Key Points
  • Identify the risks that you may face
  • Assess which risks should be the priority to address
  • Decide how best how to respond to each type of risk
  • Enhance the ability of your team and organisation to manage risk
  • Communicate risk issues more effectively
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This online course is designed to help you understand how to identify and effectively manage all types of risks (including strategic, policy and operational risks) in government.

You will benefit from understanding an approach that will improve strategies, reduce project failure, help exploit opportunities and deliver outcomes more efficiently. You will learn:

  • a range of strategies for managing risks
  • the importance of effective risk communication
  • what organisations need to do to handle strategic risks
  • a framework for identifying which risks need most attention

    Designed specifically for those working in central and local government, this interactive course will improve your capacity to identify and prioritise risks, manage risk effectively, communicate risk in a way that achieves the organisation’s objectives and strengthen your capacity to respond constructively to risk.

    Course leader:

    Tony Cash is an expert on policy, strategy and risk management best practice. He is a former civil servant and his roles included Head of Strategy and Communications for the Joint Trade Policy Unit and Deputy Director, Department for Business internal training team. He has trained people in policy making best practice, better regulation, and risk management across the UK and overseas.

  • Agenda

    09:45 - 10:00
    Introduction to Day


    10:00 - 11:15
    Risk Identification

    • What exactly do we mean by “risk”? 
    • The different type of risks participants may have to address 
    • Balancing experience with imagination 
    • The challenge of systemic risk

    11:15 - 11:30
    Morning Break


    11:30 - 12:15
    Risk Assessment

    • The impact of risk 
    • The likelihood of risk 
    • Risk matrices, risk profiles and risk appetite 
    • Cognitive biases and risk

    12:15 - 13:00
    Risk Management

    • Managing risk without being risk averse 
    • Five key approaches to handling risk
    • Risk as opportunity

    13:00 - 14:00
    Lunch Break


    14:00 - 15:00
    Risk in the Organisation

    • Strategies that organisations can use to respond to the impact and likelihood of risk 
    • Building a culture and organization that can respond to risk and withstand unanticipated events
    • The challenges of “negativity bias” and “optimism bias” and how organisations can address them 
    • Case study – risk and regulation 
    • Risk and corporate governance 
    • Risk and leadership 
    • Risk and remote working

    15:00 - 15:15
    Afternoon Break


    15:15 - 16:00
    Risk Communication

    • Factors that may affect people’s willingness to take ownership of risk 
    • Best practice in communicating risk to the public – what to do and what to avoid

    16:00 - 16:30
    Review of the Day

    • Summary and concluding points

    16:30 - 16:30
    Close of Event




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