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Graham Bell

Practitioner. Trainer. Author.

Summary

Specialising in resilience, preparedness and the management of strategic risks.

Risk and assurance professional with 30 years' international experience in management, training and consultancy roles across manufacturing, telecoms, transport and energy sectors. This includes work assignments in the US and Middle East, a track record of successful project delivery, and leadership roles with a FTSE top 25 company. Currently working in Financial Services for the UK's largest long-term savings and retirement business, Phoenix Group.

Author of The Organizational Resilience Handbook, published by Kogan Page (2020), and The Complete Post-Pandemic Resilience Toolkit (2021). Journal articles published by Emerald and others in 2020 and 2021.

Independent Member of the Audit & Governance Committee at Transport for the North (TfN), an oversight committee of TfN’s board.

Founder of the CORP Academy and the Certified Organisational Resilience Practitioner (CORP) programmes, offering institute-approved learning to the highest grade of professional membership (FInstLM) and an Ofqual-regulated qualification course in Organisational Resilience. 

Member of the BSI Committee tasked with establishing new guidance for organisations on the subject of risk, having previously supported the 2021 revision of BS 65000, Organisational Resilience. Member of the main BSI Committee with responsibility for resilience and business continuity standards.

Trademark owner of the Organisational Resilience Capability Model® (ORCM). 

Wider experience including project and programme management, corporate governance, business continuity, performance improvement, safety, security and crisis management.

Fellowship of the Institute for Strategy, Resilience & Security (ISRS) at University College London (UCL), and previously a Fellow at the Institute of Strategic Risk Management (ISRM).

key achievements

  • Providing thought-leadership and innovation on the topics of risk and resilience.
  • Building and enhancing resilience capability in complex organisations.
  • Managing a variety of strategic risk and assurance programmes.
  • Establishing a new competency-based programme for professional certification.
  • Authoring a full-length management text for award-winning publishers Kogan Page.
  • Publishing an extensive new toolkit for practitioners during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Design and delivery of public training courses and qualification programmes.

key Skills

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Risk

I am a leading risk practitioner with the ability and willingness to challenge conventional thinking and to offer real value to Boards and senior management.

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Resilience

Experience of the design and delivery of new resilience capability has enabled me to create unique models and frameworks together with a qualification programme for practitioners.

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Projects

In addition to successful delivery of client assignments, I have led 3 major organisational design, business separation and merger projects.

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Training

I ran my first public training course, in the Middle East, over 20 years ago, and now deliver an Ofqual-regulated award programme for clients and as a public course.

Professional Experience

2021current

Risk Strategy Consultant

Phoenix Group

Researching, recommending and implementing best practice on managing the Group's emerging risks, strategic risks and risk culture.

2018current

Director

AJC Bell Consulting Limited

Specialising in Organisational Resilience, Risk Management and Assurance and delivering the only qualification course on organisational resilience formally recognised by Ofqual. Clients have included BBC, Virgin Group and HM Forces.

20022018

Specialist and Leadership roles

National Grid

Assurance, Risk, Project Management and Safety roles during a 15 year career, which culminated in a Senior Leadership, Group-level role.

20002002

Project Manager

Marconi plc

Process redesign and performance improvement projects, including the design of a new Finance Shared Services organisation covering 2300 staff and implementation of European single currency (Euro) across finance operations.

Organisational resilience capability model®

I have designed and secured trademark protection for a new multi-dimensional approach to the study of resilience, and it is this model which forms the basis of my Ofqual-regulated management qualification programme and The Organizational Resilience Handbook. The model provides a strategic framework for the consideration of risk.

Through self-assessment, application of the Organisational Resilience Capability Model® (ORCM) can help practitioners develop an in-depth understanding of resilience within the context of their own organisation. In doing so, the model also provides the structures necessary to engage with senior management in developing meaningful and effective strategies for achieving greater resilience.

As part of the qualification course, the ORCM is presented alongside the Resilience as Power™ framework and in support of Modelling Future State Resilience™, both of which aim to reflect the realities of the post-pandemic environment.

CORP™️ Academy

Founded in 2020, The CORP Academy offers access to the very best in organisational resilience training and learning resources, and is dedicated to supporting practitioners in their understanding and application of resilience thinking, be that in relation to a formal qualification, certified professional status or simply in pursuit of information and knowledge.

By focusing on evidence and a commitment to viewing resilience as a strategic capability, Certified Organisational Resilience Practitioner (CORP) status offers meaningful professional certification to candidates from all backgrounds and from any organisational setting. The Academy offers three levels of certified status, from entry-level through to senior professionals and executive management.

The Academy continues to lead the way in applied resilience thinking, and has been awarded Institute Approved status for its leadership programmes - a kite-mark of quality from one of the UK’s leading management institutes.