About AST

Risk & Training

AST Risk Consultancy & Training Services Ltd specialise in Operational Risk, Information Security & Cyber threats and Business Continuity Management. The consultancy brings a wealth of Risk Management experience and expertise developed from over 30 years building capability in the Financial Services sector to work with businesses to protect their brand and reputation from an ever increasing threat landscape.

AST works with business executives, senior management and front-line colleagues to develop a clear understanding of risk facing the business. An assessment of the current control environment will be undertaken after which, proportionate, cost effective approaches will be explored to mitigate the threat of loss to the bottom line whilst ensuring operational processes remain efficient.

Integral to our approach and key to the success of any business is working to cultivate a culture of risk awareness whilst developing risk management capability throughout, ensuring that risk considerations are factored into day to day processes and decision making. In this regard, AST will lead the delivery of on-site colleague awareness workshops and/or tailor specific training activities to meet business requirements.

About Alan Stenhouse

Risk Management Professional

Alan is an accomplished Senior Risk Management professional with extensive experience in leading the design, development and embedding of effective risk solutions and working practices within the Financial Services Sector.

Through progressive Senior Management positions within Bank of Scotland, HBOS and Lloyds Banking Group, Alan has a rare depth and breadth of Risk expertise which he brings to his consultancy supported by strong social skills honed as a training instructor and practiced business mentor.

He specialises in Operational Risk, Business Continuity Management and Information Security & Cyber threats all augmented with significant experience in Physical & Personal Security, Fraud Prevention and Financial Crime, the latter through undertaking the role of divisional Money Laundering Reporting Officer..


Risk consultancy and Training services

  • We engaged AST Risk Consultancy to carry out a thorough review of our policies, procedures and risk management within our company. AST Risk Consultancy provided us with a clear overview report setting out the key areas we would be looking at. We then had a meeting with Alan Stenhouse to go through in detail all our processes, procedures and attitudes to give a comprehensive understanding of how we operate. The meetings were very structured to make the most of the time and Alan was very personable and professional, ensuring we were covering all areas planned and also encouraging full disclosure. Swiftly thereafter, we were provided with a written report setting out the key areas where we could enhance our business controls and risk management framework within our business and how best to achieve this. Alan and AST Risk Consultancy have always been on hand to offer further advice and we have been very impressed with the comprehensive, efficient and professional service provided throughout.
    London & Scottish Investments Limited
    July 2017
  • I truly valued Alan’s insight, judgement and input in driving forward the implementation of an effective Risk framework for our Division. His wealth of Risk Management experience, pragmatic approach and engaging communication style were key in successfully raising the level of awareness, colleague advocacy and overall Risk Management capability. Thank you Alan. I would have no hesitation in contacting you should we require assistance in future.
    Head of Governance & Control, Risk Chief Operating Office
    Lloyds Banking Group
  • Alan was a great person to have in the team. He has a genuine focus on the development of his team and those around him, together with injecting energy and humour, and showing resilience when needed. Added to his personal characteristics he has core risk management skills, especially from the perspective of the control environment.
    Chief Operating Officer Risk Division
    Lloyds Banking Group