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IIRSM's conferences always feature a programme with a difference -  a new perspective, fantastic speakers and practical takeaways. 

Our next annual conference is no exception.  In 2020 we look at the importance of encouraging everyone within an organisation to take responsibility for managing the risks it faces.  How do we build leadership capability in ourselves and others and create a climate of empowerment and a workplace community that is supportive and able to understand, communicate and manage the risks that we face in today’s world of work?

Speakers will share their knowledge and provide practical and transferable tools and techniques that delegates can take back to their workplace to improve their culture and processes.

The conference will conclude with a complimentary networking drinks reception.

Members £175 + VAT - You must be logged in before making your booking to receive the member price.

Non members £225 + VAT

Receive a 20% when you book two or more people from the same organisation - email Clare Fleming for multiple bookings.


Thursday, 26 March, 2020 - 08:45 - 18:00
The Mermaid Theatre, Blackfriars, London EC4V 3DB
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Keynote speaker

Stephen Carver, Cranfield School of Management

Change is risk – but it is also opportunity.  A fast moving, high flying look at how organisations can significantly improve the management of change.



Session 1

Nigel Girling, National Centre for Strategic Leadership

Developing leadership capability in yourself, others and your organisation.



Refreshment break and exhibition







Session 2

Gareth Lock, Paradigm HR

How to predict, mitigate and survive human error.



Session 3

Professor Kim Peters, Exeter University

Group psychology and shared social identity in the workplace.





Session 4

Stephanie Camm/Luke Blake, UNITE Students

Case study:  implementing a single integrated operational risk management framework.  



Workshop session 1

Pamela Gellatly, Healthcare rm


A practical session on assessing psychological risks (occupational and personal) in the workplace.



Workshop session 2

Barnet Waddingham

Interactive scenario planning session using AI tools built to improve group decision-making across teams and locations.



Session 7

Quick fire IIRSM member presentations

Short case studies and informative five minute presentations



Closing keynote

Mike Ling OBE, longest serving Red Arrows pilot

Working in a high performing team and how they developed the culture of trust that makes the Red Arrows one of the world's premier aerobatic display teams. 



Summary and close


Networking drinks reception







Stephen Carver, Senior Lecturer in Project and Programme Management, Cranfield School of Management 

Stephen is rated as one of the top 3 lecturers at one of Europe’s top MBA Business Schools. He has a reputation of taking complex management concepts such as Project, Programme and Crisis Management and being able to distil them down, into highly informative and fun lectures - often using “storytelling” techniques. His attitude is “if you haven’t done it – you shouldn’t be teaching it!”

Unusually, for an academic, he has actually has spent most of his working life in real business and still runs his own, highly successful, Project Management Company (his client list now reads like the FTSE/Dow top 100!)

Stephen is an unusual blend of Academic, Businessman and Teller of Tales. He has taught in UK, US, Holland, Germany, France, Portugal, Singapore, Hong Kong Russia and Australia. He has appeared regularly on National Radio and TV and has even presented at the Royal Albert Hall!

Mike Ling MBE, longest serving Red Arrows pilot and team’s supervisor and  commentator

Mike achieved his childhood dream when he was selected to join the Red Arrows for the 2008 display season to fly as Red 3 before then being chosen as Red 7 in the prestigious Synchro Pair for 2009. In March 2010, while leading the Synchro Pair as Red 6, Mike survived a head-on mid-air training collision at a closing speed of over 750 mph. A low-level ejection caused major injuries resulting in surgery and months of rehabilitation before Mike could get back in the air.

Mike left the Red Arrows after his three-year tour of duty came to an end but was posted back as Red 10, the Supervisor, in 2011. In this role he was responsible for the supervision and safe execution of Red Arrows training and displays, whilst also being the ‘voice of the Red Arrows’ as the team’s commentator and became a familiar face across the air display scene. In 2012 Mike flew as Red 9 in flypasts for major events including the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony and Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Following six consecutive years as the team’s supervisor and commentator, Mike moved on at the end of 2017 to be the Air Safety Manager for the Central Flying School at RAF Cranwell. A tragic accident for the Red Arrows in Spring 2018 meant that Mike was recalled to the team at short notice to fly as Red 3 for the 2018 display season, ensuring the Red Arrows were able to fly a nine-ship display for the RAF’s 100th Anniversary year.

