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12 September 2018

Auckland Council and Unison honoured at RiskNZ annual awards


Auckland Council’s Cecilia Tse won the risk management professional of the year award while the council’s risk team won the excellence in developing capability in risk management award at RiskNZ’s annual awards in Auckland today.

Ryan McBrearty of Unison Networks won the other award for best emerging risk practitioner of the year.

The risk management professional of the year award to Tse recognised the significant achievement in her risk management role.

RiskNZ Chair Nigel Toms says Tse played a major part in a transformational shift in the council’s risk culture and maturity through her leadership as head of risk.

“Her clear vision and leadership style have enabled her to raise risk culture, capability and maturity at all levels in the organisation. The transformation has been achieved through a range of initiatives introduced over a relatively short period of time.”

Auckland Council’s risk team won the excellence in developing capability in risk management award by taking a bold, innovative approach, shifting risk culture and strengthening risk management practice through the establishment of a new charter.

“With staff-centred design principles, the charter takes a positive approach to the human behavioural elements of risk management and integrates it into everyday business activities.

“As such, the charter provides a platform from which transformational cultural change is taking place,” Toms says.

McBrearty was named the emerging risk practitioner of the year because he proved his worth to his organisation, as a valued member of the team and is fast moving on his way to becoming a risk manager.

“He has gained this confidence by fully restructuring his organisation’s business continuity plans, renewing its complex insurance portfolio, taking control of project managing, developing and implementing a contract management system, framework and policy - all in the last 12 months,” Toms says.

The awards were announced today after RiskNZ’s Practitioner’s Day 2018. RiskNZ is the dominant sector body in New Zealand bringing people, businesses and organisations together to manage risk and ensure New Zealand prospers.


Tuesday, 28 August 2018

RiskNZ counts days down to its Awards of Excellence 2018

The Awards of Excellence is set to honour achievements in the space of risk management and will follow RiskNZ’s Practitioner’s Day programme on 12th September in Wellington.

RiskNZ, the dominant sector and professional body in New Zealand bringing together those people and organisations managing risk, will be conducting its annual Awards of Excellence 2018 on 12th September 2018 at The Civil Aviation Authority in Wellington.

The annual RiskNZ Awards of Excellence honours notable achievements of individuals and organisations within New Zealand in the area of risk management over a period of 12 months.

“The annual Awards ceremony highlights the exemplary work done in the areas of risk management and risk practices among individuals and organisations across New Zealand. Our categories are designed to shine light on their achievements over the last twelve months, not only to reward them but also to inspire risk practitioners of today and the next-generation,” says Nigel Toms, Chair of RiskNZ.

Nominations for the Awards of Excellence, which closed in late July this year, brought in nominees from public and private sector organisations in New Zealand. These were then considered by the eminent judging panel comprising of Jacqui Lyttle, Risk Manager at the University of Canterbury, Denise Bovaird, management consultant at Navigatus Consulting, Grant Avery, Director of Outcome Insights and Geraint Birmingham, Director at Navigatus Consulting.

Both Jacqui and Grant are previous winners of RiskNZ Awards of Excellence.

“It has been both rewarding and inspiring to be on the judging panel this year for the Risk NZ Awards of Excellence. It was clear from the high caliber of nominations in each of the categories that organisations thrive when risk is owned at the board and management level, when risk conversations are championed throughout the business, and when risk management is well embedded in realising an organisation’s strategic objectives. Thank you to all applicants for sharing your journeys with us and congratulations on the outstanding achievements that you have attained,” says Lyttle

The Awards of Excellence ceremony this year will take place following the completion of the RiskNZ Practitioner’s Day 2018, which is scheduled to take place on the same day. The Day is focused on highlighting practices, experiences, stories and tools that are focused on moving risk management from mere practice to performance and achievement across organisations.

The RiskNZ Practitioner’s Day and the Awards of Excellence 2018 is made possible with the generous support of partners including JLT, CAA, Paladin, Navigatus and RiskDynamics.