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Finalists announced for Risk Excellence Awards 2021

IIRSM is excited to announce the finalists of its Risk Excellence Awards 2021.

2020 was a tough year for us all globally, and the challenges continue. Entries from organisations, teams and individuals certainly demonstrated some extraordinary and inspirational stories about keeping people safe, healthy and resilient, whilst having to navigate some tough times and make sometimes tougher decisions.

The finalists are as follows:



Barry Holt Award - Outstanding Risk Management Practice

  • BOTAS Petroleum Pipeline Corporation
  • FCC Environment
  • Howdens Joinery
  • Peter Hurley, Industrial Development Bureau - Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development

International Risk Initiative of the Year


  • Cardiunus Risk Management
  • Dr Sam De Silva, Partner at CMS
  • Finlays Always Safe Team
  • Jonathan Smith, Online Safety Solutions
  • Safe 365

John Bennett Award - Exceptional Young Person of the Year


  • Chloe Suttard, LV= Financial Services
  • Jayet Moon, Terumo Medical Corporation
  • Justyna Kluska, Ashview Consultants Ltd
  • Robert Jukes, Wax Lyrical

Health & Wellbeing Strategy of the Year


  • Abu Dhabi Waste Management Center – Tadweer
  • Construction Industry Federation, Safety and Health Sub Committee
  • EMCOR UK Wellbeing Team
  • Jonathan Dempsey, Red Laces                                

Technology Risk Management Initiative of the Year

  • Acin
  • Ardent Hire Solutions
  • BOTAS Petroleum Pipeline Corporation
  • Dom Taylor
  • Higher Colleges Technology
  • Safe365

SME Risk Initiative of the Year


  • Ashview Consultants Ltd
  • Robert Saile, Ravenair
  • Safe365

Mentor of the Year


  • Andrew Hornby
  • Hafiz Muhammad Umer Javed
  • John Nelson
  • Tony Hayward

Risk Team of the Year

  • AECOM UK & Ireland Risk Team
  • BOHS Covid-19 Expert Group
  • Domestic & General Service Department
  • Finlays Always Safe Team
  • Industrial Development Bureau – HSE Division, Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development
  • ITV Risk Team
  • Technip Energies Safety Team

Change Programme of the Year


  • Construction Industry Federation
  • Dempsey Wood Civil Ltd
  • Muhammad Yaqoob & Atif Waheed, Byco Petroleum Pakistan Limited


The winner of our President’s Commendation will be announced at the awards ceremony.


The Risk Excellence Awards Ceremony will again take place virtually on 20 May 2021.   With over 450 people from around the globe joining us last year, we are hoping for an even greater night in 2021.  It’s free to attend and great fun.


We’re delighted to announce our host will be World and European relay champion Derek Redmond, one of Britain’s most famous athletes. Having broken the British 400m record on two occasions, Derek was one of the country’s best athletes during the 1980s and 1990s. A key member of the relay squad that won gold at the 1991 World Championships in Tokyo, he competed at the highest level for over a decade.


Andy Hawkes, CEO at Cardinus Risk Management, the awards headline sponsor, states “We are excited to support the IIRSM Risk Excellence Awards in 2021. After a long and difficult year, the industry has shown itself to be resilient and exceptionally innovative in creating solutions that have supported the health and wellbeing of workers across the globe. The awards will be a celebration of the industry’s achievements during a challenging time. We wish everyone the best of luck and look forward to a fantastic evening.”


IIRSM would like to thank its headline sponsor Cardinus Risk Management and its supporting sponsors and partners Avetta, Barnett Waddingham, healthcare rm, HSE Recruitment Network, Sureteam and WSH Asia.

For further information please contact:

Sophie Williams, Director of Professional Development


T: +44 (0) 208 741 9100


Clare Fleming, Director of Marketing and Communications


T: +44 (0) 208 741 9100



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