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IIRSM Risk Excellence Awards 2020

Headline sponsor

Celebrating risk excellence - from protecting profits and reputation, to more importantly people.

The IIRSM awards are independent, recognising innovative individuals, teams and organisations responsible for implementing best practice in managing risks and opportunities. 

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 risk management equally apply. Good risk management practice at all levels within an organisation is fundamental to support strategy development, operational performance and a strong reputation.

The awards are open to everyone and we want entries from all sectors and types of organisations, no matter how large or small.  

Being a finalist, highly commended or winning provides a truly independent recognition of your hard work, and showcases to employers, customers, clients and others the differences made to organisations, professions and society at large.

It has been a real pleasure celebrating the achievements and hard work of our finalists and winners since we launched the awards in 2018, and we are excited about recognising and celebrating with our 2020 finalists and winners.

Open for entries from 1 October 2019.

Sponsorship opportunities

If you are interested in sponsoring the 2020 awards, please do get in touch with Sophie Williams, Director of Profesional Development on 

A sponsorship brochure will be available to download shortly. 

More information coming soon.



The awards recognise and celebrate the successes of IIRSM members and the wider risk, safety and business community. The awards raise awareness of the benefits of risk management and encourages individuals and organisations to follow best practice.

When submitting your awards applications, please note, some or all of the work and benefits need to have been achieved during the last year.

Information on the 2020 awards categories and criteria coming soon. 



The winners and those highly commended were announced at our awards dinner on 22 May 2019 in London.  

Congratulations to all, and thank you to our 2019 sponsors. It was a great evening of celebration, networking and fun!  

The Barry Holt Award for Outstanding Risk Management Practice


Joint winner - Health & Safety Team, The Zoological Society of London

Joint winner - Risk Team, ITV


  • DLF Cyber Park Project, Larsen & Toubro
  • Micron Technology
  • Yapstone

International Risk Initiative of the Year


Winner - Rentokil Initial

Highly Commended - Multiplex Middle East


  • Majid Waris, Waris Consulting

The John Bennett Award for Exceptional Young Person of the Year


Winner - Dean Adams, Glidepath Limited

Highly Commended - Aaron Lazenby, Maylim


  • Cathal Killen, Ashview Consultants
  • Lee Stevens, Her Majesty's Prison & Probation Service

Health & Wellbeing Strategy of the Year


Winner - Royal Mail Group


  • Finlays Always Safe Team, James Finlay
  • Multiplex Construction Europe
  • Phelan Construction

SME Risk Initiative of the Year


Winner - Quality Care Insurance Services Ltd

Mentor of the Year


Winner - Hugh Maxwell, ESAB

Change Programme of the Year


Winner - Royal Mail Group

Highly Commended - Abu Dhabi Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHAD)

President's Commendation 


Winner, Teresa Budworth, Former CEO of NEBOSH

Awards open 1 October 2019
Awards entry deadline 14 February 2020
Finalists announced 20 March 2020
Awards dinner 14 May 2020




Headline sponsors

Cardinus Risk Management

"Cardinus Risk Management is a proud sponsor of the IIRSM Risk Excellence Awards 2019. The awards contribute to the overall mission of achieving excellence within the risk management industry, and of its attendant mission of saving money and saving lives, something that Cardinus Risk Management feels very passionately about.

The awards will demonstrate the breadth and depth of talent in the industry and we look forward to hearing from organisations and individuals about how they have achieved excellence in their work.

Cardinus is honoured to be sponsoring the Barry Holt Award. Barry was a friend of Cardinus long before he set up our consultancy division in 2009. Barry was one of the most knowledgeable risk management experts with a global reputation. And, he was a truly decent human being who is sadly missed by all who knew him. This award honours his memory and represents his passion for excellence in our profession."

Zurich Risk Engineering

Zurich Risk Engineering helps protect your business with the support of 800 risk professionals operating across 40 countries and with 75 years of experience.   

We provide data, tools and insights to help you make informed decisions around your risk management strategies and managing your total cost of risk.

We carry out extensive consultation with you and your broker before starting work.

By helping you reduce risk and mitigate loss, we support sustainability for your business in three key areas – environmental, social and governance. We specifically help our customers protect their:

  • People
  • Liability exposure
  • Business resilience
  • Transport risk
  • Property assets
  • Motor fleet

Zurich Insurance Company’s mission is to help our customers both understand and protect themselves from risk and our philosophy is one of continual risk improvement. We believe sharing information is key to this process, so are proud to sponsor the IIRSM awards in 2019 and through this, support the development of best risk management practice and education.

To find out more about how we support our customers go to:


Supporting sponsors

Multiplex - John Bennett Award, Exceptional Young Person of the Year

Multiplex has been delivering landmark property and infrastructure assets for over 50 years. They are a leading international contractor with a focus on sustainable growth and a presence in Europe, Canada, the Middle East, Australia and India.

