JLT Risk Management Forum

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

  • 15 Feb - 16 Feb
  • Macs Function Centre, Wellington
  • 15 Feb 9.30 am - 5.20 pm, 16 Feb 9.00 am - 1.00 pm; Venue: Macs Function Centre, 4 Taranaki Street, Wellington
  • $805.00 excl. GST. for members
  • $925.00 excl. GST. for non-members
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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

    Principal Advisor, Sector Improvement SOLGM

    Richard joined SOLGM in December 2016. He loves his role assembling and sharing good and relevant practice so that people in local government have easier, more effective working lives, He is focussed on the SOLGM legal compliance modules, electoral readiness resources, and supporting G-REG the Government Regulatory Practice Initiative, He also has a hand in delivering some SOLGM events and policy projects.

    Richard is studying part-time towards a Masters in Public Policy. With wife Christine, he has one teenage and two adult children, and believes passionately that Liverpool FC will again be Champions of England in his lifetime.

  • Grant Barnes

    General Manager Licensing & Compliance Services, Auckland Council

    Grant Barnes is General Manager of Licensing & Regulatory Compliance for Auckland Council. The focus of the department is contributing to a fair, safe and healthy Auckland.

    Specifically, the department is responsible for ensuring compliance across building consents, resource management matters, environmental health, animal management, alcohol licensing, and general Auckland Council bylaws.

    This is achieved in partnership with other regulatory arms of Council, in collaboration with policy and planning colleagues. Externally, Grant works closely with the NZ Police and other key stakeholders across central government, manawhenua, industry and the community.

  • Hayley Evans

    Head of Legal and Risk, Wellington City Council

    Hayley is Head of Legal and Risk (General Counsel) at Wellington City Council. Hayley joined the Council in 2016 to establish a legal services unit. In just over 18 months, Hayley's team went from one lawyer to eight, and was named Team of the Year 2018 at the NZ Law Awards.

    From July 2017, Hayley also took responsibility for reshaping and refocusing the Council’s enterprise risk management function, and more recently, building strength in Project Governance for the Council.

    Hayley has a passion for supporting women who become teen parents to continue their education, and is a trustee of He Huarahi Tamariki – a charitable trust that supports young women attending teen parent units throughout the greater Wellington region.

  • Steve Vaughan

    Risk Adviser, Nelson City Council

    Steve is Nelson City Council’s Risk Adviser. He is a recognised expert in the development and application of risk management techniques with experience in a broad range of areas including; siting of explosives facilities, oilfield, geothermal power station, and irrigation scheme development, design and construction of urban wastewater systems, and local authority and health sector operations.

    His experience also includes legislation development, resolving complex environmental issues at all levels from local to multi-national negotiations and the management of hazardous substances.

    Steve holds a doctorate in chemical engineering and is currently a member of the New Zealand committee responsible for the maintenance of ISO 31000.

  • Jim Palmer

    Chief Executive, Waimakariri District Council

    Jim is the Chief Executive of Waimakariri District Council, a role he has held for fourteen years, having previously worked in the public sector in finance, audit and risk management roles.

    Currently, Jim is the chair of SOLGM’s Business Performance Working Party, a member of the establishment board of the Local Government Risk Agency, a member of the Roading Efficiency Group and the chair of Canterbury’s Chief Executive Forum.

    Much of Jim’s work over the past seven years has been dedicated to recovery from the Canterbury earthquakes, and embedding the lessons learned into all aspects of the Council’s operation and its long-term planning.

  • Martin Holden

    Broker Manager, Wellington, JLT New Zealand

    Martin has 32 years experience in the New Zealand insurance industry, including loss adjusting, underwriting and broking.

    Martin’s experience includes managing large property and liability (re)insurance programs for a variety of sectors, including local & central government, power & utilities and energy. In addition Martin also has specialist experience in construction project risks related to major infrastructure projects and other works.

    Martin’s well rounded skill-set gives him the ability, confidence and experience to provide clients with sound risk transfer advice in relation to their businesses.

