Sharing ideas on Risk, Human Performance, Teams and Leaders

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.

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.

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.

Call for Abstracts
Risky Business is calling for abstracts from professionals working in any setting who have a story to tell through their research, practice or development in the area of risk and human factors. Risky Business conferences give you an opportunity to have your work recognised and shared. 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

Prof Ian Goldin

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

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

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.

Gabby Logan Meets Lizzy Yarnold

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

Jerry Brown

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

Pedro Algorta

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

Mark de Rond

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

Interview: Charlie Start meets Katie Walsh

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

Alf Dunbar

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

Benita Alexander

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

Rory Sutherland

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

Elizabeth Stokoe

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

Albie Sachs

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

Anthony Bennett

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

Catherine MacDonald

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

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

Jamie Andrew

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

John Barnes

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

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
Mystery and Magic at Risky Business London

Mystery and Magic at Risky Business London

As a former hostage and crisis negotiator I simply love removing the mystery and revealing the magic surrounding communication skills and tactics that can help everyone connect, understand and influence with ease. 

737 Max – Lessons for Healthcare?

737 Max – Lessons for Healthcare?

One of the things that struck me this week was the developing contagion following the tragic air accident in Ethiopia involving a similar aircraft to the Indonesian crash last year.

Conference Speakers Risky Business London 2019

Conference Speakers Risky Business London 2019

How professionals deal with risk is one of the themes covered at our London Conference 2019, 6th & 7th June, Kings Place. Read the Risky Business Blog.

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Our Next Conferences

London 2019

5-7 June 2019
Kings Place, London

South Africa 2019

22nd - 23rd Oct 2019. Venue to be confirmed

Toronto 2020

5-6 November 2020
Sheraton Centre, Toronto