The changing role and expectations of Board members in the post Royal Commission environment

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Westpac, The Arena, Level 1, Tower Two International Towers, 200 Barangaroo Street, Sydney

Wed 6 March 2019 | 4.00pm Presentation followed by Networking Drinks from 5.00pm – 6.00pm

The Royal Commission and recent APRA reviews have placed an enormous amount of public scrutiny on the role of that Boards and their individual members play in the oversight and governance of financial services organisations. This is leading to changes in how Boards are operating, the reporting they want to see and their challenge of management. During this panel event we will hear more about the challenges facing Boards, the changes we are seeing and how management can best respond to this.

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Speakers: Catherine Thrum, Head of Commercial Credit, Credit Risk, Westpac, Nicole Salimbeni, Lead Partner, Risk & Regulatory Consulting, PwC, Edwina Star, Partner, Risk Consulting, PwC, Caroline McCombe, Partner, Risk & Governance, Governance SME, PwC

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About The Panel:

Catherine ThrumCatherine Thrum 

Head of Commercial Credit, Credit Risk, Westpac

Catherine is the Head of Commerical Credit, Credit Risk at Westpac Banking Group. Catherine's role encompasses risk appetite, portfolio risk and policy. Catherine is a member of Westpac's Sustainability Council. 

Catherine regularly represents the Bank on industry working groups and is Westpac's representative on the Risk Management Association Management Committee.    

Catherine's key areas of interest include best practice risk governance, risk culture and strategy and sustainability. A strong supporter of women in risk, Catherine mentors a number of promising young Risk professionals. 

Prior to her current role, Catherine held various roles within Westpac including in Group, Heading Credit Policy and Risk Governance and in the Institutional Bank in both the structured asset-backed finance and debt capital markets businesses.

Catherine has a business degree from the University of Technology, has completed AGSM Executive Programs in Leadership and Strategy and is an AFMA Accredited Dealer.


Nicole SalimbeniNicole Salimbeni

Lead Partner, Risk & Regulatory Consulting, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Nicole leads PwC’s Risk & Regulatory Consulting practice for Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia.  Nicole specialises in providing governance, risk and compliance, and reputational advice to large multinational organisations across multiple industries including financial services, government and retail.

Nicole has worked with Boards to set risk appetite, helped organisations get the full value from their strategy through consideration of risks and opportunities in strategy; and led many large programs where she has helped her clients effectively manage the needs of key internal and external stakeholders (including regulators) to solve complex risk issues.  


Edwina StarEdwina Star

Partner, Risk Consulting, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Edwina specialises in providing compliance, risk and governance advice to large financial services organisations as well as the tools, policies and procedures that underpin them.

Edwina is a Partner in the Risk Consulting division of PricewaterhouseCoopers. She has over 15 years experience working in financial services, including both consulting and industry experience. She has been with PricewaterhouseCoopers for 10 years and prior to this worked at some of Australia’s largest Fund Managers in a variety of roles including client service, member education and institutional distribution.

Since joining PricewaterhouseCoopers Edwina has had extensive experience undertaking and leading compliance and governance framework reviews, auditing compliance programs for funds management clients, financial planning operational effectiveness reviews, developing and implementing risk based monitoring and supervision frameworks, preparing policies and procedures to meet regulatory requirements and advising on a range of regulatory issues.


Caroline McCombeCaroline McCombe

Partner, Risk & Governance, Governance SME, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Caroline is a risk and compliance Partner who combines consulting with financial services industry experience. Caroline has project managed regulatory risk and compliance reviews, including enforceable undertakings for major Australian banks, fund managers, global investment banks, global infrastructure and telecommunication clients.

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