The Risk Forum and Exhibition 2023

The Risk Forum and Exhibition

Growing risk and resilience by design

23 November 2023

etc Venues, 133 Houndsditch


Over 6 CPD hours available

Paths to resilience in uncertain times

Join us at etc. venues 133 Houndsditch on Thursday 23 November to network with peers, meet our exhibitors, and hear about all the latest trends in risk management.


08.15 – 09.00
Registration and Breakfast
09.00 – 09.10
Julia Graham
Chief Executive
09.10 – 10.00
Rebuilding culture after crisis: Lessons from the CBI

There are a lot of changes that can be made quite quickly and lead to immediate improvements, but getting back to a place of trust is about people, about relationships. And just like in our personal lives, mending relationships after a period of pain and distrust is hard. It comes down to the role of leaders in showing, both as individuals and as a team, that they have genuinely listened to and understand this, and that they have a vision and a plan for what will change that people get behind. But perhaps most critically, supporting them to put it into practice, to live the changes day in and day out, is what leads to rebuilt trust.

Elizabeth Wallace
Chief People Officer
Confederation of British Industry

In conversation with:

Sarah Miller
Chief Executive
10.00 – 10.30
Masterclass soundbite – The global outlook – what’s in store
10.30 – 11.00
Masterclass soundbite – Geopolitics insight – Israel
James Wood
Regional Security Director, Northern Europe
International SOS
11.00 – 11.30
Networking break
11.30 – 12.00
ESG risk environment

Tim House will broadly discuss the risks and opportunities in the dimensions of sustainability, and more specifically about: the impact of ESG on markets, applying an ESG lens to identify risk, the critical importance of leadership and governance around this agenda, and an example of how to incorporate sustainability-thinking into strategy.

Tim House
COO, Sustainability & ESG Advisory

Introduced by:

Reem El Khatib
Risk and Research Manager, Risk Practices
Lockton Companies LLP
12.00 – 12.45
The power of storytelling – A masterclass by the master

Whilst Stephen is a serious University Lecturer, he also has a reputation of taking traditionally “dry/academic” subjects and making them come alive. Stephen has had a project career from building Clipper Ships for Richard Branson to advising CEOs on takeovers. He believes that you shouldn’t teach anything that you haven’t actually done yourself.  Most of you would have seen Stephen deliver at Conference before. In this session we will look at how he puts together and then delivers his impactful stories. Tips and tricks a plenty – oh, and also great fun!

Stephen Carver
Senior Lecturer, Consultant and Speaker in Change and Crisis Management
Cranfield University School of Management
12.45 – 14.00
Networking and lunch with a Risk Learning Surgery – book your appointment with an expert!
14.00 – 14.45
The Human Element of Risk Management in Action

How DLA Piper uses marketing, education, and behavioural science to drive change

At the global law firm DLA Piper, the risk management team understands that effectively managing risk requires accounting for human factors. We take a behavioural science-driven approach which focuses on marketing, education and encouraging positive behaviours. Shaped by psychological research, we empower our people with knowledge while using social influences that help to make better decisions and choices second nature. Whether the focus is regulatory expertise or data security challenges, the approach cultivates careful and responsible attitudes. We will share our experience in a case study embracing how we use interactive workshops to foster teamwork and personal responsibility to improve resilience. DLA Piper’s people-centred approach helps to strengthen compliance and connections across the increasingly complex global business and risk landscape.

James van den Bergh
Senior Risk Culture & Engagement Manager
DLA Piper
Sustainability risk management – Driving long-term value

In the last decade, every year seems to produce moments and issues with almost generational consequences. However, organisations are progressing towards creating a just and sustainable world. For example, governments and businesses are making headway in developing strategies and models aimed at transitioning from take-make-waste to take-make-reuse approaches, but these efforts must accelerate. This session will discuss the sustainability trends emerging and the corporate responses being developed to manage them. You will understand how sustainability can drive value for your organisation and provide growth and resilience. 

Irem Yerdelen
Taking a manageable approach to ESG

ESG poses a significant challenge for risk managers. With interconnected risks to address, many are uncertain about their objectives and starting points. Jon Rowland will discuss easing the ESG burden by early engagement, simplifying data needs, and leveraging technology for prioritized actions.

