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IIRSM's Emerging Risk Leaders' Network

The network aims to support those:

  • Aspiring to be future leaders
  • Recently taken on their first leadership role
  • Moving into risk from a previous career later in their working life.

We were delighted at the level of interest in joining the Emerging Risk Leaders' steering group and had two excellent kick off sessions, resulting in some great ideas. Click on the tabs below to find out more.

We will keep this page updated with the latest news and activities from the network as it evolves over the coming weeks and months. Do get in touch and register your interest if you’d like to get involved in future activities. Simply email us  

Watch our promotional video here

Read the first edition of our digital magazine; a key tool bringing to life this landmark initiative, full of insight, opinion, career support and much more. Click here to read.




Purpose of the network

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.

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.



Network Activities

Our steering group of 30 plus is now responsible for driving the network’s agenda, activities and finding ways to engage and recruit many more members, as we want its benefits to be far reaching. 

The steering group has initially been tasked to split into 3 pillars;

  • Leading experiences
  • Problem solving
  • Career pathways

Each pillar group will be responsible for defining its goals, creating a roadmap of activities, how it will communicate and promote its activities and how they will start to engage with others.

The network e-magazine is released quarterly and contains features, interviews and opinions on risk management, leadership and career development, plus the latest news from the network and its members. 

Meet our Steering Group

We have successfully selected the individuals who will be part of our 2021 steering group. See who they are below.  

If you are interested in accessing and benefiting from the outputs of the network as it evolves, please register your interest by emailing

Meet our co Chairs - Callum Irvine, HSE Practice Leader, Risk Advisory, Deloitte and Luke Blake, Head of Operational Risk and Resilience, Unite Students
Callum Irvine, HSE Practice Leader, Risk Advisory, Deloitte
Luke Blake, Head of Operational Risk and Resilience, Unite Students








Abdullah Alghamdi, Compliance Coordinator working for Special Kingdom Project Department at Saudi Aramco

I've been working in the HSE domains including risks assessment for more than 25 years.  I wanted to be part of the Emerging Risk Leaders network in order to provide additional support to risk colleagues and professionals both locally and globally.

My role is to eliminate and manage risk by managing certain aspects of HSE management this includes field assessment, risk assessment for hazardous activities, developing safety management system, developing and delivering  training, monitoring workforce health screening and welfare compliance to meet government and company standards. In addition I must ensure all environmental impacts and assessment requirements.

My achievement becomes meaningful when organisations get ahead of emerging risks and provide solutions before they become enterprise risks.

Muhammad Ahsan Jamal, Head of Risk Management, Unique Insurance Brokers, Pakistan

I successfully built my professional career in the field of risk management, insurance & engineering and attained Head of Risk Management position in my organization where I am leading a team of 12 risk professionals.

Based on my diversified experience in the field of insurance and risk management, my aim is to give my intellect to the Emerging Risk Leaders Networking group on various topics in insurance and risk management practices adopted by risk professionals internationally and how we can develop innovative solutions in risk management policies & practices for risk professionals working in the field of insurance.

As an Emerging Risk Leader of IIRSM, I will foresee my role as a risk expert and give advice to the risk professionals working in the diverse industries.

Alice Jones, Health and Safety Consultant for the Formula E World Championship and Salus Services Ltd, UK

I am currently working for Salus Services Ltd and Formula E Motorsport Championship. I began working for Salus Services in June 2015, where I initiated my health and safety professional journey. I look after a number of clients to ensure they are health and safety compliant specifically in their industry. Additionally, I am a consultant for Formula E where I travel around the world assuring the best safety practices are followed during the build and dismantle phases of the race tracks and also when the public arrive on event days. For both companies I create a range of documentation, advise on best practices and current legislation and offer my support and presence on site to oversee operations.

As a young professional I wanted to be selected into the Emerging Risk Leaders Network to connect with individuals alike and further my knowledge within the Health and Safety industry. I am also keen to network and understand the different aspects of risk faced by various organisations. I hope to attain and increase my competence, leadership and business skills during my time as an Emerging Risk Leader and gain as much as possible from the process.

