Biographies

Paul Black
Asia Pacific Regional Managing Principal, Investigative Response, Verizon Risk Team

Through his work in public and private sector computer forensics, Paul Black has developed extensive experience with respect to the examination and analysis of computer systems, mobile devices, computer networks and electronic data storage devices. His experience covers a broad range of computer operating systems and environments.

Specialising in the field of technology forensics, Paul works on high profile technology investigations and is regularly required to identify, collect and analyse electronic evidence for legal matters. The findings of this work are normally presented in the form of fact or expert witness reports and Paul has acted as an expert witness in both civil and criminal matters.

Paul joined Verizon after twelve years working in specialist computer forensic roles in Australia and the Asia Pacific region. Paul also served eight years as a Police Officer with Durham Constabulary in the United Kingdom where he worked in a number of roles, before establishing and managing the Computer Crime Investigation Unit. This unit was responsible for the forensic examination and investigation of all high tech crime for Durham Police.

In this role, Paul was instrumental in the formulation of the National Computer Crime Investigators Course for the UK Police Service and regularly delivered computer crime training to operational police officers, the National Centre for Scientific Support to Crime Investigation, and external agencies.

Craig Claughton
NSW Manager - FINPRO, Marsh

Craig is a Senior Vice President in the FINPRO practice of Marsh Australia
20 years as an Underwriter, both here in Australia and the United Kingdom and 7 years Broking. Most of my working career has been in the area of professional risks (Directors & Officers liability and Professional Indemnity).

I represent some of Australia’s largest public companies and banks in the provision of risk management services and insurance placements.

In addition I manage a team of 35 very experienced broking staff that cater for Marsh’s very largest and most complex clients.

Stanley Cochrane
Global Head of Mining and Energy Onshore, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions

Stanley Cochrane is Global Head of the Mining & Energy Onshore business unit within the Specialties Department of Swiss Re Corporate Solutions in Zurich. He has 23 years of experience in the insurance industry, joining Swiss Re in 1990 in the natural catastrophe research group before becoming an underwriter in 1995. Prior to this worked as a consulting geotechnical engineer in Canada, USA and Australia. He holds a 1st Class Honours degree in Civil Engineering from Queens University Belfast and a Masters degree in Geotechnical Engineering from Purdue University in the US.

John P. Dawson
Certified Performance Technologist, International Society for Performance Improvement

As a Performance Improvement Consultant John has been helping organisations and individuals improve performance for more than a decade.  In recent years he has also been in demand as a speaker on the impact of Culture on Risk Management. 

Prior to becoming a consultant John was MD of a group providing insurance, risk management and consulting services to public and private sector clients in Australia and overseas.   Earlier in his career he led a group of over 50 staff providing risk management and loss control advice to insurers, public authorities, industry and commerce across Australia.  He has been a lecturer on risk management for the Australian Graduate School of Engineering Innovation and is a Past President of the Fire Protection Association.

In 2008 John and the co-owner of the Consultancy, Carmel McDonald, devised an online methodology for testing organisational attitudes to risk.  This tool helps public and private sector organisations understand how to develop and support a sound Risk Culture.

He is one of only three people in Australia to achieve accreditation by the International Society for Performance Improvement as a Certified Performance Technologist.  He holds a BA (Social Sciences) and has been elected a Life Fellow of the Australian & New Zealand Institute of Insurance & Finance and also of Australian Business in Europe.


Jason Disborough, BSc, BComm, FANZIIF, CIP, CFTP, MAICD
Managing Director, Global Aon Risk Services Australia Ltd.

Jason has worked in the insurance industry for over 23 years and was appointed to the role of Managing Director Aon Global in February 2013. Prior to this he was Chief Commercial Officer of Aon Risk Solutions, Australia and was accountable for Aon Risk Solutions’ growth strategy in Australia across its Global, Corporate, Commercial, Affinity, Risk Consulting and People Risk divisions. Jason maintains strategic responsibility for a number of Aon’s major clients providing strategic advice and solutions for key accounts.

In addition to Jason’s leadership role he is also recognised as one of the leading risk-financing experts in the Asia-Pacific region. He is a regular speaker at various professional association conferences regarding emerging risk trends, strategic risk management, risk financing and various general insurance issues. Jason also chairs the ANZIIF Risk Management Faculty Advisory Board.

