Dr Laurence Ball PhD MSc GradIOSH,
Dr Laurence Ball is a leading expert in the management of risk of leisure, sports activities and public safety. His expertise is underpinned by a PhD in risk management from King’s College London, an MSc in the same subject, and well over a decade of experience of expert witness services in relation to all manner of leisure and public safety accidents as well as more traditional OSH incidents. He is also a keen participant in sports and recreational activities, giving him immersive experience to add to his academic knowledge.
He has presented at international risk management conferences and published research in international academic journals on public safety and risk management, risk assessment, OSH, risks and benefits of leisure and proportionate risk management.
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Leading expert in cross-sectoral risk management decision-making.
The ultimate question for those managing risks can be expressed as the following: ‘How safe is safe enough?’Answering this is challenging. In recent years in UK policy circles this question has been couched more in terms of ‘proportionate’ decision-making. It reflects the fact that safety has a cost, in money or lost opportunities, and so we must decide what we want to regulate and what our priorities actually are. This is common to all sectors, from leisure, to aviation, to occupational health and safety (OHS).Dr Laurence Ball provides expert witness services, consulting and training to companies and government departments wishing to understand cutting-edge concepts in risk decision-making. He has extensive knowledge of risk management and its application to public life, sports and leisure.
He holds a PhD in Risk Management from King’s College London, an Msc in the same subject from Middlesex University, and a BA from Warwick University.He has presented at international risk management conferences and published a number of academic papers on public safety and risk management, risk assessment, OSH, risks and benefits of leisure, and proportionate risk management.
His recent research highlights the major contemporary issues in the management of risk, gleaned from interviews with over 30 senior risk leaders across various sectors.