Webinar #4: Covid 19 – A Trial by Fire for Risk Professionals: And what of the Future?
  • Time: 6.00PM - 7.30PM (GMT+1)
  • Date: Tuesday 22 September 2020
  • Location: Online Webinar

This year has been an unprecedented challenge – a global trial by fire for business and community. Risk and Governance professionals have been – and continue to be - central to an effective business response.

They have managed to equip businesses with the right tools and support mechanisms to meet the exigencies of Covid-19 head-on – protecting economic wellbeing as well as the health and security of staff and customers. Never has the effectiveness of the risk function been more tested - its ability to anticipate issues, respond to rapidly changing situations, and implement agile, transparent solutions. All from the comfort of your very own home.

We will explore how prepared organisations were at the start of the pandemic, what processes were implemented, what lessons learnt, and ask what the challenges are going forward focusing particularly around the long-term impacts on control and assurance frameworks.

- Daniel Tapsell - Host and Chair
- Oleg Lebedev - Partner at Feel Good In Companies
- Alex Hindson - Chief Risk and Sustainability Officer at Argo Group
- Briony Harvath - Chief Risk Officer at AA
- Iain Wright - Chief Risk Officer, Europe, at Canada Life

Oleg Lebedev
Oleg is a strategic business leader and board advisor who specialises in the efficient functioning of an organisation. With over 24 years experience in risk, business, and technology transformation in the financial industry and Executive MBA from London Business School, Oleg helps organisations to better understand risks and take advantage of technology disruption, shape and deliver required change through high-impact cross-functional programmes, as well as improving overall enterprise performance through productivity increase due to higher levels of employees’ wellbeing and better management of Human Capital Risk.

Alex Hindson
Alex joined Argo Group as the Chief Risk Officer in 2015 and his role was formally widened to recognize his leadership of the Sustainability and ESG programs in 2020.

He is responsible for Enterprise Risk Management across the Group as well as Capital Modelling, relationship management with credit rating agencies and purchasing of corporate insurances. Previously, he was the Chief Risk Officer of Amlin AG, the Swiss reinsurance operation of Amlin PLC, where he was responsible for the risk, compliance and legal functions across the Bermuda branch and Zurich operation. He had previously been the Head of Group Risk of Amlin PLC, responsible for the implementation of an enterprise risk management framework across the company in preparation for Solvency II.

Before this, Mr. Hindson was Head of Enterprise Risk Management at Aon Global Risk Consulting, where he was responsible for the consulting activities for ERM across EMEA. He was originally a chemical engineer and worked in a variety of roles at AstraZeneca, including engineering, manufacturing and risk management. Mr. Hindson is a Certified Fellow and past Chairman of the Institute of Risk Management. He holds an MSc in Environmental Management.

Iain Wright
Iain qualified as a Chartered Accountant in the UK in 1989. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Risk Management and Chair of the IRM Board. Iain has held CRO positions at a number of companies including Prudential UK, Sun Life of Canada (UK Division) and Quilter UK. Iain also spent time in Toronto leading the global enterprise and operational risk function of Sun Life of Canada and worked directly for the UK regulator from 1996 to 2006. He is now European CRO for Canada Life.



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