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Dr David Hillson

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Dr David Hillson HonFAPM PMI-Fellow CFIRM CMgr FCMI, known globally as The Risk Doctor,  leads The Risk Doctor Partnership (, a global consultancy offering specialist risk services across the world.

David has a reputation as an excellent speaker and presenter on risk. His talks blend thought-leadership with practical application, presented in an accessible style that combines clarity with humour, guided by the Risk Doctor motto: “Understand profoundly so you can explain simply”.

He also writes widely on risk, with twelve major books, and over 100 professional papers. He publishes a regular Risk Doctor Briefing blog in seven languages to 10,000 followers, and there are over 10,000 subscribers to the RiskDoctorVideo YouTube channel (

David has advised leaders and organisations in nearly 60 countries around the world on how to create value from risk based on a mature approach to risk management, and his wisdom and insights are in high demand. He has also received many awards for his ground-breaking work in risk management over several decades.

David can be contacted at


Hillson D. A. 2019. “Capturing upside risk: Finding and managing opportunities in projects” Boca Raton, US: Taylor & Francis. ISBN 978-0-8153-8251-5

Hillson D. A. (ed.) 2016. “The Risk Management Handbook: A practical guide to managing the multiple dimensions of risk”. London, UK: Kogan Page. ISBN 978-0-7494-7882-7

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Risk Doctor Collection is described in a little more detail here.

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 Routledge, Taylor & Francis or CRC Press can get a 30% discount using the code ADC30.

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