The authors, Penny Pullan and Ruth Murray-Webster, started to work together in the spring of 2009. We realised very quickly that combining our skills and experience would give a unique view on what makes risk work. Within a very short space of time, we were working with clients to improve their management of risk. By late 2009, our proposal for a book was accepted by Gower and ‘A Short Guide to Facilitating Risk Management’ came out in 2011. Now we’re working with companies and individuals all over the world to support them as they facilitate risk management in their organisations.

Here is a bit more about the two of us:

Penny Pullan
Dr Penny Pullan is Director of Making Projects Work Ltd. Penny is a highly-qualified project manager, facilitator and trainer, with a broad experience both inside multinational companies and as an external consultant. Penny is experienced in facilitating risk workshops and equipping others to do so.

The majority of Penny Pullan’s work is with people in multinational organisations who are grappling with tricky projects and programmes of change. Tricky usually means a combination of:

  • risky, with uncertain outcomes;
  • working with virtual team members dispersed around the globe;
  • complex and often ambiguous requirements;
  • complex and often culturally diverse mix of stakeholders, who need to be interested, engaged and involved.
  • With this context, Penny brings order and clarity, providing support and tools to cut through the problems and to emerge
    successful, delivering benefits at the same time as developing the individuals involved. Her facilitation skills are fundamental
    to her work, especially in risk management.

    Penny is an entertaining and engaging public speaker, dramatically illustrating how you can apply the tips and
    tricks described in this book to powerful effect in your own organisation.
    Clients of Penny’s company, Making Projects Work Ltd, include Novo Nordisk, Abbott Laboratories, AstraZeneca, Johnson
    & Johnson, Quintiles, the UK NHS and other government departments, ESI, the National Grid, several leading UK
    Universities and international charities, banks, insurance companies, telecoms and IT providers.
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    Ruth Murray-Webster is Director of Lucidus Consulting Limited. Ruth is a highly-qualified and respected business consultant, with broad experience in managing organisational change in a cross-cultural context and across a wide range of sectors, and a particular interest in the human aspects of effective change management. She is co-author of two earlier Gower books, Understanding and Managing Risk Attitude (2007) and Managing Group Risk Attitude (2008), both with Dr David Hilson.