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In alphabetical order:

Amy Cavanaugh

Institute of Directors: Young Directors Steering Group

Amy started her governance career four years ago in the financial services industry, as Non-Executive Director of a Mortgage Trust and Managed Investment Scheme. Having worked in the industry for over ten years, and holding executive positions at insurance and finance companies, taking on a governance role was the next step up. Amy is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors and sits on the IoD Auckland Branch Under 40's steering committee - organising and facilitating events for new and aspiring directors, and those that employ them, to understand the value of the next-gen workforce. Amy is deeply interested in innovation, emerging trends, and the potential to transform businesses for better outcomes - all while navigating the challenges businesses face in Aotearoa. With a career aspiration to lead New Zealand organisations to challenge the status quo to make a business better, Amy continues to work studiously to create opportunities for herself and others to be successful.

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Adam Hunt

Transparency  International

Adam has been a member of TI for many years, originally joining in the UK in the 90’s. His interest was reawakened during his time establishing the intelligence function at IRD from 2005 to 2010 where he witnessed the impact of our complacent and complex financial crime framework. He moved to Oracle where he worked internationally, encountering the impact of corruption on ordinary people in countries all over the world, something that puts our local situation into context. From 2012 to 2014 he was a member of the establishing executive of the Financial Markets Authority, following which he became a member of the panel of experts for the International Monetary Fund and continues to work with developing nations globally, specialising in financial compliance matters. In 2017 he established the TIC Co, NZ’s first outsourced provider of anti money laundering services which is now seen as the standard setter for the sector. Over the years he has worked to influence a number of policy matters to improve the legal framework including serving as a member of the Combined Law Agency Group, and in 2016 he helped Matt Nippert at the NZ Herald with the Panama Paper investigation which led to changes in how foreign trusts are treated (irritating some of his former colleagues in the process). Adam maintains a number of other business interests arising from his work helping innovative New Zealand companies find capital. He’s also been a supporter of Amnesty International for many years and having started out as a physicist is a long-standing supporter of the environmental movement. He lives on Waiheke Island (“I like having a moat around my house”) with his wife and two children.

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Cory Davie

Control Risks

Cory Davie is the Head of Commercial Growth for the Asia Pacific Region. She is focused on ensuring that Control Risks’ strategic initiatives are met through maximising the operational management across the region. She also supports Australian companies as they look to enter new markets, strengthen their compliance and resilience, and manage critical business issues.

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Darren Murphy

Core Integrity

Darren Murphy’s expertise spans his 25-year career in law enforcement as a detective in the Fraud Squad with the NSW Police Force and within the corporate sector. Across his career, Darren has managed hundreds of complex and sensitive whistleblower investigations, including transforming a traditional whistleblower hotline into a full-service Speak Up Hotline at one of Australia’s largest financial institutions. From internal and external fraud, bribery, corruption and employee misconduct, Darren is an industry leader in integrity and conduct risks. Darren is passionate about protecting an organisation’s reputation, people and bottom line, and looks to help senior executives implement a proactive approach to how they manager their fraud, corruption and integrity risks.

Darren Murphy

David Sutton


David has extensive risk management experience across a broad range of organisations and sectors and has been involved in risk management for over 20 years.   A key passion for David is linking strategy with risk and ensuring that risk management is balanced between value protection and pursuing opportunities. He is also a key facilitator for the Institute of Directors and has written the course materials for the Audit & Risk Committee Essentials and Risk Essentials Courses.

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Dr Gav Schneider

The ISRM ANZ CSWP (Centre for the study of Wicked Problems) and RMIA’s Risk Leader of the year

Dr Gav is an acknowledged business leader and specialist in the field of human based risk management and the psychology of risk. He is the creator of the Presilience® approach (recognised in the prestigious AFR Most Innovative Awards in 2021). He is a serial entrepreneur and has been running his own businesses since 2001. He has conducted business in over 17 countries and provided a wide range of services for a very diverse client base, ranging from heads of state, to school teachers. He is a leading academic and subject matter expert in his field and is a much-sought after International speaker. In Addition to being the RMIA’s Risk Leader of the year in 2023, Risk Consultant of the Year in 2019, Dr Gav is the only Australian to make the IFSEC Global influencers top 20 thought Leaders list for the last 4 years in a row.

