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Charities Special Interest Group

Purpose of the group

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.

Current strategy

In 2022-2023, we will continue to consider how charities can manage emerging risks, with attention placed on the opportunity side of risk. We will explore risk appetite in further detail, and how to manage risk in partnerships. 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 are now again able to host in person events, though will also continue with our tried and tested online programme of events. We 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 professional with risk responsibilities or risk expertise and have a connection to the charity sector, please get in touch. 

How we help organisations manage their risks

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 to face events. All events intend to provide practical risk management advice on topical issues and emerging risks. We also work with other Groups where relevant to increase our reach.

For all events enquiries, please contact

We have, together with risk professionals, 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.

Benefits for charity staff

Charities benefit from a significantly reduced IRM membership rate plus waived joining fee.

Charities also benefit from 10% off member rates for memberships and our training courses. Plus, if more than one person from a charity joins the IRM, the discount rises to 15%.

See all courses.

How to join the IRM Charity Group 

If you want to learn more about risk management and the work of the IRM Charity Group, 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 connect with us on LinkedIn.

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IRM Charities Group Committee

The IRM Charities Group committee meets monthly to discuss and agree the activities during the year.  At the end of every year the Group committee meets to discuss the strategy for the next year.  We seek feedback from the wider Charities Group membership 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.


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Group Co-Chairs: Paula Karlsson-Brown and Steph Jackson

Deputy Chair: John Greenwood

Committee Members: 

Alyson Pepperill, Roberta Beaton,
Jan Cadby, Steve Brown, Steve Griffiths and Richard Evans.

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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