RMA Newsletter - August 2016


We have pleasure in advising members of the outcome of our 2016

​Annual General Meeting (​AGM​) which was held on 16 August 2016. The Presidents and Treasurer’s report were tabled and can be found on our web site ​on the 2016 AGM page 2016 Annual General Meeting

The incoming RMA Management Committee comprises the following Office Bearers and Members

Office Bearers

  • President​: ​Catherine Thrum ​ - Head of Credit Policy, Governance and Strategy, Westpac
  • Vice President​: Andrew Harmer ​- Partner, Financial Services​, Ernst & Young
  • ​Secretary​: Kylie Rixon ​ - Chief Risk Officer, Wealth Australia​, ANZ Bank
  • ​​Treasurer​: Megan Readdy ​ - Head of Capital and Performance​, Suncorp Bank

General Committee members

  • Mike Ritchie - Partner, Financial Risk Management, KPMG
  • Kerrie Noonan - General Manager Group Operational Risk & Compliance, National Australia Bank
  • Chris Williams - Acting Chief Risk Officer, Institutional & Business Banking​,​ Commonwealth Bank of Australia
  • Rick Crethar​ - Partner, Consulting Leader, PWC
  • Bosco Mendez - Head of Commercial Credit Risk​, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank

We especially welcome newcomer Bosco Mendez Bendigo Adelaide Bank’s Chief Credit Officer, and thank outgoing board member Stephen Gorman who is now head of Business Banking at Bendigo Adelaide Bank. Thank your Stephen for your special contribution over the last two years.

Past Events

During the past few months we have staged some highly successful events which attracted favourable comment from many of our members in the post event surveys.

  • CBA hosted the June event in Sydney and their well-known chief economist Craig James from Commsec was the presenter. He covered ‘Australia, China and the Property Market’. Our survey respondents indicated that he covered the right amount of material, that he comprehensively answered their questions, and, that, importantly, they felt comfortable asking questions. Thank you Lauren Ellis from CBA for convening this successful event.
  • Our Brisbane members have had an increased number of events this year (five in 2016). Recently they attended a 'Step Up' HR booster forum addressed by Michelle Gibbings who has addressed similar sessions in Sydney and Melbourne. Thank you Michelle for taking your message far and wide.
  • The July events had an IT focus with Blockchain being the point of interest. The highly positive response to these sessions was such that EY will host an additional event in October to satisfy this keen interest. Special thanks to our events committee chair Hanny Hassan (partner at EY) for bringing Blockchain talent to RMA.

The next three months of events will cover:

  • Risk management of the future at KPMG (with Mike Ritchie KPMG partner taking the lead) in Sydney and Melbourne
  • Enhancing bank integrity and trust - hosted by ANZ in Melbourne and Westpac in Sydney, and featuring Nigel Williams CRO at ANZ, Dirk McLeish GM Conduct, Consumer and Business Bank at Westpac, Kylie Rixon CRO at ANZ Wealth Management, and Steven Munchenberg CEO at the Australian Bankers Association. Registrations are open for the Melbourne session on 1 September and details are on our website.  Sydney registrations will be open soon.
  • Regulatory Trends and Challenges - with ASIC Commissioner John Price speaking at PwC in Sydney and Melbourne. We thank John for his willingness to present on this key component of our regulatory architecture.
  • David Gall, CRO at NAB will be hosting our second senior women in risk dinner which will follow on from a similar dinner hosted earlier this year by PwC and addressed by the YWCA CEO the Hon Anna Bligh.
  • Our signature event in September will be the 2016 CEO ​Conference which will attract our most senior CRO representatives from each of our 39 institutional members. Our thanks go to PwC for hosting this year’s event, and designing a program which will stimulate serious discussion and thought on how risk managers can be equal to the task a uniquely challenging environment where regulation, low rates and disruption dominate.

Ethics Master Class

During November RMA ​in conjunction with The Ethics Centre will convene the first of its half-day Master Classes on Ethics and the Risk Executive.   

The seminar aims to provide a foundational ethics lens for risk professionals in their mission critical roles in identifying, assessing and managing risk, and addressing their key challenge in influencing the business to enable the best settings for its risk culture. 

Location: Melbourne and Sydney

For further information and cost details please contact Selina at forums@rmaaustralia.org

RMA prize for excellence at Macquarie University announced

We are pleased to announce the winner of the 2016 RMA award for excellence in study towards the Master of Applied Finance at Macquarie University. The winner is Spiro Premetis.  Spiro is won the Risk Management Australia prize for best performance in the unit Risk Management, and the Macquarie University prize for best performance in the unit Exotic Options.

Spiro Premetis is Senior Policy Manager for Economics at the Financial Services Council. Prior to commencing with the FSC in mid-2014 Spiro was an economist in the Macroeconomic Group at the Treasury (Commonwealth) and a Treasury Departmental Liaison Officer for the then Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer the Hon Steven Ciobo. Spiro has a Bachelor of Economics with honours and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales​.

Catherine Thrum - President

Richard Gilbert - Executive Director


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