  • Dr Mike Williams

    Director Deep South National Science Challenge

    Dr Mike Williams is Director of the Deep South National Science Challenge and a Principal Scientist – Marine Physics at NIWA. Mike has been involved with Challenge since it started in 2015 and helped develop its mission of enabling New Zealanders to adapt, manage risk, and thrive in a changing climate. Prior to starting as Challenge Director, he led oceanographic and sea ice research in the Southern Ocean, and around Antarctica for NIWA. Mike returned to New Zealand in 2001 after working as an oceanographer in Copenhagen, Denmark and completing a PhD in polar oceanography in Australia.

  • Paul Carpenter

    Solicitor, JLT New Zealand

    Paul is a lawyer who was admitted in 1991. He has worked in the insurance industry for 25 years with a specific focus on Local Government liability risks over the past 21 years since joining JLT in 1995. Paul has worked with JLT London’s liability specialists and that market’s insurers for 17 years.

    Paul is responsible for presenting JLT’s Local Government clients liability risks to the market, and the London market in particular, developing innovate extensions to liability wordings for risks unique to Councils. He has overseen in excess of 12,900 Local Government liability claims and insurance payments of NZD155m. Paul has been responsible for the management of the majority of litigation against Councils achieving positive precedents in key liability risk areas on behalf of Councils.

  • David Robson

    Manager of Internal Audit and Risk at Waikato University

    David Robson is the Internal Audit and Risk Manager at the University of Waikato. Prior to this he worked as a risk manager and crisis manager during his ten year tenure within local government.

    David specialises in the building of tailored risk management frameworks and has particular interest in strategic risk. David remains actively involved in the government sector through his PhD research in long term risk management decision making across complex government networks.

    David has published journal articles, academic papers and reports on risk and is a regular speaker at industry conferences and seminars.

  • Jo-Ann Pugh

    Deputy General Manager - Assessments, Operations and Specialist Services Group WorkSafe New Zealand

    Based in Wellington, Jo has worked for the Health and Safety regulator for over 14 years. She has held various roles in that time including Health and Safety Inspector, Service Manager and Chief Inspector for the Central region. Her key National focus has been with the Forestry Industry and currently the Agriculture sector.

    As Deputy General Manager - Assessments, Operations and Specialist Services Group, Jo is currently responsible for an inspectorate of about 150, who perform proactive workplace assessments targeting the sectors where the most harm is occurring, i.e., Agriculture, Construction, Forestry and Manufacturing. The Assessments team are focused on activities that have the most long term impact. Jo is leading the Inspectorate to achieve a reduction in fatalities and injuries of 25% by 2020.

  • James Goldsbury

    Senior Manager, Pwc Risk Assurance

    James has a decade of experience advising clients in both New Zealand and the United States on Risk Management and Internal Audit. Based in Wellington, James is the lead engagement manager for a number of local government and large public sector organisation risk and internal audit roles. He focuses on helping his clients build an organisational wide view of risk and developing clear linkage between risk and assurance. Through this he is helping clients to deliver meaningful Assurance reviews that stakeholders are bought into and help to drive positive change.

  • Bryan O'Donnell

    Manager, PwC Risk Assurance

    Bryan has spent seven years advising large organisations based both in the United States and New Zealand on how to meet their objectives by balancing risk and return, complying with relevant regulations, and leveraging secure, reliable technologies. At several central NZ government entities, Bryan is applying design/system thinking principles to facilitation techniques, in order to deliver high-impact workshops that are collaborative, assess key threats and opportunities, and address the root causes of problems.

  • Kritzo Venter

    Senior Stormwater Engineer, Whanganui District Council

    Kritzo completed his BEng (Civil Engineering) degree at the University of Pretoria (South-Africa) in 2003. He spent his early working life in the construction industry managing multiple-disciplined engineering projects in the United Kingdom, Botswana, Zambia and South-Africa before relocating to New Zealand in 2010. Since then, he has been employed with the Whanganui District Council. He has a diverse range of work-experience in project management, risk management and asset management across the 3 waters activities. He holds Chartered Membership with Engineering New Zealand, and is a Chartered Professional Engineer in the practice areas of Civil Engineering and Engineering Management.