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Highly interactive classroom based training 

Organisations that understand and can evaluate and communicate its challenges, are better positioned to focus its resources on growing its business and embracing opportunities.

Making the right decisions requires the right people to make them and at the right time. It needs a good knowledge of the challenge, whether it be a threat or opportunity, why a decision is needed and the objective(s) to be achieved. Moreover, it needs reliable, complete, timely and accurate information, plus insight from different perspectives, whilst factoring in any possibility of cognitive bias. Ultimately, effective decision making, and success is the mark of excellence in risk management. 

Learning outcomes

  • use risk management to improve your decision-making.
  • analyse how the external world and internal organisation drive achievement of your objectives and how you can influence their impact.
  • apply practical tools to assess, manage and communicate risk.
  • understand how a simple risk management framework can make your organisation more resilient and successful.
  • understand the critical importance and role of people and culture.

Booking Information

Dates & location

This is a one day training course held in a central London location. Upcoming dates include: ​

  • 27 April 2021
  • 29 June 2021 


IIRSM Member rate: £295+VAT

Non-member rate: £395+VAT 

Bookings are made online with a credit or debit card (see below). If you want to pay by invoice or make a group booking, please email us at

If you are an IIRSM member, please log in prior to completing the form below to obtain discounted the member rate.


A discount of 20% is available for groups of 3 or more. Delegates do not need to attend the same training dates. Please note, this discount cannot be used with any other promotional discounts we may be offering. For more information and to receive the discount, contact us on  


Please ensure you read the Event Terms and Conditions prior to booking this training course.

Tuesday, 27 April, 2021 - 09:00 - 16:30
Including VAT
Including VAT

Event Date & Location

Who should attend

The course is for anyone who needs a fundamental understanding of risk management. Risk management is becoming a pre-requisite for many roles, especially the more senior you progress.

You should attend this course if you are:

  • a business owner looking to improve your business performance and resilience
  • a manager within a small or medium sized enterprise with many different roles and risks to juggle
  • working in a risk-related discipline including, but not limited to, health and safety, compliance, business continuity, resilience, environmental management, insurance, quality management, security etc
  • responsible for implementing management systems standards, projects or change
  • looking to build a foundation in risk management before completing further risk management training such as Managing Risk – in a day or the NEBOSH IIRSM Certificate in Managing Risk (piloting in 2021)
  • simply looking to learn how risk management can help you do your job better 
About the course
Benefits of attending
  • Great networking and professional discussion.
  • Learn from other organisations, roles, and sectors.
  • Informative with real examples to aid understanding.
  • Practical tools and ideas to immediately apply back at the workplace.
  • Free templates to take away with you.
  • Increased personal value and resilience.
  • For non-members, discounted membership of IIRSM.
Course content overview

There is still a disparity between the rhetoric of organisations being compliant and better able to report on risk, and the reality, that many still do not sufficiently invest in improving their capabilities to manage and take risk. The impact of poor risk management is still seen too often and have devastating effects on employees, suppliers, shareholders, customers, and society at large - think Carillion, Oxfam, Alton Towers, British Airways, Grenfell, Kodak, Toys R Us, Enron, Wells Fargo, Volkswagen and #metoo.

This course provides a practical overview of the principles, tools, and processes to help you better identify, manage, and take risk, be more resilient, and better prepared to navigate a crisis.

You will learn about:

  • The principles of risk management
  • Applying risk management to improve your decision making
  • The differences between uncertainty and risk, and threat and opportunity
  • Types of strategic, financial, operational and hazard risks
  • Emerging and unseen risks
  • Organisational ‘risk radar’
  • Techniques to help you assess your organisation’s environment
  • Practical tools to help you identify, analyse, and treat risk
  • Risk registers and risk matrices
  • Interpreting statistics
  • Recording, reporting, and communicating risk
  • Culture, behaviours, and values
  • ‘Mental shortcuts’ or heuristics
  • Risk management frameworks, policies, and standards
  • Risk appetite and objectives
  • Aligning your risk management system with other system standards
  • Internal audit
  • Organisational resilience
Resources and take-aways

By attending the course, you will receive:

  1. A course handbook
  2. A risk checklist template
  3. A risk register template
  4. A risk policy template
  5. A Bow-tie template
  6. A certificate of completion
Why and what is risk-based decision-making?

