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2022 IIRSM Risk Excellence Awards

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It's time to say well done. 

After a year in which you’re excelling yourselves, let’s celebrate your achievements together.

Returning in 2022, the IIRSM awards celebrate risk excellence and all those who contribute to protecting people, reputations and profits. The awards identify those organisations, teams and individuals that champion better risk and safety management to drive organisational and employee wellbeing. 

The awards are independent and free to enter for both IIRSM members and non-members. Whether you work for a large multinational with big budgets and lots of resources, or an SME or charity with small budgets and limited resources - the principles and benefits of effectively managing risk equally apply.

It has been a real pleasure honouring the achievements of our previous winners, and we are excited to recognise and celebrate with our 2022 finalists and winners.

The independent judging panel consists of international risk, safety and business professionals from a range of backgrounds.

Enter the awards and be part of raising the profile and tremendous work of the risk and safety profession.

2022 Awards Categories

When submitting your awards applications, please note, some or all of the work and benefits need to have been achieved between May 2021 and February 2022. 

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

The IIRSM 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.

Awards timetable and process

Awards timetable

Awards open for entry

4 October 2021

Awards application deadline

18 February 2022

Finalists announced

28 March 2022

Awards ceremony

19 May 2022

How to submit your entry 

As part of the application, you will need to include a statement explaining how you or the individual, team or organisation you are nominating has met the criteria for the Award.

Your statement should be no more than 1500 words, but you can provide up to 5 pieces of supporting evidence (videos, photographs, images, graphs, presentations etc.) as Appendices. Also, a supporting reference is required.

You can download the application form from the bottom of this page.

Nominations will be shortlisted by our independent judging panel and winners will be announced at the IIRSM Risk Excellence Awards Ceremony.

If you are successfully shortlisted, you will be required to provide us with your company logo and a picture of yourself or the nominated person or team. These will be added to our website and used in relevant pre and post marketing activities.

Stage 1 – Submitting your entry

Submit your entry application form (download below) by email to no later than 4pm on 18 February 2022. An email will be sent to confirm receipt of your entry within 3 working days. If you do not receive an email confirmation, please contact us, or if you would like to discuss your entry prior to submitting it.

Stage 2 – Judging process

The judging process will be held during February and March 2022.

Stage 3 – Finalists announced

The shortlist of finalists will be announced on the IIRSM Risk Excellence Awards website page on 28 March 2022. Plus, all finalists will receive an email confirmation as well.

Stage 4 - Winners announced

Winners will be announced on 19 May 2022 at the Risk Excellence Awards Ceremony.

Sponsorship opportunities

Why support our awards?

Supporting the IIRSM Awards offers an invaluable opportunity to position your organisation and brand at the forefront of risk and safety excellence.

  • Access decision-makers.
  • Alignment with an independent international professional body demonstrating your commitment to risk and safety excellence. 
  • High-profile and high value brand exposure with your logo appearing on all pre and post event marketing material, as well as significant presence on the evening.
  • Attendance at an event not to be missed.
  • Opportunity to showcase your expertise to our membership and wider networks.

And more….

“We’re proud to support the IIRSM Awards, which provides a brilliant opportunity to bring together and celebrate the ingenuity and hard work of the industry. Despite continued challenges, 2021’s online awards proved exceptional, showing again how IIRSM provide real value to their membership.” Andy Hawkes, CEO, Cardinus Risk Management, 2021 headline sponsor

Download our 2022 awards sponsorship brochure from the bottom of this page. Alternatively, get in touch with David Hamilton, Partners Manager on

Our judges

More information coming soon... 

Who can enter these awards?

Anyone – if the activity, company, team or individual involved in the submission meets the awards criteria.  The awards are free to enter and open to IIRSM members and non-members.

Why should I enter these awards?

Whether you’re an SME or a large multinational, winning an IIRSM award doesn’t just give you something to boast about – it will be a weapon in your armoury and, most importantly, help justify your role and influence in your organisation.

What is the period of eligibility for the Awards?

For 2022 entries, at least part of the submission or its impact must have taken place between May 2021 and Feb 2022. 

What is the word count?

1500, which excludes tables and diagrams. 

Can I add attachments?

Yes, you can add up to 5 pieces of supporting documentation. 

I've designed a creative version of my submission; can I add this as an attachment?

Yes, but please get in touch with us first. 

What is the deadline for submitting my entry?

4pm, 18 February 2022.

How can I be sure about the integrity of these awards?

The judging process for the awards is entirely independent with judges from a wide range of backgrounds and risk disciplines.  An adjudication panel meets in a second round of judging for any very close submissions in round one. 

How do I enter these awards?

Download and complete your application and email it to with any supporting documentation. Your application should be sent by WTF if including large files. Please refer to the awards criteria to ensure your submission reflects what the judges are looking for. Entries open on 4 October 2021 and your entries must be received by us by 4pm 18 February 2022.  Late entries will not be accepted.

How hard is it to prepare an entry?

Entering our awards is a simple and straight-forward process. But if you have any questions, please just get in touch with us at

What should my entries include?

