The 2024 Forum addresses key challenges like rising insurance costs, people risks, and managing interactions with challenging groups, offering practical strategies for successful risk management without the need for travel.


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The 2024 Marsh Risk Management Forum will provide risk managers with practical and current advice for managing the major risks, and advising those with governance and decision-making responsibility for the risk function.

One of the largest common challenges going into the 2024 planning and budgeting round is the increasing cost (and decreasing availability) of insurance.

We open this year’s event by focusing on the drivers of insurance costs, and theory and practice of managing insurance costs.

A sage once said that no plan, no matter how well-conceived, long survives contact with people. This year’s Forum includes a session dedicated to people risks.

One of the symptoms of a general decline in the state of democratic discourse is the growth of the pseudo lawyers, sovereign citizens, community sheriffs, and others of a similar worldview. Council interactions with these groups have been cited as one of the most significant challenges by this year’s steering committee. We provide a perspective on the worldview of these groups, and strategies and tactics for managing your interactions safely and respectfully.

One of the attributes of good risk management is to take an integrated view of the different risks across all of the owners of risk. We begin session three with some practical advice from a governor of the risk management function.

And to round out this year’s programme, we turn to the question of what does success in risk management look like? How do you know when you’ve been successful and what are the steps along the way?

Whether you are a specialist risk manager or someone with an interest in a particular risk, mitigation, or topic, this event is for you.

Programme

Note: The programme below represents that confirmed or intended by Taituarā at the time of writing (November 2023). We reserve the right to amend the programme below to accommodate changing circumstances.


20 February 2024
Session 1: Balancing cost and risk – Managing insurance in the modern world

9:00 am Welcome to the Forum
Raymond Horan, Chief Advisor, Taituarā

9:05 am Insurance in 2024 – What are the cost drivers and what levers might councils have to manage these?
Matthew Meacham, Principal, Corporate, Marsh New Zealand
Gabe Money, Relationship Manager, Marsh Risk Advisory

What are the trends and drivers underpinning the movement in the cost of insurance?

Insurance is one of a set of levers or strategies that councils have for managing risk. In the second half of the session, Gabe Money will look at the alternatives both inside and outside the insurance market.

10:05 am Lessons from London
Ken Morris, Chair of Co-Lab Insurance Advisory Group and Deputy Chief Executive, Waipā District Council

A short session featuring lessons learned from a regional collective’s direct dealings with underwriters.

10:30 am Session Break

10:35 am Wellington's insurance roadmap, including self-insurance
Sarah Houston-Eastergaard, Treasurer, Wellington City Council

Wellington City Council has developed an insurance roadmap that considers options available, including self-insurance, to address some of the issues they face with the cost and availability of insurance for community assets. One for councils looking for something new.

11:25 am Virtual tabletop discussions: Insurance

Participants will be assigned into groups to discuss and report back on the following questions:

“Has your council ever contemplated self-insurance as an option for managing costs? What was the result?”

“Has your council tried any strategies not covered in the morning sessions as a means of managing its financial and asset risks? If so, is there any advice you’d like to share with the group?”

Session Leaders: Genny Wilson, Waipā District Council Nicholas Whittaker, Hamilton City Council

12 noon End of session one


21 February 2024
Session 2: People

9:00 am Introduction to the Session

9:05 am Health, Safety, and Employment Risks: A Legal Update
Bronwyn Heenan, Partner Employment Law, Simpson Grierson
Mike Mercer, Employment and Safety Law Specialist, Simpson Grierson

An update on the case law and evolving issues in health and safety at work and other worker-related risks.

9:55 am Psychosocial Risks in the Workplace – A Practitioner Perspective
Marie Fullerton, Team Leader – Health and Safety, Waikato Regional Council
Scott Thompson, Strategic Risk Advisor, Waikato Regional Council

Marie has a particular interest in the psychological aspects of safety and wellbeing and has some interesting information around causal factors to share.

10:45 am Session Break

10:50 am Taituarā Update
Raymond Horan, Chief Advisor, Taituarā

An update on what’s happening in the policy environment, the wider sector, and the good works that Taituarā does, focusing on what’s of interest from a risk perspective.

11:10 am Pseudo lawyers, Sovereign Citizens, and Community Sheriffs – What Does the Research Tell Us?
Dr. Stephen Young, Lecturer and Researcher, University of Otago

Like other public agencies, local councils face the growing prevalence of pseudo law partly through the sovereign citizens movement but also from elsewhere. Dr. Young will offer research-based perspectives on the underpinnings of this worldview and provide insights for councils on safely interacting with those who advance such theories.

12:00 pm End of Session Two

22 February 2024
Session 3: The Practice of Risk Management

9:00 am Welcome to the Session

9:05 am Breaking Down the Silos – Integrating Risk Management Across the Organisation
Philip Jones, Managing Director, PJ and Associates

How do we integrate different risks and break down silos effectively?

9:55 am Virtual Tabletops: Risk Management and Internal Stakeholders
Participants will be assigned into groups to discuss and report back on the following questions:

  • What’s a really effective technique that you’ve used to break down internal silos across the different owners of risk?
  • How is the risk management function structured and resourced in your council?
  • What role can good governance of the risk and assurance function play?

Session Leaders: Genny Wilson, Waipā District Council, Nicholas Whittaker, Hamilton City Council, and Scott Thompson, Waikato Regional Council

10:55 am Session Break

11:00 am Measuring Value and Success in Risk Management
James Rees-Thomas, Risk and Assurance Partner, PwC Tamara McDonagh, Director, Governance, Risk and Regulatory, PwC

To conclude, a practical session considering how to measure success in your risk management function.


Note: sessions are being recorded and will be made available to registrants 7-10 days after the last session finishes.

If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact  events@taituara.org.nz


Presenters

Matthew Meacham
Principal, Corporate, Marsh New Zealand Read Profile
Gabe Money
Relationship Manager, Marsh Risk Advisory Read Profile
Ken Morris
Chair of Co-Lab Insurance Advisory Group and Deputy Chief Executive, Waipā District Council Read Profile
Sarah Houston-Eastergaard
Treasurer, Wellington City Council Read Profile
Bronwyn Heenan
Partner, Simpson Grierson Read Profile
Mike Mercer
Senior Associate, Simpson Grierson Read Profile
Marie Fullerton
Health and Safety, Waikato Regional Council Read Profile
Scott Thompson
Strategic Risk Advisor, Waikato Regional Council Read Profile
Philip Jones
Principal PJ & Associates - Chartered Accountant Read Profile
Dr Stephen Young
Lecturer and Researcher, University of Otago Read Profile
James Rees-Thomas
Partner – Risk Services PwC Read Profile
Tamara McDonagh
Director, Governance, Risk and Regulatory, PwC Read Profile
Raymond Horan
Chief Advisor, Taituarā Read Profile