Grant Purdy ISO 31000
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Grant Purdy is an Associate Director of Broadleaf.

Grant Purdy has specialised in the practical application of risk management for over 35 years, working across a wide range of industries and in many countries. He coaches, mentors and supports organisations in developing and implementing enterprise, strategic and project risk management, specialising in the tactics for the take-up, customisation and integration of 'bespoke' risk management frameworks and processes.  Working with executive teams and boards, he ensures they adopt sound governance practices for major decisions and receive appropriate reports and information.

Grant is a facilitator, mentor and change agent and an accomplished trainer and public speaker with many published papers and articles.  He has just stood down after seven years as chair of the Standards Australia and Standards New Zealand Risk Management Committee that was responsible for AS/NZS 4360 and is a co-author of the 2004 version of the Standard and the associated handbook of best practice.

Grant Purdy: ISO 31000

Grant was the nominated expert on the ISO Working Group on Risk Management that wrote ISO 31000:2009 and has co-authored a number of other risk management publications. He is now Head of Delegation for Australia to ISO PC 262 that is writing ISO 31004, the implementation guide to ISO 31000:2009.

Often our clients want a new framework for risk management developed or their current approach appraised and upgraded.  Grant has developed new and substantially amended frameworks for many large clients in both public and government sectors.  He has a very diverse range of clients including Xstrata plc and Santos in the resources sector, the utility companies ElectraNet and Eskom, Departments of Transport in several states, railway organisations such as Transnet and Railcorp and major contractors like as Leighton Holdings and Downer.

Before joining Broadleaf, Grant led the global Risk Management team at BHP Billiton that created the Enterprise-wide Risk Management framework and strategy that is now recognized as world best practice within the resources sector.  This has developed one consistent process for the management of all types of risks, now applied every day in support of decision making at over 120 BHP Billiton assets and sites throughout the world.  In particular, Grant has been most successful in integrating risk management into all major investment projects for the company.

This work continued under Broadleaf where he has assisted Anglo American develop and build a risk-based approach and capability for competent independent reviews, developed the Xstrata Coal project risk management system and helped Newcrest Gold develop a multi-phase investment opportunity and governance system or major capital projects.

Prior to working at BHP Billiton, Grant led a number of consultancy groups who provided risk management services to large organizations in many countries.

  • For Arthur Andersen, Grant was a Director of the Australian EWRM team and provided services to clients as diverse as Melbourne Ports Authority, Santos, NRG Flinders Power, TXU and the South Australian Emergency Services Unit.


ISO 31000

ISO 31000

Grant has been instrumental in the development of ISO Risk Management Standard 31000.  Click on the image below for further details of Broadleaf's approach to the issues raised by ISO 31000 and a page of downloads of ISO 31000 documentation. 

ISO 31000 page


  • For four years, as Managing Director of Aon Pacific Risk Consultants (previously Pacific Risk Management), Grant led major risk studies for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Orica, Amcor, Amatek, Bankers Trust, Lend Lease, RAC, ARTC, Justice Portfolio, Public Trustee of SA, Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal and many other clients.
  • As Technical Director of International Risk Control Africa, Grant and his team provided risk management services to many of the major mining houses in South Africa.  Clients included JCI, Spoornet, Goldfields, SASOL, AECI (ICI), SAPPI, Transnet and Anglo American.
  • For 7½ years Grant was Manager of Operations for DNV Technica in the UK.  This consultancy was at the forefront of risk management practice.  He led projects as diverse as the risk assessment for the Second Runway at Manchester Airport, the risk assessment of all gas gathering facilities for Saudi Aramco and the development of the 'Manager' safety management audit protocol for the European Community.
  • Grant spent 12½ years with the UK Health and Safety Executive.  For the Major Hazards Assessment Unit, he developed the first Quantitative Risk Assessment methodologies for HSE and became national specialist on the risk assessment of toxic gas installations, transportation systems and dangerous goods.
  • Grant played a major role in the development of QRA techniques in Europe and, in particular, worked on the risk assessment requirements of the UK Safety report legislation.  He conducted risk assessments of key transportation systems including the Channel Tunnel, developed risk-based land-use policy around major hazard factories in the UK and led the technical studies for a major 3 year review into the "Transport of Dangerous Substances in the UK" for the Health and Safety Commission.

Grant graduated from Hull University with an honours degree in Chemistry in 1977.  He gained a postgraduate diploma in Safety and Hygiene at the University of Aston in Birmingham.  He holds professional qualifications of Chartered Chemist, Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, European Chemist and Chartered Scientist.


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