Conference Day One: Thursday, 27 April 2017

08:30 AM - 09:00 AM Registration and Welcome Coffee

09:00 AM - 09:10 AM Opening Remarks from IQPC and the Conference Chair

Deslea Selmes, Risk and Governance Author,  

Deslea Selmes

Risk and Governance Author

9:10 AM - 9:50 AM Managing Risk Ownership for Better Allocation of Shared Risk

Deslea Selmes, Risk and Governance Author,  
Risk isn’t solely the responsibility of the Chief Risk Officer. Rather, risk awareness and management should be embedded in all levels of the organisation. The focus of this session will explore the importance of effectively harnessing and managing risk ownership to better allocate risk for improving risk capability.
  • Leveraging and developing meaningful key risk indicators to measure risk performance and effectively allocate and distribute risk accordingly
  • Overcoming the challenges in allowing staff to be engaged and proactive in risk responsibilities to embrace collaborative management
  • Boosting risk culture to embed risk management into day to day activities as an ongoing process to avoid the perception of it being an admin burden

Deslea Selmes

Risk and Governance Author

9:50 AM - NaN:NaN AM Intelligent Risk: an opportunity and a strategic imperative. How to approach uncertainty to drive trust for organisational success

Nicole Grantham, Chief Risk Officer, SAI Global
As the world becomes more complex, organisations are exposed to more risks than ever before. Nicole Grantham will discuss how to take an Intelligent Risk approach to your risk management strategy to create reputational trust for your organisation. Nicole will also discuss how to use risk as a strategic imperative to generate opportunities and share with you successful risk management tips from her own experience.

Nicole Grantham

Chief Risk Officer
SAI Global


A structured interactive session designed to help you expand your network through one-on-one focused conversations. Bring your business cards!


11:20 AM - 11:50 AM Managing the Enterprise Risk Management Evolution

Chad Alpert, Regional Director, Readinow Corporation
  • Hear how ERM has changed over the evolution stages since the 1990’s and evolved from a topic of conversation to full-time roles within organisations
  • The phases of the ERM cycle and how to manage what is now included in ERM
  • Learn how technology can help you manage your evolving enterprise risk management from a current state to a future state with ease

Chad Alpert

Regional Director
Readinow Corporation

11:50 AM - 12:20 PM Lightning Talks: Differentiating Strategic and Operational Risks in ERM

When it comes to risk management, there are often two streams that come to mind: strategic and operational risk. Although defining the two concepts seems simple, the application and understanding of the two has proven to be a challenge in the way organisations prioritise and allocate resources and respond to certain risks.

In this session, three presenters will highlight their most pressing challenges in the differentiation of strategic and operational risks within their organisation in relation to their capabilities and success targets. Each presentation will be delivered in lightning fashion, a maximum of ten minutes, before the conference breaks into three groups, each led by a presenter who will continue the discussion in an interactive roundtable discussion.
One of the biggest measures of Adelaide City Council’s success in risk management is the adoption by three CEO’s since its inception. The ability to understand these concepts has left executives to appreciate the benefits of the process.

This simple way of thinking of strategic and operational risks has enabled all levels of staff of the council to understand and apply it day to day. It has also been used to define Adelaide City Council’s risk appetite statement.

Rudi Deco

Manager Risk and Governance
Adelaide City Council

Talk Two

12:05 PM - 12:30 PM  

Pierre Skorich

Acting National Manager Legal Governance & Risk
Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre

12:20 PM - 12:50 PM Lightning Talks Roundtables

In this interactive session, delegates will split into three roundtables based on the lightning talk they found most appealing to explore in open-minded dialogue which will be lead by the presenter.