I can’t wait to get started!

Alison Hodgetts, Group Head of Health and Safety Risk Management, ITV, UK

I am the Group Head of Health and Safety Risk Management for ITVs global operations. In the UK we are largely known for the channel we broadcast on, however we have 55 production labels across 13 countries and sell out formats around the world. The television and broadcast sector is hugely creative and I strive to breakdown the preconception that managing risk is a burden or a reason to be label as 'program prevention'. I am enthusiastic and curious on how we can continue to be collaborative, innovative and empowering.

I am keen to broaden my understanding of risk management across different sectors. It is important to remain open to alternative ways of thinking and keep and understanding of new and emerging risks.  I also enjoy discussing with other professionals the challenges they face and the approaches they take.

Christopher Broad, Environment, Health & Safety Specialist, Northern Gas Networks, UK

I have always had a passion for health and safety and decided to make it my career of choice in 2016 after working in the Utilities (Gas) sector since leaving school. I am extremely dedicated to my role, and always strive to ensure that risk is controlled to safe and acceptable levels in all work streams that I manage and oversee from a health and safety perspective. I wanted to join the Emerging Risk Leaders Network to work with likeminded professionals and make influential positive changes in the field of risk reduction and safety management for future generations and to alter negative perceptions of health and safety across all sectors. I hope to gain invaluable knowledge and experience from working in this group, which will ultimately progress and build my own skills and aid in the development and progression of my career and enable me to become a risk leader of the future.

Damon Noble, Health and Safety Manager, Intoheat Ltd, UK

I have worked in the Construction and Mechanical Building Services industry for 30 years as a tradesman, Foreman and Health and Safety Manager.  I am now a Fellow of the IIRSM and a Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner following a period of successful study achieving qualifications enabling me to change career to health and safety.  I am also a very motivated individual keen to continuously increase my knowledge and expertise in this area and I will be commencing a MSc in Risk, Crisis and Resilience Management in September 2021.

I applied to enrol in the Emerging Risk Leaders Network Working Group as I believe it will enable the opportunity to explore and share new techniques, including strategies, whilst further improving and expanding my knowledge and understanding of risk and safety management in wider sectors and industries.

Participation in the Emerging Risk Leaders Network Working Group will enable exploration and shared experiences as well as appropriate challenge to increase mine and others knowledge and understanding which will assist in developing additional skills, as well as supporting policy and research going forward.  Membership will also assist with expanding fellow members and my own networks which offers the opportunity to learn and develop from others shared experiences and skills.

I have a desire to move towards research and policy development in my professional life and to become a specialist in this arena and I am very keen to enhance my knowledge in this area.

Dr. Eugene Itua, CEO, Natural Eco Capital, Nigeria

Eugene Itua is the Chairman of IIRSM's Nigeria Branch and the CEO of Natural Eco Capital, a Sustainability Consulting Firm at the vanguard of promoting the integration of the emergent sustainability issues of Circular Economy, Natural Capital and Climate Action with Low Carbon Development Strategies and Sustainable/Green Financing. 

I Joined the Emerging Risk Leaders network to enhance my risk competence, leadership skills and raise my profile in the wider risk community in addition to providing mentorship and to continue to develop and promote IIRSMs presence in Nigeria.


Godwin Chidiebere Nwafor, Well Services Coordinator / Barge Coordinator, Gulf Marine Services, UAE

Godwin is a Sr. Well Operations Professional, I have over 10 years of global oil and gas industry experience covering areas of drilling, well cementing engineering & operations, well services (acid stimulation & coiled tubing pumping services), workover, well intervention operations, jack-up barge & rig less well operations management, and wellsite leadership.

