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About SW&C:

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Steve Winks & Co is a Risk Management consultancy providing strategy and implementation services to all types of enterprise. Its unique approach enables the company to deliver cost-effective, user-aligned Risk Management processes to any size of undertaking in any field of activity. Based in Johannesburg, South Africa, SW&C can service clients in most parts of the world.

SW&C is a family business. Steve started the company in July 2003 with his son David, having considered this as the most effective way to pass on the skills and principles acquired in a lifetime career in Risk Management. Arthur joined the team in October 2004. The combination of practical experience and youthful innovation gives SW&C the ability to adapt tested practices in a fast-changing environment.

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Portrait of Steve Winks, Risk Management StrategistSteve Winks was born in England in 1943. After completing his education and early career in chemical research he emigrated to South Africa in 1963. The next 14 years was spent in fire engineering, pioneering the development of early warning fire detection, particularly in deep level mining and high-rise buildings. After a short period managing a security company he moved into the insurance and risk management field, joining Risk Management South Africa (Pty) Ltd in 1977.

Steve became Managing Director of RMSA in 1991, at the head of a team of 45 risk consultants, developing and implementing risk management strategies for a number of South Africa’s leading corporates. This time saw the development of one of the first computerised risk assessment programs.

In 1995 he joined Gencor as its first Group Risk Manager with the role of introducing a corporate risk management programme. The next few years was a time of dramatic change; unbundling, acquisitions, mergers, de-mergers, leading to the formation of Billiton, domiciled in London. These changes presented exciting risk management challenges.

After the merger of Billiton with BHP, Steve worked with Grant Purdy to implement the new company’s Enterprise Wide Risk Management system in its global operations. BHP Billiton is widely considered to be a world leader in EWRM.

Since its establishment in 2003, SW&C has developed and implemented a number of risk management strategies for high-profile enterprises in both the private and public sectors, as well as numerous project risk assessments, programme reviews and risk management mentorships.

Qualifications:

Professional Associations:

  • Institute of Risk Management South Africa – Past President;
  • Society of Risk Managers – Past President;
  • Insurance Surveyors Association – Past Chairman;
  • SANS Committee on Risk Management - Chairman;
  • ISO 31000 (Risk Management) - Working Group Member.

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Arthur Winks has worked on a number of the SW&C projects and is currently involved in embedding the ERM project for the Botswana Water Utility Corporation.

He is completing a BSc: Mathematics and Chemistry at the University of Johannesburg (final year).

His secondary focus at SW&C is engineering and technology risk, as well as accountability for research and development.

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David Winks has also worked on most of the SW&C projects and is particularly involved with the application of various Risk Management Information Systems in the ERM environment.

He is completing a BCom at UNISA, specialising in risk management.

His secondary focus at SW&C is financial and ICT risk, as well as accountability for administration and systems.

He has recently completed a secondment to the Institute of Risk Management as the Acting General Manager.