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Charities Special Interest Group

What we do

The IRM Charities Special Interest Group was established to provide practical guidance about managing risk and opportunities by sharing knowledge, tips and best practice amongst sector professionals. Our aim is to increase the sector's knowledge of risk management best practice, to explore practical solutions for managing sector challenges (such as new regulation requirements), and provide opportunities for risk professionals to learn from one another and share up to date risk management practice.


We hold a variety of events throughout the year that range from networking to professional development focused events, including coffee catch ups, webinars and face events. Previous recordings of events can be found on the IRM website.

 All work intends to provide practical risk management advice on topical issues and emerging risks. we also work with other SIGs AND RIGs where relevant to increase our reach.

For all enquiries please contact


The Charities SIG, together with risk professionals, has developed several publications to support and improve risk management across the sector. We are very grateful to those who have been involved in developing our publications including the content writers and editors and we are pleased to offer our publications for free on the IRM website. Below are some examples of recent publications.

Upcoming Publications

  • Emerging risks in the charity sector updated with the opportunity side of risk
  • Resilience and business continuity
  • Managing risks in partnerships
  • People and recruitment Risks
  • Managing opportunities


How to embed emerging risk
identification and management (2021)

How to assess and
treat emerging risks (2021)

An introduction to emerging risks
and how to identify them (2021)

Tool for providing assurance
on regulatory compliance (2018)


The IRM Charities SIG will continue to consider how charities can manage emerging risks and resilience, with attention placed on the opportunity side of risk. 

Our events and publications will provide sector insights and experiences, as well as explore issues related to how charities can identify, manage and embed techniques to tackle emerging risks. We will host our first in person event since the beginning of the pandemic and will continue to seek feedback to understand key areas of concern for risk managers. One key strategic objective is to increase our membership to ensure we reach as many people as possible. If you are a risk professional or are responsible for managing risk in the third sector, please get in touch.  

How to join the IRM Charity SIG

If you want to learn more about risk management and the work of the IRM Charity SIG, if you want to share your knowledge and learn from your peers, or if you simply want to keep in touch with what’s happening then please join our mailing list where we will ensure that you receive invitations to our events, copies of our publications when launched, and our newsletters.

You can also follow us on LinkedIn.

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IRM Charity SIG committee

The IRM Charity SIG committee meet monthly to discuss and agree the activities for the year. At the end of every year the SIG committee meet to discuss priorities and planning for the next year. We seek feedback from the wider Charity SIG via surveys, and welcome any ad-hoc feedback, to ensure the group maximises its impact and focuses on key risk areas. We welcome new members to join the committee, so please get in touch if this is something that interests you. 

Group Co-Chair: Paula Karlsson-Brown
Group Co-Chair: Steph Jackson
Secretary: John Greenwood

Committee members:

  • Alyson Pepperill
  • Roberta Beaton
  • Jan Cadby
  • Steve Brown
  • Steve Griffiths
  • Richard Evans

How IRM's Charities Group helps organisations manage their risks

Watch the video below to hear Alyson Pepperill give insights into IRM's Charities Special Interest Group (SIG).


"We used the IRM Charities SIG “Getting started guide” in all of our risk management workshops with directorates and departments.

Workshop participants found the guidance easy to follow and helped them overcome their initial concerns that risk management is difficult and complicated.

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Group Co-Chair: Paula Karlsson-Brown

Group Co-Chair: Steph Jackson 

Secretary: John Greenwood

Committee members: 

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"We used the IRM Charities SIG “Getting started guide” in all of our risk management workshops with directorates and departments.

Workshop participants found the guidance easy to follow and helped them overcome their initial concerns that risk management is difficult and complicated.

Alzheimer’s Society

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Past events

Coffee catch-up: WEF Global Risk Report

Click here to view the presentation slides. 


Coffee catch-up: Emerging Risks

Presentation slides: Prince's Trust and Responding to opportunity


Tackling emerging risks

Click here to view the slides

coffee catch-up - the recruitment challenge

The impact of supply chains on the charities sector

coffee catch-up - the recruitment challenge

How is your organisation addressing the Sustainability agenda?


Risk and resilience reimagined

Please click here to view the paper

Virtual lunch catch up

Risk & Resilience 

Please click here for the presentation's slides 

Crowe UK and IRM: Perspectives across the sector - the Nursing and Midwifery Council

To view a recording of the webinar, please click here.

To view the presentation slides, please click here.

Coping with Covid-19 

If you are interested in managing regulatory risk, please hold this date and time as our next seminar event will introduce our guides on regulatory risk management and assurance. As usual, the event will include an interactive session to gain your insights and to demonstrate how the guides can help on a practical level. We should also expect to hear from a regulator (or two) about their thoughts on the topic and a peer about how they have tackled this subject.

Establishing a positive risk culture

This seminar will launch the two guides we have issued on regulatory risk management and assurance, as well as hear from regulators and provide members with the opportunity to engage practically with the processes outlined in the publications.

Risk Culture Lloyd's slides: click here

IRM SIG Culture Seminar slides: click here

Implementing the Three Lines of Defence (3LOD) model - the challenges webinar

Tuesday 30 April 2019

The webinar is now on-demand, should you like to view it again. Use the link below to enter the webinar at any time.

Webinar link:



During 2021 we are planning to issue a series of publications on Emerging Risk management.

IRM Charities SIG practical guides

Getting started with risk management

Getting Better with Risk Management

Risk Governance

Risk Appetite

Risk and Regulation