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

You Matter

We listen to your ideas; we listen to your improvements; we listen to your suggestions and then we implement them. We don’t ignore you, downplay you, disregard you or undervalue you. Some examples of successful team lead initiatives is our internationally successful riskologists podcast, and our highly acclaimed riskollective network… and we have more ideas in the pipeline that came right from our team.

If you have dreams, we make them happen.

Our annual strategy trips are also now famous across the profession. We encourage all members of the team to feed into company plans and help shape our collective success.

Industry Package

At optimise, we’re committed to attracting top talent and that’s why we’re proud of the packages we offer our team.

They offer the best balance of financial reward, perks and incentives, bonuses and continuous training and development. We also conduct a yearly review of national inflation rates and the cost of living, and we apply a COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment) to all our employees salaries where applicable.

Please see the matrix below for a comprehensive overview of our package structure:

Profit Shares & Bonuses

At optimise, we believe in recognising and rewarding your hard work. Join us and enjoy not only industry salaries, but opportunities for profit sharing and performance-based bonuses. Our financial success is linked to your personal financial success, so we all benefit as the company grows and expands.

Your bonus is linked to the achievement of tailored objectives that satisfy a business need but also will be something that exploits your interests!

If you’ve ever considered being a business owner now’s your chance, because we have no glass ceiling. If you work hard, one day you could be an owner and director at optimise.


Join our vibrant team where collaboration isn’t just encouraged – it’s celebrated!

From bi-weekly team drinks (on company time), quarterly team events and team lunches to celebrate significant company successes, we foster a tight-knit community that values camaraderie as much as innovation.

Your career here isn’t just about the work; it’s about the connections you’ll make and the supportive environment that propels your forward.

We are a team; we are friends; and we care for one other.

Work where you’re needed

Experience the freedom to work from anywhere with our remote-friendly policies. We empower our team with flexible work arrangements, enabling you to achieve your best wherever you are!

Work remote, hybrid or office based as you and our clients’ needs require, for maximum flexibility in life and mutual benefit.


A healthy work-life balance is a non-negotiable for us at optimise. Our commitment to our employees comes above all else, to ensure we foster a work environment focused on employee wellbeing that contributes to a positive & dynamic company culture.

Although we always work to accommodate our client’s needs, your personal situation will always be considered, and you will not be forced into a commission which does not suit you.

Alternatively, if you wish to spread your wings and travel, our international client base enables us to assist with this!

World Class Clients

We provide opportunities to work on some of the most complex, interesting and impressive projects and programmes on the planet.

You have the chance to build a well-respected reputation for yourself within the national and international discipline of risk management.

Our bread and butter is in the infrastructure sector, with a combined decades of experience in rail, aviation, nuclear, highways, construction, utilities, government oil and gas and defence to name but a few.

A Nurturing Culture

At optimise, we support with more than just your career development, we work with you to attain personal goals and become happy and contented with life, not just work.

We are proud of the mentorship incentive we offer for all our team. Get to know us all and see who you share similar values with, who inspires you and possesses skills you wish to acquire.

We are always at arm’s length. One of the team will always be available to provide coaching support in client deployments to ensure that learning and experience are linked, and an environment is provided for opportunity to practice what’s been learned in a ‘safe space’.

Most importantly, we work hard to ensure our team always maintain an optimal work/life balance and protect reserved time allocated each week in your calendar for professional development.

First Class Training

Our vision statements are ‘develop the next generation of risk professionals’ and ‘Improve the profession for the better’, for a reason!

Optimise is passionate about investing in our people to ensure you are fully prepared to be the best possible risk professional you can be. Our aim is to equip you not just with the necessary skills to do your job, but to understand the nuances of the roles and procedures you will interface with throughout your career.

Every day is a school day – whether you are just starting out, developing or well established in your career, we will continue to invest in your professional development.

Progress at your Pace

We understand that a clear career path is extremely important to provide direction, set and achieve your goals, make informed decisions and stay motivated to truly foster a sense of purpose in your professional journey.

We nurture a culture of progression based on competence attainment, not time served. We believe this unconstrained development allows you to flourish and progress at your pace and we set clear requirements for you to achieve your promotion as soon as you are ready.

We offer exceptional opportunities to become the best in the industry faster than our competitors, and we’re passionate about providing support in accelerating you through different industries and experiences at the pace you need to meet your competence.