Prior to joining Aon in 2001 Jason was the General Manager of IRMG’s Australian operations. During this time IRMG were recognised as a market leader in the provision of risk-finance consulting and captive management services to large global organisations.
In addition to Jason’s academic and professional achievements outlined below, he has also attended Aon Senior Management programs at both INSEAD University (2003) and Kellogg University (2008) and University of Chicago (Booth School of Business 2012).

Rick Hogan
Regional Energy Manager Australasia, Energy and Engineered Risks AIG Australia

Rick Hogan is the Regional Manager, Australasia for AIG’s Energy & Engineered Risks Business, a Division of AIG Global Property.

Rick has 27 years Insurance Industry experience commencing his career in Canada and has been working for the past 20 years with AIG in the Australian Insurance Market. Rick has held various Senior positions in the fields of Commercial Property & Energy Underwriting and portfolio management.

Rick currently manages a diversified portfolio of Power Generation , Oil & Gas, Chemical, Mining & Construction business and is based in Melbourne, Victoria.

Rick completed a degree in Business Administration in 1986 and obtained his Associate in the Insurance Institute of Canada in 1990.

Michael Humpreys
Managing Director, Control Risks Australia Pacific

Michael is responsible for Control Risks business in the Australia Pacific region which includes Papua New Guinea and the South West Pacific. Investment protection for clients in unfamiliar or complex situations is his aim. His team also act as enablers for Australian based client’s projects around the world by providing consultancy based business intelligence, risk management and planning advice and arranging on the ground support. Examples of his work with Control Risks include:

  • Advising resource sector entities in Melanesian countries on risk management programs including establishing mechanisms to manage political, social and supply chain risk as well as managing ‘on the ground’ support.
  • Providing crisis management support for an Australian manufacturer operating in Asia during an uncontained situation. This included assisting with problem scoping and coordinating support from multiple agencies such as investigators, security providers, and legal advisors and communications experts.
  • Overseeing the development of a risk management system for maritime joint venture operation. This included developing and delivering training to allow stakeholders to merge their disparate risk cultures and procedures into a single functioning entity.
  • Advising a multi-national client on a recovery and prevention strategy after a cyber-security incident in Australia.

Michael’s first appointment in Control Risks was as practice leader for the business continuity practice. His experience spans most industry sectors with particular expertise in the resource, manufacturing and agri business sectors. He has lived and worked in Malaysia, India, and the Middle East.

Prior to joining Control Risks Michael served in the Australian Army. Career highlights included commanding an infantry battalion and membership of a planning group focused coordinating military activity with other countries. He was also seconded to the Indian Army in 1992-93 and the United Nations in the Middle East in 2001 and 02. He was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross for outstanding achievement while seconded to the UN.

Mick has a bachelor’s degree in economic geography from the University of New South Wales, a master’s in defence and politics from the University of Madras and a master of business administration from Southern Cross University.

Gavin Jackman
Executive Global Head Corporate Affairs and Social Responsibility, Orica Limited

Gavin Jackman is Global Head of Corporate Affairs and Social Responsibility at Orica Limited where he has responsibility for the risk, safety, health, environment, community, government and communications functions as well as the legal group and company secretariat. Orica is one of the world’s leading mining services companies with operations in more than 50 countries and products and services provided to customers in more than 100 countries.

Previously Gavin was Group Executive Public Affairs at Santos Limited, a leading Australian oil and gas company with operations across Australia and Asia and prior to that was Director of Government Affairs for BP Australia. Gavin also worked in the public sector for almost twenty years, holding senior roles in key Federal departments and the government, including senior adviser to a Prime Minister and Chief of Staff to a Federal Cabinet Minister. Gavin holds a Masters Degree in Public Policy from the Australian National University.

Colin Knox
Director and President, RIMS Australasia Chapter
Director Risk & Assurance, Treasury Wine Estates

Colin is the Risk & Assurance Director for Treasury Wine Estates Limited, with global responsibility for Risk Management including, the company’s ERM, Crisis & Business Continuity Management, Occupational Health & Safety, Injury Management and global Insurance programs.

Colin worked in the insurance industry in Sydney for nine years before joining Rio Tinto where he worked in Papua New Guinea, Melbourne and Los Angeles in various risk management roles over a 17 year period.
In 2002, Colin joined Foster’s Group in Melbourne, which in 2011 demerged its wine business to form Treasury Wine Estates.

Colin has held various Board and Committee roles with the Association of Risk & Insurance Managers of Australia (ARIMA) and the Risk Managers Institution of Australasia (RMIA) in Australia and is a Fellow of ANZIIF and Associate in Risk Management through Risk & Insurance Managers Society (RIMS) in the United States. Colin was earlier this year elected as the inaugural President of the new RIMS Australasia Chapter.