Established in 1962, Multiplex’s work to date comprises more than 955 projects with a combined value in excess of US$80 billion. With almost 7,000 employees across the globe, Multiplex has a mobile, collaborative workforce that shares knowledge and applies international best practice across all projects. Their expertise encompasses the residential, health, retail, commercial, tourism, education, engineering and infrastructure sectors, and as a group they have earned more than 700 industry awards.

Multiplex has built a reputation in the marketplace for their collaborative, flexible approach – working in partnership with their clients and maintaining a shared focus on the final goal. They target the projects they believe in and work with partners and clients who share their values. Their current workbook across a diverse range of sectors reflects their strong reputation, which has resulted in a high proportion of repeat business.

Multiplex is backed by the financial stability and global relationships of their parent company, Brookfield, which supports their continued growth.

healthcarerm - SME Risk Initiative of the Year 

"SMEs are widely and justifiably recognised as the backbone of the UK economy accounting for 60% of private sector employment and 51% of private sector turnover nationwide. These businesses are vital to the UK economy and must be pro-active in navigating risks that an increasingly turbulent environment produces.

healthcare rm is passionate about preventing, managing and mitigating health risks for organisations and their employees, which can have a significant impact on any business of any size, but especially SMEs. We are therefore proud to sponsor the Best SME Risk Initiative award as a shining example of innovation, best practice and where benefits have been clearly felt by the organisation and its people.”

Landsec - Health and Wellbeing Strategy of the Year Award











HSE Recruitment - Mentor of the Year Award 

Established in 2002, The HSE Recruitment Network is the most recognised and trusted brand in the UK Health & Safety recruitment sector. Our recruitment consultants are proud and passionate advocates of the Health & Safety industry, and equally of the diverse range of individuals who specialise in Health, Safety, Wellbeing, Environmental and Risk Management.






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.

Dee Arp - Director of Technical Standards, 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 Technical Standards 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 course providers. 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.

Heather Beach - Managing Director, The Healthy Work Company

Heather Beach is the founder and Managing Director of The Healthy Work Company. She has been running businesses in the health and safety community for over 20 years.

Having started in information services running the first available health and safety service from HSE on CD-ROM at SilverPlatter - she moved to Barbour and then to Safety & Health Expo, SHP, and IOSH conference.

Heather is a specialist in organisational cultural change. A qualified coach, she and her partners and associates are committed to transforming the way in which the health and safety profession is viewed by the general public.

The founder of Women in Health and Safety and the Barbour webinar series which attracts over 3000 attendees a month - Heather continues to run both of these in partnership with UBM. She also writes for SHP.

Matt Cox - Regional QHSE Manager, Bauer Group

Matthew Cox is a Fellow of IIRSM and is currently employed as Regional QHSE Manager for the Bauer Group of Companies, overseeing its operations across the Middle East. Matthew joined IIRSM in 2010 and assumed the role of UAE Branch Chairman in Oct 2013, overseeing its growth to become the most successful branch in the history of the Institute, and joined IIRSM's Council in 2018.

In 2014, he was recognized by the UAE Ministry of Labour for his contribution to Occupational Health and Safety in the country and additionally, became the first overseas based recipient of the Prestigious IIRSM President’s Commendation award, in recognition of his services to the Institute in the region.

Ruth Denyer - Group Risk Director, ITV

Ruth is the Group Risk Director at ITV where she builds the approach to operational risk management across the Group and specifically both the Group Health and Safety and Insurance functions. Ruth graduated with a degree in occupational health and safety in 1997, and her first role at the National Theatre was followed by a brief stint at KPMG and then the Prince’s Trust before moving to ITV in 2004. Her current role supports in the delivery of a risk management approach for a global, constantly growing and changing business where no two productions ever have the same risk profile.

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. 

Karla Gahan - Deputy Global Head of Risk & Advisory, VinciWorks

Karla is a risk, business continuity and crisis management specialist, who works for VinciWorks, a leader in risk management software and consulting. On a regular basis, Karla deals 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. She 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 an associate member of the Business Continuity Institute (AMBCI), a certified member of the Institute of Risk Management (CMIRM), and member of Airmic. She is also an examiner for the IRM’s International Diploma in Risk Management (Module 6 - Crises, Resilience and Future Risks), and has been involved in the IRM and Airmic’s technical and membership committees.

Callum Irvine - Senior Manager at Deloitte LLP

Callum is a risk professional with substantial experience both in industry and in supporting clients as Deloitte’s Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) practice lead.

An active member of IIRSM, Callum is part of the Institute’s Education and Training Committee.

Callum has a particular interest in innovation, both how technology might change the risks we need to manage, and how technology can be best leveraged to improve our ability to manage today’s risks.

Chris Marsh - Director, IRC-Risk UK

Originally trained as a Marine Engineer, for the past 30 years Chris has worked across the Oil and Gas sector globally: 19 years of which have been as a risk professional providing leaderhip and advice in key areas of HSSEQ at Corporate (strategic) and Operational (tactical) level. 

