optimise are thrilled to host the riskologists podcast, where we will be speaking with some of risk management’s most respected and esteemed thought leaders from across the UK and beyond.

Throughout the opening series of riskologists, we will be chatting intimately with our distinguished guests to firstly understand how their journey into risk management began, as well as delving into their unique insights and invaluable first hand experiences, around some of the industry’s most pressing topics.

Our goal is to create a platform in which ideas and thoughts can be shared, in order to inspire and educate our audience and to ultimately give back to the risk management community.

We firmly believe that we have a responsibility to work together as a community; not just for things relating to personal exposure but for the benefit of the profession: to evolve, improve and grow. Coming together allows us to innovate, make risk management a career of choice for young professionals and leave the profession in a stronger place for the next generation. This may be through supplementing the learning of individuals at the start of their career, inspiring senior leaders already well established in the industry and then everyone in-between.

Podcast topics this season

Some topics you can expect from the opening first season include:

– How Leadership Styles & Traits Influence Risk Culture & The ERM Framework   Embedment

– Data and Analytics & Risk Management; Friend not Foe

– Environmental, social and corporate governance, Sustainability and Risk     Management

– Risk Management Myths

– Risk Owner vs Risk Carrier; The Missing Link?

– Upside Risk Management; Does it Exist and is it a Waste of Time?

– The Importance of Risk Management Maturity in the Supply Chain

– Diversity in the Risk Industry

…and many more.

A lot of hard work and preparation went into the development of riskologists, and we couldn’t be prouder to present it to the community.

How to listen

Whether you are passionate about risk management, you have some exposure to risk management through your role and you want to gain a greater understanding or maybe you’re considering a career in risk management and want to learn more, riskologists is for you.

It’s risk management, made simple.

Have a listen on all of the podcast channels below.



Season One Host – Patrick Bradshaw

As with most risk professionals, I have quite a convoluted background prior to settling into my risk career. I graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) in 2015 with a degree in Law, before travelling the world for 18 months. My professional background from there includes Retail, Recruitment and Sales & Marketing.

I  then joined optimise as a trainee ERM Practitioner in November 2020, and being very honest, prior to the interview process I had little to no idea what risk management was! However, as they say, the rest is history.

Throughout my early tenure in risk management, I investigated every possible avenue to help supplement my learning, which included exploring podcasts…

It was at this point, that I realised optimise had a real opportunity to offer something to the community that hadn’t been readily available a great deal up to this point.

I am  passionate not only about constantly developing myself personally and professionally, which interviewing our fantastic guests offers, but also playing my part in improving the profession and leaving it in a better place for the next generation.

Season Two Host – Andy Haslam

I joined optimise in January 2022, after deciding to make a big leap and change in my career. I had previously worked in several different industries, from hospitality and automotive, to most recently, the aviation industry, where I spent almost 10 years working with Emirates SkyCargo division.

I’ve enjoyed my time as the hose of Season 2 of riskologists immensely, after taking the baton from Patrick (all be it with a great amount of support still from him!). I’ve found the experiences and knowledge that the guests have brought to the show incredibly insightful and I’m glad to have been able to help pass them on to all the listeners.

Personal highlights for me have been hearing stories of where well practiced risk management has truly added benefit and value to major projects, along with its ability to change people’s perceptions of the risk process for the better.

It has given me the opportunity to broaden my professional reach and connect with well renowned industry leaders from the broader project world, as well as giving them a platform to share their experiences with our audience.

Contact Us

If you would like to get in touch with us directly to discuss any of the episodes, provide some feedback or learn more on how to get involved, please follow the links below:

Email address: riskologists@optimise-risk.co.uk

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/riskologists