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Welcome to the IIRSM Risk Excellence Awards. Celebrating risk excellence - from saving money to saving lives.

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

Recipients will be judged by an independent judging panel, and at the awards dinner is where their successes will be celebrated and new contacts and relationships made.

Entrants for the 2018 awards have until 4pm on Thursday 12th April to submit entries. The shortlist will be announced on 30th April and winners will be announced at the awards dinner on 24 May 2018.

Why enter?

Entering the IIRSM Risk Excellence Awards provides you with:

  • A credible opportunity to share in our vision to raise the profile and standards of risk and safety management within industry.
  • An independent sought after accolade of achievement.
  • An endorsement of your successes, which offers exceptional marketing and PR opportunities, as well as increasing your credibility and profile amongst your peers, clients, suppliers and customers.

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

The 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 40s 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 in an effective way.
  • Demonstrate operational 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.

The Barry Holt Award – Outstanding risk management practice

Barry Holt was an advocate of the risk management 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. 

Best international risk initiative

This award recognises effective risk management across multiple locations.   

The 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. 

Best health and wellbeing strategy

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.

The 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 performance 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. 

Best SME risk initiative 

This award recognises small or medium-sized businesses (fewer than 250 employees) that have transformed the way they manage risks in support of business objectives.

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. 

IIRSM President’s commendation

IIRSM’s President nominates a member or industry representative who has made a major contribution to the advancement of risk management or provided exceptional support to IIRSM and/or its membership and the profession.

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 are open to all and are free to enter.  Entries will need to be no more than two sides of A4, plus a maximum one side of A4 for any supporting reference. Nominations will be shortlisted by an independent Awards Judging Panel and winners will be announced at IIRSM’s Awards Dinner.

If you are successfully shortlisted, you will be required to provide us with your company logo to be used on our website and in relevant marketing materials.

How to submit your entry

Stage 1 – Complete the expression of interest online application form

Read all essential information (T&C, judging criteria, key dates) and complete the expression of interest online application form. Email it to Holly Mulvihill-Clark to confirm your intention of submitting an entry.

Stage 2 – How to submit your entry

Submit your entry application form by email to Holly Mulvihill-Clark at no later than 12pm on Thursday 12th April 2018. An email confirmation will be sent to confirm receipt of your entry within 24 hours.

Stage 3 – Judging timetable and process

The judging process will be held between 16th and 27th April 2018. Judges will not know the identity of the participant until award decisions have been made.

Stage 4 – Shortlist of finalists announced

The shortlist of finalists will be announced on the IIRSM Risk Excellence Award website on 30th April 2018 and all those who are shortlisted will also receive an email confirmation.

Stage 5 - Winners announced

Winners will be announced at the IIRSM Risk Excellence Awards Dinner in London on 24 May 2018.

Awards launch Tuesday 13 February
Awards entry deadline Thursday 12 April
Judging takes place 16th to 27th April
Shortlist announced Monday 30 April
Awards dinner Thursday 24 May



Jon Abbott

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.

Dom Barraclough

Dom Barraclough is a chartered engineer with European professional registration. He is a corporate member of the IMechE, IET, the IAgrE and is a Specialist Member of and sits on the Technical Committee of IIRSM. As well as practicing as a consultant, an expert witness and a trainer, Dom is the Managing Director of Finch Consulting Limited and, after a £m MBO in 2012 and the exit of private equity with an MBI in 2017, has grown the 27 year company to deliver consulting, expert, legal and learning services in health, safety and engineering specialisms across the globe in a number of sectors and to many blue chip clients.

As well as extensive management experience, Dom has worked in industry for some 30 years in positions ranging from the hands-on shop-floor to senior management and his industrial experience ranges from design through manufacturing to consulting and across a wide range of sectors including automotive, manufacuring, agriculture, food and construction.

Dom is proud that Finch sets a very high bar for its team: Finch puts culture and personality first, but expects exceptional technical ability and commercial acumen from its people.  

Heather Beach

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.

Matthew Cox

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.

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

Ruth is the Group Head of Operational Risk at ITV, she started at ITV in 2004 as a Health and Safety Manger and has seen her role grow and change hugely since then.  Along with overseeing the Health and Safety support for the now global business, her role covers overseeing the Group Insurance programme, the Occupational Health function, Business Resilience and Child Protection. 

