Dr Ruth Murray-Webster is recognized as a leader of project-based organizational change and risk management performing roles as a practitioner, advisor, facilitator, researcher and author. For more than 30 years Ruth has practised and advanced change and risk management approaches, developing commercially astute strategy, centred around emerging risks and disruptive trends.
Ruth has experience in delivering change objectives in most sectors.
Prior to returning to her own company, Potentiality UK, in 2018, Ruth held appointments as Director, Change Portfolio and Group Head of Risk for a major port operator and Director, Risk in the Boardroom practice for KPMG LLP. Ruth researched organizational change from the perspective of the recipients of change for an Executive Doctorate at Cranfield School of Management between 2008 and 2012. She is an Associate Fellow at the University of Oxford: Saïd Business School and a Teaching Fellow at Warwick Business School.
Ruth’s interest in risk management arose from a passion to help organizations to take educated risks, not avoid them. She has co-authored four books on the human aspects of risk management and is a popular speaker at conferences and in webinars. She has also published papers in the areas of project complexity, organizational ambidexterity through projects and programmes and multi-paradigmatic perspectives on business transformation programmes. Ruth was Editor of the APM Body of Knowledge 7th edition and Lead Editor for the forthcoming (5th edition) of Managing Successful Programmes (MSP).
Ruth was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Association for Project Management in 2013 for her services to risk and change. The synergies between the two disciplines continue to drive Ruth’s thinking, writing and practice.