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2021 Risk Awards Finalists & Ceremony

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Congratulations to our 2021 finalists

Being a finalist, highly commended or winner provides a truly independent recognition of your achievements.

2020 was a tough year for us all globally, and the challenges still continue. The entries certainly demonstrate some inspirational and extraordinary stories and successes. They highlight the tremendous hard work of teams and individuals from a range of backgrounds, all united by managing risk well, and keeping people safe and our organisations working, despite the challenges. 

We wish our finalists the very best of luck and look forward to celebrating with them at our virtual awards ceremony on 20 May 2021.

Click here to register for the awards ceremony, and join us for a great night in! 


Click on each award category to unveil our finalists!

Barry Holt Award - Outstanding Risk Management Practice
  1. BOTAS Petroleum Pipeline Corporation
  2. FCC Environment
  3. Howdens Joinery
  4. Peter Hurley, Industrial Development Bureau - Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development
International Risk Initiative of the Year
  1. Cardinus Risk Management
  2. Dr Sam De Silva, Partner at CMS
  3. Finlays Always Safe Team
  4. Jonathan Smith, Online Safety Solutions
  5. Safe 365
John Bennett Award - Exceptional Young Person of the Year
  1. Chloe Suttard, LV= Financial Services
  2. Jayet Moon, Terumo Medical Corporation
  3. Justyna Kluska, Ashview Consultants Ltd.
  4. Robert Jukes, Wax Lyrical
Health and Wellbeing Strategy of the Year
  1. Abu Dhabi Waste Management Center – Tadweer
  2. Construction Industry Federation Safety and Health Sub Committee
  3. EMCOR UK Wellbeing Team
  4. Jonathan Dempsey, Red Laces    
Technology Risk Management Initiative of the Year
  1. Acin
  2. Ardent Hire Solutions
  3. BOTAS Petroleum Pipeline Corporation
  4. Proactive Reporting
  5. Higher Colleges Technology
  6. Safe365
SME Risk Initiative of the Year
  1. Ashview Consultants Ltd
  2. Robert Saile, Ravenair
  3. Safe365
Mentor of the Year
  1. Andrew Hornby
  2. Hafiz Muhammad Umer Javed
  3. John Nelson
  4. Tony Hayward
Change Programme of the Year
  1. Construction Industry Federation
  2. Dempsey Wood Civil Ltd
  3. Muhammad Yaqoob & Atif Waheed, Byco Petroleum Pakistan Limited
Risk Team of the Year
  1. AECOM UK & Ireland Risk Team
  2. BOHS Covid-19 Expert Group
  3. Domestic & General Service Department
  4. Finlays Always Safe Team
  5. Industrial Development Bureau - HSE Division, Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development
  6. ITV Risk Team
  7. Technip Energies Safety Team
IIRSM President’s Commendation

To be announced at the ceremony on 20th May!

Our Judges



Su Corrin - Health & Safety Manager, Marylebone Cricket Club

Su has over 30 years' experience as a health and safety professional. She has worked in a very diverse range of environments including medical research, pharmaceuticals, education, TV and entertainment. 

She currently works as the Health & Safety Manager for Marylebone Cricket Club - Lords Cricket Ground. This includes leading health and safety on large construction projects, estates and maintenance, venue and event safety, fire safety and health and wellbeing. Su has previously worked for the Football Association, based at Wembley Stadium. 

Su has Fellowships of the IIRSM and the Royal Society for Public Health. She is also a Chartered Member of the Institute of Occupational Safety & Health, a Certified Member of the  Institute of Workplace Facilities Management, Member of the Institute of Leadership and Management, Associate Member of the Association of Project Safety, Associate Member of the British Occupational Hygiene Society and Member of the Association of Stage Pyrotechnicians. She has also worked as an Occupational Health Advisor and has a degree in Occupational Hygiene.

Su has a particular interest in health and well-being and has spent a long time working to raise the profile of workplace health. She has also won a number of awards and has a passion for learning new skills, developing others whilst working collaboratively to support great results. 