He has an MSc in Health and Safety Risk Management and is a Fellow of the International Institute of Risk 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 or 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 - Global Environment Protection and Compliance Leader, ESAB

Hugh Maxwell is an international HSE professional, who recognises the importance of strategically managing business risks to deliver corporate success. An IIRSM Fellow for over 10 years, having led numerous change programmes in high-risk industries, he continues to look to support international business success in such processes.

In one such role, as Global HSE Director Vesuvius PLC, he led one such risk reduction initiative, Safety Breakthrough. The tangible results of this management change programme resulted in him being awarded the 2018 IIRSM Excellence Award for Best International Risk Initiative.

His risk management focus has mitigated workplace risks in numerous environments resulting in significant financial savings in insurance premiums, improved emergency planning, risk profiling, increased awareness and improved management focus for businesses.

Ian McNeil - Global Head of Customer Management and Deputy Head to the Global Head of Zurich Risk Engineering

Ian is a qualified senior insurance and risk management professional with over 36 years experience of the UK and Global markets gained with multinational insurance companies and insurance brokers. He is a Chartered Insurer, Certified Risk Professional and former Director and Chairman of the Institute of Risk Management (IRM)

He is a wide and effective thinker offering proven strategic planning, business development, customer relationship and project management skills. Ian has worked in most insurance/ risk management disciplines and is currently Global Head of Customer Management, Risk Engineering
at Zurich Commercial Insurance.

Stephen Smith - Executive Director of SHEQ (EMEC), Multiplex

Stephen is an experienced sustainability and occupational health and safety professional who has worked in numerous market sectors in contracting, engineering and consulting. His career to date has seen him work across Australia, the Middle East, Europe and Canada.

After graduating from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor’s degree in Science (Hons), Stephen went on to receive a Master of Engineering degree from the University of Technology Sydney. He began his career in Australia as a consultant specialising in Environmental Science and Occupational Hygiene before joining Multiplex’s Dubai office in 2011. In 2016, he was appointed to the position of Executive Director of SHEQ for the Middle East, and in 2018, he relocated to London as Executive Director of SHEQ for Europe, the Middle East and Canada. In his role, Stephen provides strategic and technical leadership to Multiplex EMEC and regional businesses, driving long-term value creation, business resilience and operational excellence in sustainability, occupational health, safety, quality and worker welfare.  

While based in the UAE, Stephen sat on the Emirates Green Building Council (EGBC) Board of Directors and was an Executive Member for the Institute of Occupational Health and Safety UAE Branch Committee. He is a member of the UK Green Building Council Leaders Network and a founding member of Building Responsibly– an initiative to promote the rights and welfare of workers in the engineering and construction industry. Stephen is also a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP), a Certified Environmental Practitioner (CEnvP – EIANZ), an Estidama Pearl Qualified Professional (PQP), a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI) and a Specialist Member of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (SMIIRSM).

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. 

Chris Rowlands - Group Director, Executive Network Group

Chris Rowlands has spent more than 13 years in the Health & Safety recruitment industry. An economics graduate of Lancaster University, Chris joined The HSE Recruitment Network in 2004 and was appointed a Director in January 2012. He has led the company through it’s international expansion, the launch of “HSE Leaders Connect” – the industry’s premier networking platform for senior Health & Safety practitioners – and the development of psychometric profiling and testing tools that have placed the company at the forefront of candidate assessment techniques.

Chris is also a director of The HSE Recruitment Network’s sister companies; Network HR, experts in the recruitment of HR, Training & Wellbeing professionals, and Procurement People, specialists in the recruitment of Supply Chain & Procurement professionals globally.

Paul Tacey - Practice Leader - Casualty & Motor, Zurich Risk Engineering UK

Paul is a qualified Risk Professional with over 17 years experience in liability risk management with a rich blend of achievements across academic, industry and management roles.

Paul began his career as a Safety Advisor at ICI Paints in 2001 before moving on to regional and UK wide H&S Management roles at Carlsberg, Wincanton & SCA.

Paul started life in the Insurance sector at QBE Insurance in 2011 where he spent four years as a Senior Risk Manager before joining Zurich in November 2015 as a Practice Leader for Risk Engineering UK.

Paul has experienced excellence in risk management across many industries. He has considerable experience of working with large, including multinational, multi-divisional/site organisations in all industries with the proven ability to affect positive change to the mutual benefit of customer and insurer.

Paul has conceived, implemented and mentored initiatives that have delivered significant reductions in workplace accidents, removed complexity, improved commercial performance, regulatory compliance and claims defensibility.

Simone Wray - Head of Risk and Compliance, Monese

Simone is a certified risk professional and former IRM Chairman with proven success in driving the risk management agenda at Board level.  She has developed her knowledge, skills and experience through working within organisations across a range of industries in the private, public and not for profit sectors over the past 25 years. Her passion for risk management has been described as infectious.