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RMA Australia

April 2021 E-Newsletter

A Message from our Executive Director



Welcome to the April E-Newsletter,

April is a busy month for the RMA team, with annual membership renewals due. Membership is open to individual risk professionals at any time, with the membership year running from 1 April to 31 March.

Our principal objective is to advance the profession of risk management through exclusive monthly member events, networking opportunities and access to global risk trends and information.

Already this year we have seen 500+ members attend our webinar events. We have two events scheduled for April and a full calendar of risk events for the remainder of 2021.

Not to be deterred by the COVID-19 threat, RMA Australia now offers regular virtual webinar events. These virtual events are typically 1 hour in duration, which you can access either LIVE or POST EVENT via the EXCLUSIVE member area of the RMA Australia website. Renew or join now for just $60 (GST inc).

Our event topics and speakers are co-ordinated by a group of risk professionals who meet monthly on our Events Sub Committee. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Adam Bamforth (Learning and Development, NAB), Nicole Thornton (Learning Manager, CBA) and Daniel Ostermeyer (in his new role as Associate Director, Regulatory Affairs at Macquarie Group) to this committee.

I would also like to thank our current institutional members for your ongoing support and welcome our new members. We look forward to another exciting and insightful year ahead.

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Richard Gilbert

Executive Director


Member Spotlight: David Robinson, Commercial Credit

Risk Manager, Toyota Finance

We caught up with David recently and asked him to share a little about his role and thoughts on risk management’s current status.

What are the 3 – 4 primary tasks of your role?

1. Responsible for the development, management and maintenance of Commercial Credit policy strategy and governance within the business.

2. Leading a team of Commercial Credit Analysts who perform a second-line underwriting function on large commercial credit transactions.

3. Provide second-line assurance functions, insights and consultancy within the business.

4. Provide wide ranging credit consultancy and insights to the business to help achieve overall strategic objectives.

In your opinion, what are the biggest challenges facing risk professionals in our industry?

Data and how to use this constructively within the business. In the Commercial Lending space within our business, we support not only our Wholesale Dealer Network but also a significant Fleet customer portfolio. We are the recipients of plenty of data, but this comes in a myriad of forms and from many sources. Distilling this into an easy to use and relevant format that supports both first- and second-line objectives can be challenging.

If we can meet the demand to be able to provide valid and meaningful insights into the Risk aspects of our business and how this can assist in achieving wider objectives, this will help others see the value of Risk as an enabler to business rather than an inhibiter. I have always believed that Risk and the business need to work together to achieve common outcomes, this is best done when we influence rather than dictate and thus create ownership of Risk issues within the wider organisation.

I believe in the mantra that “Risk is Everyone’s Business” and that we should work as Risk Professionals to ensure that our business colleagues understand the relevance of Risk issues to an organisation’s broader success.

What are the main benefits of being an RMA Australia member?

There are many benefits of being a member of the Risk Management Association, I particularly enjoy the regular presentations as I feel that there is always a good level of take-aways. I have learnt something from every presentation I have attended, even if the topic is not directly related to my specific field. There are so many insights!

While virtual presentations have been great through the pandemic, I am looking forward to getting back to the face-to-face presentations and particularly the networking afterwards!!

What topic (s) would you like to see included in the 2021 RMA Australia webinar/events calendar?

I am open to any topic; I find something of interest in them all. I would encourage all members to attend as many presentations as possible, you never know what you will take away from a session, sometimes the most unusual topics can present the most surprising learnings!


Upcoming webinars


LIVE WEBINAR I Tuesday 20th April I 4.00 – 5.00pm I How to steal a vaccine I Hosted by PwC.

LIVE WEBINAR I Thursday 22nd April I 4.00 – 5.00pm I In conversation with APRA – What’s on the horizon? I Hosted by Deloitte.

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