Risk, Culture and Compliance Conference

Getting New Zealand organisations risk ready 

20 - 21 Oct 2020AUT, Auckland
Event Details


Registration and coffee
Opening remarks from the Chair
Nathanael Sterling, Project Controls – Quality and Risk, Infrastructure Projects, Downer NZ Limited
How COVID-19 changed the global business risk landscape

• Examining the implications of COVID-19 on the New Zealand economy
• Exploring how vulnerable supply chain links have affected imports and exports
• Assessing the crises related risks that require greater attention in your crisis management strategy
• Investigating relevant national and international standards for management of disruption-related risks

Chris Peace, Lecturer - Occupational Health and Safety, Victoria University of Wellington & Managing Director, Risk Management
Developing a whanau-centric “risk-based-approach” to COVID-19 – The National Iwi Chairs Forum Framework

Dealing with the complex nature of the global pandemic saw a large degree of uncertainty by the public and in particular our Maori communities.

  • Build the Te Tiriti o Waitangi framework inter-linked with the State and respective agencies
  • Establishing the pandemic threat and risk landscape (intel-picture) / role and road map
  • Technology becomes one of your best friends around Crisis Management Response (GRC System) Chris Kumeroa, Director, Global Risk Consulting
  • *Secondment to the Operational Command Centre during COVID-19
Chris Kumeroa, Director, Global Risk Consulting
Morning break
Board and C-suite executive address: What is our risk perception?

• Learning what the key risks are for boards and C-suite executives
• How do their risks correspond with that of an organisation’s structure and strategy?
• How to best align top the risk priorities between all management levels
• Understanding how risk appetite influences risk strategy?

Kevin Jenkins, Founder, MartinJenkins
Risk reporting: Making it timely and engaging, and not just a compliance exercise

• Reviewing current reporting frameworks - how to upgrade them?
• The latest risk reporting tools and technologies
• Realising the benefits of having input from all levels of the organisation
• Importance of providing regular reporting to the wider organisation
• What tools and communication encourage buy-in and awareness of key risks?

David Sutton, Partner, KPMG
Lunch break
Panel: Key learnings from recent disasters on future crisis management

• Looking at what risks profiles were increased for various sectors
• Investigating the preparedness of organisations to tackle such crises
• Exploring how often and in how much depth will crisis management plans be reviewed
• Examining when a crisis plan should be enacted- How soon is too soon and vice versa?

Anthony McMahon, Chief Technologist, The IT Psychiatrist
John Williams , Director, Healthpoint Ltd
Brent Sutton, Principal, Safety Associates
How to encourage risk as part of the organisational cultural norm?

• Bringing risk into everyday conversations
• What communication channels are most appropriate to promote risk culture and risk management
• Using risk management effectively to deliver the right outcomes for different risk types

Anthony McMahon, Chief Technologist, The IT Psychiatrist
Case Study: How NZ companies have reduced negative risk exposure by implementing a strong risk culture based on other companies’ lessons

• Examining ways which the organisational culture has changed for the better whilst not compromising innovation and creative license
• Engaging the board and C-suite successfully based on risk narrative and appetite
• Supporting leaderships’ role in enabling a strong risk culture to develop

Jeff Brown, Director, Jeff Brown Security Management
Afternoon Break

Roundtables are 30-minutes each and delegates
can participate in two:

Table 1: Future risk management - Is climate change on your radar? How far is too far to dedicate financial resources towards future risks?
Table 2: Crisis Management- In what ways have recent crises shaped your future crisis management strategy?
Table 3: Global health pandemics - How has your stakeholder network responded?
Table 4: Technology threats and trends- examining risk profiles of cyber, digital and data risks



Case Study: How Auckland DHB responded to the COVID-19 Global Pandemic

• Learning what health and safety measures were heightened and/ or introduced to combat such health crises

• Investigating the role of technology and communication in a pandemic 

• Understanding the process of dealing with Emergency and Capacity Management   

• Examining the strain put on human resources- How was this managed?

