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Risk and Complexity Special Interest Group

Purpose and scope of the group

The IRM Risk and Complexity Group seeks to promote a broader understanding and development of best practices in the management of complexity risk.

The World Economic Forum has described our current era as ‘the fourth industrial revolution’ and provides the following definition:

‘An extended era of mass scale technological, political and social changes, which will alter not only how we humans exist, who we are as a species.’

In this age of rapidly increasing complexity, the risk profession and its practices must adapt if we are to meet the evolving demands of our modern environment.

The purpose of this group is to strengthen the links between risk management and complex systems management to bring about positive change and offer best practice guidance.

The IRM Risk and Complexity Group will:

1) Provide a forum for the international IRM risk community to share knowledge and experience in managing risk in complex environments.

2) Coordinate related activities already undertaken by IRM members on behalf of the institute including articles, thought leadership, webinars, international standards contributions, and academic and professional body liaisons.

3) Inform other IRM Interest Groups of current risk and complexity thinking.

4) Gain recognition of the pivotal role the risk professional has in managing complexity.

5) Support the IRM to stand out as a leader in the field of Risk & Complexity Management.

Aims and strategic goals

Our aim is to lead the institute's activities in relation to Risk & Complexity, planned activities are as follows:

1) Formally establish the committee and schedule quarterly meetings to establish best practice guidance on risk and complexity management.

2) Organise a series of events for the international risk community to share knowledge and best practice that encourages active engagement and group discussions.

3) Facilitate collaborative focus/working groups to look at specific related issues put forward by the committee and group members with specific aims and objectives.

3) Promote the role of the risk professional in complexity management.

4) Establish close collaborations with other groups to disseminate key findings on risk and complexity

5) Build cross-industry and academic collaborations to effectively promote the Group and institute.

Graeme Miller CFIRM is passionate about improving the links between risk and complexity management, with the aim of bringing about positive change and aligning risk management practice to the increasingly complex environments in which we all now operate.

  • Chair of IRM Risk & Complexity SIG
  • CEO of Riskoncise, shortlisted for CIR Risk Awards Product of the Year 2022
  • Independent risk management professional with extensive experience of delivering comprehensive risk management frameworks on major infrastructure projects.
  • Co-Author: IRM’s Enterprise Magazine Autumn 2022 - Harnessing Complexity (Enterprise Risk)
  • Co-Author AMP PRAM Guide chapters – Risk Complexity, and Risk Facilitation: due for imminent release.
  • IRM Newcomer of the Year Award winner 2015 - for ‘the implementation of a holistic Extended Enterprise Risk Management (EERM) framework’ (encompassing suppliers, contracting partners, customers, shareholders, stakeholders, and the wider public network)
  • IRM Diploma – Dissertation on using enterprise risk management techniques to manage risk across the ‘extended enterprise’
  • Risk Management (with distinction) - dissertation focused on using business continuity management techniques to manage risk in the supply chain
  • BA Law
  • AMP Qualifications – AMP Introductory Certificate, APM Practitioner Certificate, APM Risk Certificates 1 & 2


Perspective: organisations as complex systemswritten by Christos Ellinas for Taylor and Francis Online.


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