1:50 PM - 2:30 PM Emerging Conversations on the Right Risk Appetite and Risk Tolerance in Pursuit of Future Organisational Objectives

Barnaby Pace, Risk Manager, Hamilton City Council New Zealand
Risk aversion can lead to poor risk practices. It is important for organisations to distinguish between their ability to respond to risks appropriately as opposed to avoiding risks completely. The goal of each organisation is to maintain a healthy risk appetite, to minimise the consequences of failure but not at the cost of jeopardising the ability of individuals to develop sensible risk management strategies. This session will explore how to encourage the openness of risk talk to develop a risk culture that understands your organisation’s appetite and tolerance.
  • Understanding and monitoring how constant, uncontrollable changes in risk will affect your organisation’s future risk appetite and tolerance to ensure better depletion of resources
  • Realising the clashes in individual risk appetite and government tolerance and its affect in developing statements that help define and frame the risk culture and allocation of resources
  • How to create opportunities for discussion around considerations into external and internal factors that can influence risk tolerance to better meet objectives

Barnaby Pace

Risk Manager
Hamilton City Council New Zealand

2:30 PM - 3:10 PM Leveraging Cyber Enterprise Risk Management to Mitigate Risk of Cyber-Attacks

Nalin Asanka Gamagedara Arachchilage , Researcher, Australian Centre for Cyber Security
Cyber security continues to be a talking point in risk management, and in an age where organisations are depending more and more on technology, it is no surprise that Government entities are being pushed to consider their approaches to mitigating the risk of cyber-attacks. This session will explore strategic plans to enact in your organisation to strengthen your resilience and capabilities in a digital age.
  • Understanding and changing behavioural influences to help protect infrastructure, network systems and data
  • Designing and implementing educational tools, technology and methodologies to increase cyber security awareness
  • Using gaming technology to help protect computer users against phishing attacks

Nalin Asanka Gamagedara Arachchilage

Australian Centre for Cyber Security


3:40 PM - 4:20 PM Encouraging Transparency and Engagement with Senior Leadership in Risk Management

Brendon Fisher, Director, Corporate Risk, Australian Taxation Office
If knowing risk is a key component of and core skills, why do we still constantly see the consequences of poor risk planning across all levels of the organisation? Being more open with conversations around your senior executives can encourage those essential components of enabling transparency and engagement within risk management. This session investigates how to talk openly about risk to deal intelligently with risk management.
  • Reframing approach to risk in order to create a more simplified and basic methodology on risk management and decision making
  • How to create an affective value proposition by shifting primary focus and objectives to engage executive level and encourage transparency
  • Pushing and encouraging changes in behaviour among senior management to enhance agility and anticipation for occurring risks and to reduce damage

Brendon Fisher

Director, Corporate Risk
Australian Taxation Office

4:20 PM - NaN:NaN AM Embracing the Softer Side to Improve Performance of Risk Culture

Ben Gully, Chief Risk Officer, Chief Risk Officer
Too often organisations focus on the characteristics and
necessities of risk management, including policies, governance
and reporting. Yet the effectiveness of your risk framework does
not come from whether you can tick all the boxes and assume it
works. Effectiveness comes down to evaluating your performance,
use and the risk culture you’ve built. This session will look into
some of the successes at APRA and how you can embrace the
softer side of risk management effectiveness.
  • Insights into the risk culture at APRA and the work the organisation is engaging in to improve their approach towards improving use and performance to define effectiveness
  • —How to make your risk management seem more real – breaking out of the compliance perspective and obligations to embrace the ‘softer characteristics’ of risk management
  • —Discovering how to measure your organisation’s performance in risk management and the advantages it has on your risk culture


Ben Gully

Chief Risk Officer
Chief Risk Officer

5:00 PM - 5:40 PM Champagne Roundtable

This champagne roundtable will encourage you to further identify, benchmark, and analyse the key issues and challenges around Enterprise Risk Management in Australia’s Public Sector. Delegates will choose a topic that they wish to discuss and one member of the roundtable will present back to the group with their findings. Grab a glass of bubbly and discuss the issues whilst forming relationships with influential experts.     
Table 1: Overcoming Challenges of the PGPA Act on Risk Culture
Table 2: Defining a Healthy Risk Appetite for Your Organisation

Table 3: Strategies for Effectively Dealing with the Unknowns of Cyber- Risk

6:00 PM - 11:59 PM End of Day One & Networking Drinks