Management Board


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Erin Killian

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adminofficer@risknz.org.nz
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2016 Management Board Members


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   Geraint Bermingham



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Bio

Geraint has a passion for managing risk in high-risk environments and in particular the practical application of theory to drive business perfromance.  Specific risk management roles have included operational risk, business continuity and internal audit roles with Air New Zealand, safety officer for the salvor during the Rena recovery, membership of the risk management committee of Europe’s largest industrial site, nuclear power engineer, and submariner.

As a director of Navigatus Risk Consulting, Geraint has advised a wide range of organizations on risk methodologies and assessment.  Projects have included risk management framework and process design for large private and public companies, risk assessments for complex environmental decision making, safety cases for airports and airlines, project risk management for roads and rail and risk analysis for analysis of specialist flight operations, regulatory intervention, and marine oil spill environmental risk.  His risk management work has extended across infrastructure, bioresearch, essential infrastructure, oil production, aviation operations and regulation and transport sectors.

Geraint is a long-standing member of the Joint Australian/New Zealand committee on risk management and was one of the two New Zealand representatives on the international committee that has published ISO13000.  He has recently been, for the second time, been reelected to the Chair of RiskNZ.

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   Hilary Walton



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Bio

Hilary started her career as a Business Psychologist in the Royal New Zealand Air Force. She made the transition to risk management through her understanding of how to build a risk aware culture in organisations.

She understands that every organisation has a unique internal culture that affects how it operates. How an organisation functions in terms of its style and approach to risk, is its risk culture. Organisational culture permeates every part of a business and has implications for risk management. Even with good technical tools and processes, an organisation is still vulnerable if the general attitude towards risk is poor.
It was this focus around risk culture, which secured her a role with the London 2012 Olympic Games were she was responsible for the Information Security Programme and held a key role responsible for operational cyber-security monitoring at the Olympic Park during the London 2012 Olympics. Her other responsibilities were for Information Security Risk Management, Assurance and the development of a Security Culture and Awareness Programme.

Currently, Hilary is the Risk Management Specialist at Airways and has responsibility for implementing and maintaining an enterprise-wide risk management system across the organisation, which includes aviation safety risk.

Hilary has a M.Sc. in Industrial & Organisational Psychology and a Post Graduate Diploma in Aviation Management and Human Factors. She is a Chartered IO psychologist and HPC Registered psychologist in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. She is also a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) through ISACA.

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   Ross Wells


  
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Bio

I was a social worker for 25 years.   I was called on daily to make decisions about the lives and welfare of babies children and young people, their families, people with mental health challenges and frailer elderly people. These decisions involved considering what might happen and how serious the consequences might be, to help decide when or how to intervene. This was risk management at the sharp end.
 
Then I joined the Audit Commission in London, and for almost four years provided consultancy, mainly to Local Authorities and Health agencies, on improving the effectiveness of their organisations - largely using risk-based methodologies.
 
Back in New Zealand, I have since 2005 worked in risk management in central government agencies - since May 2015 at the Treasury. My main interest is in enterprise risk management, and particularly looking at opportunities and the upside of uncertainty - how to take risks to achieve benefits.
 
I was co-opted onto the then Management Committee of the New Zealand Society for Risk Management in 2011, and elected as a member and as Secretary in 2012. I was re-elected as Secretary to RiskNZ unopposed in 2014 and 2016. This is my last term on the Board, since I will have served 6 years by March 2018.

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   Gary Taylor



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Bio

Coming soon!

 

Sally_Pulley.jpg   Sally Pulley



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Bio

I hold a degree in Exploration Science (Mining Engineering and Geology). My interest in risk management started with my first journey down a working underground coal mine.

Dire weather conditions during seismic surveys in mountain ranges prompted my career transition into Information Technology (IT). 

IT projects gave me the opportunity to work with a huge range of organisations.  Each project implemented something new, no two projects were the same, and some became world firsts.

