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GRC Professional : GRC Autumn 2013
5 ACI EXISTS TO SERVE THE NEEDS OF ITS MEMBERS: THE compliance and enterprise risk management professionals across the Asia Pacific region. Being a member-driven organisation, the board relies on input from members to set the agenda for the activities carried out by ACI staff on a day to day basis. Early this year members were invited to respond to the annual member survey. The sur vey included question s on what they liked about ACI, what they wanted ACI to do more of, and what other areas they wanted ACI to explore so that the relevance of ACI to the membership was maintained and enhanced. The results of this survey were used in the annual ACI Board strategy day held in March, and to a large extent confirmed the existing strategic direction of ACI. Thank you to all the member s who responded. In 2011 the Board established a three-year strategic plan, and we are now entering the final year of that plan. The key focus areas of the strategy have been to expand the membership base to include members from throughout the Asia Pacific region as well as from across industry sectors; to enhance the accreditation value of the Associate Intensive and CCP courses through the migration to Certificate IV and Graduate Certificate courses; expand training and support to enterprise risk management professionals; and development of new revenue streams to ensure long term sustainability of ACI. In establishing the annual plan, the Board aimed to balance the need to continue to provide the existing services as well as add new services to ensure relevance, while ensuring that the fundamental financial strength of ACI remains intact. ACI members will have already seen some of this year's new initiatives, such as enhancements to the ACI website, the Enterprise Risk Management Series of workshops, the introduction of new half-day workshops, and additional networking events and seminars in New Zealand and Asia. Prudent management of costs needs to continue, along with development of additional non-member ser vices revenue streams. An example of this includes fees charged to the Risk Management Institute of Australia (RMIA) for the provision of back office services and GRC2013 conference administration. Several survey questions related to our ongoing discussions with RMIA regarding closer working arrangements. Sur vey respondents over whelmingly supported these discussions as long as existing member services were not diminished. The Board has taken your comments and suggestions into consideration in formulating our position in these ongoing discussions. In closing, I am honoured to have been elected President of ACI and want to express my personal thanks to David Lawrence for the many years of service he has given as a volunteer, director and president. PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE Strategic plan reaches fruition Alf Esteban CCP, President, ACI
GRC Summer 2013