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Charities Special Interest Group

What we do

The IRM Risk Special Interest Group was established over 15 years ago to provide practical guidance for charities about managing risk and opportunities by sharing knowledge, tips and best practice amongst sector professionals. Our overall 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.

At the moment we are hosting occasional webinars on topical subjects for the sector. Historically we have held around 3-4 face to face events Meets throughout the year to host special events for IRM members. All work focuses on providing practical risk management advice on topical issues.


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)

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2021 Strategy

In 2021, the SIG’s theme of the year is managing emerging risks. 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.


Upcoming publications for 2021  

  • Emerging Risks in the charity sector
  • Risk Culture
  • People Risks  


How to join the IRM Charity Risk SIG

If you want to learn more about risk management and how the sector manages it, 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


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). 

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Group Co-Chair: Alyson Pepperill 

Group Co-Chair: Paula Karlsson-Brown

Group Events Lead: 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.

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Past events

The impact of supply chains on the charities sector

Date: Tuesday, 26th October 2021
Time: 13:30 - 14:15 BST


How is your organisation addressing the Sustainability agenda?

Date: Friday, 23rd July 2021
Time: 13:00 - 13:45 BST


Risk and resilience reimagined

Please click here to view the paper

Date: Friday, 28th May 2021
Time: 13:00 - 14:00 BST


Virtual lunch catch up

Date: Friday, 30th April 2021
Time: 13:00 - 13:45 BST


Risk & Resilience 

Please click here for the presentation's slides

Date: Thursday, 28th January 2021
Time: 14:00 - 15:00 GMT


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.

Date: Wednesday, 16th September 2020
Time: 16:00 - 17:00


Coping with Covid-19 

Date: Thursday 10 October 2019
Time: 13:15 - 16:30
Location:  Ecclesiastical Insurance, 24 Monument St, London EC3R 8AJ

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

Date: Thursday 23 May 2019
Time: 13:30-17:00
Location:  Lloyd’s of London, 1 Lime St, London EC3M 7HA – Hopper Room, Lloyd’s Lab

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