Event Schedule

The RMIA’s National Conference brings together 300-400 risk professionals from all areas of endeavour. The aim of the conference is to promote learning at the cutting edge of risk management practice, to foster creative thinking, to network; and to have fun!

The RMIA is excited by the potential for a greater exchange of ideas between all risk management sectors, and learning from these can strengthen and educate all stakeholders. The RMIA is in a unique position to continue to facilitate this increase level of collaboration between all risk sectors throughout Australasia. The sharing of new ideas and best practise across all sectors of the economy benefits us all. Join us as we discuss best practice for ‘kicking goals in risk management!’

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Serial Time Enterprise Risk Managementsponsored-by-3 People, Culture & Ethics Organisational Resilience Security, Information
Security & Cyber Risk
sponsored by Kelledy Jones
8:00am Registration Opens in the Exhibition Area
Anthony Ventura
, President, RMIA
 1a 9:00am KEYNOTE: Deepwater Horizon Response and Recovery, Mike UtslerChief Operations Officer, Woodside Energy
2 9:45am Welcome: The Right Honourable, The Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Robert Doyle 
3 10.00am KEYNOTE: Risk in Modern Professional Sport, Simon Madden, Director, Essendon Football Club
10.40am Morning tea and networking break in the Exhibition Area
4 11:00am ERM Implementation: A Healthy Case Study on What Has Worked for One Large Organisation,
Andrea Taylor, Director, Mental Health Drug & Alcohol Northern Sydney Local Health District
Lessons Learned From the Banking & Finance Oath; Clare Payne, Consulting Fellow for Ethics in Banking and Finance The Ethics Centre, Director of the The Banking and Finance Oath (The BFO)

RMIA Special Interest Group (SIG) on Organisational Resilience: White Paper Presentation, Jason Gotch, Managing Principal (NSW), Dynamiq

Cybersecurity: a management science perspective, Dr Sally Ernst, Principal and CoFounder, Australian Cyber Security Network

What Place Does Emotional Intelligence Have in Executive Leadership? Michael Kelledy, Public Law Specialist, Kelledy Jones Lawyers

5 11.45am

To See Ourselves As Others See Us, Tony Pooley, Assoc Prof. UniSA, Director Principle Seven

Psychology of Risk: The Innovation of Risk = The Risk of Innovation, Dr Gav Schneider, Group CEO, Risk 2 Solution, Head Lecturer Australian Catholic University

Assessing and tuning up your Crisis Management Program, Bob Jensen, Senior Managing Director, Strat 3 LLC

Cyber Insurance Fundamentals, Greg Bolton, Manager Governance & Risk, Powerlink QLD

SA Local Government Indemnity Schemes, Tracy Riddle, KelledyJones Lawyers, Natasha Jones, KelledyJones Lawyers 
12:30pm Lunch and networking break in the Exhibition Area
6 1:30pm The Directors View of Risk Management, Rob Hogarth, non-executive director on multiple boards and audit and risk committees and ex Partner at KPMG. Understanding Risk Perception and Cultural Theory to Improve Organisational Risk Culture, Rebecca Gurney, Principal Advisor, Risk, Continuity and Security, Stawell Corporation  The Resilience Journey, Pete GervasoniSenior Risk Partner, Transport Accident Commission  Fraud and Corruption in Procurement: A Conflict of Interest Shane MacDonald, Partner, Forensic Consulting, Grant Thornton
7 2:15pm Embedded Risk Management: The Holy Grail or An Achievable Outcome, Rod Farrar, Director, Paladin Risk Management Services Organisational Politics and Risk Culture: Managing the Ethical Intersection? John Dawson, Certified Performance Technologist, Dawson McDonald Consulting Supply Chain Resilience, Dale Cochrane,
Business Continuity Senior Consultant,
National Australia Bank
Workshop: Information Security Risk Simulation Game: Are you ready for a Cyber Attack, Rinske Geerlings, Managing Director, Business As Usual Integrating BCP and the Community Disaster Recovery Functions of Local Councils, Ian Waters, Risk & Liability Services Manager, Redland City Council, QLD
3:00pm Afternoon tea and networking break in the Exhibition Area
8 3:30pm Strategic Risk Management, Ken Doughty, Experienced ERM principle with one of Australia’s largest banks Workshop: Risk, Culture and Governance in Improving People Safety, Liz Cox, Manager Risk Advisory, VMIA Panel Discussion on Organisational Resilience,  Kerry McGoldrick (EY), Dan Pritchard (Dynamiq) Rachelle Koster (Deloitte)
chaired by Ken Simpson
Workshop Con’t., Information Security Risk Simulation Rinske Geerlings, Managing Director, Business As Usual Clandestine Drug Labs- A Rapidly Growing Risk Concern not just for Local Councils, Graham Estreich, National Business Development Manager, Hibbs & Associates
9 4.15pm KEYNOTE: Risk Insight – Understanding Emerging Risk, Christopher Mackinnon, Lloyds General Representative in Australia
10 4.55pm KEYNOTE: The Difference in Risk Management Between Public and Private Sector Organisations. Kate Hughes, Chief Risk Officer Telstra, Sean Hughes, Chief Risk Officer, UniSuper
5.40pm RMIA Certification and Professional Development Update
6.00pm Conference Close
6:00pm Welcome Reception and Drinks