At the end of the season, Mike hung up his red suit after a record 10 display seasons. In that time he flew 2585 sorties in Red Arrows aircraft, played a part in 700 public displays and flew a red Hawk jet into 46 different countries; as far west as New York and as far east as China.

Nigel Girling, Director, National Centre for Strategic Leadership 

An extremely experienced strategic leader, mentor and developer of other leaders. Nigel has served as CEO or Chair of several organizations in a range of sectors, including 10 years at the helm of The National Centre for Strategic Leadership. He has designed and delivered leadership, management and business programmes for more than 3,000 leaders across more than 500 organizations of all sizes and in just about every sector. He has been a conference keynote speaker on leadership, behaviour and engagement topics for more than 25 years and a regular writer of published articles in a variety of magazines and e-newsletters.

He is a founder member of the ‘guru group’ of the Government Task Force for Engagement and sits on the steering group for that movement. He is subject matter expert on leadership and engagement for the Chartered Management Institute, writes a regular column in the professional journal for the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM) and has a leadership blog that has attracted more than a million readers.

He is regularly filmed and recorded while delivering tutorial and topic-based masterclasses for leaders undertaking professional qualifications at graduate, post-graduate and doctoral levels. The cohort of such candidates is very diverse and often includes senior leaders, new and emerging leaders and CEOs. In addition to all this, he is a blues guitarist and singer of some renown and can often be seen performing at festivals and events or doing session work on the albums of other artists.


Gareth Lock, Lead Consultant, Paradigm Human Performance Ltd

Gareth Lock is an experienced risk professional. He spent 25 years in the RAF as a navigator, flight instructor, requirements management and systems engineer, and now works in high-risk industries teaching human factors, human and organisational performance and the need for a Just Culture so that learning can continue, even when adverse events occur. He is the author of Under Pressure: Diving Deeper with Human Factors, a unique guide to improving performance in the dynamic and risky environments of technical, wreck and cave SCUBA diving. While written for the diving community, the concepts and application are applicable to all risk professionals.


Professor Kim Peters, Associate Professor in Management, Exeter University 

Kim Peters is Associate Professor in Management at the University of Exeter Business School. She conducts research into leadership and reputation and has a strong record of securing funding from government and industry bodies.

She has published her work in leading journals in management and psychology, including Psychological Science, Psychological Bulletin, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Management and Leadership Quarterly.




Luke Blake, Head of Operational Risk and Reslience, UNITE Students 

Luke began his career in risk in 2004 within the security risk management area, before joining the Police service in 2006. Holding various posts including investigatory roles and emergency response positions, Luke’s achievements in the Police service included a Chief Constables Commendation and a Bravery Award from the Protection of Life from Fire.


Luke left the Police service in 2013 to move back into the world of corporate security risk management, forming his own consultancy firm. Since then Luke has broadened is skills and experience in risk management and organisational resilience. Luke is now the Head of Operational Risk and Resilience for Unite Students, responsible for the implementation and management of the organisation’s risk management framework and resilience systems, including business continuity and crisis management.


Stephanie Camm, Head of Health and Safety, UNITE Students 

Steph trained as an Environmental Health Practitioner and worked for Local Government before moving into the Private sector. Steph worked for Hilton Worldwide for six years as Area Safety & Security Manager and covered London properties including London Hilton on Park Lane. In 2014 Steph moved to Unite Students as Regional H&S Manager for London and worked her way up to Head of Health and Safety in 2018.

Steph now manages a team of eight H&S Managers and Advisors and is responsible for the Health, Safety, Security and Wellbeing of 1200 employees and approx. 50,000 students across 126 student accommodation properties.