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25 April 2022 - 25 April 2022

1:00PM - 5:30PM

Careers in Risk event: TLC101, Teaching and Learning Centre, Durham University, South Road, Durham, DH1 3LS Networking event: Manley Room, Institute of Hazard, Risk & Resilience, Science Site, DH1 3LE

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Risk Masters careers event, 25th April 2022, from 1:00pm to 5:00pm.

Risk Masters Careers Event

25th April 2022, from 1:00pm to 5:00pm

The Risk Masters Programme has been running within the Geography Department since 2010 in collaboration with the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience. We offer both an MA and an MSc in Risk with specialist pathways in ‘Environmental Hazards’, ‘Climate, Risk and Society’ and ‘Security and Politics’. Our Risk Masters alumni have found careers in Risk very rewarding and varied.

Come and hear some of our alumni talk about their careers in Risk and get inspired!

The purpose of this event is to enable our current Risk Masters students to explore career opportunities relevant to their field of study and demonstrate how the skills learned on the course can be put into practice. However, if you are an undergraduate thinking about pursuing a Masters in Risk, then why not come along and hear more about where our Risk Masters can take you?

Our speakers will talk about their own careers in risk so far. There is also an opportunity to ask questions. Although the event is career, rather than recruitment focused, it is also an opportunity to find out more about the organisations our alumni work for. The event is open to all (please register prior to the event) and will be followed by a networking event (open to our current Risk Masters students only).

Register here:

The event will also be livestreamed via Zoom:  

Full programme:

Main event

13:00 – 13:15 - Introduction – Professor Julian Williams, Professor in Accounting and Finance and Executive Director, Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience, Durham University

Remarks – Dr Isabella Bovolo, Assistant Professor in Hydrology and Director of the Masters in Risk Programmes, Durham University

Remarks – Dr Carly Beckerman, Associate Professor in the International Relations of the Middle East and Co-Director of the Institute for Hazard, Risk and Resilience, Durham University

Chair: Professor Julian Williams


13:15 – 13:40 - David Bedlington, Project Director (River Thames Scheme, Datchet to Teddington), Environment Agency UK. (UG 1989-1993, PhD: 1989-1993), Executive non-departmental public body:    

Chair - Dr. Isabella Bovolo

13:40 – 14:00 - Luke Hewitson, Project Engineer, Cathie Group, UK. (MSc: 2019-20), Global offshore geoscience and geotechnical engineering consultancy:

14:00 – 14:20 - Callum Ellis, Senior Consultant, Marsh, UK (MSc 2017-18), Marsh, UK, Insurance Broking and Risk Management:

14:20 – 14:40 - Hannah Rigby, Project Manager and Christopher Gray, Surveyor, AG International Ltd, UK. (MSc: 2013-14), land surveyors in partnership with Church of England to survey, map, photograph and digitize all churches in England: (web-site under construction, see:

14:40 – 15:00 - BREAK

Chair - Dr. Carly Beckerman

15:00 – 15:20 - Nick Barber (consultant hydrologist), Water Management, Wood PLC (PDRA 2013-2021), A consulting business enabling more resilient environments, optimizing and innovating the design and development of assets in a transforming energy system and applying intelligent ecosystems to complex industrial and infrastructure facilties:

15:20 – 15:40 - James Ruddy, Resilience Planning and Continuity Officer, Newcastle City Council, UK (MA: 2016-17), Resilience and emergency planning, managing risks to the smooth delivery of a service, ensuring continuity of critical functions in the event of a disruption and effective recovery.

15:40 – 16:00 - Charlotte Granger, Graduate Flood Risk Consultant, Cotswold Transport Planning Ltd, UK (MSc 2019-20), Independent, multi-disciplinary transport and engineering consultancy

16:00 – 16:20, Oliver Carpenter Head of Environmental Risk Analytics, Resilience, UK (MSc 2016-17), via Zoom, climate and enterprise risk analytics start up working with corporates on risk management and net zero transformation:

16:20 – 16:25 - Summary 

16:25 – 17:30 - Networking event (IHRR Manley Room, Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience, Durham University, Science Site, Stockton Road, Durham, DH1 3LE) (pen to current Risk Masters students & Speakers only)

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