60 Barclays Risk Academy learners to embark on IRM’s International Certificate in Financial Services Risk Management

The Institute of Risk Management (IRM) recently launched its all-new International Certificate in Financial Services Risk Management at the Merchant Taylors’ Hall in central London. Over 60 key players from the financial services industry were in attendance at the event to hear speeches from IRM chair Nicola Crawford CFIRM, Vicky Gray (head of learning leadership at the Barclays Risk Academy), Socrates Coudounaris (deputy chair at the IRM) and Simona Fionda IRM Cert, head of risk for the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.

Vicky Gray from the Barclays Risk Academy (which has 550 staff registered with the IRM as part of a group scheme) gave a thought-provoking presentation on the importance of having qualified staff on the payroll and announced Barclays’ commitment to put 60 learners through the new qualification and a further eight on an apprenticeship as part of the Barclays Risk Passport scheme.

Emma Maries TAP.dip, vice-president at the Barclays Risk Academy, commented: “Barclays is committed to supporting colleagues with their self-development as we know what a positive impact this has on broadening their risk knowledge and technical skills, both through our internal IRM-accredited Risk Passport and then with further external study through the IRM. The International Certificate in Financial Services Risk Management will enhance students’ knowledge of all areas of risk management through both theoretical and practical application during the course of their studies.”

Ian Livsey: CEO at the IRM

Ian Livsey: CEO at the IRM

Ian Livsey, CEO of the IRM, added: “Barclays has shown a great commitment by signing up its learners to our qualifications, ensuring that all staff are up-to-date with their learning and competent in their roles. The Barclays Risk Academy is truly leading the way. The new qualification has been updated to reflect changes in the regulatory environment, including Basel III and Solvency II, and is designed to be applicable for all those working in financial services who have risk within their remit. In the wake of the financial crash, risk management is now more important to businesses and the economy than ever before.”

One of the delegates at the event informed Risk UK: “According to the Financial Conduct Authority’s website, over 56,000 firms are regulated by that body. If all of them demonstrated the same level of commitment to effective risk management as that shown by Barclays then the UK’s economy would be transformed.”

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications)

Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting.

In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector.

In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute’s George van Schalkwyk Award.

An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award.

Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site.

Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media.

Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014.

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