Dr Ruth Murray Webster

Please note that Dr Murray Webster is now employed as a Director by KPMG and is no longer available for consultation through this website.

I have more than 25 years experience as an organisational change practitioner and I have particular experience in the areas of project and programme management, quality management and business benefits realisation.

In my early career I worked as a manager with major players within the chemicals and nuclear sectors. In both arenas, I was responsible for leading significant programmes of business re-alignment and organisational change internationally.

From 1996 to 2014 I worked as an independent consultant on a wide range of client assignments across the programme, project and quality management disciplines utilising skills as a practitioner, trainer, coach and consultant.  I was a Managing Partner of Lucidus Consulting Ltd www.lucidusconsulting.com and also an active member of visiting faculty at Cranfield School of Management www.som.cranfield.ac.uk/som/icpm

In September 2014, I took a permanent role with KPMG LLP as Director in their Risk in the Boardroom practice. I will be putting my thinking on both risk and behavioural change to good effect. This means that I am no longer available to support people through the programmes on this site.

I have a collection of ‘badges’ including Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) Advanced Practitioner and a PRINCE2 practitioner and full membership of the UK Association for Project Management (APM), US Project Management Institute (PMI®) and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. I’m also a Chartered Quality Professional. I was awarded a Master of Business Administration degree from Henley Management College in 1999 where I carried out research into the effect of cultural differences on business success within international joint ventures. I gained an Executive Doctorate (DBA) at Cranfield School of Management, researching how people reconcile tensions between planned change objectives and prevailing organisational routines.

I am very interested in finding ways for people and teams to manage uncertainty and risk more effectively.  I’ve co-authored three books on the subject with David Hillson all published by Gower: ‘Understanding and Managing Risk Attitude’ 2005 (2nd edition, 2007), ‘Managing Group Risk Attitude’ 2008 and ‘A Short Guide to Risk Appetite’ 2012.

Working with Penny to write our book and develop support for practitioners when Facilitating Risk Management has been really exciting.  My experience working with all sorts of organisations tells me that facilitation is key to getting this right.

As if all this work stuff wasn’t enough (!) I have a great time with my family – my husband Fred, son Joshua, daughter Helen and dog Monty!