Plenary Speakers

Elisabeth Pate Cornell PhotoMonday 26th September 09.30 - 10.30
Cyber Risk Analysis: Method and Illustrations
Elizabeth Pate-Cornell

Professor of Management Science and Engineering
Stanford University

Dr. M. Elisabeth Paté-Cornell's specialty is a professor of engineering and was the Founding Chair of the Department of Management Science and Engineering. Her specialty is risk analysis with application to complex systems (space, medical etc.). Her research has focused on explicit inclusion of human and organizational factors in the analysis of systems' failure risks. Her recent work is on the use of game theory in risk analysis with applications that have included counter-terrorism and nuclear counter-proliferation problems.
george-bearfieldTuesday 27th September 09.00 - 10.00
Safety reporting and analysis: A national step change for GB Rail
George Bearfield

Director of System Safety
Railway Safety and Standards Board

George Bearfield joined RSSB in 2006 and was appointed Director of System Safety in 2014. He is responsible for RSSB’s safety performance and risk management services.
George has a PhD in Computer Science, is a Chartered Engineer, a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and a Fellow of the Safety and Reliability Society.
simon-parsons2Tuesday 27th September 17.00 - 18.00
Building a reliable and resilient water supply
Simon Parsons

Director of Strategic Customer Service Planning- Scottish Water

Having joined Scottish Water in 2012 as Chief Scientist, I am now Director of Strategic Customer Service Planning, leading teams in regulation, water and waste water services, strategic review, science and innovation. It’s my responsibility to ensure customer needs and expectations are built into our strategies and plans for the future.
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Science in Occupational Safety and Health: Front line service or expensive luxury?
Professor Andrew Curran

Chief Scientific Adviser,
Health and Safety Executive

Professor Andrew Curran is Chief Scientific Adviser and Director of Research at the Health and Safety Executive. He has responsibility for the professional leadership of 850 scientists, engineers and physicians, and for development and delivery of HSE’s science strategy. He has oversight of HSE’s Scientific Advisory Committee on Workplace Health (WHEC), is the Chair of the Sheffield Group (global network of national health and safety research organisations), Chair of the Scientific Steering Group of PEROSH (Partnership for European Research in Occupational Safety and Health) and a Board Member of ICOH (International Commission for Occupational Health). He is an Honorary Professor at Sheffield University, and an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (UK)
Dr Jeremy Beeton, Co-Opted Member Wednesday 28th September 15.30 - 16.30
Managing Risk in Major Projects: A Strategic Perspective
Jeremy Beeton

Director Scottish and
Southern Energy
former Director General of the UK Government Olympic Executive

Jeremy was the Director General of the UK Government Olympic Executive, the lead government body for coordinating the 2012 London Olympics, and the body responsible for carrying out strategic level risk management.
Previously, he was Principal Vice-President of Bechtel Ltd, where he had responsibility for the management and delivery of civil engineering projects in infrastructure and aviation business lines. Currently he sits on the Advisory Board of PwC, is Chairman of Merseylink Ltd, and a Non-Executive Director of SSE plc and John Laing Group plc, as well as being a member of the Court of Strathclyde University
john-quigleyThursday 29th September 09.00 - 10.00
Empirical Bayes its Now, its Wow
John Quigley

Professor of Management Science and Operational Research
University of Strathclyde

John has just begun his tenure as Head of the Management Science Department at the University of Strathclyde and is a passionate Industrial Statistician. He has published widely in journals such as Risk Analysis, Statistical Science, European Journal of Operational Research, Reliability Engineering and System Safety, on his methodological research. He has considerable experience in engaging with industry to develop useful, novel statistical modelling solutions for risk and reliability challenges facing organisations such as Rolls Royce, Aero-Engine Controls, RSSB.
enrico-zioThursday 29th September 14.20 - 15.15
Question & Answer session on methodological and practical issues of broad interest regarding Safety and Reliability
Enrico Zio


Enrico Zio is former Chairman of the European Safety and Reliability Association (ESRA). He is currently the Director of the Chair on Systems Science and the Energetic Challenge of the Foundation Electricite' de France (EDF) at CentraleSupélec, Paris, France, full Professor and President of the Alumni Association at Politecnico di Milano, adjunct professor at University of Stavanger, Norway, City University of Hong Kong, Beihang University and Wuhan University, China and Co-Director of the Center for REliability and Safety of Critical Infrastructures (CRESCI) , China. His research focuses on the modelling of the failure-repair-maintenance behaviour of components and complex systems, for the analysis of their reliability, maintainability, prognostics, safety, vulnerability, resilience and security characteristics, and on the development and use of Monte Carlo simulation methods, artificial intelligence techniques and optimization heuristics.
terje-avenThursday 29th September 14.20 - 15.15
Question & Answer session on methodological and practical issues of broad interest regarding Safety and Reliability
Terje Aven


Professor Terje Aven Terje Aven is the current Chairman of the European Safety and Reliability Association (ESRA). He is Professor of Risk Assessment and Risk Management at the University of Stavanger (UiS), Centre for Risk Management and Societal Safety (SEROS), Norway. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Risk and Reliability. Terje has a broad background from industry, consulting companies and academic institutions. His research covers a variety of topics in the risk and reliability fields. Recently his main research interest has been foundational issues in risk analysis and risk management.