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risk management

Andy Abu-Bakar

As risk and assurance director, Andy is accountable for implementing a clearly defined risk framework across the business and ensuring that risk is integrated into key processes.

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Risk and assurance director

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Risk management, project controls, project and programme management

About Andy

Following an early career in engineering and a period as a project manager and project controls consultant working on various defence and aerospace projects, Andy Abu-Bakar switched focus to risk management in 2013. His systems engineering background provides a thorough appreciation of the scope of complex programmes and of the root causes of uncertainty. As risk and assurance director, Andy is responsible for helping Costain’s clients meet their risk management challenges through improving risk practice and awareness, developing quantitative analysis solutions and providing advice on risk-related strategy and project delivery matters. Currently, he is actively working with clients in both the public and private sector to develop risk systems, improve control of - and confidence in - project delivery and help direct investment in activities which will maximise the life of critical assets.

On overcoming the main challenges in the supply chain for project controls risk professionals

Andy recognises that the wide range of processes, tools and techniques, combined with the sheer volume of data can sometimes distract project controls practitioners from understanding what’s going on and informing decision making: he believes that focusing on the quality of data and adopting appropriate levels of process sophistication are crucial to making a positive impact.

Andy’s professional achievements

Andy is passionate about helping organisations get better value from risk management effort by doing the basics well and establishing the right culture and environment from the outset. He has implemented enterprise risk solutions, led project controls for major programmes and delivered risk improvement programmes for clients, combining practice changes with training and coaching. Andy is an MSP and MoR practitioner, a member of the Association of Project Managers and a Chartered Engineer.

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