Abdullatif Albitawi - Consultant and Trainer

Abdullatif Albitawi graduated from Jordan University of Science & Technology, with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and holds a MSc in Energy Studies from the University of Sheffield.

He started his career in the pharmaceuticals industry and then moved to the chemical industry as a senior process engineer, then to the manufacturing industry as an operations manager. He played key roles in commissioning and starting up process plants and manufacturing facilities for companies that he worked for. He has made contributions to process improvement & control, loss prevention and environmental protection, quality management, process safety and occupational health and safety management.  

He is a Specialist Fellow of the International Institute of risk and Safety Management and serves as the Treasurer of the UAE branch and is also a member of the Energy Institute, serving as the Hon. Treasurer of the Middle East branch.

Abdullatif currently works as a consultant and trainer in areas of risk management, process safety, OH&S, energy and environmental management.

Dee Arp - Director of Learning and Assessment, NEBOSH

Dee Arp is a Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner of IOSH and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors. Dee moved into occupational health and safety 20 years ago whilst working at The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). At that time Dee was a Technical Manager for Road Safety, which led to her involvement in the development of occupational road risk training. After becoming a qualified health and safety practitioner; she taught on a wide range of courses and also worked with several boards and committees to implement safety governance.

Prior to joining NEBOSH; Dee held the roles of Course Developer and Head of Occupational Safety for RoSPA. 

Dee is now NEBOSH Director of Learning and Assessment and has responsibility for providing leadership on all matters relating to qualification development and assessment of NEBOSH qualifications and on matters of compliance, including the accreditation of NEBOSH Learning Partners. She oversees the implementation of agreed strategies and governance arrangements which protect the integrity of assessments leading to NEBOSH qualifications. Her previous experiences gained as a learner, provider and examiner are of great benefit to Dee in her role. 

Dee previously studied with Cambridge University for the Certificate of Continuing Education (Principles and Practice of Assessment) and is now undertaking further study with Cambridge University for a Masters in Education.

Steve Fowler - Managing Director, Amarreurs Consulting Ltd

Steve leads Amarreurs Consulting Ltd, a specialist firm providing international business strategy, risk and resilience, occupational health and safety, and change management and consultancy services. 

Steve is a prolific writer on risk management and business strategy, risk in major projects, international development and on competency standards for the risk management profession. He previously served 12 years as Chief Executive Officer at the Institute of Risk Management (IRM). He is also a part-time university lecturer in risk management and a member of British Standards Institution's committee for risk management. In addition, he serves on several risk management committees for major organisations. 

Chris Marsh - Principal Consultant. HSSEQ Risk Management at IRC Risk and Safety BV

Originally trained as a Marine Engineer, for the past 34 years Chris has worked across the Oil and Gas sector globally: 20 years of which have been as a risk professional providing leaderhip and advice in key areas of HSSEQ at Corporate (strategic) and Operational (tactical) levels. 

He has an MSc in Health and Safety Risk Management and is a Fellow of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (FIIRSM) and is an active member of the IIRSM Education and Training Committee. He has an interest in culture and behaviour also how technology can be best leveraged to improve our ability to manage today's risks. 

Whilst not an academic, Chris is the author & co-author on a number of academic papers covering some very topical subjects, for example leadership, culture, behaviour, organisational incident investigation and learning and process hazard analysis and ageing assets. 

Hugh Maxwell - Principle HSE Consultant, Chubb Global Risk Advisors

Hugh Maxwell is Principle HSE Consultant for Chubb Limited – the world’s largest publicly traded P&C insurance company and the largest commercial insurer in the USA. Over 20 years international Risk and HSE leadership and an IIRSM Fellow since 2007, he continues to believe in supporting our members and making our Institution the international enabler for Risk and HSE professionals – no matter their career stage, role, disciplines or location.

