Mike Wood is a highly experienced risk management practitioner, director and senior manager with a professional background in the telecommunications industry.
Mike joined Broadleaf Capital International as an Associate Director in November 2004, and his activities centre on the provision of advice, training and other consultancy services in risk management framework development and deployment, and qualitative and quantitative risk assessments of large projects for clients in New Zealand, Australia and the Middle East. He is a past Chairman of the New Zealand Society for Risk Management (now RiskNZ).
Mike has nearly 30 years of governance experience in both commercial and not-for-profit organisations and is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors. He is a former Chair and a current Trustee of the Ignite Sport Trust, and a former Chair and a current Trustee of the Youth Cultures and Community Trust.
Mike is an accomplished facilitator and trainer in governance and risk management. He currently facilitates the Strategy and Risk Governance sessions of the Institute of Directors’ Company Directors program, and also their Risk Essentials program. He has also developed and facilitated training for clients internationally and in New Zealand in his specialist subject of quantitative risk analysis.
Mike has extensive experience in quantitative risk analysis of the schedule and costs of large projects. He has been a member of New Zealand’s all-of-Government panel of providers of QRA services for the past 12 years and has provided these services for many of the state sector projects in New Zealand that are large enough for a QRA to be a mandatory requirement under the central agencies’ monitoring regime. These projects range from infrastructure to IT systems to defence procurements, ranging in size up to $1.5B. In this capacity, Mike has carried out quantitative risk assessments of the schedule, cost, and benefits for a large number of technology and infrastructure projects for Statistics NZ, the Ministry for Primary Industries, the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry for the Environment, the Department of Internal Affairs, the Department of Corrections, the Department of Conservation, Inland Revenue, EQC, ACC, Land Information NZ, the NZ Police, the National Library, the Treasury, Housing NZ, Maritime NZ, the Ministry of Social Development, the Parliamentary Service, Unitec, District Health Boards, the State Services Commission, the Ministry of Defence and the NZ Defence Force.
Mike has also carried out a large number of quantitative risk assessments of the cost of a number of construction and infrastructure projects sized at over $100 million for WorleyParsons, Electrix, Leighton Contractors, Downer EDI, and Damwatch Services, and he has delivered major infrastructure risk assessments for Telecom New Zealand (now Spark and Chorus) and Transpower.
Other Broadleaf assignments in New Zealand performed by Mike also include major reviews of risk management frameworks and capability for the Department of Internal Affairs, the Accident Compensation Corporation, the NZ Transport Agency and First Gas.
Mike’s assignments outside New Zealand include qualitative and quantitative risk assessments of a number of large ICT, oil and gas, mining and infrastructure projects ($500 million to $20 billion in value) for ZADCO and ADGAS in the United Arab Emirates, for BHP Billiton in Australia and Suriname, for ERM Power, Anglo Coal, Xstrata Coal and Leighton Group companies in Australia, and Rio Tinto in Mongolia.
Prior to joining Broadleaf, Mike was Manager, Strategic Risk Management Systems within the corporate office of Telecom New Zealand Ltd, with a corporate governance and risk management focus. He developed and deployed Telecom’s overall policy framework, with particular responsibility for the development and deployment of Telecom’s Managing Risk Policy framework in both New Zealand and Australia, working closely with managers in Telecom’s business and corporate groups to assist them with the integration of risk management into their business and project environments.
From 1994 to 1997, Mike was Managing Director of the NZ Telecommunication Systems Support Centre Ltd (TSSC), a joint venture company responsible for customising NEC’s technology for the New Zealand telecommunications market, and prior to that, he was Telecom’s National Network Planning Manager.
Mike has a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) from the University of Auckland. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand, a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors, and a
Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (UK). He has been a contributing author to the books Project Risk Management Guidelines: Managing Risk with ISO 31000 and IEC 62198 (John Wiley
& Sons, Chichester, ISBN 978-1–118-82031-5) and Challenging the Future – Connecting the Words in Risk Communication (New Zealand Centre for Advanced Engineering, 2007, ISBN 0-908993-45-5).