Obituary for Dr Michael Vincent, 1950-2014

It is with sad news I advise that Michael Vincent, an Honorary Fellow of RMIA, passed away peacefully in his sleep on 11 September 2014, following a five month battle with oesophageal cancer.

I first met Michael in the early 90’s when he was delivering the Executive Certificate in Risk Management for Monash University in partnership with the AIRM. Michael was instrumental in motivating the reinstatement of the Student of the Year Award for ARIMA, which is now named the Peter Pope Memorial Student of the Year Award (named after a Monash professor who contributed greatly to research in risk management and developed with Michael the groundwork for a PhD in the management of risk, who has also passed away).

Michael was pivotal in the development of the Australasian Risk Management Unit (ARMU) which governed the development and oversight of tertiary education in risk management from Bachelor level through to the Masters Program. This was a unique partnership between Monash and the risk management associations.

Michael’s enthusiasm and dedication through the development of these tertiary programs at Monash was most significant. He identified international courses that offered insight into what the management of risk meant and facilitated how it could be considered for ARMU. Michael then brought the best of these programs into the development of the Monash Program, successfully navigating through University politics and gaining approvals in under 12 months. Those members working in Universities will know that is a significant achievement!

Michael also worked in partnership with AIRM and ARIMA in the development of core competencies for a Risk Manager, which formed the basis and the criteria for the CPRM program. As such Michael facilitated the initial CPRM weekend Masterclasses and provided direction for the future development of the current CPRM program.

Risk management practitioners in Australia owe so much to Michael’s vision, drive and commitment in what, at times, were extremely difficult circumstances.

Michael will be missed by many stalwarts of the Risk Management Profession particularly for instigating growth of our profession educationally and was a mentor to many students of risk from those entering from Bachelors level, those at executive certificate and those straight into the Masters level.

I was fortunate enough to spend time travelling with Michael in my work with AIRM and ARIMA (now RMIA) and I got to know a person who had a lot of energy, passion, dedication and strategic enthusiasm in developing our profession of risk management. Through Michael’s academic leadership, he provided mentoring and encouragement to many a student when they struck difficulties who then went on to successfully complete their studies.

I will personally miss his idiosyncrasies, many of which were mentioned fondly at his service on 17 September 2014. The Members and many students that had the opportunity to cross paths with Michael will know what I mean.

As I finish this note with a very nice scotch in hand (one of Michael’s favourites), I say, Michael you will be missed and remembered by more than you could imagine and ‘no we will never see your face again’ (Michael’s preference as his final song at his service today).

Brad Greer
RMIA Life Member, Fellow, CPRM