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Graham Bell

Practitioner. Trainer. Author.


Specialising in the management of strategic risks.

Risk and assurance professional with over 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.

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

Author of a full length management handbook, published by Kogan Page (2020). Journal articles published by Emerald and the University of Manchester.

Membership of BSI committees and Fellowship of the Institute for Strategy, Resilience & Security (ISRS) at University College London (UCL).

Experienced trainer, having designed and delivered institute-approved learning programmes and Ofqual-regulated courses

Broad experience including project and programme management, preparedness, performance improvement, safety, security and crisis management.

key achievement

Making a lasting contribution to the body of knowledge on risk management. Sharing that knowledge with others and bringing it to life in a variety of organisational settings.

applied skills

As a leading risk practitioner, I have the ability and willingness to challenge conventional thinking, offer effective solutions and deliver real value to Boards and senior management.

Professional Experience


Risk Strategy Consultant

Phoenix Group

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



AJC Bell Consulting Limited

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


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.


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.