• Recognising the key learnings in order to be better prepared for another crisis e.g. epidemic disaster

Shahid Gill, Senior Health and Safety Manager, Auckland DHB
Summary remarks from the Chair and Networking Drinks
Welcome back from the Chair
Nathanael Sterling, Project Controls – Quality and Risk, Infrastructure Projects, Downer NZ Limited
Imminent cyber threats: How your data is always at risk

• Learning what cyber threats have grown in use recently that all organisations should be aware of
• Managing business disruption- aligning preventative and recovery risk strategies with reoccuring cyber threats
• How to utilise exisitng technology to tackle long-term issues
• Understanding the heightened cyber threats that targets 'news hungry' consumers during a global health pandemic

Stewart McKeen, Senior ICT Risk and Compliance Advisor, Auckland Council
Increasing digitalisation of risk

• Exploring the future of digital risk: Artificial Intelligence and automation
• Understanding digital tools for future risk management
• What can be done today to help mitigate business disruption as a result of digital risk

Stewart McKeen, Senior ICT Risk and Compliance Advisor, Auckland Council
Morning break
How data privacy could become a new competitive advantage in the growing digital age

• Understanding how superior data privacy can lead to sustained competitive advantage
• Analysing how past data leaks have negatively affected business operations
• Examining human resources’ role in data privacy in daily business

Kari Jones, General Manager of Data & Analytics , NZ Post
Panel: Calculated risk taking: Encouraging innovative thinking

• How being risk adverse limits opportunities and how embracing more of the right types of risk opens more of those opportunities
• Determining why hallmark innovative organisations need superior leadership and management
• Examining the ever-increasing emphasis on innovation around sustainability

Karen Boyes, Northern Regional Manager, Broadspectrum Ltd
What Agile means for risk, culture and compliance

• What Agile really is, and what it’s not
• Learning how taking an Agile approach can reduce risk
• Why culture is so important to Agile (and how to help develop and build the ‘right’ culture)
• What compliance looks like in an Agile environment

Erika Barden, Head of Agile , Frank Innovation & Transformation
Lunch break
Risk and Compliance for a financial services start-up in 2020

• Learning the risks of entering an already greatly competitive market
• Examining how elite compliance can aid a healthy beginning to the business
• Investigating the risks that if left ill-managed in the early stages can cause significant harm later

Compliance and regulatory risks: How they fit into the overall risk landscape
  • Examining why compliance and regulatory risks play a significant role in an organisation’s overall risk strategy and culture
  • Investigating how to “make compliance matter” at your organisation
  • Practical tips on creating effective regulatory and compliance frameworks and tools
Louise Unger, Head of Legal, Risk & Compliance Services, NZ, LOD
How emergency and business continuity planning are aiding Australian/New Zealand organisations to manage an unplanned event: Including the COVID-19 recovery
  • Understanding the importance of emergency and business continuity planning in an unplanned event 
  • Understanding what risks does this type of planning aim to minimise for a SME 
  • Balancing detail versus practicality 
  • Analysing the impact on staffing: what do you need to consider in a pandemic? 
John Williams , Director, Healthpoint Ltd
Afternoon Break
How insurance policies will change to account for future risks

• Learning which industries will feel the biggest impacts of insurance adjustments
• What can and cannot be insured, and how expensive it will be
• Analysing how climate change is forcing the industry to recalculate an unpredictable future
• Investigating how insurance products may change to cover global crises

Gavin Pearce, Chief Risk Officer, Tower Insurance Limited
Risk management as a profession: How do we move forward?

• The increasing importance of people in risk management
• How will the role of risk managers change?
• Investigating the must-have skills and attributes required for an elite risk manager
• Are current risk management training practices good enough to prepare our future risk managers?
• How soon will we see cyber-risk management specialists become an organisational necessity?

Sarah Pass, Operational Risk Manager, Deloitte
Closing remarks from the Chair and end of conference
  • Risk, Culture and Compliance Conference
  • $2499 + GST
  • 20 - 21 Oct 2020
  • Conference group of 3+
  • $1899 + GST
  • 20 - 21 Oct 2020
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