Joining the Emerging Risk Leaders Network will provide me with the opportunity to have a platform where I can bring my field operational experience and share with other like-minded individuals some of the oil & gas industry standards and procedures that can be applied to all other industrial sectors. I plan to be fully engaged in the activities of the Working Group, to contribute, to evolve and to be able to participate in the leadership of the Working Group in order to help achieve the end objective of the Working Group. It is my goal to draw on the technical networks of the Working Group, to learn and co-learn with all the other members of the Working Group.

Grant Thompson, Safety and Environmental Manager, Fox’s Biscuits, UK

I joined Emerging Risk Leaders to not only expand my network and share best practices, but to also support and guide those earlier in their careers. There are many routes and variants of the risk profession, so providing a roadmap to others is important.

Jamie Sutherland-Pownall, Group Health and Safety Lead, Slater and Gordon, UK

In getting involved with the Emerging Risk Leaders network, I hope to share some of my own personal experiences from my career path and development to date for the wider benefit of all those in the world of risk and safety; many of whom may be unsure of how they can move forwards with their careers and be the leaders of the future.

As a first career risk and safety professional, I recognise the difficulties faced by those early on in their careers. Through the work of the ERL, the leaders of the future will be better placed to develop as risk professionals and have access to the support and guidance to make their journey more successful.

Kareem Atef, Project HSE Manager, Petrojet, Egypt

Through the different activities and themes that the network will offer, I will share my knowledge and experience of risk management with other group members and the wider risk professional network in hope to help and support towards their career objectives. In addition I hope to grow my connections with other risk leaders from different industries, sectors and countries.

Lauren Nicola Crawley, Health, Safety and Biosafety Advisor, Oxford Biomedica, UK

I am a pragmatic health and safety and risk professional, motivated by wanting to improve the way things are done and creating a safe space that allows people to speak up. I hope to bring other experiences to the group, such as my biorisk specialism and volunteer role as an emergency preparedness resilience and response (EPRR) officer. I was keen to join the Emerging Risk Leaders Network so that we can find ways to bridge the gap for those looking to move from more operational positions into a strategic level role. I am looking forward to working with like-minded professionals at a similar stage of their career. I want to thank IIRSM for the opportunity to help drive this network forward.

LEO S. DOTE, Safety Instructor & Corporate Facility Management and Safety Committee Member, Hamad Medical Corporation, Qatar

After my term as the Chairman of IIRSM Qatar-Branch in December 2020, I wanted to further portray a role where I can serve the members as an elder in Risk and Safety Management practices.

As part of the Emerging Risk Leaders Network, I aim to achieve greater heights and wider coverage of the risk and safety practice and to groom more risk leaders who are risk passionate and are willing to serve others in any industry where risk management is an interest.

Lewis Solway, Delivery Team Manager, Centrica, UK

When starting my apprenticeship with British Gas as a Service & Repair Engineer in 2011, I never realised how many different career paths would open up.

In 2016, at the age of 22, I began the role of a Safety Assurance Engineer, before winning the UK Field Operations Safety Assurance Engineer of the Year Award in 2017.

This was the beginning of my career within safety. Since then, I have developed in the roles of a HSE Manager (Support & Development), Regional HSE Manager and currently a Delivery Team Manager. I have also gained an unpaid role on the board at Redditch United Football Club, where I am supporting the club’s growth strategy whilst improving their Health & Safety systems and policies – creating a safe environment for the local community to enjoy.

In 2020, I was pleased to have been named as a finalist in two UK Rising Star Awards. My progression has been supported by many colleagues and I am excited to be in a position to help support and influence members of the Emerging Risk Leaders Network.

Lynda Parkinson, Health & Safety Lead, HB Projects Ltd, UK

I have spent over 20 years working in the construction industry and am passionate about raising standards and revitalising the image of the health & safety profession.

I see the Emerging Risk Leaders Network as an opportunity both to learn and to contribute my own experience to help shape the future of the profession.  My vision is for health & safety professionals to take a lead role in risk managers, integral and integrated into business, providing value and inspiration to their organisations. 

