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.


Market disruption: Part 2 – Digital, technology and AI
Management Team Together

Speakers - Ian Jeffery (Lewis Silkin); Mark Sykes (BDO); Alex Hamilton (Radiant Law)

Moore Stephens, 150 Aldersgate Street, London, EC1A 4AB

Thursday 14 September 2017

In February we held an MPF event discussing Market Disruption from challenger firms within professional services, offering alternative service delivery and pricing models.

In this second event we move on to take a look at how professional services are being disrupted by the development of new technologies and platforms.

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Crossing the Rubicon: AI technologies and the professions

Speaker - Wael Elrifai (Pentaho, a Hitachi Group Company)

Gerald Eve, 72 Welbeck Street, London, W1G 0AY

Tuesday 19 September 2017, 8.15am - 9.45am

Even in the comparatively short time since Richard and Daniel Susskind warned of the impact of Artificial Intelligence on the professions in their 2015 book, The Future of the Professions, technology has been moving forward. Firms are increasingly coming to terms with this new future and looking at what it means for their businesses and the professional services sector more widely – not least from the risk perspective.

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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