David Hancock BEng, CEng, PhD, MBA, FIMMM, FCIPD, FRSA

Cranfield School of Management

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Dr. David Hancock

Visiting Fellow


David has over 20 years’ experience working with the private, public and voluntary sectors. Now an independent consultant and until recently the Director of Risk & Assurance for the London Development Agency (LDA) with responsibilities for risk management, audit services and business continuity throughout the Agency and its partner's programmes, across London.

He was the winner of the ALARM (National Forum for Risk Management in the Public Sector) 'Risk Manager of the Year' award in 2008.

The variety of projects he has been involved with range from construction and infrastructure projects such as Wembley stadium, Crystal Palace, Stephen Lawrence Centre and the Olympics, to tourism, health, diversity, community cohesion, worklessness, the Mayor's Food Strategy and recently lead the recovery of the Camden Market following a fire which destroyed nearly 100 stall holders livelihoods. Before that for 6 years he was the Resources Director with Halcrow Group Ltd, responsible for growing and developing their new Management Consultancy business globally.

From 1998-2001 he was responsible for developing and delivering the Opportunity-Risk management system for the £4.2bn Terminal 5 Project at Heathrow, working with British Airways (BA), British Airports Authority (BAA) and their suppliers which is considered an industry leading project and which led the Managing Director of T5 to write in the Economist in 2005, 'The most important difference between Terminal 5 and other large building projects has been the approach to project management and especially to risk'. Prior to that he was risk Manager for the Copenhagen Metro project.

He has a wide breadth of knowledge in project management and complex projects and extensive experience in opportunity & risk management, with special regard to the people & behavioural aspects. Trained in the use of psychometrics (MBTI, Hogan and VIEW) for developing high performance teams and facilitation, he is also competent with APM, PMI, Prince2 and OGC Gateway Project Management processes, qualified from the Association of Project Management, a Prince2 Practitioner and a EFQM Business Excellence Model - European Assessor.

His interest areas include; developing high performing teams and bringing innovation and creativity into projects using comparisons with top level sports teams and in rethinking project and risk management as a social interaction rather than delivery through the rigid application of process. He has spoken and lectured at institutions worldwide, was educated at the University of Nottingham obtaining a degree and PhD in engineering and later added an MBA from the University of Bath and a political and social science qualification from the University of Oxford. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development.

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