Eddie McLaughlin, Head of Safety, Health and Environment – Enterprise, UK

I have held a variety of HSEQ roles over the past 20 years across the power generation, oil & gas and construction sectors. I take pride in focussing the businesses I support, understand all elements of risk associated with the diverse activities being undertaken, whether that be concept, design, construction or asset management  phases.

I registered my interest in the Emerging Risk Leaders Network to expand my risk knowledge and skills, allowing me to take the experience and learning into my current role, to the benefit of the business and the team I lead.

Keith Foster, Business partner and Health, Safety & Environment Consultant, Powys Safety Solutions, UK

As a consultant working for 17 years within my own company, I like to think of myself as a friendly bus service, transporting businesses throughout the area; businesses who care about the well-being of their employees but may need assistance complying with the many and varied bits of legislation. I would be happy to assist others who aspire to reach a similar position through Emerging Risk Leaders.

Melissa Fazackerley, SHEQ Manager, Longworth Building Services Limited, UK

I applied to join the Emerging Risk Leaders Network to make a contribution to the future of the industry and the institution. Having worked in risk most of my career and planning to progress further I felt that my journey could possibly inspire and influence others coming from a similar place or aiming for similar achievements. Being a volunteer is a great opportunity to meet new people, likeminded people and to expand both my knowledge and learning opportunities as well as other peoples.

Mohit Sharma, Deputy Manager, HSE, Technip Energies, India

A dynamic and astute professional working in the field of environmental, health, safety across a wide spectrum of Oil & Gas sector with the goal of risk management, preventing injuries, and saving lives. I trust “Building networks, particularly those outside your group, is progressively a key leadership skill and being a part of Emerging Risk Leaders Network will be about building a diverse network of professional/personal contacts which can provide the support, feedback, insight, resources, and information that is necessary for leaders to tackle current and unforeseen challenges.

I am sure I will get a relentless opportunity to learn and to lead/influence people in the broad manner of risk management across the globe.

Nathan Preston, Head of Health & Safety, Gleeson Homes, UK

I have worked in construction my whole career and specifically in H&S for the previous 15 years. Having progressed into a senior leadership position and the requirement for a more strategic approach I felt the Emerging Risk Leaders Network was a perfect opportunity to enhance my leadership skills and continual professional development.

Being involved in the ERLN I believe will greatly influence my thinking as a leader and risk manager, developing my skills both professionally and personally. In working closely with other group members sharing experiences and thoughts around risk management and leadership across different global industries I will become a much more rounded leader. This will not only enable me to enhance my own skill set but will allow me to pass these skills and attributes onto others as part of their own development journey.

Raymond Shelly, Owner/Director, Ardlee Consulting, Ireland

Raymond has worked in health and safety for over 14 years, 5 of which were spent in London. I have a Bsc in Construction with Health and Safety from Limerick Institute of Technology and in 2017 gained a Masters in Occupational Health from University College Cork. I am a member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM). 

I am a highly motivated Safety & Health Practitioner with over 14 years’ experience in the construction, events, Utilities, Civil Engineering and Pharmaceutical industries but also open to working in other diverse sectors such as agriculture and manufacturing

I am delighted to join the IIRSM Emerging Risk leaders network as it will enable me to continue to learn, grow and develop both personally and professionally by working with the Network and learning from my peers within the network. I hope that by playing my part in the Emerging Risk Leaders Network it will also help me to raise my profile in the wider Health and Safety community and also help me bring the key learnings back to my day to day work to be benefit of all my clients. 

Robert Jukes, Health, Safety and Environment Manager, Wax Lyrical, UK

I am currently employed as Health, Safety and Environment Manager for Wax lyrical and am close to completing the Nebosh Diploma and starting a CMI Level 7 course in Strategic Management and Leadership. I scooped the SHP’s Rising Star for Manufacturing and Rising Star UK at Safety & Health Expo in June 2019 and have been shortlisted for the HSM Rising Star 2020.

I am heavily involved in various initiatives across the industry and the Emerging Risk leaders Network is close to my heart. I am a supporter of the IIRSM Mentoring program having developed a successful mentoring relationship with mentor Kevin Hard.