Ruth also gets heavily involved in the approach to risk management across the business. The work of her team is underpinned with their shared vision of being collaborative, innovative and empowering which is key to their success. Ruth has recently been working with the London School of Economics on research around risk taking behaviours within the Production making business.

Ruth's career in Health and Safety started in 1997 when she graduated with a degree in Occupational Health and Safety, her first role was as a the National Theatre followed by a brief stint at KPMG and then the Prince's Trust before moving to ITV.

Karla Gahan

Karla is a risk, business continuity, and crisis management specialist who has worked across many jurisdictions and has a strong appreciation and experience of the complex subjects that can challenge people’s core beliefs and behaviours, such as responding to a global cyberattack, terrorist attacks in various countries, as well as localised, office-based emergencies.

She is actively involved in various risk and business continuity associations and has a particular interest in the behavioural and social aspects of the way people manage and respond to risks and crises. Karla is currently Risk & Business Continuity Manager for DLA Piper, a global law firm and will shortly be joining VinciWorks at Deputy Global Head of Risk and Advisory.

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Callum Irvine

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.

Helen Rawlinson

Helen is the Managing Director for Art of Work Ltd, a management consultancy who help organisations transition between traditional safety and Safety Differently. Helen has over 10 years’ experience working in safety across a wide range of industries, including construction, manufacturing, recycling and government. She has a degree in Health and Safety management and a strong passion for changing perceptions of the industry as well as encouraging businesses to connect with their people to harness an understanding of what work really is like.

Helen sits on the review board for the UK industry magazine, SHP. She is known for her interest in reducing bureaucracy and for her ability in challenging and supporting businesses with their transformational journey between traditional safety and Safety Differently.

Chris Rowlands

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.

Simone Wray

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.





These are the terms and conditions to which we will allow you to enter IIRSM Awards Competition.

Making your entry

  • You must submit your entry following the process set out on the awards pages and set out in these terms and conditions.
  • 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 posting or transmission of a lost or delayed entry will not be accepted as a valid or alternative entry.
  • Our acceptance of your entry will take place when we accept your entry in writing.
  • When we accept your entry, it will be subject to the awards terms and conditions.

Eligibility to enter and judging

  • The awards are open to entrants that fulfill the entry criteria set out on the awards pages.
  • 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.
  • Entries will be judged by a panel of judges. 
  • The judges will consider your entry on its merits and solely on the basis of the information you provide. The decision of the judges is final and we will not enter into any discussion with you nor will we accept any appeals with regard to such decision. We reserve the right not to award any particular award in any given category if submissions are not deemed acceptable.
  • 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.
  • By submitting an entry, you agree your company logo can be used in publicity materials for the awards.

Data protection

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

  • You comply with all applicable laws in respect of such personal data.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Any personal data provided shall be up to date, accurate and complete.
  • If you breach the data protection clause, this entitles us in writing to immediately reject your submission or attendance at the awards dinner.

Attending the awards dinner

  • If you wish to attend the awards dinner or, as an organisation would like to bring guests/attendees, then you will need to register separately to attend.
  • To register to attend the awards dinner, you will need to complete the online registration form, which can be found on the awards pages. We will process your booking as soon as possible.
  • 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 registration form, please contact us at the email address on the awards pages as soon as possible before the dinner. It is your responsibility to update us of any changes to your contact details to ensure you receive all required communication from us.
  • 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 dinner. Where you inform us of a special requirement less than 7 days before the awards dinner you understand it may not be possible to accommodate it, or it may incur an additional charge.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Attendees must be at least 18 years of age on the date of the awards dinner.
  • We are not responsible for any offence caused by any presenters or entertainment at the awards dinner.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • 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 dinner otherwise we reserve the right to refuse entry (this will not relieve you from paying the invoice).
  • Covering any bank transfer charges are your responsibility.
  • All invoices payable by you are subject to any applicable tax, levy or similar governmental charge.
  • We reserve the right to cancel (a) your entry, and/or (b) the registration of your attendance or attendees prior to the awards dinner. If we do not exercise our rights of cancellation prior to the awards dinner, attendees whose attendance fee has not been paid by the date of the awards dinner shall be required to pay on-site in order to gain entry.
  • All costs and expenses incurred by us (including legal costs and expenses) in recovering sums due under an unpaid invoice shall be recoverable from you.

