Countdown to 2012 - learning olympic risk lessons

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Tuesday 17th April 2012

1.00pm Registration and tea/coffee
1.30pm Presentations
5.00pm AGM
(the AGM is free to attend)

Venue Trafalgar Events, 8-9 Northumberland Street, London, WC2N 5DA
Up to 4 hours (find out more about CPD)

APM members
Employees of APM corporate members
Non members



London 2012 is nearly upon us, and there has been a major focus on managing risk of various kinds during the period of preparation. Although the Olympics are unique, the same risk principles apply to other projects, large
and small.

The APM Risk Specific Interest Group’s latest event in their regular series of conferences identifies the risk
lessons that we can all learn from the Olympics and apply to our own risky projects.

The afternoon will comprise a series of expert presentations from speakers with direct experience of London

Dr Will Jennings: Risk-based decision-making in Olympic Games past and present

Will’s talk will cover the background to the use of risk management in previous Olympics starting from the first
risk management team in Calgary 1988. The major focus will be on how London 2012 has used risk-based decision-making across the Olympic programme.

Will is Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Southampton and he specialises in the politics and management
of risk in major events and recently completed project funded by the UK's Economic and Social Research
Council “Going for Gold: The Olympics, Risk and Risk Management”. His research focuses on the growing influence of risk as an object of planning, operations and communication both in organisation of the games
and in governance of the Olympic movement. His book, Olympic Risks, will be published by Palgrave Macmillan
in June 2012.

Derek Hardman: Countering Olympic business disruption risks

The purpose of the session is to demonstrate a risk management approach to planning for the disruption risk the Olympics will cause and hence ensuring business continuity throughout the period of the Olympic Games in London, 2012.

Derek joined ICL in 1978 and has held senior marketing and business development roles and, as Marketing Director in 2002, was responsible for the branding programme to successfully migrate ICL in to Fujitsu. A period as Business Development Director for the Nordic Region immediately preceded his current role as Director of Governance Systems, where he acts as Compliance Officer and Chief Risk Management Officer for the UK and Ireland.

Steve James: BT London 2012: From celebration to implementation

As the official communications services partner to London 2012, BT is making a significant investment designed to help make London 2012 the most connected games ever held.  This responsibility brings with it the potential for impact to BT’s brand during the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and this presentation will describe BT’s approach to risk management and share some of the challenges that are inherent in such a unique project environment.

Steve James leads the Venue Management programme for BT London 2012, with responsibility for the deployment of BT’s products and services to the circa 90 venues that will host the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.  Steve is a Chartered Engineer and qualified project manager with over 20 years experience leading large-scale network infrastructure programmes across a number of sectors including government, financial services and utilities.

Russell Newman: Managing Olympic risk - View from the centre

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) was tasked with completing the venues 12 months ahead of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and within its £7.2 billion budget. The risks to these targets were great, with a heavily contaminated site, worsening economic conditions, multiple stakeholders and the eyes of the world’s press ever present.

Russell is Head of Risk Management, CLM which includes Lessons learned from the London 2012 Games construction project.

Risk Specific Interest Group AGM

The AGM of the Risk SIG will be held on Tuesday 17th April 2012 commencing at 5.00pm and is open to all members of the Risk SIG. The AGM is free to attend.

The Agenda will be:

• Welcome/apologies
• Previous AGM minutes
• Chairman's report
• Election of committee

Please note that the roles of Chairman and Secretary will need to be seconded and the eligibility requirements for membership of committees below.

If you are in doubt or have any questions please email events.

ChairmanFull or Fellow member with at least 1 year's APM membership and membership of SIG committee.
Secretary Full or Fellow member with at least 1 year’s APM membership and membership of SIG committee
Committee member Full, Fellow, or Associate member only

Body of Knowledge reference
Section Description
2.5Project risk management