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RMA Australia

Chris Williams awarded Life Membership

The Risk Management Association of Australia has awarded Life Membership to Chris Williams (pictured above with RMA Australia Board Member, Tara Cahill) in recognition of his long-standing support, engagement and outstanding leadership during his tenure as President of the Association. Currently, Chris is the Executive General Manager, Business Bank – Major Client Group at the Commonwealth Bank. He has worked in credit risk and senior credit risk roles at CBA for his entire career in financial services.

Chris was one of the RMA’s foundation members when it was established in 2004 and in the ensuing years greatly assisted in the Association’s growth. During this time he spoke at and chaired numerous RMA monthly events, and was a regular attendee at RMA’s premiere annual event, the Chief Risk Officer Forum. Importantly, he encouraged his risk colleagues to join their professional association. Chris joined the board of RMA Australia in 2014 and became president in 2017. He continued in that position until stepping down in 2020. Chris also led the first major revamp and renewal of the RMA Rules to ensure that there was a contemporaneous Charter.

Current RMA President, David O’Brien, said “For three years Chris was President of RMA Australia, and during that time he successfully led the Board in its quest to broaden and grow RMA’s institutional membership. Importantly, during this period RMA Australia also successfully executed a campaign to boost its digital and industry presence and offer events via a webinar format. The highlight of this strategy occurred in April 2020, when RMA Australia commenced offering bi-monthly webinar events. This initiative, coinciding with the COVID-19 pandemic has meant that all RMA members across Australia and overseas can attend our events seamlessly. It also has resulted in an almost doubling of attendance.”

“Chris is an unassuming, ethical, intelligent and friendly person, who brought to the RMA Board exceptional leadership, talent and drive. He is recognised as one of RMA’s foremost risk professionals.”

“Accordingly, RMA Australia has conferred Life Membership on Chris Williams.” Mr O’Brien concluded.

IMAGE: Tara Cahill, Chief Risk Officer, Enterprise Services, Commonwealth Bank of Australia and RMA Australia Board Member, pictured here with Chris Williams.