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Grant Gillingham

General Manager Group Risk Advisory and Health, Safety & Wellbeing - Fisher & Paykel Healthcare

Grant lead’s Fisher & Paykel Healthcare’s Group Risk Advisory & Health, Safety & Wellbeing teams. His focus since he joined in 2017 has been to improve FPH’s decision making prowess amidst uncertainty. He is a proponent of integrating risk into existing business practices and ensuring that it is performance focused. Grant has developed and integrated a number of risk processes into strategy and planning, forecasting, earnings guidance, and project management. He also established and leads FPH’s crisis management team. A state of operating that the company uses to manage a variety of potentially disruptive events. Prior to joining F&P, Grant worked with life science companies on risk and insurance strategies in New Zealand, UK, Bermuda and the United States. Grant received his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Otago, Master of Business Administration from Manchester Business School and is currently studying toward a post graduate diploma in Strategic Decision and Risk Management at The University of Texas.

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Gary A LaBranche


Gary LaBranche is the CEO of RIMS, the risk management society®. Prior to his appointment, he served as President & CEO of Virginia-based National Investor Relations Institute and has led association such as the Association for Corporate Growth, the Association Forum of Chicagoland and several others.  He was named ASAE’s Key Award winner for 2007, the highest award in the association management profession. He was also named the 2012 National Association Executive of the Year. The Association Forum named him the 2019 recipient of the Samuel B. Shapiro Award for Chief Executive Achievement. He is a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Association Committee of 100 and is past chairman of the Chamber’s Institute of Organization Management. He was named an ASAE Fellow (FASAE) in 1995. A graduate of The Ohio State University and resident of Evanston, Illinois, Gary has authored more than 300 articles, podcasts and columns, as well as the book, “The Association CEO Succession Toolkit” published by ASAE in 2018.

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Julie Amey

Chief Financial Officer - SkyCity

Julie joined SkyCity as Chief Financial Officer in May 2021 and is responsible for the financial management of SkyCity, including reporting, treasury, and corporate development. She also oversees SkyCity’s Capital Markets and internal assurance functions and helps to drive the strategic direction of the SkyCity Group. Julie joined SkyCity from Shell Australia where she held the role of Vice President Finance Integrated Gas. She has also held a number of senior finance roles with the Shell Group around the world since 2001, including as Vice President Finance Qatar Shell, Chief Financial Officer for Shell & Turcas A.S. Turkey and Business Finance Manager and Financial Controller for Upstream Middle East in the United Arab Emirates. Prior to joining Shell, she held finance roles at Fletcher Challenge Energy, BBC Worldwide Publishing and Deloitte & Touche. Julie is a chartered accountant and holds a Bachelor of Management Studies from the University of Waikato.

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Julie Amey
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Joe Saunders


Joe Saunders is a seasoned integrated risk specialist with experience across many varied industries. His background melds hard-won, on-the-ground experience in areas such as protective security, work health and safety, and emergency management, with a firm academic foundation in psychology, business administration, and risk management. At Risk 2 Solution, Joe spearheads the security, consulting and training divisions. He is a regular consultant for a diverse array of sectors, including healthcare, retail, education, aviation, public transport, and human services, providing his expert insights and recommendations. In 2021, Joe received the esteemed accolade of Outstanding Security Consultant of the Year. The following year, he was listed among IFSEC Global's Top Thought Leaders in Security, a testament to his influence in the industry. More recently, in 2023, he was runner-up for the prestigious RMIA Risk Consultant of the Year award.

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Kerry Bakkerus

President of RIMS NZ & PI Chapter

Kerry is the Group GM Assurance for SkyCity Entertainment Group, located in Auckland. Kerry was previously the Risk & Privacy Manager for Counties Manukau District Health Board, now Te Whatu Ora. She also worked for Deloitte and Ernst & Young for a total of 17 years. She is passionate about delivering value, driving equitable change and supporting individuals grow and develop in their careers.

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Madison Reidy


Senior business journalist and broadcaster Madison Reidy is the host of the NZ Herald's Markets with Madison twice-weekly digital television show for investors. Constantly connected to the pulse of economics and financial markets, Madison regularly interviews chief executives, entrepreneurs, market analysts and investment fund managers in New Zealand and across the world. Her career to date has included working for New Zealand's largest investment and advisory group Jarden, TV3's Newshub prime evening news programme and Radio New Zealand's business programmes. In her role at Newshub as the dedicated business and economics reporter, Madison covered the impact of Covid-19 on the New Zealand economy and companies, including the recession and rise in unemployment benefits, business owner stress, inflation, Government policy response, financial market turmoil and the recovery of consumer demand and travel. Her investigative work covered the housing crisis, cryptocurrency, the popularity of buy-now pay-later platforms and high-profile fraud cases. Madison has interviewed countless top executives and politicians including Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, former Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins, former Prime Minister Sir John Key and Reserve Bank Governor Adrian Orr. She has earned quality relationships with numerous high-level executives of listed and unlisted companies in New Zealand, who she speaks with regularly about their careers, challenges, and joys of their respective industries. Madison is passionate about encouraging young people to invest and breaking down barriers to expert financial commentary and insights. She brings energy and humour to everything she does and believes business, economics and investing should not be a complex conversation, so all audiences can enjoy and understand it.

