CareerView Podcast - The Path to Becoming a Chief Risk Officer

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The next instalment of the CareerView Podcast series discusses the path to becoming a Chief Risk Officer from the experience of icare's 'Chief Risky Dude' Gavin Pearce

In this podcast, Susan Looi (Head of Financial Risk, ANZ Wealth and Digital) interviews Gavin Pearce (Chief Risk Officer of icare) on his unusual path to becoming Chief Risk Officer, from studying statistics and mathematics in New Zealand, to resettling in Sydney and undertaking actuarial exams before securing an exciting new role.

“I didn't even know what an actuary was when I started University. I just knew I wanted to study mathematics" -  Gavin Pearce

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Gavin relays his career journey, including earlier roles as an Actuarial Analyst at Tower Investment Savings Ltd all the way through to his (self described) 'Chief Risky Dude' title at icare NSW, one of the largest general insurance provider in Australia and how he broadened his skill set to attain more senior positions.

“if you close your mind or don't avail yourself the opportunities to talk to a broad range of people, I think you're doing yourself, your job and your profession a disservice, so for me it's just get out there and talk to people, be the ‘chief risky dude’." - Gavin Pearce

Listen in to the podcast to hear Gavin's advice on what skills actuaries need to future-proof their career and how to get their foot in the door of risk management.

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About the authors

Gavin Pearce

Gavin Pearce is the Chief Risk Officer at icare. He is responsible for the continuous improvement of icare's Risk Management Framework.

Susan Looi

Susan Looi has more than 20 years of extensive local and international financial services experience, spanning insurance, reinsurance, superannuation and banking. As Head of Financial Risk Susan leads risk appetite and capital, insurance, credit, market and liquidity risk oversight across ANZ Bank’s insurance, superannuation and managed funds, digital, margin lending and share broking businesses. Prior to ANZ Susan headed the Capital & Strategic Solutions business for reinsurer RGA and spent several years overseas in Switzerland as the Group Chief Pricing Actuary for global insurer Zurich Financial Services. Susan has led multi-disciplinary teams across different geographies and comes from a consulting background. Susan is a director on Boards and an active Committee member of the Risk Management Association of Australia, as well as deputy convenor of the Institute of Actuaries’ Risk Management Practice Committee.

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