Jun 112016

Managing business risks - how to avoid the icebergs

Iceberg"I cannot imagine any condition which would cause a ship to founder. I cannot conceive of any vital disaster happening to this vessel. Modern shipbuilding has gone beyond that".

Edward Smith, captain of the Titanic

"I could have closed down bits of British Home Stores to make more money but it's not my style. I want to make my money as a retailer, not by putting people out of work".

Sir Philip Green, former owner of BHS

"Hindsight is 20/20 vision" and "history repeats itself" are well-known mantras but they do not stop business leaders, boards and managers  making decisions which prove to be disastrous for the business.

In this thought provoking, interactive and practically-based half-day workshop, Andy Farrall explores how company directors and senior managers can take a proactive rather than reactive approach to critical management systems such as health & safety and avoid some common “management icebergs” that can otherwise result in commercial disaster.

Who should attend?

Company directors (executive and non-executive) and senior managers

What to expect?

  • —We’ll compare a tragedy from 104 years ago (the loss of the Titanic) with modern examples of lives being put at risk (and lost) by poor management practice. Have lessons been learned, or are the same mistakes being repeated?
  • —We’ll also look at the new penalties now in force for poor health & safety management. Are these punishments sufficient incentive for managers to do their job?
  • —And finally we’ll look at some examples of how effective planning can minimise the effects of sudden crises

Course objectives

Participation on this course will provide you with the knowledge to:

  • Identify Management Icebergs
  • Overcome the dangers of complacency
  • Deal with flawed safety management systems
  • Understand the impact of the 2015 Sentencing Guidelines
  • Devise and implement Iceberg Management Strategies

Course Leader:


The course is delivered by Andy Farrell.

Andy has his own health & safety practice, Management & Safety Training Ltd, which in turn has its own specialist industrial accident investigation division, iNDAXCON. He is a highly experienced and internationally qualified investigator, consultant and trainer, qualified in both the health & safety and training sectors.

A Fellow of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management, a chartered safety & health practitioner (chartered both with IOSH in the UK and SIA in Australia) and a member of the UK Occupational Safety & Health Consultants Register (OSHCR), he has a proven track record in fields as diverse as accident investigation, lone worker safety, construction safety, and health & safety training.

Previously a specialist investigator with two élite UK law enforcement agencies (including responsibility for the management of complex international fraud enquiries) he became an accredited security trainer and assessor with the City of Bristol College. His move into the health & safety sector has included a wide range of training/ consultancy projects.

See his LinkedIn profile here: 

Key Details

Duration: 1/2 day
Location: Bristol

£165.00 (ex VAT)
Payment with Booking Price
£150.00 (ex VAT)
Partner Price*
£140.00 (ex VAT)

Book Now
To see course dates and to book your place now follow this link:
Course Registration

The fee includes refreshments and a copy of the course handbook

Attendance counts as 3 CPD hours of structured learning

Courses can be delivered 'in-house' to a group of Non-Executive Directors - to find out more contact [email protected] or call 01173 827 820

*Discounts on Excellencia course fees are available for:

Management Icebergs - A thought-provoking workshop on managing business risks
Orchard Street Business Centre, 14 Orchard Street,Bristol,South WestBS1 5EH
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