RiskNZ Awards of Excellence 2021

Nominations open 14 December 2020

Are you leading the charge with adaptive risk management approaches that drive performance within the business?  Let’s celebrate those successes and share what you’ve learned with the wider risk community within New Zealand.

The RiskNZ Awards of Excellence for 2021 will be our most prestigious yet!  In 2021, RiskNZ will be celebrating its 21st birthday and as part of our year-long celebrations, we will be recognising leading practice within New Zealand.

We have six award categories acknowledging those who are embedding risk management approaches within normal business practice and making it part of everyday thinking. Our most coveted awards are the ‘Risk Professional of the Year’ and ‘Emerging Risk Professional of the Year’, with these two award categories open to RiskNZ members only.  Our four remaining categories are open to both RiskNZ members and non-members within New Zealand.

Finalists and winners will feature in our RiskPost magazine, with special case studies of their work captured in a one-off RiskNZ 21st Birthday Award publication.  Awards will be presented at the RiskNZ conference in April 2021.

Please ensure you’ve submitted your entry by Friday 19 February 2021.

Awards Categories and Criteria

AwardCriteria
1. Risk Professional of the YearThis category is open to RiskNZ members (an Individual Member or listed as part of an existing Corporate Membership).  *note this is an individual award.

Entrants should demonstrate their sustained risk leadership and their contribution in making a significant difference to their organisation, clients, or the wider risk management community/industry. Entrants will show mature practice in supporting teams to better manage risk and to achieve business goals. They will have the competence and mana to work with and influence at an executive or governance level.

The judges are looking for evidence of the individual’s effective risk management leadership; strategic and operational thinking; excellent communication skills, the ability to demonstrate positive impacts, while also being respected by their peers.

Applicants should additionally submit a summary CV as supporting information, showcasing highlights from their risk management career.
2. Emerging Risk Professional of the YearThis category is open to RiskNZ members (an Individual Member or listed as part of an existing Corporate Membership). *note this is an individual award.

Entrants in this category should be relatively new to a career in organisational risk management and must have worked in a risk related role for less than five (as at 1 January 2021).

The judges are looking for individuals that can demonstrate that they have contributed to the measurement, management and/or mitigation of risk within their organisation over the last 18 months. Judges will be seeking evidence of strong organisation; planning; negotiating and influencing, and communication skills which are all important attributes of an aspiring risk manager. Successful entrants will be able to provide evidence of one or more of these.

Applicants should additionally submit a summary CV as supporting information, illustrating progression within their risk management career.
3. Networking and Partnerships in Risk ManagementThis category is open to RiskNZ members and non-members.  Entrants in this category can be an individual, team or organisation.

The judges are looking for entrants that can demonstrate how collaboration across teams or organisations can effectively manage risk, strengthen strategic delivery and deliver results. This award will be shared across those teams or organisations and provides an excellent opportunity to demonstrate strategic advantage in partnerships.
4. Developing Capability in Risk ManagementThis category is open to RiskNZ members and non-members.  Entrants in this category can be an individual, team or organisation.

The judges are looking for entrants that can demonstrate how the effective communication of risk thinking or practice results builds organisational strength in risk management capability.

Entrants will be able to show how non-risk professionals integrate effective risk management approaches within normal business practice.
5. “Cov-innovation” – Managing risk during times of significant changeThis award is open to RiskNZ members and non-members.  Entrants in this category can be an individual, team or organisation.

This award recognises and celebrates innovative practices or approaches implemented during Covid-19 that ensured risk identified during a significant period of disruption were effectively managed.  It’s likely this innovation has translated into ongoing business practice for your organisation or your client, and is continuing to demonstrate value, adaptability and business stability.
Whilst benefits may not be full realised yet, the promise is there and you’re excited to share what this could become for your organisation.
6. Governance and Leadership in Risk ManagementThis category is open to RiskNZ members and non-members. Entrants in this category can be an individual, team or organisation.

This award showcases how risk management approaches have been embedded at an executive and governance level.  More than just reporting, this category celebrates approaches that enable nimble decision-making by governance entities that strengthens business performance.

The judges are looking for nominations from organisations that can demonstrate a commitment to ongoing contextual awareness, enhancing organisational risk practice, and embedding good decision making as part of normal business process. At least one reference needs to come from a Board Chair or Executive leader.

Guide to entering the 2021 RiskNZ Awards of Excellence

  • RiskNZ awards are free to enter, although some categories are restricted to RiskNZ members only.
  • Each submission should be 1,500 words or less and should meet the award criteria outlined. You can submit using the online form, or by downloading the nomination form from our website.
  • We’ve weighted the criteria so you can see what we’re looking for. Judges are looking for examples from your recent work.
  • If you decide to enter into more than one award category, please submit a separate entry for each category but each one should be specifically tailored to the relevant Award category.
  • We’ll be looking for evidence that your achievements are sustainable over time, support better decision making and have added real value to your organisation (i.e. your references should reflect this).
  • You’re welcome to include supporting materials. You can include supplementary information (up to four-pages) with your entry which can include photos, diagrams or charts. You will need to provide one written reference and one additional reference which we may contact for further information. 
  • Please ensure you’ve submitted your entry by Friday 19 February 2021. Judging will take place during March 2021.
  • We will be announcing the winners at the RiskNZ Conference 2021 on Tuesday 13th April 2021 in Wellington.

Terms and Conditions - RiskNZ Awards of Excellence 2021

  1. Applicants should make sure they have the necessary authority from their organisation to enter the awards.
  2. Applications should specifically reflect the criteria of the Award Category. Multiple applications using identical content will be withdrawn.
  3. RiskNZ will ensure information contained within applications remain confidential to RiskNZ and the judging panel. However, applicants should ensure that they do not include information that might be considered confidential or sensitive by their company. We recommend that entrants protect any intangible assets (IP etc.) or aspects of their business that may be patentable.
  4. Applications are limited to 1,500 words. Supplementary information (maximum four pages) of supporting material such as diagrams and illustrations may accompany the entry. Applications must be submitted online or using the nomination form downloaded from our website.
  5. The judges may move applicants from one category to another if they believe that it is appropriate. We’ll contact you if this is likely to happen.
  6. RiskNZ may withdraw an award application should it be discovered that it includes false information. RiskNZ may audit information supplied in your entry.
  7. The judges may highly commend awards in any category.
  8. The judges may also choose not to issue a shortlist, or make an award if in their view, the applications submitted do not meet the required standard. Our judge’s decisions are final. Interviews with shortlisted applicants may be required (by phone or video conferencing).
  9. RiskNZ would like award winners to participate in post-awards publicity, including photographs. RiskNZ will publicise the results of our awards via mechanisms such as press releases, social media and case study coverage in RiskNZ’s publication RiskPost and online.
  10. We’d love to celebrate with you, and encourage award winners or those shortlisted, to promote their achievements through their own press releases and social media.
  11. By entering the RiskNZ Awards of Excellence, you agree to the above.

Need more Information?

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