Choose to Challenge: The Economics of Gender Equality

4:00 PM AEDT 5:00 PM AEDT
RMA Australia

Choose to Challenge: The Economics of Gender Equality

4:00 PM AEDT 5:00 PM AEDT
RMA Australia

The RMA is pleased to bring to its members a special event in March celebrating International Women’s Day 2021, hosted by Deloitte.

The 2021 IWD campaign theme is #ChooseToChallenge. A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day. In this IWD event, our panel will discuss the economics of gender equality across key dimensions including the impacts felt by COVID-19.

Further Information:

The Speakers:

Mike Ritchie – Partner, Deloitte Risk Advisory – welcome and opening remarks

Mike is the Deloitte Australia Risk Advisory FSI Industry Leader, and also head of the Regulatory Risk business. Mike has spent the last 30 years working in Australia, the UK and New Zealand, advising the financial services sector in the areas of Governance, Operational and Strategic Risk, Regulatory Compliance, Conduct and Culture.

Mike’s work in the sector includes supporting the development of global risk programs at major international banks, assisting with all components of prudential regulatory activity, from design through implementation and independent assurance.

He has worked extensively advising organisations on risk governance frameworks, processes and people, including working more recently in the areas of risk culture and conduct.

In addition to his client work Mike is an active member of the Risk Management Association of Australia and has been on the board for more than 10 years.

Catherine Thrum –  Head of Governance, Frameworks, Prudential and Risk Culture, Westpac

Catherine is Head of Governance, Frameworks, Prudential & Risk Culture at Westpac Banking Group. In this role, Catherine is responsible for Risk Governance, Risk Frameworks, Risk Culture and Prudential Governance.

Catherine is Westpac’s representative on the Risk Management Association Management Committee, has previously Chaired the Committee and is currently the Secretary. In this role, Catherine has led the Risk Management Association Senior Women in Risk Roundtable.

Catherine’s key areas of interest include best practice risk governance, risk culture and strategy. 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 Credit as Head of the Commercial Credit team and Head of Credit Strategy and Policy team, in Group, as Head of 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 and has completed AGSM Executive Programs in Leadership and Strategy.

Nareen Young – Professor at Jumbunna Institute of Education and Research at University of Technology

Nareen is Industry Professor at Jumbunna Institute of Education and Research at University of Technology, Sydney. She leads Jumbunna’s Indigenous People and Work Research and Practice Hub which focuses on robust research and analysis, policy, practice, people and law reform and leads the National Indigenous employment sector.

Nareen is one of Australia’s leading and most respected workplace Diversity practitioners, thinkers and influencers, lead and managed two Diversity peak bodies (Diversity Council Australia and NSW Working Women’s Centre), with enormous impact and success, for over 15 years, and was then Director and Employment Lead at PwC’s Indigenous Consulting for three years. She is influenced by both her Indigenous and culturally diverse heritages in this work and has received numerous awards and acknowledgments, including the inaugural Westpac 100 Women of Influence honour for Diversity, has commentated widely, presented both Nationally and internationally, and published.

Nareen also has significant governance experience, spent a term as Director, Indigenous Business Australia and currently sits on the boards of Souths Cares, Per Capita and Diversity Arts Australia.


Caroline Brell – Partner, Deloitte Risk Advisory

Caroline is a Partner in Deloitte’s Risk Advisory practice with over 16 years of experience providing governance, risk and compliance advice to banking, wealth management and other financial services clients.

She has consulted to the major Australian Banks and Wealth Managers on risk and compliance issues. Caroline has been involved in and led a number of high profile enforceable undertakings, large scale remediation programs and other regulatory action.

Caroline has extensive regulatory risk and compliance management design and implementation experience having spent over 18 months on secondment into the central Risk Function of one of Australia’s largest Wealth Managers.

Agenda and Schedule

Presentation 4:00pm AEDT


Event Category:
Location: RMA Australia
Duration: 1 hour