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Arrival and registration

08.00 – 09.00

The conference centre will be open from 8am for guests to arrive and register for the day's events. Guests are invited to enjoy a coffee before the conference officially begins at 9am.

Welcome from the conference chair

09.00 – 09.05

Sue Saville, journalist

Sue Saville is an experienced conference host, having facilitated at events for the NHS, pharmaceutical companies, plus the banking and insurance industries. She chaired the stage at the Launch Dinner for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal, with Royalty attending. Sue has chaired symposia at medical conferences, including international events for rheumatism and neurology. She will be launching the conference with a brief welcome message.

Introduction to the day

09.05 – 09.15

Ian Livsey, IRM Chief Executive

The IRM's own Chief Executive will offer an introduction to Risk Leaders 2018. The conference will bring together leading thinkers and practitioners from across the risk management profession to address key emerging issues – political risk, technology, data, and behaviour and ethics – and present original research.

Keynote presentation: Brexit, political risk and the future of the City of London

09.15 – 09.30

Sir Mark Boleat, Deputy Policy Chairman, City of London Corporation

Over the past 30 years the UK has gone from being “the sick man of Europe” to a highly successful economy, and London has been transformed from a large national capital into the world’s major international financial centre. This transformation was not the result of a conscious plan, but rather resulted from a combination of factors. Some of these were London’s long-standing advantages including: the English language; the rule of law; a strong university network; and generally a welcoming environment for outsiders.

The merits of Brexit and the ongoing debate about what sort of Brexit provide great scope for debate, but what is beyond dispute is that Brexit has already led to an unpredictable business environment and to a less stable political climate.  

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Presentation: Title TBC

09.50 – 10.30

Daniel Ralph, Judge Business School, Cambridge University

Professor Daniel Ralph is a Founder and Academic Director of the Centre for Risk Studies, Professor of Operations Research at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School, and a Fellow of Churchill College. Daniel's research interests include identification and management of systemic risk, risk aversion in investment, economic equilibria models and optimisation methods. Management stress test, via selection and construction of catastrophe scenarios, is one focus of his work in the Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies; another is the role and expression of risk management within organisations. Daniel engages across scientific and social science academia, a variety of commercial and industrial sectors, and government policy making. 

Coffee and networking break

10.30 – 11.00

Technology Panel

11.00 – 12.00



Kate Loades, Director, Insurance at Liberty Global Group

Kate is a multi-disciplined professional with experience leading global risk management teams covering insurance, risk, corporate security and health & safety for several large corporates, including Marsh, Pearson and Liberty Global. Kate has extensive experience of getting new programmes off the ground that support the corporate aims of the business and deliver results.

Paul Mather, Group Head of ERM, Shell

As Group Head of Enterprise Risk Management for Shell, Paul is responsible for the on-going development and implementation of Shell’s global enterprise risk management (ERM) framework. Paul believes technology can act as an enabler for risk management, but that the real value lies in the quality of the discussion and challenge that ultimately takes place.

Charlie McMurdie, Senior Cyber Crime Advisor, PwC

Charlie McMurdie served as Scotland Yard’s Head of Economic and Cyber Crime, and led the Police Central ecrime Unit and the National ecrime Programmes. She was the country’s top law enforcement officer in the fast moving, complex, international world of hacking, cybercrime and online fraud and is now the Senior Cyber Crime Advisor at PwC.

Calum Chace, author

Calum Chace is an author specialising in the field of artificial intelligence.  In his widely-acclaimed non-fiction Surviving AI: The promise and peril of artificial intelligence, he examines what artificial intelligence is, where it’s come from and where it’s going. The book provides a layperson’s guide to everything from the employment and economic implications to how society will cope with this emerging source of consciousness.

Keynote presentation: Values at Risk: The Ethical Turn in Risk Management

12.00 – 12.40

Anette Mikes, University of Lausanne

Risk managers are flirting with business ethics. The well-known corporate-governance guidelines on ERM, issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organisations (COSO) have recently published a revision that explicitly urges risk managers to get involved in “challenging decisions” that involve ethical dilemmas. Effectively, the Code is asking risk managers to assess the ethicality of corporate plans and actions.

So are we experiencing an ethical turn in risk management? Can and do risk managers bring an ethical dimension into strategic decision-making and into the everyday life of organisations?

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Networking lunch

12.40 – 13.40


13.40 – 15.15

[choice of 2 from 3 x 45 minutes, 5 minute break]

Influencing at Board Level

Anna Bateson FCIS, Cutting Through The Grey

There is a growing realisation of the value provided by individuals and teams who enable their Boards of Directors to ensure that the strategic decision-making process is robust and evidence based. Risk professionals contribute expertise, but how can they ensure that their insights inform discussions at an early stage and contribute to the effective governance of their organisations?

Experienced individuals develop their roles as trusted advisors. They position the value they provide in constructively challenging and actively supporting the Board of Directors to determine the nature and extent of the strategic risks which the organisation will need to embrace or mitigate in order to achieve strategic objectives.

But what happens when logic and facts fail to influence decisions and actions?

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GDPR Six Months In

Information Commissioner’s Office


ESG and holistic risk management

Mark Dunn, LexisNexis

As Head of Entity Due Diligence and MonitoringMark Dunn is responsible for the development and delivery of LexisNexis Business Insight Solutions due diligence products and services. 

The ability for a company to demonstrate sound environmental, social and governance (ESG) monitoring and reporting procedures while also mitigating associated business risks is fast becoming a prerequisite for key stakeholders.

This interactive workshop will focus on defining ESG factors, establishing key criteria for an effective ESG risk management framework and how to best to engage the executive board in championing an ESG policy.

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Tea break and networking

15.15 – 15.45

Keynote presentation: Strategy in a risky world

15.45 – 16.25

Ros Rivaz, Non-executive Director, former Chief Operating Officer, Smith & Nephew

Ros Rivaz began her working life at ExxonMobil and Tate & Lyle before joining chemical giant ICI as the SVP of Global Manufacturing and Supply Chain. She then moved to international drinks company Diageo as Global Supply Chain MD. After a period running Operations and Supply Chain for Premier Foods, Ros’s last stop was as COO at Smith & Nephew before taking on a range of non-executive positions and chairs.

With real life examples, such as Smith & Nephew’s work in developing patient-specific replacement joints, Ros speaks about the implications new technologies can have throughout the business from design and engineering to sales and supply chain, and not just in the expected areas. She looks at the knock-on effects of apparently unconnected changes in technology, policy, society and the marketplace, risk and the strategic reaction to it, and what it takes to be a successful leader.

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Summary and wrap-up

16.25 – 16.30

Conference chair Sue Saville will return briefly to conclude the day's events. 

Drinks reception

16.30 – 18.00

Guests are invited to stay and network until 6pm at our drinks reception.


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