This year’s 6th annual Risk Forum, hosted by the UK’s largest independent risk management company, Newcastle based Corporate Risk Associates (CRA), has been hailed a huge success with over 110 attendees.
Titled this year ‘Risk Analysis in an Uncertain World’ the event is the largest of its type bringing together professionals in safety critical industries to share best practice, knowledge, innovations and expertise on topical issues.
Held at Ardencote Manor Hotel in Warwick, speakers and delegates travelled far and wide to attend with some coming from as far as the West Coast of the USA and one delegate coming from New Mexico. The jam packed programme included presentations covering a range of Human Factors and Safety Analysis disciplines delivered by some of the most professionally accomplished speakers in the industry including – Fred Torri, Risk Management Associates; Ola Bäckström, Lloyds Register Consulting; Karl Fleming, KNF Consulting Services and Dr Claire Taylor, Institute for Energy Technology – plus many more influential figures.
Jas Sidhu, CEO of CRA and chairman of the event commented, “The event was a huge success and we received some great feedback – particularly on the quality of speakers. Some younger delegates commented that they felt overwhelmed to be in the same room as some of their industry icons such as Fred Torri and Karl Fleming. This was great to hear as it really demonstrated the quality of event we are hosting and the opportunities it provides for people to hear first-hand from industry leaders”.
The ever successful event has grown in stature, quality and popularity year on year and has developed itself to be of great importance within the industry. The company has also recently announced a joint venture with the hugely successful Synergy Consultants to provide a full integrated Safety Case, Risk Analysis and Human Factors offering, which they are convinced will be second to none. Les Ainsworth, Managing Director of Synergy, provided a small talk with CEO Jas Sidhu to introduce the cooperation to attendees and was met with great enthusiasm.
CRA is a safety, risk and reliability consultancy providing bespoke services to safety critical industries including nuclear, oil and gas, process, power, renewables and defence. The company was recently awarded the title of Risk Management Specialist Company of the Year in the prestigious CIR awards and has two members of staff up for nominations at this year’s event.
Other speakers at the event included Andy Buchan, Sellafield; Alec Bounds, EC Harris ARCADIS; Jonathan Sherwood, PHE; Professor Tim Kelly, University of York; Mike Zammett and Ruairi Kennedy, CRA; Professor Simon Wilson, Trinity College Dublin; Chiara Leva, APRG and Chris Harrison, The Rail Safety and Standards Board. Founded 15 years ago, Corporate Risk Associates has offices in London, Warrington, Gloucester, Newcastle and Surrey.