Julia Graham, Director of Risk Management and Insurance for the global law firm, DLA Piper, is to be the next President of the Federation of European Risk Management Associations (FERMA). She was elected by the board of FERMA at its meeting before the start of the FERMA Risk Management Forum, which is now taking place in Maastricht, and will take over from the current President Jorge Luzzi at the end of the Forum.

Julia Graham

Julia Graham

Julia said: “I am passionate about FERMA. My aim as president will be to take advantage of FERMA’s unique position at the centre of risk management in Europe. We have some projects already under development, such as European certification for risk managers and our 2014 Benchmarking Survey. Others will be new. I believe our role is to inspire, educate and influence, just as we have said for the Forum, and that philosophy will inform my two years as president.”

Following her election, Julia thanked Jorge Luzzi for his contribution to FERMA over the last two years. “We have had a president who has brought his great enthusiasm for risk management to all our activities,” she said. “I am delighted he is remaining on the board and will be able to share his experience with me.”

The FERMA board also elected a new vice president, Jo Willaert of the Belgian association BELRIM, and re-elected Michel Dennery of the French association AMRAE as vice president. They join Alessandro De Felice of the Italian association ANRA as vice presidents.

Julia joined the board of FERMA in 2010. She led the programme committee for the Forum 2013 and serves on the certification working committee.

She also served as chairman of the UK risk management association Airmic of which she is still a member. Julia is very active in the international work on the ISO31000/31004 standards on risk management, for which she is the FERMA liaison member and the UK expert. She is a member of the applicable ISO technical committee and associated working groups.

Her professional life began in the insurance market working for Zurich, Aviva and what is now RSA. At RSA, she moved into the developing area of risk and compliance. Nine years ago she joined what is now the world’s largest law firm DLA Piper as its head of risk management. She is a member of the firm’s board risk committee and a director of the firm’s captive.

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