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Who were the winners of IIRSM's Risk Excellence Awards 2020?

Independent, educational charity, IIRSM, is delighted to announce its 2020 awards winners and their essential contributions to risk excellence and employee and organisational wellbeing.     

Entries were submitted from across the globe by individuals and organisations of all sizes from sectors including central government, construction, healthcare, insurance, manufacturing, media & entertainment, regulatory, technology, travel and more.    

The winners and highly commended for the ten categories are as follows:


Winners/Highly Commended

The Barry Holt Award for Outstanding Risk Practice

Winner - Affinity Living Team Building 5 & 6, Circle Square Manchester for MPB Structures

International Risk Initiative of the Year


Winner - Multiplex Middle East


Highly Commended - Jonathan Smith, Online Safety Solutions


The John Bennett Award for Exceptional Young Person of the Year

Winner - Shreejith Krishnan of Emirates Flight Catering

Health & Wellbeing Strategy of the Year


Winner - Cabinet Office Health & Safety and Wellbeing Teams


Highly Commended - Finlays Always Safe Team and

Loughborough University


SME Risk Initiative of the Year


Winner – healthcare rm

Mentor of the Year


Winner - John Berrisford, Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service

Technology Risk Management Initiative of the Year

Winner - Howdens Trade Health & Safety Team

Highly Commended – healthcare rm

Change Programme of the Year


Winner -   Metinvest Holding

Risk Team of the Year

Winner – ITV Risk Team

President’s Commendation

Gerard Forlin QC

The Risk Excellence Awards took place online on Thursday 8th October with hundreds watching from their homes and offices around the world.  The ceremony was hosted by Marc Hogan, an international speaker specialising in influencing and communication skills. After a £1 bet, Marc performed a 21-night, one-man comedy show at the world's largest comedy event - the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  Marc shared his story and his hosting of the event was thoroughly entertaining.

Andy Hawkes, CEO of Cardinus Risk Management, the awards headline sponsor said “Despite a difficult and testing year we’ve seen the best of the safety and risk management industry. The IIRSM Awards showcase this brilliant and innovative group and how they’ve met their challenges. We’re proud to support these fantastic awards, especially during a tough time, and send big congratulations to the wonderful winners across all the categories.

As ever, the standard was high and the competition tough. All finalists should be proud of the hard work they’ve put in this year! A huge thank you goes out to everyone who put time in a busy schedule to apply for the awards and to highlight the good work the industry does. We hope to see you in 2021.”

IIRSM would like to thank its headline sponsor Cardinus Risk Management, and its supporting and awards sponsors Avetta, Barnett Waddingham, healthcare rm, HSE Recruitment Network, Multiplex and PG Mutual.  

The 2021 awards are open for entries and the awards ceremony and dinner will take place in London on Thursday 20 May 2020. Please visit for more details.

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



IIRSM is a risk charity providing practical education, training, advice, resources and networking to help people and organisations manage the challenges they face.  We are independent and speak freely, helping businesses, public organisations, charities and policymakers appreciate the vital role risk management plays - from protecting people, reputation and profits.

Our global community of over 8,000 work in a range of sectors and risk disciplines such as business continuity and crisis management, compliance, emergency planning, environmental management, insurance, occupational health and safety, project management, quality management, risk management, security and more.

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