Sharing ideas on Risk, Human Performance, Teams and Leaders

John Volanthen part of the Thai Cave Rescue
John is a British diver who was first to reach the 12 football players and their coach trapped in the Thai cave in 2018
Billy Monger and his horrific F4 racing accident
In April 2017, aged just 17, Billy was involved in a horrific Formula 4 crash at Donington Park which resulted in the amputation of both his legs. Subsequently Billy has found success in Formula 3, racing an adapted car. His aim is to become F1 world champion and who would bet against that happening?
Lessons from Grenfell
Commissioner Dany Cotton, Assistant commissioner Andy Roe and Dr Anu Mitra will share their experience on the tragic events and how they supported their teams.
Dr Christine Blanshard, Novichok Crisis
Christine is medical director and deputy CEO of Salisbury HNS foundation trust and will share her views on the pressures of managing a crisis when the world’s media place your trust under the spotlight
Dr Mike Christian - the London Bridge terrorist attack.
Mike is a HEMS doctor and research fellow at Bart’s . On June 3rd 2017 he was the first medic at the scene of the London Bridge terror attack. Mike will discuss how he adapted to such a situation and the importance that social media plays at such an event
Dame Inga Beale, Former CEO of Lloyd’s of London
For the last 5 years Dame Beale has been CEO of Lloyd’s of London. as one of the most senior and successful women in the City, Inga will be discussing the challenges of inclusiveness in the modern world
"Risky Business is a superb conference, providing a unique opportunity to learn from the hard won experience of front line professionals working in high stakes industries around the world."
Dr Kevin Fong, University College London Hospital

our conference is aimed at

The complexity of healthcare demands exceptional skills in Leadership and Teamwork. It also requires that we can react to incredibly challenging situations at a moment’s notice. Our conference speakers have extraordinary stories to tell which address many of these issues. Find out more

This is a patient safety conference with a big difference. Exceptional speakers, from a wide array of high risk environments, share their stories of endeavour, safety, risk, human factors, systems and quality improvement. Find out more

Our motivational and world renown speakers tell their own stories of overcoming seemingly impossible odds. The lessons we can all draw from their experiences will help us manage risk and make our work environments safer, more efficient and happier places. Find out more

Call for Abstracts
We are now open for abstract submission for our London 2019 conference until 19 April 2019. Please send us one of your latest safety, research or improvement initiative in the arena of safety, risk, human factors, teamwork, leadership or improvement. Risky Business conferences will give the best submissions the opportunity to show piece your excellent work at our next conference. Click here to find out more.

2019 london conference highlights

June 5-7 2019 - Join us to hear and meet remarkable people behind the headlines who made a difference in extreme situations such as: The Grenfell fire, The Manchester bombings, The Novichock incident, The Thai Football Cave Rescuer and many more….
John Valanthan - part of the Thai Cave Rescue
Billy Monger and his horrific F4 racing accident
Lessons from Grenfell
Dr Christine Blanshard, Novichok Crisis
Dr Mike Christian - the London Bridge terrorist attack.
Dame Inga Beale, Former CEO of Lloyd’s of London

featured (previous) talks

There are over 100 talks on our website - This section includes a range of talks that show the incredible diversity of subjects covered at Risky Business conferences. It also includes talks that cover the most topical issues

Elizabeth Stokoe

Professor of Social interaction at Loughborough University, Elizabeth tells us how to control a conversation to ensure success

Benita Alexander

Journalist and documentary maker explains how she was emotionally duped by a world renowned thoracic surgeon

Catherine MacDonald

A hostage and crisis negotiator with Police Scotland Cathy gives practical advise on dealing with ‘special’ colleagues

John Barnes

England international footballer, John discusses the different ways that successful European clubs develop their squads

Anthony Bennett

A fit teenager suddenly finds himself on ECMO at Great Ormond Street. Meet Anthony

Jamie Andrew

How a quadruple amputee and mountaineer. “Nothing is impossible” with the right attitude

Hashi Mohamed

Hashi arrived as a child refugee in the UK aged 9. Now at 35 he is one of the UK’s youngest and most successful barristers.

Prof Ian Goldin

Ian was a founding director of Oxford Martin School. He discusses the global threats facing us all in the 21st century

Gabby Logan Meets Lizzy Yarnold

Double Olympic champion in the skeleton bobsleigh, Lizzy tells Gabby how she mentally rehearses for her runs.

John Madden

A Cambridge graduate and film director who directed the Oscar winner, Shakespeare in Love in 1998. John explains how to make a successful movie

Albie Sachs

Justice Sachs was a victim l of a state sponsored bomb. He explains how he met the man responsible for maiming him

Kathryn Schulz

Freelance journalist and author makes the case for never assuming things will turn out right and argues that being wrong prepares us and leads to improved safety outcomes

Rory Sutherland

Vice-chairman of Ogilvy and Mather Group, Rory tells us how to make consumers to change their habits

Interview: Charlie Start meets Katie Walsh

BBC journalist Charlie Stayt discusses the challenges involved becoming a champion jockey

Mark de Rond

Ethnographer and professor from Judge Business school, Cambridge discusses team dynamics and common misconceptions

Alf Dunbar

His mantra is “You are the difference’ and in his talk he explains how he developed his unique training and coaching product

Pedro Algorta

A survivor of the famous 1972 Andes plane crash, Pedro assisted the families of the Chilean miners in 2010

Jerry Brown

2014 Time Magazine’s person of the year tells how he managed the Ebola outbreak in Monrovia

latest news

We have been really honoured to have so many influential speakers attending all our conferences. We are now aiming to write blogs each week to assist website viewers to link our talks to current events both inside healthcare and more generally
Welcome to our 17th International Risky Business Conference

Welcome to our 17th International Risky Business Conference

We are very excited about Risky Business London 2019 and proud to be presenting one of our most inspiring programmes ever.

Welcome to our 5th Risky Business Paediatric Conference

Welcome to our 5th Risky Business Paediatric Conference

Thank you for joining us for one of our most exciting Risky Business London Paediatric days.

HALT is a High-Risk Environment

HALT is a High-Risk Environment

Two significant pieces of medical news appeared recently. The first pointed to the crisis in recruitment and retention of GPs to the NHS.

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Our Next Conferences

London 2019

5-7 June 2019
Kings Place, London

South Africa 2019

23rd - 24th Oct 2019. Venue to be confirmed

Toronto 2020

5-6 November 2020
Sheraton Centre, Toronto