Chatter From The Chair – Winter 2017

I’m delighted to share lots of positive news with you for this winter edition of RiskeBusiness. It’s been a highly productive last quarter delivering against some key objectives aligned to ALUCA’s strategic pillars. This has included the release of ALUCA’s new website and database, the production of our capabilities framework which will be available soon for consultation, growth in membership numbers and our first Executive Leadership Forum. 

We are also continuing to build our strategic partnerships with key industry bodies and associations. To that end I recently met with key representatives from both the Financial Services Council (FSC) in Sydney and LADUCA in NZ exploring how we can more closely work together and ensure greater knowledge sharing. Jesse Krncevic, Policy Manager for Life Insurance at the FSC has very kindly agreed to contribute articles to RiskeBusiness providing regular updates from the FSC.

ALUCA is proud of our associations with all of our sponsorship partners so it was great to be part of ALUCA’s inaugural Executive Leadership Forum supported by our Platinum sponsors.

It is also very  pleasing to see that our membership numbers have increased since last year, which is testament to the hard work so many people across ALUCA are putting in to deliver to our members, each and every year, against all of our bywords:  Educate, Develop, Connect.

The 2018 national Biennial conference committee, led by Board members Sean Potter and Mary Sinclair Porter, has also been hard at work and you will have seen that the dates, venue and location for the conference have all been finalised.  We’re off to Hobart for 11th – 13th October 2018, and having heard some of the initial detail I’m really excited with what lies in store for us.

As you will no doubt know, the Code of Practice goes live on 1 July, and I have enjoyed many discussions about what this means for us and our industry, not least the recent ALUCA TurksLegal LIFT seminar for the alumni of the ALUCA Turkslegal Scholarship.   We have also updated ALUCA’s Code of Conduct to tie in with the release of the Code of Practice and will be re-releasing this to all of our members.

As always, it has been great to meet so many of you at the sessions I have attended, and as ever, I am available for a chat about our association, our industry and our individual disciplines.   If there’s anything you’d like to have a chat about in the meantime, please feel free to contact me at, or our CEO, Amanda McKernan, at

Jim Welsh
ALUCA Board Chair

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