Provisional program subject to change without notice

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Serial Time Enterprise Risk Managementsponsored-by-3 Finance and Insurance Organisational Resilience Security, Information
Security & Cyber Risk
8:00am Registration Opens in the Exhibition Area
8:40am Welcome
2 8:45am KEYNOTE: Topic TBCGrant Hehir, Auditor General for Australia, Australian National Audit Office
3 9:15am KEYNOTE: Risk Management Trends, Challenges and Opportunities, Alan Bardwell, Chief Risk Officer, Australian Securities Exchange
4 10:00am KEYNOTE: Ready, Steady, Risk – Today, Tomorrow and Beyond, Brett Himbury, Chief Executive, IFM Investors
10:45am Morning Tea and Networking Break in the Exhibition Area
5 11:15am Panel Discussion, Risk Function Hosted by,  Sally Freeman, Partner in Charge, Risk Consulting, KPMG, Panellist: Jennifer Arnold, Bupa, Elizabeth Sheedy, Macquarie University, Nicolas Nai, Powercor Ways in Which Big Data is Transforming Insurance Peter Walker, Executive Director – Commercial Development Gallagher Bassett, Julian Martin, General Manager Information Systems at Gallagher Bassett  Overview of ISO 22316 Organisational Resilience Standard, Jason BrownNational Security Director, Thales Australia and New Zealand

Preventing, Detecting and Responding to Bribery and Corruption, Sophie McMurray, Founder, McMurray & Associates

ComCover Award Winner: The Authorised Officer Model –Balancing Risk and Flexibility in the Plant Products Export Sector, Dr Chris Parker, Assistant Secretary,  Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
6 12:00pm

Panel Discussion: Update on Latest review of ISO 31000 Standard, Mike Tarrant, Adjunct Associate Professor at Queensland University of Technology
Jason BrownNational Security Director, Thales Australia and New Zealand,
Dr Sandra Seno-Alday, Lecturer, Sydney University

Data Compliance: Basel Guidelines & Regional Data Regulations, Regulatory Incentives, Solutions to Insufficient Data, Effective Risk Data Aggregation, Thomas Verlaet, Principal Consultant, Wolters Kluwer

Corporate Crisis Control: Delivering
Rapid Strategic
Leadership, Duncan HainsSenior Consultant, RCA Crisis Management
Would you even know if you were breached? Ganesha Rajanaidu,  Oceania Technology Director, Ernst & Young Will your plan survive contact with a crisis: Principles for ensuring an effective recovery. Brendan Jones, Ag. Director, Business Continuity Management, Customer Service and Solutions, Australian Taxation Office
12:45pm Lunch and networking break in the Exhibition Area
7 1:50pm

The Rise of Complex Risk Theory,
Warren BlackHDR Candidate, Queensland University of Technology

Insurance Portfolio Management and Risk Transfer – The Insured’s Perspective, Karesse Biggs, General Manager – Corporate Services, Finance Governance and Commercial Stanwell Corporation The Importance of Engagement in Organisational Resilience – Emergency Management, Richard Batty, National Emergency Management Advisor, The GPT Group

Helping Australians to be Safer Online with Cyber Education and Innovations, Simone Bachmann, Head of Information Security, Innovation and Culture, Australia Post

Journey Towards Risk Leadership and Innovation, Samantha Zimmerman, Risk Advisory, VMIA Risk Management and Insurance
8 2:35pm

Strategic Business Risk, International Trade Networks and Risk Implications for the Region,
Dr. Sandra Seno-Alday, Lecturer, International Business, The University of Sydney

Emerging Risks; Attack of the Drones, Nicholas Sordon, Senior Casualty Treaty Underwriter, SwissRe