I am thankful for the support and guidance of those in the industry have given me and am keen to pass this on and help others develop as risk leaders to the overall betterment of the profession. I am big promoter of networking and want to network further with Risk Leaders and Emerging Risk Leaders in order to develop my own and others understanding of risk management and ensure the continued importance, relevance and integration of risk management into business operations.

I hope to establish the Emerging Risk Leaders Network as a group for improving the understanding of proper risk management and in understanding the need to be able to assess and address wider risks within business. Including developing the organisations capabilities for seizing opportunities as well as mitigating risks. I believe “We are seeing now more than ever the need to ensure proper risk management and to develop more resilient teams and organisations”.

Shazam Edoo, Advisor - Health & Safety, and Business Continuity Coordinator for the organisation, National Energy Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago Limited, Trinidad & Tobago

I am a Safety, Risk and Resilience Practitioner with fifteen (15) plus years’ experience in the following disciplines of Quality, Environment, Health, Safety, Security and Business Continuity. During my career I have worked in a wide range of industries which include Power Generation, Petrochemical, Construction, Manufacturing, Food, Estate Development and Port & Marine Terminals. I have been involved in some of Trinidad’s downstream energy development projects and worked alongside contractors from Japan, Columbia, France, Belgium, Denmark, and USA.

I have a keen interest in Enterprise Risk and Resilience and the role of these disciplines in an organisation’s corporate culture and strategy. I seek to have my present employer recognize me as a Safety, Risk and Resilience Professional who is strategic and can assist with building the frameworks and systems required to become an international brand and player amongst other fortune 500 companies and conglomerates that operate throughout the world.

I wish to contribute as much as I can, as well as learn from the seasoned risk professionals and those who have other specialty skills on the field and at corporate levels. To this end I aspire to elevate my status as a subject matter expert in the above areas during the life of this group.

Shreejith Krishnan, Safety Specialist, Emirates Flight Catering, UAE

I am a HSE professional with over 9 years of experience working towards implementation of the HSE management system (HSEMS) in oil and gas, manufacturing, mining, aviation and hospitality industries across the globe.

Being a HSE professional, I wanted to be a part of Emerging Risk Leaders Network as it provides an ideal platform for continual professional development through participation in various initiatives, networking with risk management experts. I am looking forward to acquiring and enhancing my skills in the field of risk management working with risk management leaders.

Stephanie Camm, Head of Health and Safety, Unite Students

Titilayo Abosede, AKINYEMI, Project Safety Engineer, APM Terminals (WACT), Nigeria

My goal is to be a good ambassador of this great reputable institution in behaviour, technical, operational and strategic business leader by adding value through innovative safety ideas and solutions. Creative with my team as risk leader and be a Fellow (Strategic) in risk management, continuing professional development, get to the level of knowledge, competence, skill in strategic thinking, application and value.

Trevor Bamber, HSEQ Manager, Powersystems UK ltd

I am a Civil Engineering degree qualified and experienced SHEQ Manager, with a highly effective and proactive approach to the management of safety, risk, health and wellbeing within an Operational environment in the Environmental, Geotechnical and construction Sector. I will contribute to the Emerging Risk Leaders network through my experience as an active SHEQ and Risk practitioner. As an active member of the group I am looking for support to develop my career and skills and to achieve excellence in a Senior leadership position hopefully through the development of my leadership skills, business insights and raising of IIRSM’s and Health & Safety risk profiles within and beyond my organization. I hope the networking experience will allow me to develop a wide set of skills from my fellow risk colleagues in the group. I will contribute to the network through my experience as an active SHEQ and Risk practitioner and through my operational experience in my sectors. As a Civil engineer with 14 years plus experience operationally before my move in to a SHEQ role, I hope in some ways to bring an insight and an alternative “from the ground view to the network”, as well drawing on my SHEQ manager level experiences.

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 Dina Khalidi, Head of Learning & Development at or Sophie Williams, Director of Professional Development at