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Paul Brady

A certified engineer, Paul transferred his inquisitive and solution finding nature to project controls, which in turn has led to a successful career in risk management.

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Senior Risk Consultant

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Risk management, project management, project controls, change management

About Paul

A certified engineer, Paul Brady transferred his inquisitive and solution finding nature to project controls, which in turn has led to a successful career in risk management. Through listening to clients and subsequently identifying that risks were being poorly defined, the senior risk consultant is now working determinedly to provide leading edge solutions which develop better risk data and improved target response action plans to reduce risk impact. Paul’s work consists of conducting cost analysis and assisting with risk reviews, identifying good risk data to leading workshops. As well as this, he plays a key role in liaising with risk owners through the management chain right up to Board level to ensure that the management of risk is embedded throughout the business and risks are both captured and escalated appropriately and efficiently.

Paul on the importance of risk professionals and the challenges they face

Paul describes risk professionals as fundamental in improving outputs of projects as well as providing greater understanding to the potential threats to the successful project delivery. By classifying and resolving actual causes and then implementing better risk management processes, Paul gives clients the capability to identify threats and opportunities, produce specific response actions and through analysis, conduct ‘what if’ scenarios to positively influence decisions to deliver projects quicker, safer and cheaper.  The Association for Project Management member acknowledges that one of the main challenges for the profession is data – both the sheer volume of it and the multitude of project control teams responsible for it.  By helping identify where data is inconsistent and how to understand it to assess the implications, Paul empowers project controls teams to put in place appropriate correction measures which provide clients with accurate assessments and recommendations and most importantly, an understanding of the data to manage their decision-making process. Paul continues to educate as many people as possible on these processes which in turn he hopes will see an increased prioritisation of risk management.

Paul’s professional aspirations

The next stage of his career will see Paul take on the role of Group risk manager where his focus will be to ensure that Costain is providing leading edge solutions in managing risk at all levels throughout the business and our projects.



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