What is risk-based decision-making?

  • Understanding an organisation's internal and external context.
  • Having a purpose beyond mere profit, and values that embed that purpose.
  • Embracing and managing change.
  • Using a common risk language.
  • Empowering risk leadership and employee participation at all levels.
  • Linking Occupational Safety and Health, Quality Management, Business Continuity, Data Management and other types of risk to wider organisational risk.
  • Engaging with a diversity of stakeholders within and beyond the workforce.
  • Taking a proportionate approach to managing risk and opportunities.

Why 'risk-based decision-making?

  • Industry is increasingly recognising that those working in different risk specialisms need a broader appreciation of risk management and business risks.
  • Many, if not all UK regulators insist on, or at the very least promote a 'risk-based' approach to decision-making.
  • Compliance and 'box-ticking' attitudes to managing risk, no matter their form is inadequate to meet today’s risks, let alone tomorrows.  
  • Engagement with stakeholders, culture and performance are key to the reduction of threats and the maximisation of opportunities.
Meet the trainers

Steve Fowler FIIRSM

Steve provides consultancy services specialising in international business strategy, risk and resilience, occupational health and safety, and change management. 

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. He is a member of the British Standard Institution's committee for risk management and serves on risk management committees for major organisations. 

Helen Barge FIIRSM 

A member of the Risk Management Standards Committee at the British Standards Institute and of the Institute of Leadership and Management, Helen has worked in a variety of industry sectors since 1986. During this time, she has held roles encompassing IT and business management and including over a decade in governance, risk and compliance. This breadth of experience allows Helen to apply her knowledge of IT systems, processes and procedures to the complexities of the business environment. Helen is the focal point for cyber security at the Coventry & Warwickshire regional group of the Federation of Small Businesses and regularly delivers presentations to cross-sector groups on the need to ensure that their organisations are secure. Risk Evolves, under Helen’s leadership, are also founding members of the West Midlands Cyber Security Cluster.


Training Experience

Welcoming - it is important to us that you feel relaxed to ensure you enjoy and get the most out of the learning experience.

Expertise - we have passionate trainers who keep up to date with the latest trends.

Engaging - trainers are assessed on quality of delivery and delegate interaction.

Practical - tools and ideas to immediately take back to the workplace.

Networking - great opportunity to meet and learn from delegates with different backgrounds and experiences.  


"There was loads of chance for discussion and a bit of networking and the trainer, Steve Fowler, was a gentleman of great knowledge and experience providing lots of interesting stories and anecdotes to help illustrate his points. Steve's broad-based experience and myriad of interests provided an additional slant on the usual stories from industry. The course fulfilled what I hoped it would, helping to provide further context and perspective in where health and safety sits in an overall risk management approach to business."

Rob Bradley, Director, Safety Group UK. 

"Informative with good real life examples." 

Benjamin Baker, Compliance and Reslience Manager, Wilson James

"As a SHE professional I've been risk managing a rapidly changing company for over eight years. The course has proved very useful to me. I've been able to challenge my current knowledge, refocus and make changes too."

Nick Hey, Risk Manager, Wightlink Limited 

"The course content is highly relevant and practicable allowing you to have immediate takeways back to work."

Cliff Jones, Head of Compliance and Behavioural Change, Power, Transmission & Distribution, Balfour Beatty.

"The managing risk course is at the right level to enable delegates to bridge the gap between Occupational Safety and Health and a broad, integrated view of risk. It is particularly effective in using real examples and scenarios. I highly recommend it."

David Tucker, Health, Safety and Security Manager, Landsec 

"A great introduction to the wider world of risk."

Alison Hodgetts, Health and Safety Risk Manager, ITV