ERM Forum 2021

Building a risk conscious future

09.00 - 14.15, 7 December 2021

Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, London


Building a risk conscious future

We are now delighted to announce the Airmic Enterprise Risk Management Forum 2021. Join an interactive event of strategic insights and inspiring conversations, to help future-proof your business and yourself. This is a physical event and is free of charge to Airmic members as a member benefit.

Claim 4 CPD hours for attending this event



Registration and networking


Welcome Note

Julia Graham

09.20 - 10.00


Stephen Carver
Senior Lecturer, Consultant and Speaker in Change and Crisis Management
Cranfield University School of Management

Space Exploration, transportation services and communications is an exciting subject and one which has attracted some very familiar names and organisations from the world of technology. Success requires close attention to managing risk and paying attention to signals which might emerge on the risk horizon …..

10.00 - 10.45

Keynote Panel - National resilience and the role of the risk professional

Lord Hill
National Preparedness Commision
Julian Enoizi
Pool Re
Richard Smith Bingham
Executive Director
Philip Songhurst-Thonet
Sr. Director
Control Risks

The experience of recent crises suggests that existing national and organisational resilience arrangements fall short of what is required for current and future shocks.
The panel will consider work championed by Lord Hill as Chair of the NPC and embrace conscious learning from the pandemic.
This session will herald the launch of the Airmic-Control Risks pandemic crisis management report which follows on from the first report published in September 2020. This session will be moderated by Philip Songhurst-Thonet.

10.50 - 11.30

Breakout Sessions: Operating in the digital age


A1. Strategies for managing complex supply chain risk

Arun Banerjee
Senior Cyber Risk Consultant
Zurich Resilience Insurance
Joseph White
Project Manager
Zurich Resilience Insurance
Hoe-Yeong Loke
Research Manager

The complex supply chains of today’s manufacturing companies make them a good case study for supply chain risk management, with much to learn for other sectors. Supply chain risk management software, machine learning, and cyber risk scorecards can help to provide a picture of current risks and mitigation strategies. This breakout will consider tools and techniques for successfully managing supply chain risk in a complex, connected and fast changing world.


A2. The challenges of scoring, planning and reporting long-term risk - Chatham House Rule Member-Only

Richard Hoult
Director of Risk, Audit & Assurance
Thames Water
Julia Graham

Thinking and acting long-term, and taking into account long-term risk behaviours and measures, is one of the risk professional’s most enduring challenges. The tools and techniques that can be used to ensure organisations stay focused on the long-term, including the use of data and technology, will be considered. This breakout will build on the output from an Airmic member roundtable in November, and develop thinking on practical ideas and interventions.


A3. Creative approaches to managing systemic risk

Grant Foster
Managing Director
Aon Global Risk Consulting UK
Alex Frost
Market Development Manager

In the past, when the world was confronted by a new risk, the view was that it would be insured. Today, the scale of the risks we face – not least with systemic cyber threats growing – dwarf what insurers alone can handle. The insurance industry can, however, forge a new kind of partnership with government, businesses, and society. This breakout will consider what is meant by systemic risk and the role of risk professionals in tackling associated challenges.

11.30 – 12.15

Brunch and networking

12.15 – 13.00

Breakout Sessions: Growing knowledge and skills

(Choose one from the below)


B1. Navigating the cyber risk map

Jayan Perera
Director Cyber Consulting and Response, Europe and Africa
Control Risks
Joseph Buckley
Associate Director
Control Risks
Alex Frost
Market Development Manager

Ransomware extortion has rapidly become the key cyber threat to organisations globally. Organisations’ increasing reliance on digital services and interconnected business, IT and operational systems has led to rising profitability of cybercrime and ever more advanced cybercriminal tactics. In the past year, the pandemic has heightened these threats which has encouraged advanced cybercriminal groups to deviate from traditional cybercrime and fraud in favour of ransomware extortion. This scenario is also driving less technically capable cybercriminals to adopt similar methods. This session will examine the cyber risk map and the evolution of ransomware extortion tactics – and responses.


