Sharing ideas on Risk, Human Performance, Teams and Leaders

London 2019

Crisis Management, Leadership, Innovation and Well Being

Due to the high interest in this event - we have sold out in previous years - please book early to avoid disappointment.

The annual Risky Business London conference will return for its 12th year in 2019 and will run over three days. The aim of Risky Business is to improve outcomes and safety in healthcare and other industries.

5th June Risky Business
Learning across healthcare

The packed programme will feature short sharp focused talks from senior frontline clinicians and executives from many of the leading children’s hospitals around the world. They will share experiences of their latest patient safety, improvement and innovation initiatives in their organisations.

6th & 7th June Risky Business
Learning from other industries

The conference will focus on cross industry learning through sharing experiences and ideas between those who operate in risky environments such as business, emergency services, exploration, sport and healthcare.

Learning from paediatric centres of excellence

The paediatric day will focus on short sharp presentations from senior frontline clinicians and executives from many of the leading children’s hospitals around the world. They will share their experiences of their latest patient safety, improvement and innovation initiatives in their organisations. Topics will range from managing a hospital during a major city draught, the role of live video recordings in the operating room and ICU, knowing when to break medical SOPs, solving deadlock between healthcare professionals and their patients and predicting which aircraft and patients are going to crash using latest technologies.

During day 2 of the conference you will you will hear from those intimately involved with the following crises around the world:

  • The Grenfell Fire
  • The Manchester Arena Bombing
  • The London Bridge terror attack
  • The Salisbury Novichok incident
  • Thai Cave footballers rescue

The well being and legal issues surrounding those involved in such serious incidents will be discussed and lead to personal reflections by the father of anaesthetist, Julien Warshafsky, who tragically took his own life. The importance of effective leadership will be highlighted by an array of outstanding speakers from the top of medicine, aviation, sport and politics.

Opening and Welcome

Prof Rosalind Smyth

Director of UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health

Opening and Welcome

Mr Matthew Shaw

CEO at Great Ormond Street for Children NHS Foundation Trust

Opening and Welcome


John Volanthen

British cave diver, specialised in rescue operations

The story of how we found and rescued the Football team

Professor Yves D’Udekem

Cardiac Surgeon, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne

The lessons I take from caving to cardiac surgery and visa-versa


Assistant Commissioner Andrew Roe

Assistant Commissioner, London Fire Brigade

Lessons from Grenfell – when is it appropriate to break “SOPs”

Dr Anu Mitra

Consultant Emergency Physician, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Looking after the team after major incidents, Grenfell Fire.

Dr Richard Smith

Consultant Trauma Resuscitation Anaesthetist, Royal Stoke University Hospital

Lessons for pre-hospital triage and “when to break protocol” during a major disaster.

Ms Naomi Davis

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon. Associate Medical Director, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital

Lessons from the Manchester Bombing and supporting families and staff in the aftermath.

Dr Mike Christian

Senior Research Fellow / HEMS Doctor, London’s Air Ambulance, Bart’s Health Trust

Adapting to a fluid and fast moving situation during a major disaster and the importance of social media.

Lt Col Claire Park RAMC

Lt Colonel, RAMC and HEMS Doctor London Ambulance service

“In the line of fire” – applying lessons from combat situations to similar civilian crises

Dr Christine Blanshard

Medical Director and Deputy Chief Executive, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust

Managing a Novichok Crisis – the longest major incident in NHS history

Professor Jo Delahunty QC

Leading barrister, “Top Ranked Silk” of the year, Professor of Law

Lessons to be learnt from large scale disasters like Hillsborough to intimate tragedies such as the death of an abused baby


Dr Robin J Warshafsky

Lead General Practitioner for primary care streaming, East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

Personal tragedy intersects with patient safety - what happens to the horse when the cart is put before it

Prof Clare Gerada

GP, Lead Practitioner Health Programme, former head Royal College of General Practice

Why are doctors so unhappy and Supporting Doctors in crises.

Captain Steve Allright

BA Training Captain

Taking the fear out of flying


Amy Pope

Partner, Schillings, Formerly U.S. Deputy Homeland Security Advisor to President Obama

Building coalitions and systems to proactively deal with crises

Lord Adonis

Member of the House of Lords, UK Parliament

Brexit – What now?

Prof Tim Briggs CBE

Former Medical Director at Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and Head of the President British Orthopaedic Association.

Leading the national “getting it right first time” programme, successes and reflections

Steve Richards

Presenter Radio 4 Week in Westminster

State of the Nation and its Leaders!

Nick Fry

Former CEO Aston Martin and Mercedes F1 Team

Drive Survive Win

During day 3 of the conference you will hear how systems failures are responsible for ineffective outcomes in all industries. However humans run the systems and it is that interface that is usually responsible for the failures and recoveries of the systems. We will hear stories from those who were intimately involved in such failures:

  • Costa Concordia
  • Rugby’s ‘Bloodgate’
  • Changing a hospital’s culture and willful blindness
  • We will also hear from some inspirational speakers on topics such as:
  • The latest advances in CPR using Smartphones
  • Disruptive technologies
  • Teamwork at the limits

The day concludes with a talk by Billy ‘the whizz’ Monger who as a Formula 4 racing driver aged 17 lost his legs in an accident but is now on course to drive Formula 1 racing cars.


