The annual professional development and networking opportunity for risk management practitioners, this Forum will showcase relevant and innovative case studies.

  • 15 February 2018
  • 9:00 AM-5:30 PM
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  • Macs Function Centre, Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
  • 805.00 (plus GST) Members
  • 925.00 (plus GST) Non Members

About this event

This annual two day forum aims to bring local government risk management practitioners together to share knowledge, recognise innovation and develop professional knowledge and skills amongst those who manage risks. There’s an exciting mix of presentation sessions, blended in with the opportunity to share practice with your peers,

The existence of climate change is now doubted by very few serious scientists. A key theme in this years event will be the identification of natural hazards including climate change, and what local government can reasonably do to treat these risks.

We’ll hear from this year’s winner of the Minister of Local Government’s Award for Asset Management on their Risk Based Approach to Asset Management.

Another strong theme this year is the relationship between regulation and risk. Identifying and managing risks in our regulatory activities is one of the issues that the Government Regulatory Practice Initiative is running with so we’ll get an update from one of the local government representatives. And we’ll hear from an expert on regulatory risk.

Who should attend:

  • All local government Risk Managers and officers, project managers,
  • Chief Executives
  • Local Government Lawyers
  • Those with Finance, Corporate, Audit and Governance roles

The Programme

Day One: 15 February 2018

9.30am: Introduction to the Event

Jim Palmer, Chair, SOLGM Business Performance Working Party

Theme One – Risk management, natural hazards and climate change

9:35am: Climate Change – the Deep South Challenge

Dr Mike Williams, Director Deep South National Science Challenge

The Deep South National Science Challenge is unique in New Zealand for the way it joins together physical science, predictive modelling and social science. Established in 2014, what does its work have to tell us about the risks facing local government and the communities it serves?

10.15am Managing Natural Hazard Risk

Jeff Farrell, Manager Strategic Projects, Whakatane District Council

A severe rainfall event on 18 May 2005 in the Awatarariki catchment behind Matatā sent a raging torrent of mud, trees and boulders through the coastal town destroying 27 homes. Investigations confirm the Awatarariki fanhead area is a high hazard zone and that loss of life risk estimates exceed commonly accepted values. However, there are no established criteria for risk tolerance for New Zealand communities. Jeff Farrell explains how Whakatane District Council is working with the Matatā community to meet this challenge.

10.55am: Morning Tea & cell phone clearance break

11.15am: Table Top – Risk Management Practice - How can local government reasonably respond to climate change risks?

Richard Mabon, Principal Advisor, SOLGM

An interactive session looking at the risks for local government and local communities posed by the effects of climate change. What are those risks? How might local government respond? Who would we work with to successfully manage those risks?

11.55am: Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 – (Almost) Two Years On

Jo-Ann Pugh, Deputy General Manager Assessments, Operations and Specialist Services Group WorkSafe NZ

Local authorities manage substantial workforces across the country and some of the work comes with significant risk. Jo-Ann Pugh will discuss how to effectively measure your health and safety performance and the need to know the risks – general and critical - of your business, mitigate them and monitor the effectiveness of the mitigation programmes.

12.35pm: Lunch

1.15pm: Risk Management Practice - Speed Dating

These rapid, 15 minute sessions are designed to provide everyone with an idea or two to take home. Each session will get participants sharing examples of what worked well. The sessions are:

  • Risk & Audit Committees – led by Jim Palmer, Chair, SOLGM Business Performance Working Party
  • Engaging with Council on risk decisions – led by Richard Mabon, Principal Advisor, SOLGM
  • Risk assessment: applying the tools – led by Philip Jones, Principal, PJ and Associates
  • Building a risk culture – led by Hayley Evans, Head of Legal and Risk, Wellington City Council
  • Risk identification – led by Steve Vaughan, Risk Adviser, Nelson City Council
2.45pm: What Makes a Successful Risk Workshop?

James Goldsbury, Senior Manager & Bryan O'Donnell, Manager, PwC Risk Assurance

Almost all Risk Management professionals use workshops as a tool to identify and assess risks facing their organisations but very few people actually enjoy attending them! This interactive session will explore some innovative approaches to how risk workshops can be conducted in order to keep people engaged and achieve a meaningful outcome.

Theme Two – Risk Transfer

3.15pm: Risk-transfer in local government

Martin Holden, Broker Manager, Wellington & David Lynch, Divisional Manager – Specialty, JLT New Zealand

Councils make decisions about risk transfer every day, via contractual relationships and decisions on the pros and cons of accepting or excluding risk. This spans from Contracts for Contract Works/Professional Services/Contracted Services to other relationships such as fine arts and touring collections. David Lynch and Martin Holden will deliver a joint presentation.

3.45pm Afternoon Tea & long distance risk management break

4.00pm: Risk-based Renewals

Kritzo Venter, Senior Stormwater Engineer, Whanganui District Council

Informed assessment of risk and consequence is changing how decisions are made in asset management. This is especially so for high risk “three waters” assets. Whanganui District Council’s award-winning approach is an effective, pragmatic, evidence-based method with the potential to deliver real value for money to their community. SOLGM’s Excellence Awards Judges said “the sector can learn much from the process through which the Council is turning a morass of data into useful information for asset management decisions”.

4.40pm: Interactive Workshop

David Robson, Manager Internal Audit & Risk, University of Waikato

David is carrying out research for a PhD thesis on the long-term risk decision making between local and central government against the backdrop of the 60/40 insurance arrangements. He is examining the interactions within key networks and the implications for the way things are done.

David will run an interactive workshop session to get your ideas of these beliefs and traditions first hand.

5.20pm: Close of day one

Day Two: 16 February 2018

9.00am Welcome to Day two

Theme Three – Risk in a regulatory environment

9.05am: Risk and Regulation – Emerging Risks

Paul Carpenter, Solicitor, JLT New Zealand

Paul will present on emerging risk within the regulatory function of Councils as well as a general update on case law and claims with relevance to the future (growing) legal liability exposures Councils face.

9.45am: G-REG – Lifting Regulatory Performance in Local Government

Grant Barnes, General Manager Licensing & Compliance Services, Auckland Council

Reports by the Productivity Commission in 2013 and 2014 identified resource and capability gaps in central and local government regulatory agencies. G-REG – the Government Regulatory Practice Initiative is tackling this challenge.

10.25am: Morning Tea

11.00am: What's coming up from SOLGM?

Richard Mabon, Principal Advisor, NZ Society of Local Government Managers

An update from SOLGM’s sector improvement team on the latest policy and regulatory developments in Wellington, and SOLGM’s other ‘good works’ – for a risk management audience.

11.20am: Table Topic: Effective Risk Management Practice

Philip Jones, Principal, PJ and Associates

Many Councils have risk management policies and strategies.Philip will introduce an interactive session asking whether council policies and strategies are working and how risk management professionals provide assurance to their elected members that their work is effective.

12.30pm: Summing up and Close

Jim Palmer, Chair, SOLGM Business Performance Working Party

Before you leave, one final question:

“What are the top three things you are taking back to your council?”

12.35pm: Lunch break


Richard Mabon
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Grant Barnes
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Hayley Evans
Head of Legal and Risk, Wellington City Council Read Profile
Steve Vaughan
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Jim Palmer
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Martin Holden
Wellington Manager - Broking Read Profile
Dr Mike Williams
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Paul Carpenter
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David Robson
Crisis Manager Read Profile
Jo-Ann Pugh
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James Goldsbury
Senior Manager Read Profile
Bryan O'Donnell
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Kritzo Venter
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