  • Where to start on their ESG reporting journey
  • What data they need to collect
  • Where they can find that data
  • How technology can help them to collate and understand the numbers
Jon Rowland
Senior Executive
Origami Risk
14.45 – 15.15
Weather risk management – Using advanced risk analytics

How can you manage weather risk, particularly in a rapidly changing climate? Paul Jones from Descartes Underwriting U.K. will share some solutions of how the use of connected devices and early warning systems can assist risk management plans to achieve better preparedness. He’ll also touch on risk financing tools that are available when all risk management efforts are exhausted, afterall how can you risk manage a category 5 hurricane or a magnitude 7 earthquake or a 1 in 500 year flood event?

Paul Jones
Commercial Director
Risk Clarity – one true source of data for all

Learn about the challenges and benefits of bringing together and connecting all forms of risk data (insurable and non-insurable).  Zurich Resilience Solutions (ZRS) has teamed up with Riskonnect to help organisations to better prioritise the management of risk through an off-the-shelf solution. We would like to share our journey so far, what we’ve learned about maximising the benefits of risk information and the future direction.

Charles Longridge
Director - Partners and Alliances
Joseph White
Project Manager Risk Engineering UK
Zurich Resilience Solutions
Cyber incident crisis response and recovery

The CyXcel (powered by Weightmans), native legal and technical response team give a back to the future account of what one client wishes they would have started working on at least a year before a major cyber incident, how it unfolded, the legal, financial and technical ramifications of the incident and the learnings that could help us all manage the crises, response and recovery better.

Jano Bermudes
CyXcel - powered by Weightmans
Sachin Bhatt
Technical Director
CyXcel - powered by Weightmans
Julia Ingram
CyXcel - powered by Weightmans
15.15 – 15.45
Networking Break
15.45 – 16.00
Power talk – Futureproofing the Risk Professional

As the world of work and the nature of jobs continue to change at an increasingly rapid pace with the advent of new ways of working influenced heavily by the emergence of technologies such as AI, it is crucial for the whole profession to both ‘reskill’ and ‘upskill’ in order to ensure it remains valid, relevant and future fit.

Adam Ireland
Head of Learning
16.00 – 16.15
Power talk – What every Board Member wants to know

Board responsibilities have increased in scope and complexity in recent years, and directors must be able to deal with shocks in supply chains, understand developments in technology, respond to the race for future-fit talent, appreciate the macroeconomic and macropolitical context, and grapple with environmental, social and governance consequences – the list goes on.  Since the world is in constant flux, directors must also be able to change strategies with little warning and respond with agility, whilst maintaining an effective system of governance if things go wrong.  How can they navigate these waters?  What balance should they strike between seeking opportunities and preparing for threats?

There can be a mystique surrounding directors and officers liability insurance – but this cover and those who lead the subject have a unique insight into what keeps directors awake and what they can do to avoid sleepless nights.

Noona Barlow
Partner – Financial Lines
McGill and Partners
16.15 – 16.45
Risk Leadership Panel – The AI Bletchley Summit – Managing the risks and opportunities of advanced artificial intelligence

Leading AI nations reached a world-first agreement at Bletchley Park in November establishing a shared understanding of the opportunities and risks posed by frontier AI.

The Bletchley Declaration on AI safety sees 28 countries from across the globe including Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, as well as the EU, agreeing to urgently understand and collectively manage potential risks through a new joint global effort to ensure AI is developed and deployed in a safe, responsible way for the benefit of the global community.

Recognising the need to deepen the understanding of risks and capabilities that are not fully understood, attendees agreed to work together to support a network of scientific research on Frontier AI safety.  The Declaration, builds upon the announcement of the UK’s emerging processes for AI safety, also acknowledges that those developing these unusually powerful and potentially dangerous frontier AI capabilities, have a particular responsibility for ensuring the safety of these systems, including by implementing systems to test them and other appropriate measures.

Whilst work following the Summit will continue, including two further summits planned in South Korea and France, the panel will discuss what organisations should be doing now to improve their understanding and management of these risks – and opportunities.

James Arroyo OBE
Ditchley Foundation
Dr Daniel Hulme
CEO Satalia & Chief AI Officer
James Poynter
Lead Data Scientist
Gallagher Re

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