All entries must follow the necessary category-specific entry criteria, and you should include any supporting documents. Please ensure all your entries are clearly attributed to the correct category, complete with contact details and attach your company logo as this will be required if you are successfully shortlisted.

What are your policies on confidentiality?

IIRSM will publish a selection of winning entries as case studies to showcase the best of submissions. Any information that is commercially sensitive will be treated confidentially by judges, who all sign an NDA prior to becoming a judge. Any commercially sensitive information will be removed prior to publication. However, please keep in mind where appropriate, details of ROI and budget should be provided, as the more information you supply, the better the judges will be able to assess your entry.

How much does it cost to enter?

It is free to enter and is open to both IIRSM members and non-members.

Can I enter the same project/entry into more than one category?

Yes, but please make sure you submit a separate application for each category. You must also tailor your submission for each category accordingly to ensure you meet the criteria.

When will the shortlist be announced?

The shortlist will be announced 28 March 2022.

When and where are the IIRSM Awards taking place this year?

Due to continued challenges around Covid-19 and international travel, we are reviewing our options on whether the event will be online, hybrid or a physical ceremony. We will confirm shortly.

Terms and conditions

Making your entry

  1. You must submit your entry following the process set out on the awards website page, Awards Process and Timetable, and set out in these terms and conditions.

  2. We will not accept responsibility for any entries that are lost, mislaid, damaged or delayed in transit, regardless of cause. For the avoidance of doubt, proof of transmission of a lost or delayed entry will not be accepted as a valid or alternative entry.

  3. Our acceptance of your entry will take place when we accept your entry in writing on the formal application provided.

  4. When we accept your entry, it will be subject to the awards terms and conditions.

Eligibility to enter and judging

  1. The awards are open to IIRSM members and non-members that fulfil the entry criteria set out on the awards category website page.

  2. Any material supplied in support of your entry must be your original work. We will not accept an entry that contains work which does not belong to you, has been plagiarised, includes intellectual property belonging to somebody else or has had a complaint of any nature upheld against it.

  3. Entries will be judged by an independent panel of judges.

  4. The judges will consider your entry on its merits and solely based on the information you provide. The decision of the judges is final, and we will not enter any discussion with you nor will we accept any appeals about such decision. We reserve the right not to present any award in any given category if submissions are not deemed acceptable.

  5. Your entry and any supporting documentation will not be considered confidential information unless you have clearly identified it as ‘Confidential’ and you agree that we can use the information (or parts of the information) contained in your entry for publicity purposes or in any other form of media for the purposes of promoting the awards.

  6. By submitting an entry, you agree for your company logo to be used in publicity materials for the awards.

Data protection

  1. If you provide personal data as part of your entry and registration to attend the awards ceremony, you agree that you are the Data Controller, and we are the Data Processor of such data. You undertake that:

    1. You comply with all applicable laws in respect of such personal data.

    2. You have all permissions, consents and approvals of data subjects to provide their respective personal data to us to allow us to process such personal data in the course of meeting our obligations under the awards terms and conditions.

    3. You shall not or omit to do anything which causes us to breach any applicable laws or contravene the terms of our conditions or authorisation under Privacy and Data Protection Requirements.

    4. Any personal data provided shall be up to date, accurate and complete.

    5. If you breach the data protection clause, this entitles us in writing to immediately reject your submission or attendance at the awards ceremony.

Attending the awards ceremony

  1. If you wish to attend the awards ceremony or, as an organisation would like to bring guests/attendees, then you will need to register separately to attend.

  2. To register to attend the awards ceremony, you will need to complete the online booking process which can be found on the awards website pages. We will process your booking as soon as possible.

  3. Your registration is not confirmed until you receive an email confirmation setting out joining instructions. If you do not receive our email confirmation within 24 hours of submitting your booking, please contact us at the email address on the awards website pages as soon as possible before the ceremony. It is your responsibility to update us of any changes to your contact details to ensure you receive all required communication from us.

  4. If you require any special requirements due to a disability, food allergies, diet, or for any other reason, please email us at the address on the awards pages as soon as possible, and no less than 7 working days before the awards ceremony. Where you inform us of a special requirement less than 7 days before the awards ceremony you understand it may not be possible to accommodate it, or it may incur an additional charge.

  5. The host of any corporate tables is responsible for informing us of any special requirements for any of their guests. Again, the timescales above must be met.

  6. You must comply with the rules and regulations governing the venue including dress code and rules of entry. If you bring property to the venue, you do so at your own risk. We are not responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged property.

  7. Attendees must be at least 18 years of age on the date of the awards ceremony.

  8. We are not responsible for any offence caused by any presenters or entertainment at the awards ceremony.

  9. You are required to make your own arrangements for transport, and of any guests, to the venue. We are not responsible for any non-attendance due to failure of transport. In any such case, no refund of fees paid will be given.

  10. We reserve the right to refuse admission to any person whom we consider in our discretion to be unsuitable for admission or to remove anyone from the event. In any such case, no refund of fees paid will be given.

Fees and making payment

  1. We shall raise an invoice for fees payable and payment is due on the date of that invoice. In any event, payment must be made before the awards ceremony otherwise we reserve the right to refuse entry (this will not relieve you from paying the invoice).