Maxwell’s background is high-risk manufacturing and customer locations. As former HSE Director of Vesuvius PLC (a world leader in steel industry consumables) and Global Environmental Leader of ESAB (the world’s leaders in welding and cutting technologies), he has driven extensive risk reduction initiatives globally. A key part of this has been through developing people, reducing risks and saving lives. His primary risk reduction strategy -- Safety Breakthrough, a management change programme, resulted in him receiving the 2018 IIRSM Excellence Award for Best International Risk Initiative.

With a passion for people engagement and development, he continues to develop others wherever possible. He was part of the IIRSM Mentoring pilot since and continues to support our members where possible. He is also an IIRSM ambassador and part of the Fellowship recommendation assessment panel. He was also rewarded for his Mentoring efforts in 2019 as the IIRSM Mentor of the Year. During a personal visit this year, he had the honour of supporting the launch of the IIRSM Regional Network in Mumbai on January 25th.  He believes in the importance of planning for the future through people, making best use of new technologies and reducing risks wherever we can and continues to work closely with our IIRSM senior management team whenever possible.

Glenn Ridsdale - Managing Director, Gauged Solutions

Glenn Ridsdale is the Managing Director of Gauged Solutions, and as a member of IIRSM he currently chairs the North East and Cumbria branch, having helped to establish it in March 2018. A career that started in aeronautical electrical engineering with UK based military flighter aircraft, Glenn has subsequently spent the last 20 years working in high hazard industries including power, oil, gas, petrochemical, waste and recycling, construction and Sub Sea, having held senior risk management positions in most. 

As comfortable on the shop floor as he is in the Board Room, Glenn is a Chartered safety professional passionate about both. Coaching executives or working with operational staff, Glenn specialises in both the human and technical aspect to managing risk. 

With an MSc in Behavioural Change, specifically related to occupational health and safety, Glenn has worked across the globe introducing cultural and behavioural based safety change programmes to a diverse range of organisations. One such behavioural change programme delivered by Gauged Solutions to Suez Recycling and Recovery UK Ltd,  won the inaugural IIRSM Barry Holt Award for Outstanding Risk Management Practice at the 2018 Risk Excellence Awards Dinner.

Grant Thompson - Health, Safety and Environmental Manager, Fox's Biscuits

Grant Thompson, one of the younger members of the judging panel, works as Health, Safety and Environmental Manager for the UK's beloved Fox's Biscuits. Grant studied Environmental Science (BSc) and Environmental Management (MSc) at the University of Nottingham and started his career as an Environmental Engineer for DNV GL, an internationally accredited registrar and classification society, where he was supported through his NEBOSH General Certificate and introduced to the world of risk management. From there, Grant went onto work as the EMEA Health, Safety and Environmental Specialist for ISN, a US-based contractor management company, and then onto work as the Health and Safety Manager for GA Pet Food Partners, Europe's leading manufacturer of dry pet foods. 

Grant has been involved heavily with IIRSM through his participation in the mentoring scheme and more recently the Emerging Risk Leaders' Network, an independent network established to help emerging risk leaders build their contacts and develop their knowledge, skills and competences. In January 2019, Grant was selected as one of the Health and Safety at Work's 40 under 40 winners and was recognised for his divergent thinking and contribution to safety in his recent roles. Grant is an advocate of positive reinforcement inside and outside of the workplace and is delighted to be on the judging panel to recognise, celebrate and share achievements and best practices in our industry. 

Mark White - Health and Safety Trainer, GEN2

Mark is an experienced health, safety and environmental professional. Since leaving the military in 2003, Mark has embarked on a varied risk and safety career in consultancy, the Ministry of Defence, Civil Service and, more recently, higher education, starting with the University of Portsmouth in 2009.

Wanting a lifestyle change, seven years ago Mark relocated to Cumbria and took on the role of Health and Safety Experimental Officer for The University of Manchester’s Dalton Nuclear Institute’s Cumbrian Facility. This role involved managing radiation protection and all aspects of safety related requirements in the facility. 