 Cancellations, withdrawals and changes

  • We reserve the right to cancel, postpone or move the awards dinner to another venue or to change any other aspect of the awards dinner 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.
  • We reserve the right to change the awards dinner presenter or any other performers and do not guarantee the attendance of any particular guest.
  • Any discounts or offers advertised for the awards dinner (such as "Early Bird" offers) may be time limited and/or subject to availability.
  • Where we cancel an awards dinner 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 dinner.
  • If you wish to withdraw your entry, you must email us at the address set out on the awards pages. Where you withdraw your entry more than 14 days after registration to attend the awards dinner, or on or after the closing date for awards entry (whichever is earlier) there will be no refund.
  • If you wish to cancel your attendance at the awards dinner you must email us at the address set out on the awards pages as soon as possible. If you cancel 20 or more days before the awards dinner 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 dinner there will be no refund.
  • 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.
  • If you (or if any of the attendees you booked) cannot attend the awards dinner we may allow a substitute attendee at our discretion, provided the request is made no later than 72 hours prior to the awards dinner. Any such request must be made by email to the address set out on the awards 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 details. 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.


  • Neither you nor us shall exclude or limit our liability for (a) death or personal injury caused by negligence, (b) fraud and/or fraudulent misrepresentation
  • You shall fully and effectively indemnify and hold harmless us 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:

            - Any breach of these terms and condition by you; and

            - 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 dinner and/or the venue.

  • 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 you paid to us.


  • 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 registration 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 the conference.
  • 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 trade mark for that sole purpose.
  • During the awards dinner we may be shoot video footage and take photographs of the awards dinner 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.
  • 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 the English Courts.

Join us at our inaugural Risk Excellence Awards Dinner on 24 May and celebrate risk excellence - from saving money to saving lives.

The awards dinner will be an evening of celebration, enjoyment and entertainment. It is the ideal occasion to entertain your contacts, thank your teams and customers, and network to make new relationships.

We are delighted to have Robin Kermode as our host for the evening. Robin is one of Europe’s leading communications coaches and author of the best-selling book, ‘Speak so your audience will listen’. A member of BAFTA’s voting panel, and the voice of the ATP World Tennis Finals, Robin is very much in demand from business leaders and national politicians and is the body language expert for several national newspapers.

‘One of the best speakers I’ve ever heard’ – Bank of America

‘Robin has that rare ability to talk to everybody individually, even in a larger group’ – Walt Disney


The dinner will take place in the elegant surroundings of Church House.

Address: Church House, Dean's Yard, Westminster, London, SW1P 3NZ.


Standard rate for a table of 10: £1,350 + VAT

Standard rate for an individual dinner place £150 + VAT

Dress code

Black Tie


Drinks reception 7-7:45pm
Dinner 7:45pm
After dinner speaker - Robin Kermode 9pm
Awards ceremony 9:30pm
Cash bar 10:30pm
Carriages 11pm


To book an individual place at the dinner go to

To book a corporate table call Holly Mulvihill-Clark or Clare Fleming on +44 (0)20 8741 9100.



We received many high quality entries and we are delighted to announce the finalists of our inaugral Risk Excellence Awards.

The Barry Holt Award for Outstanding Risk Management Practice 

  • Chirano Gold Mines
  • Gauged Solutions in partnership with Suez Recycling & Recovery UK
  • Haridas Nair, Nael General Contracting
  • Health and Safety Risk Management Team, ITV
  • Mark Cardnell, KTM Compliance

The John Bennett Award for Exceptional Young Person of the Year

  • Jane Downey, Ashtead Plant Hire
  • Louis Simo, Multiplex Construction Europe
  • Sinead Gorman, Ashview Consultants

Best Health & Wellbeing Strategy

  • Centrica
  • Health & Wellbeing Team, Landsec
  • Loughborough University
  • Health & Safety Business Unit, MLM Group

Best SME Risk Initiative

  • Altaaqa Alternative Solutions
  • Power Electrics (Bristol)
  • Star Events

Best International Risk Initative

  • Hugh Maxwell (formally HSE Director at Vesuvius)
  • Richard Higgins, PragmaRisk International
Thank you to our sponsors

Headline sponsor

"Cardinus Risk Management is a proud sponsor of the IIRSM Risk Excellence Awards 2018. 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."

Supporting sponsors

Best SME risk initiative category sponsor

"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.”

​Best health & wellbeing strategy sponsor