RIMS expands global reach with newly formed New Zealand and Pacific Islands chapter


RIMS has announced the addition of its 80th chapter, the New Zealand and Pacific Islands Chapter of RIMS. At its first Board Meeting of 2019, the Society’s Board of Directors reviewed the formal application, submitted by local risk professionals, and voted unanimously to establish the chapter effective immediately.

The New Zealand and Pacific Islands Chapter of RIMS inaugural Board of Directors includes: President – Teressa Betty, Risk Management Consultant at ASB Bank; Vice President – Kate Beddoe, Chief Risk Officer at Vector; RIMS Delegate – Kerry Bakkerus, Risk and Privacy Manager at Counties Manukau Health; Treasurer – Darren Evans, General Manager Safety & Medical for Air New Zealand; Secretary – Greg Lazzaro, Global Health, Safety, Resilience & Risk Director at Fonterra.

“Risk management in New Zealand and the surrounding region continues to gain momentum with business leaders realizing our limitless potential to support growth and innovation,” said Chapter President Teressa Betty. “As an official RIMS chapter, we are excited to build upon what we started as part of RIMS Australasia Chapter. As our own unique community of passionate risk professionals, we aim to build a strong and engaged network, focused on supporting our members’ organizational and career development goals, as well as enabling diversity, equity and inclusion within the risk profession.”

The New Zealand and Pacific Islands Chapter of RIMS creation was a result of the success experienced as part of RIMS Australasia Chapter. Exceptional participation from risk professionals in New Zealand, strong leadership and the region’s diverse geographic landscape were among the factors considered by RIMS Board of Directors.

“Risk professionals in New Zealand have already demonstrated tremendously sophisticated programs that continue to pave the way for their organizations’ success,” said RIMS CEO Mary Roth. “Guided by a dynamic group of former RIMS Australasia Chapter leaders, our newest chapter is poised to deliver exceptional resources, educational opportunities and will undoubtedly foster the exchange of ideas and best practices.”

With the addition of the New Zealand and Pacific Islands Chapter of RIMS, the Society now has 80 official chapters. Sixty-six of those chapters are located in the United States, 10 in Canada and one each in Japan, Mexico, Australasia and New Zealand/Pacific Islands. In addition to its chapters, RIMS provides support and resources for risk professionals around the world. For a complete listing of RIMS chapters, visit https://www.rims.org/membership/Pages/ChapterWebsites.aspx.

About RIMS
As the preeminent organization dedicated to advancing the practice of risk management, RIMS, the risk management society™, is a global not-for-profit organization representing more than 3,500 industrial, service, nonprofit, charitable and government entities throughout the world. Founded in 1950, RIMS is dedicated to advancing risk management for organizational success, bringing networking, professional development and education opportunities to its membership of more than 10,000 risk management professionals who are located in more than 60 countries. For more information on RIMS, visit www.RIMS.org.


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