Risk Doctor awards include the following:

2013 PMI David I. Cleland PM Literature Award

As part of the Risk Doctor commitment to thought-leadership in the risk field, David Hillson has written a number of major books on risk-related topics. His book “Practical Project Risk Management: The ATOM Methodology” (second edition), co-authored with Peter Simon in 2012, offers a realistic and proven scaleable approach to project risk management that really works, packed with tips and hints to demystify the risk process and support real-world application.

The Project Management Institute (PMI) presents the PMI David I. Cleland Project Management Literature Award each year to recognise the publication that most significantly advances project management knowledge, concepts and practice. The award this year went to “Practical Project Risk Management”, and was presented to David and Peter in New Orleans at the PMI Global Congress in October 2013 (click here to view ceremony).


2011 PMI Eric Jenett Project Management Excellence Award

In November 2011 the Project Management Institute (PMI) recognised David’s continuing achievements in the field of project risk management by presenting him with the PMI Eric Jenett Project Management Excellence Award. This recognises and honours an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the profession, demonstrating leadership and initiative while advancing both theoretical concepts and practical application.

David Hillson received the award at the PMI UK Synergy conference at London’s O2 venue. “I’m pleased to follow in Eric Jenett’s footsteps and make my own small contribution to the project management world, at least in my own specialism of risk management,” said David. “This award was made more poignant by the fact that Mr Jenett died two weeks before I received it.” The award trophy is an original bronze sculpture by acclaimed American artist Thomas Parker Emery, representing a combination of wisdom, strength and effort using imagery of an owl, a white oak and a drop of sweat. Click here for the press release.
Dr Hillson receiving the 2011 Eric Jenett Award at the O2 (click here to view)

2010-11 IRM “Risk Personality of the Year” Award

Click to enlarge awardDavid Hillson was named by the Institute of Risk Management as "Risk Personality of the Year" for 2010-11. He was the first recipient of this inaugural award presented by the Institute of Risk Management (IRM) and Risk Management Professional magazine. This award honours the individual whose contribution to improving risk management knowledge and standards extends way beyond their organisation. The winner is someone whose experience and expertise enables them to effectively promote the message of strong risk management, and who provides inspiration to their peers.

Presented by comedian Chris Barrie, Dr Hillson received the award in November 2010 at a gala dinner in London at the risk industry's equivalent of the Oscars, attended by hundreds of leading risk professionals. In naming David Hillson as "Risk Personality of the Year" the judges described him as "a larger-than-life character, who has himself become a well-known brand." They commented that "David is especially noted for his work on effective project and programme risk management, and in the areas of risk communication and risk culture." Click here to read the press release, and click here to read how this award was reported in the local press.

2010 CMI Chartered Fellow Award

Click to enlarge awardThe Chartered Management Institute (CMI) is committed to raising the performance of business by championing management, through supporting individuals and organisations, and through engaging policy makers and key influencers in government. In March 2010 David Hillson became one of the first recipients of Chartered Manager status awarded by CMI using the new fast-track process.

Chartered Manager is the hallmark of a professional manager. It is awarded to those who can prove that they have made a difference to the bottom line, consistently delivering positive business impact through leading people and managing change. Chartered Manager is recognised internationally across all business sectors and industries.

David's citation mentioned his success in providing strategic direction to Risk Doctor & Partners, developing the company into an international risk consultancy with clients in over forty countries. Today the Risk Doctor brand is recognised and respected globally, with a reputation for combining leading-edge expert thinking with practical application. As a Fellow of CMI, David’s chartered status allows him to be recognised as one of only a few Chartered Fellows of the Institute.

2010 Project Management Institute Fellow Award

Click to enlarge awardDr David Hillson has been an active contributor to the Project Management Institute (PMI®) for over a decade, especially in developing the field of project risk management. In October 2010 PMI recognised David's achievements by appointing him as a PMI Fellow, the only person to receive this award in 2010.

The PMI Fellow Award is PMI's highest and most prestigious individual honour. It is presented to members who have made a sustained and significant contribution to PMI and to the project management profession, advancing the state-of-the-art and promoting professionalism. Dr Hillson received the award at a ceremony in Washington DC, USA, joining an elite group of about sixty project management pioneers and experts. Click here for the press release, and click here to view the awards ceremony.

2008 Honorary Fellow of the Association for Project Management

Click to enlarge awardDavid Hillson was awarded an Honorary Fellowship in February 2008 by the UK Association for Project Management (APM). The citation mentions his role as a leading thinker and practitioner in improving project risk management, as well as his contributions to the APM over many years. His particular role in building links between APM and other professional bodies was noted, including with the Institute of Risk Management (IRM) and the Project Management Institute (PMI).

