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Graham Bell


Risk and assurance professional with over 30 years' international experience in management, training and consultancy across a variety of sectors, including manufacturing, telecoms, transport and energy. 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 one of the UK's largest retirement businesses.

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

Previous membership of technical and oversight committees at British Standards Institution (BSI) and Fellowship of the Institute for Strategy, Resilience & Security (ISRS) at University College London (UCL).

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

Experienced trainer, having designed and delivered institute-approved learning programmes and a unique Ofqual-regulated qualification course

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

key achievements

Making a lasting contribution to the body of knowledge in the risk domain, sharing that with others and bringing it to life in a variety of organisational settings.

Improving the processes and mechanisms which management rely upon to obtain independent information, and helping them to make better-informed strategic and operational decisions.

Successfully delivering complex projects for a range of clients and organisations, enabling regulatory deadlines and commercial targets to be met.

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

2021 - current

Independent Member and Chair of the Audit & Governance Committee

Transport for the North (TfN)

Risk Strategy role

Financial Services

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



Management Consultancy

Specialising in resilience, risk management and assurance. Delivering unique learning programmes and the only qualification course on organisational resilience recognised by Ofqual. Clients have included Virgin Group and HM Forces.


Specialist and Leadership roles

FTSE 25 Utility Company

Assurance, risk, project management and safety roles during a 15 year career, which culminated in a senior leadership, Group-level role.


Project Manager

Technology Company

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 multiple finance operations.


Management consultancy, following from customer and quality roles within manufacturing