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Dr David Hillson
 CMgr FRSA FIRM FCMI HonFAPM PMI-Fellow is The Risk Doctor (  As an international risk consultant, David is recognised as a leading thinker and expert practitioner in risk management. He consults, writes and speaks widely on the topic and he has made several innovative contributions to the field. David’s motto is “Understand profoundly so you can explain simply”, ensuring that his work represents both sound thinking and practical application.

David Hillson has over 25 years’ experience in risk consulting and he has worked in more than 40 countries, providing support to clients in every major industry sector, including construction, mining, telecommunications, pharmaceutical, financial services, transport, fast-moving consumer goods, energy, IT, defence and government. David’s input includes strategic direction to organisations facing major risk challenges, as well as tactical advice on achieving value and competitive advantage from effectively managing risk.

David’s contributions to the risk discipline over many years have been recognised by a range of awards, including “Risk Personality of the Year” in 2010-11. He received both the PMI Fellow award and the PMI Distinguished Contribution Award from the Project Management Institute (PMI®) for his work in developing risk management. He is also an Honorary Fellow of the UK Association for Project Management (APM), where he has actively led risk developments for nearly 20 years.  David Hillson is an active Fellow of the Institute of Risk Management (IRM), and he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) to contribute to its Risk Commission. He is also a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and a Member of the Institute of Directors (IOD).

Dr Hillson can be contacted at [email protected].


Hillson D. A. 2004. “Effective opportunity management for projects: Exploiting positive risk.” Boca Raton, US: Taylor & Francis. ISBN 0-8247-4808-5

Hillson D. A. (ed) 2007. “The Risk Management Universe: A Guided Tour” (revised edition). London, UK: British Standards Institution. ISBN 0-580-43777-9

Hillson D. A. & Murray-Webster R. 2007. “Understanding and managing risk attitude” (second edition). Aldershot, UK: Gower. ISBN 978-0-566-08798-1

Murray-Webster R. & Hillson D. A. 2008. “Managing group risk attitude”. Aldershot, UK: Gower. ISBN 0-566-08787-1

Hillson D. A. 2009. “Managing risk in projects”. Farnham, UK: Gower. ISBN 978-0-566-08867-4

Hillson D. A. 2010. “Exploiting future uncertainty: Creating value from risk”. Farnham, UK: Gower. ISBN 978-1-4094-2341-6

Hillson D. A. (ed) 2011. “The Failure Files: Perspectives on failure.” Axminster, UK: Triarchy Press. ISBN 978-1-908009-30-2

Hillson D. A. & Simon P. W. 2012. “Practical project risk management: The ATOM Methodology” (second edition). Vienna, US: Management Concepts. ISBN 978-1-56726-366-4

Hillson D. A. & Murray-Webster R. 2012. “A short guide to risk appetite”. Aldershot, UK: Gower. ISBN 978-1-4094-4094-9

Hillson D. A. 2013. “Managing Risk: Best-practice and Next-practice”, (English & Chinese, e-book only)

Hillson D. A.. 2014. “The Risk Doctor’s Cures for Common Risk Ailments”. Vienna, US: Management Concepts. ISBN 978-1-56726-459-3

All Risk Doctor books are featured on the risk doctor website under Publications/Risk Doctor Books.  David Hillson also has an Amazon Author Page where they are all listed, and most are available in Kindle format.  People buying his books from Gower can get a 35% discount using the code G12GCW35.

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