The Institute of Risk Management
of South Africa (IRMSA) recently held its Annual General Meeting in
Johannesburg. This event was an opportunity for the organisation to reflect on
developments in the 2012/13 financial year.
The speakers on the day included
the IRMSA President Hennie Thessner, IRMSA CEO Gillian le Cordeur, Bernice
Francis (who gave the financial report) and
Nicky Weimar - an economist from Nedbank delivered the key note address. IRMSA
members also got an opportunity to elect a new member for the Executive
Committee, a process facilitated by IRMSA executive member and honourary
secretary Nico Bianco.
IRMSA president Hennie Thessner
delivered his presidential report. In his comprehensive report, he highlighted
the tremendous membership growth that IRMSA experienced in the past year. He then
outlined the main developments and explained how these will help improve standards
of the risk management profession. Thessner also reflected on some of the major
achievements of IRMSA and congratulated everyone for their contribution in the
success of the institute.
After the presidential report, IRMSA
Vice President Bernice Francis presented the annual financial statements. Her core
message was that IRMSA is in a strong, sustainable and stable financial
position. IRMSA delegates accepted and adopted the annual financial statements,
in addition they gave the green light to the current auditors continue their
auditing work for another year. Francis thanked all members for their financial
contribution to IRMSA.
IRMSA CEO, Gillian le Cordeur,
then gave her report for 2012/13 and outlined some of the plans for the 2013/14
financial year. In 2012/13 there were institute succeeded in setting and
implementing a framework education and accreditation. This, as an effort to
professionalise and develop the skills of risk managers. These developments are
a significant milestone especially as IRMSA celebrates its 10th year
anniversary this year.
Le Cordeur reiterated membership growth
indicating that the team has a plan to manage and maintain this growth. Apart
from increasing engagements with members including more events and training
session, IRMSA will also introduce student membership structure to attract
tertiary students. Furthermore, IRMSA will conduct its first training session
in Namibia in September.
The CEO appealed to members to
continue taking part in the events organised by IRMSA, in particular the annual
Awards Dinner ceremony and conference planned for later this year. These major
events will be preceded by Risk lab scheduled for July and the inaugural public
sector breakfast in the next quarter.
Lastly, the CEO encouraged
members to she encouraged members to give input and feedback to IRMSA especially through the various channels such as
twitter, website, blogs and IRMSA newsletters which are there to enhance
communication with all members.