Black Swans means business

Summary Managing its civil and national security risk is one of the greater challenges facing any government. The government should embrace modern qualitative and quantitative methods of risk management, as it is only with robust governance structures and cutting-edge risk management solutions created by modern enterprise that the government can begin to effectively cope with […]

A regime of individual accountability for the construction sector

Summary Dame Hackitt’s report on Review of Building Regulations and Safety presented to the Parliament in May 2018 by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government highlighted that there is ambiguity over where responsibility lies, exacerbated by a level of fragmentation within the industry, and precluding robust ownership of accountability. Similar issues […]

Mental health crisis and Secular Mindfulness

Summary Suicide is now the leading cause of death in British men under 40, and depression is rising among women. Adult mental health problems are experienced by 1 in 6 people at some stage during their lives in the UK. In January 2017, the Prime Minister (PM) pledged to strip away the stigma associated with […]

Black Swans and Brexit – Managing the Unknown-Unknown

Atula Abeysekera …there are also unknown unknowns — the ones we don’t know we don’t know. And if one looks throughout the history of our country and other free countries, it is [in this] category that tend to be the difficult ones.” (Donald Rumsfeld, 2002) Sometimes, from seemingly harmless causes come harmful effects. When those […]

Civilising our servants

The Civil Service reform plan, launched in 2012 by the last government, said that Civil Service leaders should demonstrate three qualities for the effective delivery of government policy. Civil servant should be inspiring about their work and futures; confident in their engagement with others; and able to empower their teams to deliver. In a fast-changing, […]

My Next Generation

In a fast changing political and digital world where there are high operational and political risks, different leadership qualities are needed from millennials (those born between 1980 and 2000) in order to create the next generation of leaders. We believe that there are three skill attributes that are needed for the next generation: 1.To innovate […]


This is our second paper on flood defences in the UK. The first paper published on 2nd of May 2016 focused on risk management and this paper discusses methods of funding for flood defences. The 2015/16 winter flooding cost the UK £2bn, of which £1.4bn was paid by insurers. The Government has committed to spending […]