David has a particular interest in project risk management, and he has served as Chairman, Deputy Chairman and Secretary of the APM Risk Specific Interest Group (SIG), as well as co-editing three major risk guides for APM. “I have always tried to promote project risk management and the Association, and I hope that this honour will help me continue to do that more effectively” said David, who joins a small and distinguished group of high achievers in the field.

2007 RSA Fellow

Click to enlarge awardIn January 2007 David Hillson was elected as a Fellow of the prestigious Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce, better known as the RSA. This was founded in 1754 as a force for change in the world, with the mission “To embolden enterprise, enlarge science, refine art, improve our manufactures and extend our commerce.”

David joined a group of 25,000 leading professionals who have demonstrated sustained achievement, with proven intellectual and creative ability. He was initially elected to contribute to the RSA Risk Commission. He later led the RSA Fellows project on societal attitudes to failure, and is editor of The Failure Files. Following his election David said “The RSA has a clear leadership position in terms of thinking and influence. Being involved with the RSA as a Fellow should enable me to make a more significant contribution; I hope it will act as an amplifier for my own efforts.”

2004 National PM Association of Taiwan, Honorary Advisor in Risk

Click to enlarge awardIn June 2004 David Hillson made his first visit to Taiwan to conduct a range of consultancy and training engagements. At the conclusion of this trip he made a series of presentations to the Institute of Project Management Research which forms part of the National Project Management Association of Taiwan.

David was honoured to be appointed as an Honorary Advisor in Risk to the Institute, reflecting his role as a thought leader and expert practitioner, together with his contributions to building risk management capability and knowledge in Taiwan.

2003 Fellow of the Institute of Risk Management

Click to enlarge awardFellowship is the most senior grade of membership for the UK Institute of Risk Management (IRM), and demonstrates a firm commitment to the highest standards of personal development and professional status. In March 2003 IRM introduced a new route to Fellowship, in addition to the well-established examination route. The new approach recognised the value of experience in the field. Dr David Hillson was among the first batch of applicants to be elected as a Fellow of the IRM (FIRM) on this basis. Since his election he has been active in several of the IRM Specific Interest Groups (SIGs), and has contributed to various IRM thought-leadership papers.

2002 PMI Distinguished Contribution Award

Click to enlarge awardEach year the Project Management Institute (PMI) honours a few members who have made outstanding contributions to developing the profession of project management. In October 2002 David Hillson was awarded the PMI Distinguished Contribution Award for his work in promoting project management in Europe, as well as his sustained contribution to developing the field of risk management. The citation also mentioned David’s ground-breaking work in producing the risk management chapter of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK®) 2000 Edition, which presented a completely revised risk process reflecting current international best practice. Dr Hillson received the award from the PMI Board at a ceremony in San Antonio, Texas (click here to view)

2002 PMI European Congress Palme D’Or Award for best paper

Click to enlarge awardThe “Project Management Festival” was held in Cannes France during June 2002, as a celebration of the best in project management. Around 500 delegates gathered for the annual PMI Europe 2002 conference to hear from leading thinkers and practitioners. New for this year was a series of awards, modelled on the famous Cannes Film Festival. A “Palme d’Or” prize was presented to the best paper in each of the eight tracks, selected by the track chair and organising committee. Delegates also voted on the “Prix du Public”, presented to the best paper in the conference. David Hillson won both the Palme d’Or for the risk management track, and also the overall Prix du Public, for his paper introducing the concept and use of the Risk Breakdown Structure. Click here to read the award-winning RBS paper.

1999 PMI Risk SIG Significant Contribution Award

Click to enlarge awardDavid Hillson was a Founder (charter) member of the Project Management Institute’s Risk Management Specific Interest Group (PMI RiskSIG) in 1998, and was an active contributor to every project sponsored by the RiskSIG (including Risk Management Maturity Model [RMMM] project, Universal Risks project, Project Risk Management Handbook project, Risk Tools project, Risk Bibliography project, Risk Guroup project, Risk Webinars project). He also served as Director of Technical Development for the RiskSIG. In October 1999 the RiskSIG presented David with a Significant Contribution Award, recognising his input of significant new content to the revision of the risk management chapter of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK®), for example inclusion of opportunities in the risk process, development of risk response strategies, Risk Breakdown Structure, risk metalanguage etc.