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Risk Culture and Effective Risk Governance

Edited By Patricia Jackson


Editor Patricia Jackson of EY is the Head of Financial Regulatory Advice for Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa. With over 25 years of experience in the banking and regulation sectors, as well as with the Bank of England, Patricia is uniquely qualified to lead this project on the subject of risk culture and governance.

Click here to hear Patricia's answers to some key questions on risk culture.

After the financial crisis, banks and insurance companies were forced to get to grips with the ecosystem that had led to huge, and endemic, losses. Attention on this issue has intensified due to the exposure of high-profile conduct issues such as the LIBOR scandal. Developing and instilling an effective and measurable risk culture has emerged as a key issue for senior management and the board. Boards and regulators must focus on how firms can assess risk culture and achieve the desired philosophy throughout an international organisation.

“The editor, Patricia Jackson, who has wide experience in the risk management field, has brought together an impressive array of authors to look at the nexus of factors which influence risk culture and at ways that an organisation can go about strengthening culture.”
Sir David Walker

Publish date: 30 Sep 2014

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Risk culture and safety cultures are a central issue for firms within all industries, with high profile cases of excessive risk taking or the bad behaviour of employees in many different sectors making headlines. In financial services this is one of the factors behind the crisis, but has also surfaced even more damagingly post-crisis in the form of conduct scandals such as LIBOR and various mis-selling cases.

Those controlling firms should be asking themselves how they can develop, instil and measure risk culture. Expectations from investors and, for the appropriate sectors, from regulators, have ratcheted up. With regard to the financial services, the FSB has issued a range of papers emphasising the changes they expect to see. The PRA in the UK has made clear that they expect culture to support the prudent management of all banks and insurers and are planning to use new tools to enforce this.

Patricia Jackson has assembled an all-star cast of contributors to examine the different factors which will influence an effective risk culture. There are many different aspects of risk culture which are covered, from an embedded risk appetite, values, and leadership from the top, through to incentives, accountability, and risk transparency, all of which need to come together to ensure a strong culture.

Risk Culture and Effective Risk Governance uses many examples from different industries, such as financial services, transport, oil and gas, and the NHS, to illustrate the various arguments. Patricia has written an introduction which consolidates and clarifies the central themes, examining why risk cultures fail and the lessons to be learnt from different industries regarding a way forward. The regulatory viewpoint for financial services is reflected in four chapters written by senior regulators from different countries.

Chapters include:

  • The Views of the PRA on Risk Culture and Risk Governance in Banks and Insurers (Andrew Bailey and John Sutherland)
  • Creating a Culture of Success: Reducing the Likelihood of Conduct Failures (Brendon Young, ORRF Risk Research Foundation)
  • Risk Culture and Risk Appetite: A Regulatory View (Michael Alix, Federal Reserve, Bank of New York)
  • The Role of Whistleblowing (Carol Sergeant, Danske Bank)
  • Risk Transparency and Risk Culture for Financial Institutions (Sylvie Matherat, Banque de France)

Risk Culture and Effective Risk Governance will empower boards and senior management grappling with risk culture. It will enable them to better understand and challenge the current state of play in their organisation, create systems for measuring risk culture, and set up the right frameworks and accountabilities to deliver an effective risk culture going forward.

Book details

Book - 9781782720997 / eBook - 9781782721925
Publish date
30 Sep 2014
155mm x 235mm

Editor biography

Patricia Jackson

Patricia Jackson advises major financial institutions on risk governance covering areas such as risk appetite, risk culture and stress testing. She is a member of the EY Global Regulatory Network, having joined EY as a partner in in 2004 to lead the banking risk practice. She has led an annual EY/IIF industry survey on risk governance since the crisis. Previously, Patricia was a senior official at the Bank of England and head of the Financial Industry and Regulation Division. She represented the UK on the Basel Committee for Banking Supervision, and is the non-executive deputy chairman and chair of the risk committee of CHAPS Co. Patricia is an adjunct professor at Imperial College, on the council of SUERF and a trustee of the Centre for Economic Policy Research, and has published papers on risk topics and the global financial crisis.

