Lessons from Grenfell Tower

Managing catastrophic risks - with Ken Rivers

At this event, Global President of the Institute of Chemical Engineers, Ken Rivers, will discuss lessons for CEOs from London’s Grenfell Tower fire, which killed 89 people in June 2017.

This event will focus on leadership issues, rather than technical ones, so will be relevant to any Forum CEO whose organisation has exposure to catastrophic risks. 

Ken is a former CEO of Refining NZ and was a founding member of the Forum. He will discuss what Grenfell Tower reveals about how leaders can be blind-sided by catastrophic risks – how they can just not see the catastrophe coming.

He will outline ways CEOs can improve protections for their organisation and people. This includes discussing the latest developments in process safety in industries like construction, rail and nuclear power.

Attendees will leave with a greater understanding of the leader’s role in managing catastrophic risks and pragmatic ideas they will be able to apply immediately within their business.

About Ken Rivers

Ken spent more than 30 years with Shell in the UK working on various aspects of refinery operations. During this time he became an expert on process safety, and Chair of the Buncefield Standards Task Group - a regulatory body set up to improve safety following a fire and explosion at the UK’s Buncefield oil depot in 2005. Ken moved to New Zealand in 2007 and joined Refining NZ as CEO. After returning to the UK in 2012 he became Chair of the Midstream Oil Sector Government Task Force, and Chair of the Control and Major Accident Hazards Strategic Forum. He was appointed President of the Institute of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) in May this year. IChemE is the global professional membership organisation for chemical, biochemical and process engineers. It has more than 40,000 members in around 100 countries



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