  2. Covering any bank transfer charges are your responsibility.

  3. All invoices payable by you are subject to any applicable tax, levy or similar governmental charge.

  4. We reserve the right to cancel (a) your entry, and/or (b) the registration of your attendance or attendees prior to the awards ceremony. If we do not exercise our rights of cancellation prior to the awards ceremony, attendees whose attendance fee has not been paid by the date of the awards ceremony shall be required to pay on-site to gain entry.

  5. All costs and expenses incurred by us (including legal costs and expenses) in recovering sums due under an unpaid invoice shall be recoverable by you.

Cancellations, withdrawals and changes

  1. We reserve the right to cancel, postpone or move the awards ceremony to another venue or to change any other aspect of the award’s ceremony at our discretion for any reason whatsoever. However, we will notify you promptly if the change relates to a change of venue or material change in timing. For the avoidance of doubt, such a change shall not entitle you to not adhere to the awards terms and conditions.

  2. We reserve the right to change the awards ceremony presenter or any other performers and do not guarantee the attendance of any guest.

  3. Any discounts or offers advertised for the awards ceremony (such as "Early Bird" offers) may be time limited and/or subject to availability.

  4. Where we cancel an awards ceremony, we will refund any attendance fees paid, and we will use reasonable endeavours to notify you of such cancellation. We are not liable to pay any travel, accommodation or subsistence costs incurred in attending the awards ceremony.

  5. If you wish to withdraw your entry, you must email us at the address set out on the awards website pages. Where you withdraw your entry more than 14 days after registration to attend the awards ceremony, or on or after the closing date for awards entry (whichever is earlier) there will be no refund.

  6. If you wish to cancel your attendance at the awards ceremony you must email us at the address set out on the awards website pages as soon as possible. If you cancel 20 or more days before the awards ceremony, we will refund your attendance fee in full, though we reserve the right to retain an administration fee. Where you cancel less than 20 days before the awards ceremony there will be no refund.

  7. If you cancel a booking or withdraw your entry and there are outstanding payments you may be liable for payment of the full attendance fee as appropriate, or cover the costs incurred in promoting your entry as short-listed depending on the date and time of the cancellation.

  8. If you (or if any of the attendees you booked) cannot attend the awards ceremony we may allow a substitute attendee at our discretion, provided the request is made no later than 72 hours prior to the awards ceremony. Any such request must be made by email to the address set out on the awards website pages and should include the name of the attendee who will not be attending and the full name of the substitute, including their job title, organisation and contact email and telephone number. If the substitute delegate has differing requirements (e.g. dietary) from the original, we may not be able to accommodate these if the request is received later than 72 hours or an additional charge may be incurred.


  1. Neither you nor we shall exclude or limit our liability for (a) death or personal injury caused by negligence, (b) fraud and/or fraudulent misrepresentation.

  2. You shall fully and effectively indemnify and hold us harmless against all losses, actions, costs (including legal fees and disbursements on a solicitor/client basis), claims, demands, fines, damages and liabilities, of whatever nature, incurred or suffered by or made against us, whether or not foreseeable, arising directly or indirectly, wholly or in part, out of or in connection with:

    1. Any breach of these terms and condition by you; and

    2. Any acts or omissions of yourself, your employees, agents, contractors, visitors, attendees and/or guests at the venue arising out of or in connection with the awards ceremony and/or the venue.

  3. Under these terms and conditions, our maximum aggregate liability to you (whether arising in contract, tort, negligence, statutory duty or otherwise) shall not exceed the fees paid to attend the awards you paid to us.


  1. We shall not be liable to you for any delay or failure to perform hereunder due to a natural disaster, actions or decrees of governmental bodies, any curtailment to or cancellation of public transport, strikes or walkouts, acts or threats of terrorism or civil unrest, or communications line failure which (a) hinders, delays or prevents us in performing any of our obligations, (b) is beyond our control of without our fault or negligence, and (c) by the exercise of reasonable diligence we are unable to prevent or provide against ("Force Majeure Event").  In such circumstances we reserve the right not to refund your fees and advise that insurance should be taken to cover such eventualities. A Force Majeure Event shall not entitle you to delay payment of any sums under the awards terms and conditions. You are responsible for making your own way to the venue for the event, and you shall remain liable for all payments under these terms and conditions irrespective of any failure of transport or other reason why you are unable to attend.

  2. You agree that we shall be entitled to refer to you as a client in sales and marketing literature (including websites) and reproduce your prevailing logo or trademark for that sole purpose.

  3. During the awards ceremony we may shoot video footage and take photographs of the awards ceremony which may include video footage and photographs of you and/or your booked attendees. You agree (and confirm that you have procured agreement of your booked attendees) to yours and/or their inclusion in such video footage and photographs and we have the right to use such video footage and photographs in our marketing, publicity and advertising activities and materials.

  4. Any disputes under these terms and conditions, or claim arising out of or in connection with them, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), breach of statutory duty or otherwise shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of England, and shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of England and Wales.