’s most significant ERM forum. With global reach and relevance, this is the leading event of its type for risk managers to attend.

It brings together world renowned speakers, includes seminar and syndicate sessions on critical topics of the day and offers the chance to network with peers in a stimulating and professional environment”.

Keith Ricketts VP of Marketing, Sword Active Risk (technology sponsor of the Risk Agenda 2025 project) said:

“IRM’s Risk Leaders is a leading risk management conference and an anchor event in the calendar.

Senior risk representatives from all over the globe were present with an unrivalled opportunity to hear from a great line up of world leading speakers and network with other delegates and sponsors. We were delighted to be involved with this and the Risk Agenda 2025; we look forward to future events and opportunities”.

Clive Thompson, IRM non-executive Director, and Project Manager, Willis Towers Watson and Karlene Agard, Inquiry Manager - International Trade Select Committee, House of Commons also presented the IRM Risk Agenda 2025 - research results, available here:

Lisa a CMIRM from a leading energy company commented:

‘An orchestration of great minds is one phrase I could use to sum up the IRM Risk Leaders conference in London last week.

An outstanding day, with keynote speakers, excellent lessons learnt with enhanced ways of working from Conference Chair and panellists. Engaging, with incredible speakers from start to finish!’

Selected videos and presentations from the event can be found here: IRM YouTube Channel

The IRM would like to thank the all of the sponsors of Risk Leaders 2017: 4C Strategies, Arctick, Kogan Page, Magique Galileo and Sword Active Risk.

More details about the event and the IRM can be found here: