Senior Masterclass

Course Overview

The senior masterclass will be based on 3 days of highly intensive strategic risk training that is designed for a senior audience. To ensure full effect, it is advisable to have a broad understanding of risk management before participating in this course.

The senior masterclass will cover enterprise risk management from a senior management perspective and will place a focus on governance, risk and controls. The 3 days will focus on business dilemmas that fall around risk culture and people in risk. The content will cover risk appetite and tolerance, risk culture, reputational risk and place a heavy focus on risk governance and board level risk.

The learning objective of this course is to address business dilemmas and help create a culture in your organisation that ensures that risk management is not just a checklist feature; it’s an embedded component in your organisation's DNA. You will learn what the most important processes are to manage in your organisation and what processes can and should be used to help your organisation remain in “safe” mode.

You will have projects and homework to take home that will go towards building a case study of a complete and effective risk management framework that is tailored specifically to your organisation. The case study can be based on your organisation or a number of pre-selected organisations if this is more appropriate. Towards the end of the masterclass each attendee will get the chance to present their case study to the trainer, the masterclass attendees and to a member of our technical committee and a member of our board of directors. The objective is to gain expert advice from industry leaders. The "build as you go" workbook will help you to put your learning and knowledge in to practice. 


Learning objectives

  • Gain an advanced understanding of Governance, Risk and Controls (GRC)
  • Examine external risks and how they can impact your organisation
  • Identify key risk in your organisation
  • Learn tools and techniques to measure and monitor control effectiveness
  • Identify key management processes required in your organisation
  • Forward thinking: Horizon scanning and scenario planning
  • How to communicate key risks to and with senior management teams and stakeholders
  • 1:1 review of case study
  • Prepare and present to trainer and peers
  • Feedback from industry leaders
  • Create a tailored action plan for your organisation


Benefits of attending

  • A deep dive in to the important risks facing your organisation
  • Gaining an understanding on the effectiveness of having a control environment
  • Enhancing your communication skills
  • Tackling risk dilemmas that organisations face by encouraging 'adult conversations'
  • An opportunity to benchmark your organisation against IRM's standards and your peers


Who should take this course

  • Senior risk professionals
  • Business leaders (CEOs, heads of function, senior managers)
  • Assurance providers, e.g., internal and external auditors
  • Non-executive directors (particularly those with responsibility for audit and risk)
  • Professional advisors wishing to provide more expert support for their clients' market


Return of investment

  • You will leave this workshop with a tailor made action plan for your own company
  • You will have practical and implementable steps
  • Benchmarking IRM expertise professional critique


Course content

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DateLocationMembersNon-membersRegister now
18-20 November 2019 IRM offices, London
£2200 £2400 Book now
9-11 March 2020 IRM offices, London £2200 £2400 Book now
9-11 Nov 2020 IRM offices, London £2200 £2400 Book now

* All courses taking place after 1st January 2018 will be run through IRM Trading Limited. Those taking place within the UK will also be subject to VAT.


About the trainer

John Crawley


John Crawley

High-impact contributor with extensive experience in a range of disciplines including Finance, Risk Management, IT, HR, Strategy, Asset Management, Boardroom management and Business transformation, among others. Well respected professional with 13 years’ expertise in running as well as advising businesses in private and public sectors. Currently performing in the role of financial and risk advisor to a number of organisations and an expert trainer for the Institute of Risk Management globally.

An out-of-the-box thinker with a proven ability to devise wide-ranging solutions for resolving complex businesses issues including stakeholder disputes, risk management framework issues, financial restructing, etc.

Proven track record in creative a top-notice finance and risk management infrastructure that partners the organisation by providing decision support and reliable management information in a cost-effective and controlled environment.