Scott Leney
Executive Director, Marsh Pty Ltd

Scott Leney was appointed Executive Director of Marsh Pty Ltd in August 2013.  In this role, Scott leads the risk advisory and insurance broking operations that serve Marsh’s middle market, corporate and risk management clients as well as the Specialty practices and Consulting businesses of Marsh Pty Ltd in Australia.

Prior to August 2013, Scott had dual responsibility for leading Sales and Insurance Placement in the Pacific region.  Scott has been with Marsh for over 25 years and has been instrumental in driving the firm’s sales, client advisory and insurance placement activities and he remains involved in providing global placement direction for certain of the firm’s largest clients.

Scott has a Bachelor of Commerce degree, is a Qualified Practicing Insurance Broker (QPIB) and is a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance (ANZIIF).

Paul Looker
Group Risk & Assurance Manager, SEEK Limited

Paul has over 20 years finance experience having commenced his career in taxation. 
 
After spending 13 years working primarily at 'big 4' chartered accounting firms, Paul established his own specialist tax systems, risk management and process improvement consultancy.  His clients included Qantas Airways Ltd, as well as global businesses operating in the pharmaceutical, travel and online services industries.
 
Approximately seven years ago, Paul seized an opportunity to change career direction and move into a Group Risk & Audit Manager role.   
 
In January 2013 Paul moved to SEEK Limited as Group Risk & Assurance Manager.  In this role, he is responsible for maintaining the risk management program, developing and overseeing the execution of the group's internal audit plan and also has responsibility for managing the SEEK corporate insurance portfolio. 
 
Paul holds a Bachelor of Economics degree, a Master of Taxation, is a CPA and a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (Australia). 

Tim Longhurst
Trendspotter and Futurist

Tim Longhurst collaborates with business leaders to identify trends and seize them.
Tim uses the latest data, powerful case studies and entertaining anecdotes from the
field to bring the future to life for his audiences and inspire change within business.

A highly sought after thought leader on strategy and innovation, Tim’s client list has
grown to include companies including Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson, Cisco Systems,
IKEA and IBM. Tim has been Director of Strategy of two organisations: independent
online campaigning organisation, GetUp!; and the world’s leading digital agency,
Razorfish.

Tim’s writing on innovation and the future are read by thousands of readers around
the world every month. He is head of the strategic foresight consultancy, Key
Message and has ongoing commitments as a formal advisor to a number of Silicon
Valley startups.

Rob Perry
Asia Pacific Risk Leader-Advisory, Ernst & Young

Rob has held a number of executive roles within EY including leader of Risk and Governance Services for the Asia Pacific region and has been a member of EY’s Global Risk Management Committee.

Rob has over 26 years experience in performing assurance and risk management engagements on large, complex global organisations. His audit experience gives him strong understanding of business risks and financial issues.

Rob leads the internal audits and risk service offering into some of Ernst & Young’s largest clients. Rob’s internal audit and risk clients have included BHP Billiton, Telstra, Foster’s, Treasury Wine Estates and has experience with other corporate clients such as Wal-Mart, Coles, Premier Investments, Colorado and Angus & Robertson. Rob’s experience and global roles have provided him with timely insight into trends in risk and internal audit such as governance, enterprise risk management and internal audit transformation. He has been involved with developing and presenting on thought leadership publications, including the future of internal audit.

John Phelps, CPCU, ARM, CBCP
President, Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS)
Director, Business Risk Solutions, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, Inc.

Mr. Phelps is responsible for the management and development of a comprehensive Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) program for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, a healthcare company of nearly 4 million members and gross revenues of almost $18 billion. Mr. Phelps is a leading practitioner of Enterprise Risk Management and has responsibility for the development and oversight of ERM processes to support strategic and business planning. His responsibilities include business continuity management, which he has successfully integrated into a comprehensive risk management model. As an early adopter of ERM principles, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Fl., Inc. was selected to be the subject of the first ERM study conducted by the APQC. He was an advocate for the development of Enterprise and Strategic Risk Management as areas of focus within the Risk Management Society (RIMS). He was instrumental in the development of the RIMS Maturity Model for ERM, “ERM for Dummies” book (Wiley Publishing) and the “Enterprise Wide Risk Management” educational program administered by The Institutes™ (American Institute for CPCU). He is a frequent speaker on ERM at venues throughout the US and is frequently quoted in risk management and finance trade publications.

