Nigel Cairns.

Senior Risk Engineer, Aon Global Risk Consulting

Nigel works for Aon Global Risk Consulting based in London, and is a Chartered Chemical Engineer and a Fellow of The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE); he is also registered as a Professional Process Safety Engineer.

Nigel joined the London market insurance industry in 2010, with 18 years’ experience in process design, plant operations and process safety within the downstream petrochemical energy sector. He started his career as a process engineer on ICI’s world-scale petrochemicals assets on Teesside in the UK, primarily on the offsite logistics and storage areas, before secondments to plant operations at ICI Australia’s Olefins complex at Botany Bay, and technical consultancy in Thailand with ICI Process Plant Services

He subsequently held a number of positions in process engineering management within ICI, Huntsman and SABIC, and was a senior Hazard Study Leader, SIL and Risk Analyst for SABIC’s UK petrochemicals and polymers plants.

Since 2010 Nigel has worked in risk engineering, primarily carrying out insurance underwriting surveys of refining, petrochemical and fertiliser assets, as well as terminals and offshore oil and gas production facilities.  He has managed key global accounts across upstream and downstream sectors, helping clients to identify risk exposures, and developing pragmatic risk based management solutions to improve risk profile.


Nigel was awarded the insurance industry’s 2019 Tom Redmond Trophy for his significant contribution to risk reduction within the Oil, Gas, Petrochemical & Energy Industries.


Nigel Cairns