In 2019 Mark joined GEN2, part of the City & Guilds group, as Health and Safety Trainer delivering corporate health, safety and wellbeing training to apprentices starting out in their careers.  GEN2’s ethos focusses on providing high quality employer and learner responsive training and educational programmes.

He has been an active member of IIRSM for 15 years and recently won the inaugural IIRSM North East & Cumbria Award for social responsibilities and community safety engagement, in recognition of his voluntary work in first aid training within his local community and working with the youth sector.

Karla Gahan - Senior Manager, Barnett Waddingham

Karla is a risk, business continuity and crisis management specialist. Throughout her career, Karla has dealt with complex subjects that can challenge people's core beliefs and behaviours, such as responding to a global cyberattack, terrorist attacks in various jurisdictions, as well as localised, office-based emergencies. 

Applying experiential and commercial knowledge and understanding how people might behave in such extreme circumstances has been invaluable in responding to such incidents. Karla believes that identifying and understanding complex interrelationships between various risks is essential to an effective enterprise-wide approach to risk management in a global business environment.

Karla has previously held roles in knowledge management, compliance and communications. She is a Fellow of the IIRSM, an Associate Member of the Business Continuity Institute (AMBCI), a Certified Member of the Institute of Risk Management (CMIRM) and a Member of Airmic and Parima. 

Dr Pamela Gellatly - CEO, healthcare rm

Pamela founded healthcare rm 20 years ago to provide an integrated approach to Employee Health Risk Management. This approach considers the occupational and personal risks across: Safety where the risk involves the person e.g. manual handling; Health where all aspects that may affect a person is considered e.g. work, home life, lifestyle and Wellbeing where the often forgotten health risks such as musculoskeletal disorders and mental ill health are integral to every programme in a manner not normally considered.  This ensures that the individual is placed at the centre of all Safety, Health and Wellbeing strategies and that any physical or psychological risk whether related to work (e.g. job tasks) or to the person e.g. excess weight and inactivity) is considered, and where appropriate assessed and addressed.  The objective is to improve the likelihood that any “control” or “benefit” implemented to eliminate or reduce these risks or offer support when required are more likely to be beneficial to the employee and the business that the traditional approach to Health and Safety or Health and Wellbeing.

Sheena Thomson, Founder and Director, Sheena Thomson Consulting

A former Royal Navy Officer, Sheena is now an established risk and crisis communications consultant with substantial experience in military media operations, government advisory and corporate communications. Previous roles include senior multi-sector communication roles, primarily senior advisory or spokesperson roles for NATO, the EUSR (Soren Jessen-Petersen), the ASEAN Secretariat and the Emirate of Abu Dhabi Executive Council General Secretariat. Sheena also spent time on several high risk UN missions

Sheena delivers executive and team training in enterprise risk and reputation identification, mitigation and crisis communications in areas involving intensity and complexity. Sheena is a Founding CIPR Chartered PR Practitioner, MCIPR, FRSA, affiliate member of the Institute of Risk Management (IRM) and communications member on the IRM Climate Change Special Interest Group.

Radharamanan Gopinath Panicker

Radharamanan is an accomplished executive with experience in P & L oversight, business development involving a start-up and growing organization, operation and Human resource development. Experience includes Promoter Director of Dangerous Goods Management Pvt Ltd (DGM India), Promoter Partner of R Value Logistics LLP, Managing Director and CEO of CSC India’s subsidiary company Delhi Cargo Service Center Pvt Ltd and established Cargo Service Center India Pvt Ltd (CSC). 

Key focus areas have been Talent and Human Resource management through most of my corporate life. Led board meeting presenting company vision, business and development plans and strategies to achieve organically.

Dean Adams - Group Health, Safety and Environment Manager, Glidepath Australia Pty Ltd

Dean has 20 years-experience working in Operations, Maintenance & Projects.  Particularly in the production, distribution and aviation sectors.