Mr. Phelps is on the Board of Directors for the Risk Management Society (RIMS) and currently holds the office of President. He has served on several committees including past chair of the Enterprise Risk Management Development Committee and the Governance Committee.

Daniel M. Radulovic, M.B.A.
Proposition Manager, The Zurich Risk Room, Zurich Insurance Group Ltd. Switzerland

Daniel joined Zurich Financial Services (Zurich) in January 2009 as a Senior Consultant within Zurich’s Internal Consulting department. Prior to joining Zurich, Daniel had worked as a Director of Corporate Business Development for UBS Financial Services.

In January 2011, Daniel was appointed to his current role as the Proposition Manager for the Zurich Risk Room (ZRR). The ZRR is Zurich’s award winning country risk analysis tool, used to analyze the inter-connectivity of multivariate country risks and their impact on individual countries. Combined with Zurich's risk insights, the ZRR helps Zurich, as well as Zurich's corporate customers, make sound strategic decisions based on factual and holistic country risk analysis.

Daniel's academic background is rooted in international political relations as well as international finance. As part of his academic career, Daniel has worked with the US House of Representatives, the UK House of Commons, and numerous non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Daniel holds a BA in Political Science and International Studies from the State University of New York and an MBA, with a focus on International Finance, from the University of St. Gallen (HSG) in Switzerland.

Mary Roth
Executive Director, Risk and Insurance Management Society, Inc. (RIMS)

She received her bachelors of science degree from Pennsylvania State University. She also completed Columbia University’s Institute for Not-for-Profit Management in New York. She holds the Insurance Institute of Americas Associate in Risk Management (ARM) designation and is a member of the American Society of Association Executives.
Ms. Roth joined RIMS in 1985. Since that time, she has served in such roles as Assistant Director of Research and Director of Membership and Chapter Services. In 1999, she was appointed Deputy Executive Director, in which she played a key role in managing RIMS headquarters and staff activities including elements of the budget and working to keep the Society moving in accordance with its business strategy. In July 2004, she was named Chief Operating Officer. And in October 2004, she was named Executive Director of the Society. In late 2006, Ms. Roth was featured in the Business Insurance “Women to Watch” issue.

Additionally, Ms. Roth sits on the International Federation of Risk and Insurance Management Associations’ (IFRIMA) Board of Directors and currently serves as their Executive Vice President. She also sits on the Disaster Resource GUIDE Advisory Board and the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) New York Board.

Karen Sherry
Director, (Non-Independent) Vector Limited (NZ)

Karen Sherry has been a trustee since 1994 and is a former chair of the Auckland Energy Consumer Trust. She is also the chair of Energy T rusts of New Zealand Inc, a trustee of Auckland Healthy Houses Trust, a former trustee of Challenge Trust and a former director of Mercury Energy. Karen has recently been appointed director of Auckland SPCA. Karen is a principal of the firm Bell-Booth Sherry where she specialises in commercial and trust law. Karen has been a Vector board member for more than six years.

Gavin Smith
Partner, Technology, Media and Telecommunications, Allens

Gavin's practice focuses on all aspects of the technology, media and telecommunications sector. He has extensive experience working in both London and Australia and specialises in contracts for the procurement and development of large-scale technology platforms, technology licensing arrangements, major business process and technology outsourcing and offshoring deals, corporate transactions in the technology, telecommunications and new media sectors. Gavin also advises on major commercial contracts and regulatory advice for clients in the telecommunications and media industries and on data security and privacy issues.

His main clients include Vodafone Hutchison Australia, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Westpac, NBN Co Limited, Thomson Reuters, News Corporation (and its subsidiaries) and RailCorp.

Prior to Gavin's time at Allens he worked at both Linklaters and Clifford Chance in London and was a key external legal adviser to RTL, Europe's largest TV broadcaster, and the principal commercial and regulatory legal adviser to National Grid Wireless (now known as Arqiva), the UK's main broadcast transmission and independent mobile telecoms tower provider. He also spent time working as a broadcasting policy adviser at the UK's converged telecoms and media regulator, Ofcom.

Gavin was described by the UK-based independent guide Legal 500 in 2006 as 'a rising star ... heavily involved and highly recommended' and, in 2008, the guide stated that he 'always goes the extra mile.'

He has a Masters with Honours in Modern History from St. Andrews University, Scotland. Gavin is admitted to practice both in New South Wales and in England and Wales.

