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GRC Professional : GRC Autumn 2013
27 CERTAIN EXPERIENCES CAN STAND out more than others when attending career development training courses. For New Zealand lawyer Willie Lewis, who attended ACI's CCP residential course three years ago, it was an interrogation during the regulator session. "There was an actual regulator involved but the grilling came in a simulated regulator session," he says. "The intensive work in allocated groups showed me different perspectives and ways of working in various sectors. You get so much out of an intensive course that is well run and absolutely focused because it gives you time to think really deeply about it and get into the flow of things." Lewis's course assignment 'Maintain and Enhance your Compliance Culture', a manual that by his own admission was a "big piece of work", involved inter views with many compliance professionals about trends a nd practices. It also included a comprehensive literature review and multi-disciplinary research in areas such as marketing, psychology, management and workplace efficiency. He even added cartoons throughout the manual to give it "punch". Next level Lewis did the CCP course to take his compliance skills to the next level. Preparing the manual also substantially increased his knowledge of the compliance sector and gave him a useful 'ready reckoner' to use in his workplace. "The course gave me a greater appreciation of the context and drivers as well as the range of topics and skills a compliance professional has to understand. "It also changed the way I approached Bringing compliance skills to both sides of the Tasman Lawyer Willie Lewis was ACI's CCP Graduate of the Year in 2010 and elected as a director of ACI's board in 2011 after filling a casual vacancy. Last year he moved from Wellington to Melbourne to pursue new career opportunities. BY DENISE MCNABB compliance communications and training. I put much more emphasis on seeing myself in the shoes of the audience, and understanding the psychology of their roles and how best to incorporate compliance without adding stress." Law degree After working as a policy analyst at New Zealand's Ministry of Economic Development (now the Ministry for Business, Innovation a nd Employment) he joined law firm Russell McVeagh, from where he was seconded for four years to Telecom NZ as corporate legal counsel in group compliance, then as compliance, training and communications manager. It was during this time that the telecommunications company separated its business into retail, wholesale and network infrastructure divisions. "With 12,000 staff, including contractors, retail compliance occupied a lot of space,"he says. Restructuring required a large compliance staff that needed training and behavioural changes. But Melbourne beckoned, so last August he made the move to pursue more regulatory legal work. "Being a lawyer is important for identifying what the rules are, relevant policies, how you achieve objectives and what mechanisms you achieve. "Competition-focused and non- compliance lawyers talk about the rules, but with compliance you have got to provide the link between those rules are and their implementation." Lewis plans to undertake ACI's Graduate Certificate Bridging program. He is Chair of ACI's Accreditation a nd Education Com mittee Then there is the Melbourne rock music scene where Lewis and his sister hope to play some gigs with their own compositions one day. ••• I put much more emphasis on seeing myself in the shoes of the audience, and understanding the psychology of their roles and how best to incorporate compliance without adding stress.
GRC Summer 2013