Over the past 8 years Dean developed a passion for health and safety risk management, which resulted in him winning the IIRSM Risk Excellence Award - The John Bennett Award for Exceptional Young Person of the Year 2019.  As of 2020, Dean now heads up the global health, safety and environment management systems for Glidepath Group.  In this role Dean developed and leads the corporate health, safety & wellbeing strategy and has extensive experience in the development of new industry leading health and safety systems across all divisions of the business including; product and system design, manufacturing, installation, operations and maintenance.  Dean is a firm believer in the importance of effective collaboration at all levels of the organisation.

Jon Abbott - Director, Cardinus Risk Management

Jon Abbott has over 20 years’ experience of ergonomics, safety and occupational health. Over that period he has worked with a wide variety of organisations in the private and public sector providing a full range of risk management solutions including software, e-learning and consultancy.  Jon was instrumental in setting up Cardinus operations in America and across the globe, and is currently responsible for the global strategy of Cardinus Risk Management Limited.

Laura Aucott - Brand Leader and Head of Contract, The HSE Recruitment Network

Laura Aucott has been a key part of the HSE Recruitment team for the last ten years, and as a brand leader she is responsible not only for the contract division of HSE but also plays a key role in defining the team vision and goals. Laura works closely with key professionals in the industry to accurately understand how best as a team HSE Recruitment can support them to grow, ensuring that we are providing excellent outstanding digital content, networking opportunities and events that help Safety professionals get the best out of their careers - as well as some of the best Safety opportunities across the UK. 

Valentine Bobby Mmereole - Senior Health, Safety and Environmental Engineer, Italconsult

Mr. Valentine Bobby Mmereole is a certified HSE professional, a Fellow of IIRSM (International Institute of Risk and Safety Management) and a Chartered member of IOSH (Institute of Occupational Health & Safety)-CMIOSH.  He has a

Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree in Geology from Delta State University, Abraka. Nigeria (2001) and a Master of Business Administration (Hons) degree from Walden University, Minnesota. USA (2012). 

He has over 19 year's experience in the design, development, and effective implementation of the IMS (Integrated Management System) framework, 12 years cognate experience in Electrical, Construction, MEP, Power Products, Drives & Motors, Low Voltage Products, Process Automation and Power Generations Industry in Health Safety & Environment and 10 years similar experience in QA/QC, Operational Excellence, Business improvements and Process Management. He has in-depth knowledge of HSE Management Systems Audits Implementation and has provided and facilitated in the implementation of the framework for the successful achievement of the ISO9001, ISO14001, OHSAS 18001 and IS) 45001 area certification/re-certification and surveillance management system audits (2002 till present).

Has proven expertise with ISO-9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 and OHSAS 18001:2007 and ISO 45001:2018 certification and expertise with QS-9000 standards. Skilled in HSE Training and Auditing, He is know for been pro-active & very hardworking with capacity to execute assigned tasks and delivering exceptional quality, environmental and occupational health and safety performance. Mr. Valentine is currently the Senior Health, Safety and Environmental Engineer for Italconsult, in the Qatar Local Roads and Drainage Programme, based in Doha Qatar.

William Pool, Safety Lead (Director)

William has worked for various international and national tier 1 contractors throughout his career. He has been a member of IIRSM since 2006, achieving Fellow status in 2013. He has vast industry experience spanning numerous sectors and delivering safe projects for key clients throughout the world.

William is an experienced advocate of delivering safe projects and has extensive experience in behavioral safety, auditing, continual improvement and training within the SHEQ arena.

William is currently the Safety Lead (Director) on a high value prestigious project in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia working with tier 1 contractors and multiple high-profile stakeholders.

Edward Braisher, Director, Braisher Safety Solutions Limited

Edward Braisher has worked in the H&S field for over 22 years and is currently Director of his own H&S consultancy, Braisher Safety Solutions Limited

He started his H&S career working in Local Government, both as a H&S Advisor and in H&S enforcement working his way up to become a H&S Manager in two large NHS Trusts

Having decided to branch out on his own at the beginning of 2015, he has continued to provide H&S consultancy and advice to a number of organisations including Local Government, NHS Trusts and commercial organisations. He also works for ROSPA as an Associate Consultant and is an examiner for NEBOSH.

