Inaugural Senior Risk Leader’s Forum

RMIA’s Inaugural Senior Risk Leader’s Forum in partnership with EY

23rd September, Melbourne, 6:00pm

Would you benefit from risk discussions at Board level?

RMIA is looking for your assistance in promoting our Senior Risk Leader’s Forum to your Senior Executives – CEO, CRO, CFO and Chairs of Audit and Risk Committees.   If you wish to nominate your C-Suite executives to attend this premier event we formally invite you to contact us so that we can forward you further information for you to share with them.

The panel for the RMIA/EY Senior Risk Leaders Forum is representative of Australian and international companies who have embraced risk management at board level:

  • Kenneth Dean – Non-Executive Director, BlueScope Steel, Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee for BlueScope Steel, Director Santos, Non-Executive Director Energy Australia
  • Christine O’Reilly – Non-Executive Director, CSL Limited, Non-Executive Director Medibank Private, Non-Executive Director Transurban
  • Brett Himbury – Chief Executive, IFM Investors
  • Ian McPhee AO,– Former Auditor General of Australia; Patron of RMIA

In response to the constantly changing risk landscape, the RMIA is currently curating a forum for the country’s leading risk practitioners seeking a platform from which to share and debate best practise in risk management at the C Suite level.

RMIA’s vision is to substantially improve the quality and understanding of risk management in Australia and thereby increase its influence in decision-making at all levels of government, business and the community to the benefit of society. In order to achieve this, the RMIA is partnering with EY to create Australia’s premier Annual Risk Leaders Forum for the C Suite.

EY are leading advisors in Enterprise Risk Management and will provide cutting edge expertise, solid direction and an invaluable source of reference for RMIA’s top level key initiatives. Now more than ever, organisations are becoming acutely aware that a robust and resilient risk policy is essential for responsible governance and commercial success.

As the focus on risk management propels its way up the boardroom agenda and organisational decision making, it is essential for both risk managers and senior executives to continuously enhance and align their risk management strategies, techniques and culture.

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Christine O’Reilly

christineoreillyChristine has in excess of 30 years financial and operational business experience with strong commercial, strategic and stakeholder management experience in domestic and off-shore organisations.

With an early career in chartered accounting, followed by 8 years in investment banking, she successfully migrated into an operational role that led to her appointment as CEO and Director of the GasNet Australia Group (ASX200) which she led for 5 years until December 2006.

The GasNet Australia Group owned, maintained and developed gas transmission pipelines and related infrastructure.  Christine’s experience  with GasNet encompassed a full life cycle from IPO, to a contested takeover and ultimately a recommended sale. During her leadership she was responsible for GasNet’s transformational change. GasNet evolved from a state owned entity to a leading gas utility.

From July 2007 until September 2012, she was Co-Head of Unlisted Infrastructure Investments at Colonial First State Global Asset Management and a member of the Executive Committee for the Global Asset Management business.

In the Colonial role, she had overall responsibility for the global unlisted infrastructure business (fund raising, asset identification, selection and acquisition) and direct responsibility for the management of assets that were acquired by Colonial First State Funds, or on behalf of clients. She sat on the boards of 2 of the significant investments (Anglian Water Group  and Electricity North West)

She is  currently a non executive Director of CSL, Transurban, Energy Australia, Medibank and Baker IDI and Deputy Chair of Care Australia. She is also a member of the Finance Committee at Loreto Mandeville Hall.

Ian McPhee

ianmcpheeIan McPhee is transitioning out of the role of Australia’s Auditor General, having served in Australian federal bureaucracy for more than 40 years. He has been chair of the OECD Accruals Symposium, a member of the AusItralian Accounting Standards Board since 2009, a member of the Australian Auditing and Assurance Standards Board and of the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board. Ian is a Patron of the RMIA.




Brett Himbury

BrettHimburycroppedBrett joined IFM Investors (IFM) in April 2010 as Chief Executive.  Brett is responsible for developing and executing the firm’s strategy and ensuring the delivery of strong results for IFM’s clients, shareholders and staff.

Under Brett’s leadership, client numbers have tripled and include some of the largest pension funds in Australia, the US, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Switzerland, Norway and the UK. IFM’s funds under management have grown from $22.6bn to $56bn, and ,most importantly, the investment track record has been further enhanced with outperformance across the majority of the four asset classes IFM manages. IFM now has teams and offices in Melbourne, Sydney, New York, London, Berlin and Tokyo. Brett’s experience spans over 30 years in finance; he has held a range of leadership roles across funds management and financial services.

With this diversity of experience, Brett has brought a strong track record and unique insights to IFM Investors. Brett holds a Master of Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management at The University of New South Wales and is a Fellow of International Managers Organisation.



Ken Dean

kendeanKen has served as an Independent non-executive Director of Santos since 23 February 2005. Member of the Audit and Risk,  Nomination Committees of the Board. Director of Santos Finance Limited since 30 September 2005.

Non-executive director of Bluescope Steel Limited since April 2009 and Chairman of Bluescope’s Audit and Risk Committee. Independent non-executive director of EnergyAustralia Holdings Limited since June 2012.

Previously Chief Financial Officer of Alumina Limited, October 2005 to February 2009, alternate director of Alumina Limited, and non-executive director of Alcoa of Australia Ltd, Alcoa World Alumina LLC and related companies. Director of Shell Australia Ltd from 1997 to 2001 and Woodside Petroleum Ltd from 1998 to 2004.

Over 40 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry. Fellow of the Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Former Chief Executive Officer of Shell Financial Services and member of the La Trobe University Council. In 2015 Ken Dean was appointed to the board of Mission Australia.