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IIRSM's Emerging Risk Leaders


Most of us have been there - in a new leadership role, changing industries or taking on new responsibilities.

Helping emerging leaders (and our wider membership) tackle those daunting challenges with confidence and insight is what this network is all about, perfectly aligned to IIRSM's purpose.

The network aims to support the professional development of our future risk leaders and to foster social connections to help develop both professionally and personally.


"We help emerging leaders tackle challenges with confidence and insight.” Callum Irvine, Network Chair

We have established an international steering group with a mixture of experiences, industries and geographies, but all united by their appetite to lead on risk.

The steering group is responsible for driving the network’s direction and agenda, including how to engage and recruit new members to join and contribute to the network and its activities. We’re all truly excited to see where they will head with IIRSM's full support. 

Click here to meet our working group members.

Get in touch to register your interest if you’d like to join the network and get involved in future activities. Simply email us at

Career Spotlights

We have developed a series of insights into the careers of senior risk professionals across a diverse range of industries to support emerging risk leaders to identify potential career paths, understand the challenges and opportunities of specific roles and benefits from hindsight of experienced and respected risk professionals. Click here to view these inspiring leaders.

Click the image to read the latest edition of the network's eMag.


The purpose of the network

The purpose of the network is to specifically: 

  • Support its members develop their influence and profile within their place of work and beyond. 
  • Empower members to build career success by learning from and supporting others from different industries, risk disciplines and geographical locations to cross-pollinate ideas, knowledge, best practice and lessons learned.
  • Facilitate opportunities to showcase member capabilities through delivering informative and novel ideas and solutions through different channels.  
  • Promote the importance of developing risk and leadership skills early on in careers.

Our international working group has split into three pillars and the teams are hard at work developing invaluable resources and guidance. 

Below is an overview of each pillar. 

PILLAR A: What does good look like?

Pillar A is identifying and engaging with individuals and organisations that they admire from a risk perspective and will be sharing their findings in a variety of ways to help us all learn about similarities and what drives their thinking on risk and enables them to manage it well.

The Pillar is progressing well with its planned deliverables. Project updates are below. 

Project 1 is developing a career spotlight series and has received over 15 responses from risk professionals involved in a diverse range of industries. The final publication will support emerging risk leaders to identify potential career paths, understand the challenges and opportunities of specific roles and benefits from hindsight of experienced and respected risk professionals. 

Project 2 has commenced video interviews with risk professionals including IIRSM members Hugh Maxwell of Chubb and John Boyle of Greencore, with more to follow. Choosing to share these interviews as videos will help promote engagement, increase accessibility, and emphasise the interactive format of asking questions and open discussion in real-time. 

Project 3 is developing a risk guidance document that will be presented in easy-to-understand language and provide emerging leaders with some sound risk management principles and where to go for further information and support. Case studies will be utilised to support various elements of the document which are being prepared by interviewing several risk leaders. To date these include Simon Toseland (Birmingham Airport), James Pomeroy (Arup) & Johnievic Valdez (Hamad Medical Corporation). These interviews have proved to be very productive with some insightful,

PILLAR B: Horizon scanning; the next challenge

Pillar B is focusing on horizon scanning, with the aims of identifying future challenges that organisations may experience and actively supporting them to solve their emerging risk challenges.

It is paramount for risk professionals to recognise the importance of data and the insights that can be gained from it to help us make good decisions.  Therefore, the first project for this Pillar will be to work with the Network’s executive sponsor, Safe365, to review benchmarking data from its health, safety and wellbeing software and identify areas of weakness for organisations and to produce a white paper addressing the issues identified.

In time, the aim is for the Pillar to support organisations with emerging risk challenges by offering new perspectives and ideas to the ‘problem owner’ to help shape the solution and solve the problem.

PILLAR C: What does an ultimate risk professional look like in 2030?

Pillar C is focusing on what an ultimate risk professional will look like in 2030. They have agreed and scoped out five key projects:

  • Project 1 – Career Pathways Map
  • Project 2 – The 2030 Risk Professional
  • Project 3 – Risk Professional Survey
  • Project 4 – a series of articles, webinars and workshops
  • Project 5 – podcasts and roundtable events

Having undergone some changes to its membership and a new Pillar Champion appointed, the team has now agreed its plan of action for delivering the projects.

The projects will be completed in a logical order, so the results of the Risk Professional Survey will pave the way, leading onto the Career’s Pathway’s Map and finally developing elements 4 and 5.

Currently the survey results are being analysed and discussed before the 2030 Risk Professional project is rolled out over Q1 and Q2 of 2022. It is expected that the Career Pathway’s Map will then follow shortly afterwards alongside the outreach campaign.

How to get involved

Share your knowledge and experience with the group 

The working group are looking for senior risk professionals and leading organisations to support with the projects. This includes: 

  • Interviewing leading organisations from a wide range of industries to share their experiences of how they manage risk well – either exploited an opportunity or overcame a major threat. We want to understand what they did, and why and what they learnt. With the information gathered, we will be developing a guidance document on effective risk management and how we can learn from different industries. Plus, an interactive workshop.
  • Recruiting high profile leaders, from all areas of risk, to be interviewed to generate informative short video sound bites, as well as more in-depth interviews for The Sentinel and the ERL e-mag.
  • Interviewing industry leaders, such as Chief Executives, Chief Financial Officers, Chief Operations Officers and Chief Risk Officers to discuss their take on risk and what they deem to be their top short, medium and long-term challenges. The findings will be turned into a white paper.
  • Gaining input from across all industries and risk and business leaders, on what the ideal risk professional will look like by 2030!

Please get in touch if you can help. Just email us at setting out how you can support, and we’ll be get back to you.


Working in partnership
Working in partnership

We work in partnership with organisations that are aligned with our charitable values to educate and support current and future risk talent.

Supporting the Emerging Risk Leaders' Network enables you to demonstrate your commitment to developing risk leaders and the vital role both risk and leadership skills play in creating and maintaining safe, healthy and resilient people and organisations. 

We are looking for partners to support this great new initiative and the benefits include:  

  • Contributing features, opinion columns and knowledge pieces to the network's e-magazine.
  • Sharing your achievements and case studies via webinars or videos.
  • Networking with a pool of risk talent.
  • Accessing the network to help explore and help solve your risk issues and challenges.
  • Profiling your brand via events, research/technical output, social media and the e-Magazine.
  • Demonstrating your expertise in panel discussions at events, webinars or via podcasts.
  • Having your logo on all relevant activities and literature.

If you're interested in supporting the network or want an informal chat, please do get in touch with David Hamilton, Partnerships Manager, at