A fellow of IIRSM and a Graduate member of IOSH, he was awarded in 2018 the Health and Safety at Work magazine 40 under 40 award where he was recognised as one of the top influencers and innovators advancing Health and Safety today.

Keith Scott


Keith is a Fellow of IIRSM as well as a Chartered Fellow of IOSH and Honorary Fellow of the IIAI. A past IIRSM Chairman, Council Member and Chairman of the Accident Prevention Scientific Committee of the International Commission on Occupational Health. Keith has been an active supporter of IIRSM for over 20 years and continues to support IIRSM, its members and colleagues professional development.

Widely respected as a visionary and legacy building leader, he is passionate about creating the environment for sustainable success. He stimulates those around him to work to create stronger teams who can impact on the wider community to improve safety and risk leadership.

Keith has two Masters Degrees the first in Health and Safety Management and the second in Security and Risk Management both from Leicester University. He has Public and Private sector experience working with UK and International organisations to improve safety and risk leadership and management. He has experience in many sectors including the administration of justice, transport and logistics, FMCG, food production, resident’s safety, management consultancy and finance

Francis Edward Higgins, Group Health Safety, Security, Environment and Risk Management

Former British soldier serving across the world from 1972 – 1996 during his career he attended many technical courses which incorporated safety especially when using weapon systems, as his military career was ending he embarked on a career in Health Safety and Environment attending courses to further develop his career. During his time in HM Forces (Army) he was promoted to different ranks and learned how to lead people in difficult environments.

Fellow Member of IIRSM and Graduate Member of IOSH. Francis was a part of a dedicated team who developed IIRSM Middle East Branch (May 2011) now IIRSM UAE Branch where we had six members at our first meeting growing to over 250 members by 2018. In his Health Safety and Environment career he have worked in many industries including construction, heavy industry, mining, waste, and transport and run his own consultancy business in Scotland. His worked with UAE Government in developing ‘The Federal Construction Regulations and The Transport by Road Dangerous Goods (Abu Dhabi)’.

Francis’s current role is Group Health Safety, Security, Environment and Risk Management which he was recently given the responsibility for security and risk management due to his former skills developed in the military. His role spans across Oman, UAE, East Africa, Maldives, Madagascar, Georgia (Europe). He is responsible for developing the strategy, KPI’s and common procedures, standards, developing training across our global footprint.

He is currently working with IIRSM (UK) Team to develop a IIRSM Oman Branch. During his time in the UAE he was successful in developing Business Continuity Management program into the business and integrating all aspects of business risk under one umbrella be it; IT, Financial, HSE, Communication, Process and Production.

2021 Awards Categories

When submitting your awards applications, please note, some or all of the work and benefits need to have been achieved between May 2020 and February 2021. 

Download and read the full terms and conditions at the bottom of this page. You may also want to look at our FAQs.

Barry Holt Award - Outstanding Risk Management Practice

Barry Holt was an advocate of the risk  profession, well known for his academic accomplishments and knowledge. He worked with IIRSM from 2010 until his death in 2016. He spent 35 years providing consultancy and training services to many of today’s best recognised global industrial brands. This award acknowledges those that demonstrate excellence in risk management benefiting people, society or business.

Award criteria

Open to individuals, teams, partnerships or organisations that can demonstrate innovation, collaboration and excellence in risk management, contributing to the success of an organisation and its stakeholders.

Judges will be looking for:

  • A clear link between a risk management initiative and organisational goals. 
  • The impact the initiative had on organisational culture. 
  • What makes the initiative stand out. 
  • Evidence of the benefits the initiative has brought the individual, team, partnership or organisation. 


Entries are open to all and a supporting reference from a client, customer, manager, or other relevant stakeholder will be required.

International Risk Initiative of the Year

The award recognises effective risk management across multiple global locations. 

