Targeting Regulation on Risk

This is an open programme and an in-house training course. For further information and pricing contact [email protected] or phone on +44 20 7661 7817.


Regulation is necessary is to protect consumers, society, health, the economy and the environment. It is most effective when it is targeted where the risks to those the regulation is designed to protect are greatest.

This live virtual training seminar is designed to help participants understand how regulation can be improved by using risk management both when designing the regulation and in operating it. It explores what it means to be “risk-based” in practice and how the risk issues in regulation need to be communicated.

This highly interactive event will explore how best practice in targeting regulation can be applied across different types of regulators.

Who is this course designed for?

The course will be useful for those from independent regulators, civil servants, local government officials as well as anyone from the private and voluntary sectors who is involved in influencing government policy on regulatory issues. The event is designed for people with a variety of levels of experience – from those new to regulation to those with extensive experience who are seeking some new insights.

How will you benefit from attending?

Those people involved in any of aspect of regulatory design or regulatory delivery will benefit from attending this course. It provides an in-depth understanding of a core issue in effective regulation – how to target limited resources where they will make most difference.

The day has a practical focus which means that any ideas or theories discussed will be placed firmly in the context of how to make them work in practice.

Learning Objectives

Attendees to this course will:

  • Learn the practical application of the principles of good regulation
  • Understand why addressing risk is a vital part of the rationale for regulation
  • Explore the possible unintended consequences of regulation and how to address them
  • Consider practical ways in which regulators can improve their performance by becoming more “risk-based” in their approach
  • Learn about communications best practice and behavioural insight in order to help the public understand risk in context

Times on the Agenda are in UTC

13:00 Introductions and Welcome

Session One Risk and the Case for Regulation

  • Regulation as a response to risk across sectors
  • The five Better Regulation Principles and risk
  • Alternatives to regulation for addressing risk
  • Systemic risk and regulators
  • The risks of unintended consequences of regulation

Session Two Assessing and Addressing Risk in Regulatory Design

  • Key insights from risk management best practice
  • The different control options for addressing risk
  • Rules and principles-based approaches compared
  • Preventing detriment before it arises vs addressing it afterwards
  • Risk and the governance of regulators
  • Sharing delegates’ experience

Lunch Break

Session Three Targeting Effort – Risk-Based Monitoring and Enforcement

  • Analysing the behaviour of regulated entities
  • Targeting monitoring and supervision
  • Risk-based inspection
  • Challenges of enforcement
  • Sharing delegates’ experience

Session Four Managing Public Perception of Risk

  • Why the public perception of risk matters in regulation
  • Effective risk communication
  • How using behavioural insights can increase the effectiveness of regulation
  • Discussion of how delegates can use these insights

18:00 Close

This is an open programme and an in-house training course. For further information and pricing contact [email protected] or phone on +44 20 7661 7817.

Our training team

  • Our L&D team have all had successful careers as practitioners in their fields of expertise. They bring their experience, knowledge and skills to support the professional development of other public servants
  • Our team all now work as professional trainers, blending practitioner experience with professionally designed L&D solutions
  • Between them, our team have provided training for more than 100,000 public servants from 120 countries

Our training ethos

  • We deliver people-focused training designed to help you perform better
  • We provide practical insights, based on years of experience about what works, combined with practical methods to help you to make it work effectively in your own organisation
  • We are here to help you to perform better


Tony Cash

Tony Cash is an expert on policy, strategy and regulatory best practice. He is a former civil servant and his roles included Head of Strategy and Communications for the Joint Trade Policy Unit and Deputy Director of the Department for Business internal training team.

In his role as a training consultant, he has trained people in policy-making best practice and better regulation across the UK and overseas (including Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dubai, Guernsey, Ireland, Kenya, Malta and South Africa).

He has worked with many government organisations on impact assessment. He also provides training on many related subjects including change management, governance, leadership, parliamentary affairs, project management, public service reform, risk management and strategic management.

He delivers training in a wide range of formats including online. Tony is also an organisation development expert (MSc OD) and holds qualifications in coaching (Certificate in Executive Coaching), training (CIPD Certificate in Training Practice), project management (PRINCE 2 Foundation and Practitioner) and Neuro-Linguistic Programming.

This is an open programme and an in-house training course. For further information and pricing contact [email protected] or phone on +44 20 7661 7817.