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Nigel is the Corporate Risk Manager for Watercare Services Limited, the sole provider of water and wastewater services to 1.4 million Aucklanders. The requirements of the role include Enterprise and Project Risk Management, Business Continuity Planning and Emergency Preparedness, Incident Controller and the organisations Insurance Program.
He served as member and subsequently Deputy Chair of the RiskNZ Management Board for five years until 2016. During this period he led the Continuing Professional Development and Relationship workstreams covering lunchtime presentations, future training options and agreements for sharing of professional knowledge with other organisations.
In his time as a member of RiskNZ he has presented at a RiskNZ lunchtime seminar and conference. He also represented RiskNZ in the group assembled by Skills NZ which culminated in the new NZQA level four and six qualifications in Organisational Risk and Compliance.
Nigel’s interests include using his knowledge of risk management qualifications to identify training programmes and education standards that benefit, not only our current practitioners, but also serve to nurture the next generation of risk management leaders. This includes leveraging tangible benefits from aligned professional bodies.
From late 2015 he has led the Watercare and Water Authority of Fiji liaison programme sponsored by Local Government New Zealand and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade which enables the building of professional relationships between these organisations and sharing of knowledge and experiences. The first work completed with Water Authority of Fiji was to assist in the development of an understanding of key organisational risks.
In 2016 the risk work undertaken by Watercare, which included the development of a new approach to Enterprise Risks and cooperative risk approach when delivering projects, was recognised with the RiskNZ award for Excellence in Building Risk Management Capability.
Nigel’s previous experience includes strategic financial and risk roles in Infrastructure, Utilities, Manufacturing, Logistics and Ordnance and Munitions.
Nigel is a Certified Member of the UK Institute of Risk Management and a Chartered Management Accountant and holds a Master of Science Degree in Corporate Governance.
I am based in Wellington and have been working in the risk management area with a number of different public sector organisations for the last 20 or so years. I am currently employed as Manager, Risk at the Financial Markets Authority. My main interest in risk management is getting it closely connected to what needs to be done to achieve objectives either at the organisational or team level.
My role as Risk NZ Treasurer is to make sure that we make good and prudent use of our financial resources to achieve our objectives.
I have been self-employed offering contract and consulting services in risk and governance to a range of clients from the very small to the very large since 2012. Previously I held two executive team roles, Chief Risk Officer and Company Secretary, for Ports of Auckland. I worked in the port for 23 years.
I enjoy both disciplines of governance and risk; in particular the governance of risk -helping Boards and Chief Executives develop pragmatic frameworks, policy and processes that enhance focus and support the achievement of strategy.
I have been a member of RiskNZ for around 10 years. Last year I was asked to help out on the Management Board in a governance role. That provided me with an opportunity to see if I could contribute to RiskNZ in the longer term. I was elected as Secretary in early 2018.
I am married to Ruth. We have three twenty-somethings – currently all back in NZ. We enjoy eating good food with friends and family, and walking the dog.
Kristin’s risk background is wide ranging. She first worked in risk management in the mid 1990s in the food sector primarily focusing on food safety based risks. Since then she has worked in health and safety, risk policy, emergency management, natural hazards, crisis management, high hazard contingency response planning, business continuity and risk communications. While she has mostly worked in New Zealand she has also spent several years working in the middle east. Kristin works locally and internationally, primarily based out of Christchurch. She does spend part of the year based in Ft. Worth, Texas.
Kristin is a Certified Emergency Manager and holds Member grade with the Institution of Fire Engineers. She has a B.Sc (Chemistry), Grad. Dip. Emergency Management, M.E. (Fire Engineering), and is a Fellow of the Disaster Science Academy.
In 2011 Kristin was inducted into the International Women in Homeland Security & Emergency Management Hall of Fame. Kristin is a senior consultant with WorleyParsons NZ, a senior consultant with STAT-COMM, and the Pacific Chief Executive for Gate Rule. In addition to serving on the RiskNZ Board Kristin is the Vice-President of IAEM (Oceania) and serves on the IAEM International Scholarship Commission.
Stephen joined the Royal Air Force in 1986. During 16 years with the RAF he was an A-Cat QFI on the BAe Hawk and a night attack pilot on the Harrier GR7. He was Executive Officer on No1 Fighter Squadron and Wing Commander of Harrier Operations for Joint Force Harrier. He flew nine operational tours in Bosnia, Kosovo and Iraq. After a sabbatical flying business jets in Australia Stephen returned home to New Zealand and served eight years for the RNZAF as Officer Commanding the Pilot Training Squadron; Leader of the Red Checkers; Executive Officer of the RAZAF Operational Headquarters; Director of Flying Standards; NZDF Air Capability and Strategic Relationships. After completing an MBA Stephen moved to the CAA NZ as General Manager Air Transport and Airworthiness and the New Southern Sky Programme; responsible for risk-based regulation, investigation and intervention of the New Zealand commercial airlines sector. In 2015 Stephen joined Air New Zealand as General Manager of Flight Operations; including the management of operatonal risk across the airline. Stephen is now the managing director of a consulting company specialising in scientific research, strategy, and the integrated management of enterprise risk, particularly in complex high-risk operational business.
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.
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.
I’ve held a number of roles in the UK and in New Zealand that on the surface seem wildly unconnected, but are strongly invested in building enduring relationships; communicating complex matters simply; connecting people and issues; risk based thinking and managing the unplanned - all with the aim of ensuring good decisions are made that consider a wider context.
I’ve held prior roles within the oil industry; local, regional and national government organisations; management consulting, crisis and emergency management and more recently as the GM Risk Integration within Fonterra. I have just returned to the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management to continue my ‘resilience’ journey.
I’m originally from London but now live in Auckland with my husband and 2 teenage children. I love its beaches, but enjoy opportunities to escape the traffic regularly.
Brent brings over 17 years experience in occupational risk management and health and safety to Safety Associates. Brent works in partnership with clients, providing practical advice to address health and safety risks and develop strategies to drive improvements in safety culture. He is well regarded as a safety coach and for assisting clients to understand the importance of safety governance, setting clear and understandable safety objectives and providing safety leadership. Brent is also a specialist in health and safety critical event management of serious harm and fatality incidents and works with insurers and legal firms on WorkSafe NZ enforcement matters. Brent was recently appointed to the board of RiskNZ Inc, RiskNZ is the sector body in New Zealand bringing together people and organisations managing risk.