Award criteria 

Judges will be looking for:

  • Evidence of a strategic approach to managing risks across geographical locations. 
  • Evidence of how culture, values and employer brand are applied to different regions. 
  • Knowledge sharing across countries. 


Entries are open to all and can be submitted by individuals, teams and organisations. A supporting reference from a client, customer, manager, or other relevant stakeholder will be required.

SME Risk Initiative of the Year

This award recognises small and medium-sized businesses (fewer than 250 employees and not part of a group of large companies) that have transformed the way they manage risks in support of their objectives.

Award criteria 

Judges will be looking for:

  • How your approach to managing risks has changed. 
  • How you overcame any barriers or challenges. 
  • What makes your initiative stand out and how you have been innovative. 
  • Evidence that the changes made have directly brought benefits to your people and organisation. 


Entries are open to all and can be submitted by individuals, teams and organisations. A supporting reference from a client, customer, manager, or other relevant stakeholder will be required.

Health and Wellbeing Strategy of the Year

This award recognises employers which have a clear health and wellbeing strategy that is both preventative and proactive in approach, and is at the centre of the organisation.

Award criteria 

Judges will be looking for:

  • A strategy that focuses on both physical and mental health wellbeing. 
  • How leadership has driven the strategy across the organisation. 
  • How the strategy has been effectively integrated within day-to-day operations. 
  • Quantifiable business improvements. 


Entries are open to all and can be submitted by individuals, teams and organisations. A supporting reference from a client, customer, manager, or other relevant stakeholder will be required.

Change Programme of the Year

This award recognises a team or organisation that has achieved a common objective through effectively managing risks and opportunities to successfully implement change.  Some or all the benefits need to have been achieved during the last year.

Award criteria 

Judges will be looking for: 

  • How leadership has driven the programme across the organisation or division.
  • Evidence of the benefits created by the programme and how these have been successfully integrated into the organisation or division.
  • How proactively risks were overcome and opportunities maximised during the period of the programme and what were the outcomes.


Entries are open to all and can be submitted by individuals, teams and organisations. A supporting reference from a client, customer, manager or other relevant stakeholder will be required. 

John Bennett Award - Exceptional Young Person of the Year

John Bennett was Chairman of IIRSM from 1996 to 1999 and was instrumental in the growth of the Institute having joined the Board of Governors in 1990. He was Honorary Life President until his death in May 2015. Recognising young talent was particularly close to John’s heart and the recipient of this award will be an apprentice or young risk or safety professional.

Award criteria 

Open to under 35s (or those who have turned 35 since February 2019) from IIRSM membership and the wider risk, safety and business community. 

Applicants will be required to demonstrate dedication over and above what is expected of them and can show how they made a positive impact on an organisation or team to improve its culture and operational performance through risk or safety management.

Judges will be looking for individuals who:

  • Demonstrate how they use their initiative to implement new solutions to meet organisational needs.
  • Use innovative approaches to their work.
  • Quantify the impact of their contributions to work.
  • Demonstrate exceptional teamwork and collaboration working beyond silos.
  • Demonstrate excellence in execution.


Entries can be submitted through self-nomination or an applicant can be nominated by a mentor, client, supplier, customer, colleague or manager. If submitting a self-nomination entry, it must include a supporting reference from either a mentor, client, customer, colleague or manager.

Mentor of the Year

This award recognises outstanding mentors who have actively participated in the IIRSM or similar mentoring programmes or are just individuals who have just proactively mentored someone else. The award acknowledges the time, dedication, contribution made to the advancement of his or her mentee and creating a successful mentor/ mentee relationship.

We do not usually consider line managers to be mentors to their teams, as part of this award. This is because a key part of the mentoring relationship is the ability to have an open and honest conversation, for example about workplace challenges or future career aspirations. Mentors are usually those who can offer an impartial viewpoint, so may work for the same company as the mentee but in a different team, or be connected to their mentee through a mentoring scheme offered by a membership body such as IIRSM’s.   

