Welcome to the MPF Risk Group

Helping Group members be the best they can in a fast evolving and uncertain business landscape

The MPF Risk Group provides a formal network for those with responsibility for recognition of risk, risk evaluation, developing strategies to manage it, and mitigation of risk using managerial resources. The Committee organises quarterly events for up to 20 people and a private Hub that:

  • Encourage learning through an exchange of ideas and best practice
  • Clarify how members can best contribute to the challenges and opportunities facing their firms
  • Explore ways to develop a relationship of mutual respect and trust with the firm-wide leader and other C-Suite members
  • Facilitate debate amongst those holding diverse perspectives
  • Provide members with insight into the value contributed by other management experts


Chair: Roy Welsby, Partner, Grant Thornton UK

Director: Keith Tracey, Managing Director, Aon Professional Services

Nicole Bigby, Partner - Director of Risk, Berwin Leighton Paisner

Julia Graham, Deputy CEO and Technical Director, Airmic


  • There is a lack of understanding at firms and the wider community about the emergence of Risk as a management discipline in its own right.
  • Whilst other forums focus on technical aspects of the 'craft', the MPF Risk, Governance & Compliance Group takes a lead on recognising and representing the contributions of risk professionals to management.
  • Although effective risk management is a business imperative, many firms have yet to embed risk in the DNA of the whole firm.
  • Many firms do not yet employ designated risk managers and therefore the responsibility for the function falls upon a non-risk professional.
  • There are a growing number of risk professionals contributing to the executive committee at firms with no personal background in professional service firm management.


Takeovers & mergers: Lessons learned
Management Team Together

Speakers - Jenni Emery (CMS), Peter Madden (Arcadis), Jeremy Horner

Lewis Silkin, 5 Chancery Lane, Clifford's Inn, London, EC4A 1BL

Thursday 5 October 2017 - postponed

The challenges of leading a successful merger or takeover are varied and extensive. Leadership at all stages is paramount, from conception to integrating strategy and objectives all while leading a firm of people.

Each individual element of the firm faces its own specific challenges – from partners and fee earners to business services departments. A well-planned and executed integration ensures minimal disruption, underpinned with strong communication to both your people and your clients – current and future.


Coming soon...


  • Chief Risk Officers
  • Those with equivalent job titles to CRO (for example Head of Risk)
  • Firmwide leaders
  • Client-facing leaders & Office heads
  • Approved members of other Groups
  • Approved members of Clubs

Membership details


Roy Welsby Chair:
Roy Welsby,
Grant Thornton UK
Keith Tracey Director:
Keith Tracey,
Aon Professional Services
Nicole Bigby Nicole Bigby,
Berwin Leighton Paisner
Julia Graham Julia Graham,

More on the committee members…


  • Digitisation in the professions
  • Building resilience to emerging risks
  • Cyber threats and responses
  • Risk sentiment and appetite
  • Mobilising your firm during a crisis
  • Handling political risk