From Risk to Resilience, Mark Sullivan, Director Risk Services, PwC Is your Organisation at Risk of a Hack? Lessons Learned at the Expense of Others; Keith Hazelwood, Hacklabs Courage in Effective Risk Management, Liza Nadolski, Senior Risk Management Advisor, care NSW
3:15pm Afternoon Tea and Networking break in Exhibition Area
9 3:45pm KEYNOTE: Business in the Driver Seat, Dr Ivanka Mamic, Senior Director Responsible Sourcing Target USA
10 4:30pm KEYNOTE: Intelligent Risk: an opportunity and a strategic imperative. How to approach uncertainty to drive trust for organisational success, Nicole Grantham, Chief Risk Officer, SAI Global
5:15pm Wrap up day 2
6:30pm Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony – Plaza Ballroom

Provisional Program subject to change without notice

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Serial Time Enterprise Risk Managementsponsored-by-3  Finance and Insurance Organisational Resilience Security, Information Security & Cyber Risk People, Culture and Ethics
8:00am Registration Open in the Exhibition Area
1 9:10am KEYNOTE: Active Shooter Incidents in the US and what Organisations, Schools and the Government are doing to Combat the Increased Rate of these Occurrences, Shannon Sedgwick, CEO Global Media Risk
2 9:50am KEYNOTE: Introducing and Managing Risk Frameworks in Developing Countries, Troy Daly, General Manager, Risk Compliance and Reinsurance, Capital Insurance Group, Papua New Guinea
10:30am Morning tea and networking break in Exhibition Area
3 11:00am

Workshop: Risk Management in a Live Environment. Tips, Tools and Practic- es for working on Events, Projects, TV and Film,
Paul Chivers, Challenge Producer and Risk Facilitator for the Emmy Award winning TV show “The Amazing Race”

Bringing CPS220 to Life, Tim Gorst, Senior Manager NAB Wealth Transformation Program, National Australia Bank

The ABC’s of Organisational Resilience, Steve Flohr, Risk & Resilience Specialist, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)

Combatting Cross Border Internet Fraud, Ken Gamble, Executive Chairman, IFW Global Limited, Chairman, IACP International Association of Cybercrime Prevention

Reputational Rust Never Sleeps: How to Stay Relevant, Avoid Reputation Risk & Realise Your Potential, Rick Gilmore, Founder, Good Company Coaching

4 11:45am Workshop Continued from previous session

Launching Careers in the Finance, Risk and In- surance Sector. Attract- ing Skilled Resources, Chenoa Daley, General Manager HR, Gallagher Bassett

Emergency Management, Craig Hynes, General Manager Operations, Executive Risk Solutions

Managing Risk for Overseas Travel and Work, Colin Macdonald, Director Corporate Services, Aspen Medical


Learning From the Next Generation of Risk Managers. What Undergraduates Can Teach Us? Sydney University Student Presentations

12:30pm Lunch and networking break in Exhibition Area
4A 12.50pm KEYNOTE: Kidnap Negotiation can Enhance Business Relationships, Martin RichardsAPAC Regional Security Director, Bloomberg LP
5 1:30pm How Well Do You Understand Risk Velocity – The Third Dimension of Risk? Alf Esteban, CEO, The Protecht Group Microinsurance and Financial Inclusion. Panel: Annabelle Butler, Executive Manager Accessibility, Suncorp; Troy Daly, General Manager, Risk Compliance and Reinsurrance, Capital Insurance Group

Growth Bias in
Resilience Practice,
Lex Drennan,
Senior Specialist, Risk
Resilience & Recovery, CGU

The Rise and Rise of Cyber Crime – Practising Safe Cyber, Stan Gallo, Partner, Forensic Technology, KPMG Australia

Workshop: Addressing Risk Culture in a Risk Environment, John Neil, Principal Consultant, The Ethics Centre

6 2:15pm Origin, Causes and Consequences of Supply Chain Disruption,  Guy Underwood, Chair,  RMIA Victorian Supply Chain SIG;  Dale Cochrane, Deputy Chair, RMIA Victorian Supply Chain SIG  The Role of Sustainability in Risk Management, Margaret Chin, Vice Chairman, Tricor Roots Consulting, Malaysia Linking Team and
Kathryn McEwen,
Managing Director, Working With
How Business Executives are Leveraging Technology to Improve the Stakeholder Value, Chad Alpert, Regional Director GRC, ReadiNow Corporation Workshop Continued from previous session
3:00pm Afternoon Tea and Networking Break in Exhibition Area
 7 3:30pm KEYNOTE: Why Addressing Mental Health Within the Workplace is Fundamental to Your Organisation’s Risk Management, Georgie Harman, Chief Executive Officer, beyondblue
8 4:15pm Conference closure

Subject to change without notice