B2. Influencing the Board – can they hear the risk messages?

Noona Barlow
Partner - Financial Lines
McGill and Partners
Susan Young
Chief Risk Officer
Randall & Quilter
Thomas Harris
Senior Underwriter
Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance (BHSI)
Julia Graham

Risk oversight is a primary board responsibility, and boards play a critical role in influencing management’s processes for monitoring risks. As such, they should clearly define which risks the full board should discuss regularly, versus risks that can generally be delegated, such as to a board committee. This breakout will consider the identification and communication of risks which should be on the board agenda, and how the board can be sufficiently informed to discharge their risk responsibilities.


B3. Impress Yourself as a Mindful and Risk Conscious Professional in 2022

Michelle Elstein
Consultant, Coach, Vlogger, Motivational Speaker
Courageous Co.
Hoe-Yeong Loke
Research Manager

If you want ideas on how to future-proof yourself as a risk professional for 2022 and beyond, then this session will inspire you to action.

You make choices to manage risk. You make choices to make sure certain outcomes do or do not happen. Do you make choices in the same way for your own role, growth and career?

Self-reflection, self-belief and intentionality are crucial to your professional development and your wellbeing. How you invest in yourself will ultimately enable you to have a bigger impact on those around you and your organisation.

This experiential breakout will give you the opportunity to identify your strengths and be mindful about how you make choices in 2022. Expect to be up and moving, experiencing the stretch you would like to achieve for yourself. This session will be based upon The Airmic Competency Framework. It will be fun, inspiring and all about you!

13.10 – 13.45

Panel: Online safety and the future of data regulation

Jamie Saunders
Visiting Professor
Department of Security and Crime Science, University College London
Steve Kuncewicz
Partner, Head of Creative, Digital & Marketing

The Culture Secretary has said that the Online Safety Bill would make the UK “the safest place in the world to be online.” Is this the case, and what does the bill mean for risk professionals and their organisations? This panel will examine the draft bill, what difference it could make, and how it will be implemented. To be moderated by Jamie Saunders, Visiting Professor at University College London and the former Director of the National Cyber Crime Unit at the National Crime Agency, the panel will include Steve Kuncewicz, partner at law firm BLM, who has led on Airmic’s white papers on the subject of online harms.

13.45 – 13.50

Farewell and conclusions

Alex Frost
Market Development Manager
Hoe-Yeong Loke
Research Manager

13.50 - 14.15

Lite bite and networking


Event Ends


Airmic 2021 ERM Forum

The health, safety and security of all who attend the Airmic ERM Forum 2021 is our top priority. The ERM Forum has been planned and assessed in line with UK government guidance for Covid-19 for “Events and attractions” in England. This guidance may be subject to change from time to time and we will continue to encompass these changes in our arrangements as appropriate.

The venue for the ERM Forum, the London Hilton on Park Lane, operates Hilton CleanStay: 

Attending the ERM Forum

You should not attend the event if you or anyone you live with have tested positive for Covid-19 and have been asked to self-isolate.

You will need to present  the below when you FIRST enter the Hotel:

Proof of a negative Lateral Flow Test. You can present this via the NHS App or a text message or email from NHS Test and Trace. This test must be taken within 48 hours prior to attending the Dinner. View the entry protocols here. 

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Attending the Airmic ERM Forum 2021 at the London Hilton on Park Lane implies acceptance of the following conditions including the Covid-19 conditions of entry which have been established for the safety and enjoyment of all our guests, and which may be amended from time to time.

Whilst the Covid-19 conditions of entry are designed to reduce the risk of transmission of Covid-19, it is not possible to eliminate that risk entirely. Each attendee assumes the risks related to Covid-19 as a result of their attendance at the Airmic ERM Forum, and agrees that Airmic Limited and its directors, officers, employees, agents and officials has taken all reasonable steps to provide a healthy, safe and secure environment. Airmic Limited shall bear no liability in respect of any Covid-19 related illness or fatality unless it is proven that the illness or fatality was suffered as a result of the wilful misconduct or gross negligence of Airmic Limited.


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