Stuart Johnstone, Risk All-Stars

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Stuart Johnstone

Stuart Johnstone
Unison Risk Management Alliance (Pty) Ltd

What is your educational background?

Matriculated at school and tertiary studies as fire risk engineer

Did you know you wanted to go into the risk profession? If not, what was your journey to get here?

Partially yes – I started my working career as part of the fire inspectorate and then as a fire consultant for a global insurance broker and progressed further through the risk management and risk financing and insurance ranks with various positions and companies carrying out work across South Africa, UK, and Southeast Asia.

How long have you been working in the risk profession?

43 years

What do you love most about what you do?

Ever-growing knowledge, relationships, and finding solutions.

Has managing risk changed over the course of your career? If so, how?

Massively – partially due to the specific technical risk areas and functions I have journeyed through and partly due to the ever-evolving nature of risk management knowledge, understanding and technology, and of course the nature of risk and future risk, which continues to challenge forward-thinking risk managers.

What advice would you give to someone who is about to start their career in the risk profession?

Be thirsty for knowledge, establish relationships with like-minded people, and continue to reinvent yourself. Never become tired in doing so, and be open to all ideas and change.

Do you have a personal motto? If so, what is it?

Family motto is “Never unprepared but also believe in holding onto all that is good.”

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