Matthew Spithill, B Ec, CA
Chief Financial Officer

Matthew Spithill is the Chief Financial Officer of Eureka Funds Management with responsibility for Eureka’s financial strategy and funds management operations, risk management framework and compliance framework. Matthew is a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee, Compliance Committee and is the Chair of the Charity Committee. Matthew is also Eureka’s Risk Manager, Company Secretary and is a Responsible Manager under Eureka’s AFSL.

Matthew has a Bachelors degree in Economics (Commercial Law and Accounting) from Sydney University and is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.

Matthew has 20 years experience in chartered accounting, corporate finance and senior management roles in both Sydney and London. During his career, Matthew has gained experience in a broad range of industries, with a  focus on property, funds management and banking over the past 10-15 years.  

Eureka is an independent fund manager, owned by its principals and staff. Eureka invests Australian and foreign institutional capital, via single account mandates and pooled investment vehicles, into real estate as well as debt vehicles designed to fund environmental upgrades to buildings.

Chris Stannage
LLB BSc, Managing Director, Saltwater Insurance

Chris is a senior insurance legal practitioner and entrepreneur with over 20 years of advising upon, designing, leading and delivering effective insurance and self-insurance programs. He is a trusted advisor to a number of Australia's leading banking, funds management, property and construction players, including listed and unlisted property funds, developers, builders, contractors and financiers, and is the founder and Managing Director of boutique legal and consultancy practice Saltwater Insurance Consultants (www.saltwaterinsurance.com), a StartUpSmart Fastest 50 Award winner in 2011, and Saltwater Surety Services (www.saltwatersurety.com) .

Chris has significant expertise and experience in the design and management of corporate insurance, self-insurance and surety programs, the drafting of project finance and construction contracts and the effective resolution of large and complicated insurance claims. Chris has either led, or advised upon, large international corporate insurance and surety programs in jurisdictions as diverse as Dubai, Gibraltar, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia. 

Chris is a regular speaker and presenter at events and conferences such as the Australian Mining & Petroleum Lawyers Association Annual Conference, the Risk Management Institute of Australia National Conference & Lunch Time Seminar Series and the Australian Council of Self-Insurers, in addition to presenting on corporate insurance programs to executives of clients and hosting elements of the Lloyds “Under 30’s Tour”. Chris recently contributed to the 2nd edition of "Surety for Dummies" by Rosenberg & Parker of Philadelphia, USA, as well as writing the chapter on “Surety Down Under” for “International Surety for Dummies” published in May 2012.

Tina Symmans
Chair, Williams Warn, Director, Forsyth Barr

Tina has over 25 years’ experience in advising companies most particularly in the fields of strategic communications, issues and crisis management, corporate and government relations.

Tina operates her own practice and has had significant experience in reputation management and connectivity with the corporate sector and government. She is also a recent appointee to the Takeovers Panel, chairs Williams Warn, a private company and is a director of Forsyth Barr one of New Zealand’s leading investment advisory and broking firms.

Prior to 2012 Tina was a member of the senior management team at Telecom as Director of Corporate Relations and was on the team that ran the successful demerger program forming Telecom and Chorus. Whilst at Telecom was a member of the crisis team during the high profile failure of the XT mobile network and the Christchurch earthquake. Tina has also been Director of Corporate Services at Contact Energy leading up to its privatization and IPO..

Olivia Tyler
Group Manager, Corporate Social Responsibilities Treasury Wine Estates

Olivia is a corporate responsibility and sustainability professional with over 12 year’s industry experience.

Currently, she is Group Corporate Social Responsibility Manager at Treasury Wine Estates and leads the development and execution of the global CSR Strategy for the business.
She works to position the CSR agenda to deliver competitive and commercial advantage, with a strong focus on sustainable supply chains, community investment and thought leadership on CSR related matters through a variety of external stakeholder networks.
She convenes the TWE Global CSR Council chaired by TWE’s CEO and leads internal engagement efforts on CSR.

She is a Director on the Board of the UN Global Compact Network Australia and most recently was Vice President of the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative – Australia Platform.
Prior to joining Treasury Wine Estates, Olivia was the Global Manager – Environment at Foster’s Group joining the business in 2008. Prior to that Olivia held the positions of National Environment Manager at Coca-Cola Amatil and Goodman Fielder, and National Program Manager at the Beverage Industry Environment Council.

Olivia holds Bachelors of Environmental Engineering and Marine Science, and is undertaking an MBA and Melbourne Business School.