Michael McQueen


Michael McQueen is a multi-award winning speaker, trend forecaster and bestselling author of nine books. With clients including KPMG, Pepsi and Cisco, he has helped some of the world’s most successful brands navigate disruption and maintain momentum. Michael is a regular commentator on TV and radio and his work has featured in publications ranging from the UK Daily Mail to and the Huffington Post. In addition, Michael is a familiar face on the international conference circuit having shared the stage with the likes of Bill Gates, Dr. John Maxwell and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. Michael has spoken to over 500,000 people across 5 continents since 2004, and is known for his engaging, entertaining and practical conference presentations. Having been formerly named Australia’s Keynote Speaker of the Year, Michael has been inducted into the Professional Speakers Hall of Fame.

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Nicholas Martin

Head of Strategic Risk Consulting, Pacific at Marsh

With a career that spans defence, major events, senior corporate positions, risk management and resilience consulting, Nicholas has experienced first-hand the challenges of successfully delivering risk and resilience programs in both corporate and complex operating environments. Nicholas started his working career as a Royal Australian Navy Clearance Diving Officer. Nicholas has held senior operational and resilience roles at the Sydney and Salt Lake Olympic Games and the Manchester Commonwealth Games. Nicholas’s transitioned to General Manager Security, Strategy at Telstra and after four years assumed the role of Head of Global Security, Macquarie Bank. Nicholas moved into a consulting services role with Control Risks Group as their Regional Head of Crisis and Risk Consulting. Nicholas then established a private threat and risk consultancy supporting projects in locations such as the Middle East, PNG and South East Asia. After 5 years Nicholas returned to a corporate role as the national Head of Property and Security at AGL Energy. Nicholas is currently Marsh’s Head of Strategic Risk Consulting, Pacific and leads a 40 person consulting team across the region delivering enterprise risk management, resilience, climate and sustainability, WHS and cyber advisory services. Nicholas hold tertiary qualifications in Risk Management, Applied Science, Management, Maritime Studies and Public Administration.

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Sacha Coburn

CEO Coffee Culture

Sacha Coburn is the C.O.O of her own family business Coffee Culture, a group of boutique coffee shops with 300 staff in 20 locations. She has lived every inch of the pandemic with her team of owners and has had to embrace change and challenge on a daily basis. Sacha walks her talk every day leading her team with humanity and humour. A former lawyer with a first class honours Masters Degree in Education, Sacha is uniquely qualified to talk about what’s ahead. Sacha is a Prime Minister’s Business Scholarship winner has recently graduated from the prestigious OPM program at Harvard Business School. She was chosen by her colleagues and members of the Harvard team to give the class graduation address. Sacha runs a leadership development programme with Tonia Cawood through their side hustle ‘The Company You Keep’ working with both emerging and C-suite leaders to deliver whole hearted high performance. As a keynote speaker Sacha works with organisations all across the globe imparting messages that matter with her trademark, energy, empathy, insight and inspiration. From insurance to banking, high performance sports to professional services, Sacha has delighted and motivated people across a wide range of industries. Her audiences are often moved to both laughter and tears and there is always, always, singing and dancing.

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Sacha Coburn
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Te Aroha Grace

Te Aroha is Chief Relationship Officer of Figure Group, a business helping people grow the knowledge, skills, and confidence they need to best navigate this world together. Previously, Te Aroha managed the largest team in his tribal office of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei and was involved in successful activities that were designed to empower tribal regeneration.

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David Tattam

Chief Research and Content Officer, Protecht

David Tattam is the Chief Research & Content Officer and co-founder of the Protecht Group. David's passion is to redefine the way the world thinks about risk so that risk management is valued equally to any other management function. David’s focus is researching the next steps in risk management and spreading the word through content creation and training through Protecht Academy. Prior to Protecht, David was the Chief Risk Officer and Head of Operations for the Australian operations of two global banks. He started his career with Grant Thornton and PwC. He is also the author of A Short Guide to Operational Risk. David is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand and a Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia.

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