Introducing new technologies and re-engineering established business practice is inherently risky.  My interest in risk management grew as I implemented data analytics and systems to transform the way organisations worked.  Large business transformation projects led me into Consultancy and Independent Quality Assurance.

In 2014 I was appointed as an external, independent, member of the Audit and Risk Committee for the Parliamentary Counsel Office. In 2015 I and five others founded the Project Quality Assurance Forum. 

Despite bad weather in mountains, I still love the great outdoors.  I have always been a cyclist - an early memory is crashing my tricycle at 3 years old.  I live in Wellington and have a small holding in the Tararua ranges where we breed Angus cattle and grow timber trees.

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   Brian Potter



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Bio

Brian originally trained in telecommunications engineering with the NZ Post Office and since 1992 has specialised in Risk Management related areas of Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery, Y2K preparations, Civil Defence and Risk Management itself. Today his Risk Management role is located in the Technology and Shared services part of Telecom and focuses on providing advice on Operational Risk Management. Brian also carries out specialist risk assessments which he describes as the science of looking into dark corners.

Miles_Crawford_profile_photo.jpg   Miles Crawford

 

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     email.png   miles@risknz.org.nz

Bio

I have always been fascinated by uncertainty and how we chose to manage it. This started at university where I studied natural hazard risk assessment for ‘The Big One’ earthquake in Wellington. After this I started working in emergency management, picking up business continuity management whilst working in contingency management over in the UK. From here it was a natural progression to pick up business risk management and I have never looked back. I now run a private consultancy business providing advice to the NZ energy sector, the forestry sector, central and local government, and small business. I have been an active member of RiskNZ for almost a decade, first joining the New Zealand Society for Risk Management in 2007. In early 2015, I took on the role of Editor for RiskNZ’s professional newsletter – RiskPost, and have been working ever since to broaden how risk practitioners think about all things ‘risky’. Last year I decided to return to University to complete a PhD in disaster risk management. The focus of my research is on how risk informs policy and procedure for Local Government natural hazard management. I am an avid gardener, paua diver, and tramper and live in Wellington with my wife and two sons.

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   Gary Jerome


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   email.png   gary@risknz.org.nz

Bio

My risk management journey has been anything but straightforward. It developed over the last 20 years from initial training as a chartered quantity surveyor in the UK. The understanding of risk exposure and treatment planning came early in my career with projects at the three main nuclear establishments in the UK (Sizewell, Aldermaston and Sellafield) where we installed the process pipework for the different radiation exposure areas but the move into actively engaging and managing risk came through the need to better understand and quantify project risk to determine contingency fund levels.

A move into the rail industry added a different perspective on risk management, particularly planning around construction works on a live high speed railway before leaving the UK and heading to New Zealand in 2003. I've not looked back and have been championing project risk management and quantified risk management practices on horizontal and vertical infrastructure projects and programmes since then on iconic projects across NZ like Wellingtons ASB sports centre, Transmission Gully and the Christchurch Justice and Emergency Services Precinct. Coaching and leading the teams understand and articulate risk to the point it can be quantified and managed to deliver a successful project outcome is very rewarding.

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   Nathanael Sterling


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   email.png   nathanael@risknz.org.nz

Bio

Nathanael enjoys helping organisations and project teams achieve higher levels of performance towards their objectives and manage through uncertainty through risk management, creating and protecting value.

Graduating with a civil engineering degree I began working on civil roading projects in tendering and estimating, moving from this to project management through delivery for a contracting organisation. Following on from this base of 10 years pricing and delivering construction projects I worked in a local Council in a capital works management role. Prior to the amalgamation of Councils in Auckland I moved to a consulting firm where I performed roles in design management, project management, programme management and risk management. In the 2015 and 2016 years I delivered training in risk management and safety in design, internally within Beca, for other organisations and publically through the IPENZ Continuing Professional Development courses. In addition to a degree in Civil Engineering and Masters in Engineering Management I hold an international certificate in risk management, am a Chartered Professional Engineer and Project Management Professional.

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Tim Jago


position.png   Executive Officer (Part-Time)
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Bio

Coming soon!