Table of contents

1. Introduction: Understanding Risk Culture and What To Do About It
Patricia Jackson (EY)

2. Risk Culture:  Definitions, Change Practices and Challenges for Chief Risk Officers
Mike Power (London School of Economics), Simon Ashby (Plymouth University) and Tommaso Palermo (London School of Economics)

3. Risk Culture: A View from the Board
Louise Redmond (Risk Culture Insights)

4. The Views of the PRA on Risk Culture and Risk Governance in Banks and Insurers
Andrew Bailey and John Sutherland (Prudential Regulatory Authority)

5. Risk Culture and Risk Appetite: A Regulatory View
Michael Alix (Federal Reserve, Bank of New York)

6. The Investor Perspective on Risk Culture
Peter Montagnon (Institute of Business Ethics)

7. Values Driven Performance Measurement
Robert Potter (Hays Group) and Miriam Earley (Jardine Lloyd Thompson)

8. Creating a Culture of Success: Reducing the Likelihood of Conduct Failures
Brendon Young (ORRF Risk Research Foundation)

9. Internal Audit and Risk Culture
Stephen Gregory (EY)

10. Compensation and Risk: Regulation and Design of Incentive Schemes
José Luis López del Olmo (Banco de Espana)

11. A View from the Remuneration Committee: Emerging Good Practice in the UK
Alan Judes (Strategic Remuneration)

12. Risk Transparency and Risk Culture for Financial Institutions
Sylvie Mathérat (Banque de France)

13. The Importance of Risk Data and IT for a Strong Risk Culture
Andrew Cross and Darren Smith (RBS)

14. The Role of Whistleblowing
Carol Sergeant (Danske Bank)


"In the wake of the financial crisis, authorities expect the leaders of financial firms to ensure there is an appropriate risk culture to maintain soundness. This means considering capacity and appetite to take risk and addressing the wider factors which affect behaviour of staff and strength of risk management. Patricia Jackson and the contributing authors tackle all these elements making this an important book for boards and senior management."

Svein Andresen, Secretary General, FSB

"Boards need to consider the prevailing culture in an organisation and how risks are managed. This is as true of a large industrial company or utility as it is of a bank. This book draws on a wide range of expertise and perspectives to provide an accessible guide for boards and senior management on how to create effective risk governance and a strong risk culture. I believe all those involved in running companies will find it valuable."

Sir John Parker, Chairman Anglo American PLC

Customer Reviews

Average customer reviews for Risk Culture and Effective Risk Governance

Great Book

This is a good book that covers risk culture in a very comprehensive way.
Review by Ravi , 07/06/2015

very informative book on Risk Culture

This book discusses both Risk Culture and Risk Governance. Most of the chapters cover topics from the following triangle: risk appetite, risk governance and risk culture. Each chapter with different perspectives. It offers a great insight in the many aspects of risk culture.

In the current times, actual topics are for instance the role of the CRO and remuneration issues. Although all chapters are useful, the second chapter provided very useful groundwork with a fundamental discussion on Risk Culture. This chapter is based on thorough academic research. Also the chapter from the investor perspective provided fresh insights away from the image of harsh profit-seeking shareholders. Finally, I found the discussions on whistle blowing very useful.

Although the target audience of this book is most likely the financial industry, this book also draws important lessons from other industries such as airlines and oil companies where failures could potentially lead to dramatic consequences.
Review by Rene , 10/04/2015

Patricia Jackson's book is a major contribution to advancing our of risk culture and governance

Patricia Jackson's book is a major contribution to advancing our understanding of risk culture and governance. By bringing together the perspectives from leading industry directors, executives, regulators and academics, the book is a comprehensive assessment of the key factors at play as organisations face the challenge of strengthening risk culture and governance frameworks. There are insightful examples of influences on, and the outcomes of, risk culture that take an esoteric topic and make it tangible. The book provides a practical framework for thinking about how to measure the behaviours and attitudes toward risk and how to manage them.
Review by Caroline McCombe , 07/01/2015

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