Paul Hopkin joins Institute of Risk Management in key technical director’s role

Paul Hopkin: new role at the Institute of Risk Management

Paul Hopkin: new role at the Institute of Risk Management

Paul Hopkin, author of the widely-used and referenced textbook entitled Fundamentals of Risk Management, has taken up the post of technical director at the Institute of Risk Management (IRM), the leading international professional body serving the discipline. As a result, Hopkin will now oversee the IRM’s dedicated and extensive programme of thought leadership, emerging risk analysis and risk practitioner guidance. 

Hopkin was head of risk management at the BBC between 1997 and 2000, after which he became director of risk management at The Rank Group until 2006.

He then moved to Airmic and took on the role of technical director. Here, Hopkin co-authored the company’s Roads to Resilience research report.

Between 2007 and 2012, Hopkin served as lead examiner for the IRM’s prestigious and much-coveted International Certificate in Risk Management.

As stated, Hopkin is the author of the risk sector’s core textbook entitled Fundamentals of Risk Management. Now in its Third Edition, this key reference work has recently been translated into Chinese to meet demand in that region.

Hopkin also authored the textbook Risk Management (Strategic Success), a practical guide to risk management for managers and SMEs in general.

Speaking about his appointment, Hopkin told Risk UK: “This is a fascinating role to take on at what is a key point in the IRM’s history. With the forthcoming launch of IRM Certification, a stated mission to build greater professionalism in the risk sector and growing risk awareness in the wider world, I’m looking forward to helping the Institute deliver the leading-edge analysis and advice required by today’s risk practitioners.”

Welcoming Hopkin to the IRM, the organisation’s CEO Ian Livsey commented: “The IRM is all about risk expertise, and it’s hard to think of many people more expert in the discipline than Paul. His work with us as lead examiner helped position the IRM’s International Certificate as the preferred entry level qualification, while his efforts as an author absolutely reflect the breadth and depth of a wide-ranging risk management experience. Paul’s blend of academic and real-world expertise certainly represents a perfect fit for the IRM.”

The IRM is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that champions excellence in managing risk to improve  organisational performance. It does so by by providing internationally-recognised qualifications and training, publishing detailed research and guidance documents and raising professional standards worldwide.

The organisation’s members work in all industries, within all risk disciplines and across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

About the Author
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 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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