Award criteria 

Judges will be looking for:

  • How the mentor has supported the mentee in gaining new knowledge and skills. 
  • How the mentor has guided the mentee in deciding the action to achieve objectives or solutions to overcome challenges. 
  • How the mentor has been accessible to the mentee over a sustained period. 
  • Overall, how valuable the mentee found the relationship with the mentor and what they have been able to achieve as a result. 


To nominate your mentor, or a colleague or professional peer who you know has done an excellent job of mentoring someone else, please provide details using the criteria above. You do not need to provide a reference if you have direct experience of being mentored by the person you are nominating. 

You can also nominate yourself for the Award. In addition to explaning how you meet the criteria above, you will also need to provide a reference from your mentee as part of the application process. 

Technology Risk Management Initiative of the Year

Technology is a driving force and enabler to successfully manage risk. 

Award criteria 

Judges will be looking for:

  • The driver for the initiative/project and how it aligns with an organisation’s strategic objectives.
  • Evidence of information and data produced and used to inform decision-making.
  • How the outcome of the initiative positively impacted the organisation and its people.  Evidence provided may include for example, financial metrics, stakeholder engagement levels, reduced or eliminated risks or exploited opportunities, as well as less tangible outcomes such as the impact on the credibility and integrity of the risk and/or safety function within the organisation.
  • What was innovative about the solution and how you used it?


We are looking for submissions from suppliers that have clearly understood their end users and their needs to build solutions that have delivered true business value and achieved users’ strategic objectives using technology solutions.


From organisations showcasing how they worked in partnership with their technology supplier to meet their strategic objectives and added value to their organisation through using technology.

Risk Team of the Year

This award recognises risk or safety teams that have demonstrated excellence to meet organisational needs.

Award criteria 

Judges will be looking for:

  • Teams that can evidence innovative approaches to addressing a key organisational issue or multiple projects, and how the approach met the needs of the organisation.
  • Exceptional teamwork and leadership in executing and delivering performance.
  • Collaboration and engagement across the organisation to achieve common objectives and organisational needs.
  • How the team and their work positively impacted the organisation. Evidence can include financial metrics, stakeholder engagement levels, reduced or eliminated threats or exploited opportunities, as well as less tangible outcomes such as the impact on the credibility and integrity of the risk and/or safety function within the organisation.


Entries are open to all and can be submitted by teams and organisations nominating a team. A supporting reference from a client, customer, manager, or other relevant stakeholder will be required.

IIRSM President’s Commendation

IIRSM’s President’s commendation recognises a member or leading industry professional who has made a major contribution to the advancement of risk management or provided exceptional support to IIRSM and/or its membership, the profession or wider society.

Nominations can be submitted to IIRSM setting out in no more than one page of A4, why somebody should be awarded the IIRSM President’s commendation.


A shortlist of nominations will be presented to the IIRSM Council with their supporting statements. The Council will choose a winner who will be invited to attend the IIRSM Awards Dinner to collect the award.

The Awards Ceremony

The Risk Excellence Awards Ceremony will again take place virtually on 20 May 2021, starting at 5pm (BST). With over 450 people from around the globe joining us last year, we're hoping for an even greater night in this year. It’s free to attend and great fun.

We’re delighted our host will be World and European relay champion Derek Redmond, one of Britain’s most famous athletes. Having broken the British 400m record on two occasions, Derek was one of the country’s best athletes during the 1980s and 1990s. A key member of the relay squad that won gold at the 1991 World Championships in Tokyo, he competed at the highest level for over a decade.

You’re once again in for a fun and entertaining evening. We will once again take the risk, and have our finalists waiting live in our ‘virtual’ backstage - what could possibly go wrong!

The event will start with a drink’s reception and a talk from Derek, before hosting our main event, the awards. So, make sure you have your favourite drink in hand, sit back and enjoy… but do get involved via the chat function and social media to celebrate and congratulate our winners.

You can register for the ceremoy here. 

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