Dr Bawa-Garba & Dr Cusack, interviewed by Deborah Cohen

Paediatric Registrar charged with Manslaughter and her mentor and educational supervisor will be interviewed by BBC Journalist Deborah

Trapped by the system - what can we learn. The story of the tragic death of a young boy.

Dr Margaret Heffernan

Entrepreneur, CEO, writer and keynote speaker

Willful blindness: at an individual and organizational level

Captain Antonio di Lieto

Senior instructor at CSMART, Carnival Corporation’s Cruise ship Simulation Centre

Managing the risks of maritime accidents with due diligence and safety leadership

Tom Williams

Former Harlequins Rugby Player and Coach

The story of Bloodgate from a player’s perspective

Mary Anne Hilliard and Rahul Shah

Executive Vice President and Vice President, Children’s National Medical Center, Washington DC

How a re-invigorated safety programme can save dollars.

Professor Alex Sia

CEO KK Woman’s and Children’s Hospital, Singapore

What can be achieved by a whole hospital system change in cognitive behavior and safety culture


Yvonne Coghill, CBE, OBE FRCN (Hon)

Director – NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) Implementation.

Diversity in our workforces – How do we practically make this happen?

Beto Guajardo

Senior Vice President, Global Strategy, Starbucks

Starbucks’ organization-wide response to a racial bias event in one of their stores – what was learnt.


Dr Michael Stein

Dr. Michael Stein is CEO and Co-Chairman of Valo Therapeutics. He is a business leader and strategic adviser with C-suite experience in healthcare. Michael was the founding CEO of OxStem Ltd, an award-winning biotechnology spin-out from the University of Oxford. He has served as founding CEO for Doctor Care Anywhere, acquired by Synergix in 2015. In 2001, he co-founded the Map of Medicine Ltd (the Map) with University College London. As founding CEO (and later CMO), the Map was nationally licensed across NHS England (2005-15) and acquired by Hearst Business Media (HBM) in 2008, after which Michael transitioned to executive vice-president of healthcare innovation.

Emerging disruptive therapies for cancer

Professor Silvia Schievano and Mr Owase Jeelani

Professor of Biomedical Engineering, UCL and Consultant Neurosurgeon Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. Mr Owase Jeelani is a Consultant Paediatric Neurosurgeon based at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (GOSH) in London, UK. He has worked there since 2000 and was the Head of Clinical Services for Neurosurgery between 2012-2018. He is an Honorary Associate Professor at the Institute of Child Health, University College London. Mr Jeelani was the lead neurosurgeon for the successful separation of the Sudanese Conjoined twins Rital and Ritag.

Ultimate team work: research innovation in virtual reality and 3D printing facilitating multiple surgical teams in 17 hour operation to separate conjoined twins.

Chris Connell

Christopher Connell was named Chief Design Officer of Cleveland Clinic in June 2017. In this newly created role, he is responsible for the creation, strategic alignment and execution of architecture and other design initiatives to create serene, restorative environments consistent with Cleveland Clinic.

Latest thinking & technology in hospital design to maximise patient safety & efficiency.


Dr Robbie Lendrum

Robbie has worked with London’s Air Ambulance since 2012. Alongside his role as a Consultant in Pre-Hospital care with Bart’s Health, he is also a Consultant in Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia and Critical Care at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. He is passionate about developing, delivering and conducting research into innovative resuscitation strategies and treatments, to improve the outcomes for our patients suffering from major trauma in London, the UK and internationally.

Hyperacute resuscitation strategies: present and future

Professor Mark Wilson

Mark Wilson is a Consultant Neurosurgeon and Pre-Hospital Care Doctor. He is Professor of Brain Injury at Imperial College and the Gibson Chair of Pre-Hospital Care in the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh. His area of interest is the hyper-acute management of brain injury and hypoxic brain injury. He has worked extensively overseas including with NASA (investigating intracranial pressure in Astronauts) and on many expeditions. He is co-founder and medical director of GoodSAM ( - a global platform that crowd sources trained responders in emergencies and enables urgent telemedical assessment of patients.

Using technology to train and maximise bystander response in emergencies


Nicole Stott

Retired NASA Astronaut and American Engineer launched to the International Space Station with the crew of STS-128, participating in the first space walk of that mission. She is also an aquanaut crew member on NEEMO 9 mission where she worked with a 6 person crew for 18 days on The Aquarius under sea research habitat.

Teamwork in remote settings of the International Space Station and Aquarius Undersea Research Base.

Dame Inga Beale

Former CEO of Lloyd’s of London – first female in 328 year history. Beale was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to the economy.

Venue Information

The conference will be held at Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG

How to book

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