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

  • 18 Feb 2019-19 Feb 2019
  • 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
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  • James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor, Wellington, New Zealand
  • 890.00 (plus GST) Members
  • 1,010.00 (plus GST) Non Members
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About this event

“Being Forewarned and Forearmed in an Uncertain World”

“Some risks that are thought to be unknown, are not unknown. With some foresight and critical thought, some risks that at first glance may seem unforeseen, can in fact be foreseen. Armed with the right set of tools, procedures, knowledge and insight, light can be shed on variables that lead to risk, allowing us to manage them.”

Daniel Wagner

“Forewarned is forearmed”.

Old Latin proverb

One of the best tools in the kit of a risk manager is the ability to apply ‘fit for purpose’ foresight techniques, and be able to relate the insights you generate to the day to day. This year’s JLT SOLGM Risk Management Forum will build your skills in the practice of foresight and stimulate your thinking on the trends and issues that are just beyond the horizon.

We’ll take a more in-depth look at the financial implications of risk and recovery with two real life case studies. These learning-focused cases studies showcase real learning from the experiences of real-life councils in their insurance and in collecting on the 60 percent of funding under the so-called ‘60/40’ arrangement.

And, as always, there’s plenty on the common risks and managing them, and on the toolbox for good risk management.


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Day One 18 February

9.30am Introduction to the Forum

Jim Palmer, Chief Executive, Waimakariri District Council and Chair, SOLGM Business Performance Working Party

Theme One: Foresight

9.35am A Practical guide to Foresight

Stephanie Pride, StratEDGY

This opening session introduces five aspects of futures thinking and three helpful foresight tools that can be applied day to day. This will not be the ‘usual’ opening session!

11.30am Morning Tea

11.50am Climate Change:A Medium Sized Council’s Story

Brandy Griffin, Senior Policy Advisor, Kāpiti Coast District Council

12.40pm What’s Going to Pop?

Raymond Horan, Chief Advisor, SOLGM

SOLGM’s Sector Policy and Outlook Working Party has recently undertaken a scanof the issues and trends likely to impact the sector, in keeping with the foresight theme.

1.30pm Lunch

2.10pm What’s Coming Up From SOLGM?

Raymond Horan, Chief Advisor, SOLGM

The annual update on all of SOLGM’s good works in practice, in thought leadership, and policy.

Theme Two: Hot Topics in Risk Management

Interactive sessions to get your teeth into in the post-lunch period.

2.40pm Rotation One

Choose from:

  • project management risk – Duncan Stuart, Principal Adviser Risk Management, Wellington City Council
  • procurement risk – Steve Vaughan, Risk Adviser, Nelson City Council
  • ongoing monitoring and reporting of risk – Andrew Cameron, Executive Officer, Invercargill City Council

3.10pm Rotation Two

Choose another from the topics listed in rotation one

3.40pm Afternoon Tea

4.00pm Rotation Three

Choose from:

  • managing legal risk – Hayley Evans, Head of Legal and Risk, Wellington City Council
  • risk identification – how to see things coming at you- Steve Vaughan, Risk Adviser, Nelson City Council
  • helping Councillors understand and use advice on risks – Duncan Stuart, Wellington City Council

4.30pm Rotation Four

Choose another from the topics listed in rotation three

5.00pm Close of Day One

Day Two 19 February

8.30am Welcome to Day Two

Theme Three: Keeping it Real – the Building Blocks of Risk Management

8.30am Risk Management 101

Philip Jones, Director, PJ and Associates

A session on the fundamentals of risk management

  • what is risk and why manage it ?
  • defining uncertainty, consequence and likelihood scales
  • some simple, but helpful assessment criteria
  • applying risk assessments to decision-making
  • risk attitude

9.40am A Word from Our Sponsors

Vaughan Harrison, Partner, PwC

PwC New Zealand is a member of the SOLGM family of sponsors and will address the forum on a topic of interest to risk management practitioners.

10.10am Morning Tea

10.30am Getting Away From the Risk Register – Risk Culture

Jim Palmer, Chief Executive, Waimakariri District Council and Chair, SOLGM Business Performance Working Party

Emily Thompson, Audit and Risk Analyst, Whangarei District Council

Philip Jones, Director, PJ and Associates

What’s a risk culture and how would you know that your organisation has developed a healthy risk culture?

What can we do to enhance our existing risk management culture?

Suppose we’re just starting on the journey, what should we do?

11.30am Risk, Resilience and the Infrastructure Strategies and Asset Plans

Kristin Aitken, Sector Manager – Local Government, Office of the Auditor-General

The Office saw all 78 long-term plans during 2018 and has some views on how risk and resilience issues factored into the 2018/28 plans (especially the 2018/48 infrastructure strategies). They might also have a heads up on their risk themed work programme for 2019/20.

12.15pm Preparing for major disruptions - The Lean Approach

Steve Vaughan, Risk Adviser, Nelson City Council

Nelson City has been updating its capacity to deal with major disruptive events through a lean development approach. Steve has some interesting thoughts to share for your next review of your Business Continuity Plans.

12.45pm Lunch

Theme Four: Risk, Insurance and Recovery

1.30pm A Case Study:The 60/40 Rule in Practice

Jim Palmer, Chief Executive, Waimakariri District Council and Greg Townsend, Contract & Risk Policy Manager, Marlborough District Council

A practical case study featuring tips and other sage advice from two councils that have sought funding under the 60/40 rule for disaster recovery funding.

2.15pm A Word From Our Sponsor: Risk Based Premiums and Other Insurance Developments

Paul Carpenter, Solicitor, and Martin Holden, Broker Manager, JLT

We’ve heard a lot about risk related insurance premiums (especially for property insurance).This session will focus on the consequences for Councils and their communities. For example:

  • impacts on beach suburbs / settlements?
  • what will be the effect on the insurance carried by Councils?
  • what is the effect of uninsured or uninsurable properties on Councils?

2.45pm An Insurance Case Study: What We Learned in the Recovery

Diane Brandish, Christchurch Council

And to finish, Diane has some tips and practical things for you and your council to consider next time your council reviews your insurance.

3.30pm Summing Up and Close

Seminar Chair

Note: Claiming CPD Credits

Delegates at this Forum who are members of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) may be able to claim credits towards meeting their Continuing Professional Development requirements.Delegates wishing to pursue this should provide CAANZ with the forum’s outline and confirmation – which we can supply, of their attendance.


Jim Palmer
Chief Executive Read Profile
Steve Vaughan
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Hayley Evans
Head of Legal and Risk, Wellington City Council Read Profile
Kristin Aitken
Sector Manager, Office of the Auditor General Read Profile
Emily Thompson
Audit and Risk at Whangarei District Council Read Profile
Vaughan Harrison
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Paul Carpenter
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Martin Holden
Wellington Manager - Broking Read Profile
Raymond Horan
Chief Advisor, SOLGM Read Profile