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13th January 2009
Press Release
Maidenhead, Berks, UK


Strategic Thought strengthens team of Risk Practioners with appointment of Alastair Allison as Head of Risk Management Services

Enterprise Risk Management company meets customer demand for consultancy and implementation services for ERM strategies

Strategic Thought Group, creator of risk management software Active Risk Manager (ARM) has appointed Alastair Allison as Head of Risk Management Services. The new appointment further strengthens the company’s team of expert Risk Practioners, formed to meet the increased demand by customers for Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) implementation specialists. Strategic Thought has already built a credible reputation with many government and large enterprise customers for its successful programme deployment of ERM strategies and practice.

Alastair Allison has over twenty years of risk, crisis management, project and programme management experience. Reporting direct to board level, he was Enterprise Risk Manager for Paradigm Secure Communications Ltd, the first commercial company to provide secure satellite communications to the UK Ministry of Defence and other international customers. At Paradigm Allison was responsible for developing the project and programme risk management practices along with business risk practices to support wider business needs including legal and commercial risks.

Prior to joining Paradigm, Allison was a Senior Consultant with Vectra Ltd, advising commercial & military organisations on dealing with risks that might impact strategic & detailed business objectives. Allison began his career within the UK Royal Air Force, rising to Commissioned Officer where he was recognised as a subject matter expert in technical project management, business continuity and risk assessment. He has extensive experience in developing best practices and in leading multi-disciplinary teams.

Alastair Allison commented, “It is as important for large corporate and government organisations to ensure that they have reviewed and are prepared for dealing with risks and opportunities that may impact their ability to meet strategic and business objectives. Organisations should create a risk strategy at boardroom level outlining the risk capability they want to achieve to add real value to the business, and then implement it operationally to ensure compliance through the right management policies.

“Joining Strategic Thought will enable me to use my expertise to assist organisations develop and implement an effective risk management framework. The rewards of adopting such practice can not only affect the bottom line and provide competitive advantage but also result in better utilisation of limited resource.”

Martin Metcalf, Chief Executive Officer of Strategic Thought stated, “Alastair’s appointment strengthens Strategic Thought’s expert team who have hands-on experience of setting enterprise-wide risk-reward strategies and implementing ERM programmes in major organisations. In today’s environment, Enterprise Risk Management is an essential part of operations. Many organisations have recognised the need to have ERM in place, but the real value is implementing effective programmes and developing best practice that delivers real benefits to the organisation.”
Active Risk Manager is currently in use by many of the world’s largest organizations including Northrop Grumman, NASA, Nestle and Network Rail.
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Active Risk Manager from Strategic Thought Group plc
Strategic Thought Group (STG) provides risk/reward-focused software and services to enable true enterprise-wide risk management. Active Risk Manager™ (ARM) from STG is the world's leading web-based Enterprise Risk Management system. ARM enables the identification, registration, communication, analysis and management of risks and opportunities.
ARM aids compliance with project, operational and enterprise-wide guidelines. The effective management of risks and opportunities allows companies to act within corporate governance requirements and industry standards while balancing the risk/reward mix to maximise the return on opportunities.
STG was founded in the UK in 1987 and opened offices in the US in 2004. Active Risk Manager is used by major organisations around the globe including BAE Systems, British Nuclear Group, Rio Tinto, Lockheed Martin, Nestle, NASA, London Underground, Raytheon and SABIC.

For further information and a detailed view of Strategic Thought's products and services visit www.strategicthought.com or call +44 (0)1628 582500 (EMEA) or +1 703 673 9580 (Americas).

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