Effective Credit Risk Committees

3 days 28-30 Nov 2016, London UK £4,295.00 + VAT* Download brochure Add to basket

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Learn how credit risk committees can be a more effective part of a bank’s governance framework in supporting achievement of business goals


This three-day course provides participants with a clear understanding of the role and responsibilities of credit risk committees and how they can become a more effective part of the overall governance framework. This is done by looking in detail at the specific activities that credit risk committees review regularly as well as the context within the committee operates, including the banks’ business strategy, group risk appetite/risk tolerances and regulatory constraints. Ways in which the operational efficiency of the committee can be improved as also covered.

Attend this course and learn:

  • What best practice credit risk management looks like
  • About governance frameworks, how they are changing and where credit risk committees fit
  • The roles and responsibilities of credit risk committees
  • To put in place appropriate terms of reference (TORs) for credit risk committees
  • How to approach reviewing and challenging papers presented to the committee
  • To run effective credit risk committee meetings
  • To monitor compliance with TOR requirements and refresh them regularly

Prior knowledge

It would be helpful if participants were familiar with the governance framework for their own organisation and had a reasonable understanding of credit risk. Prior experience of credit risk committees is not necessary.

Additional requirements

Who should attend

This course is designed for:

  • Chief Credit Officers
  • Senior Business Heads
  • Senior Risk Managers/Analysts
  • Senior Credit Heads
  • Senior Product Managers
  • Senior Audit Managers

Note – this course is equally applicable to staff in Wholesale, Corporate or Retail business or risk roles


We work with a series of expert instructors, please select the course location of interest to review the credentials of who will be delivering the programme.

Carl Olsson

The Course Director is an experienced and qualified banker with an international career spanning over 35 years, 20 years of which were spent working in Asia and the Middle East. During that time he has worked for leading UK banks in front line business and held risk management roles at group level interfacing with business operations on a global basis.

He has extensive experience of risk and risk management at both divisional and group levels and across a wide range of business activities and customer types including retail, SME, corporate and wealth management clients. He has been involved in the establishment and management of risk and credit risk committees up to group level as well as a member of committees at various operations levels and across a wide range of business areas.

He has a long-standing interest in training and education on risk and risk management. He is a published author, Risk Management in Emerging Markets, and is principal examiner for Module 1 of the Institute of Risk Management’s Certificate in Risk Management qualification. He currently runs his own business offering risk training and consultancy services




Central London Hotel Venue

All courses are held at four or five star venues in Central London, Zone 1. We strive to provide you with a training environment of the highest quality, to ensure that the whole learning experience exceeds your expectations.

Your training venue will be confirmed by one of our course administrators approximately 3-4 weeks before the course start date.

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Day 1

The Governance Framework

  • An overview of the governance framework
  • What is risk appetite and risk tolerance
  • Risk appetite and risk tolerance setting and implementation
  • Building and maintaining an effective risk management framework
  • Where credit risk management and credit risk committees fit

Creating an effective and appropriate risk management framework 
The Operating Environment

  • An overview of the operating environment within which bank’s accept and manage credit risk
  • The factors that have influenced the current operating environment
  • The causes and consequences of the financial crisis and their on-going impact
  • Basel III and other regulatory initiatives
  • Opportunities and threats – challenger banks and shadow banking

Case Study:
Sub-prime lending
Stakeholder Management

  • Who are the key internal and external stakeholders
  • What are stakeholders interests
  • Why stakeholders interests are different

Exercise: Management of conflicting interests

Day 2

Credit Risk Management

  • An overview of credit risk and best practice credit risk management
  • Customer, product and risk types
  • Key elements of the credit risk management framework
  • Credit risk committees and the credit risk management framework

Case study: 
Learning lessons from banks that performed well in the financial crisis
Credit Risk Committees

  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Reporting lines, sub-committees and divisional committees
  • Membership and decision making
  • Terms of reference
  • Administration

Best practice terms of reference
Committee Responsibilities in Detail

  • Expanded coverage of topics including
     - Credit risk appetite – setting and monitoring
     - Credit risk authorities – delegation and oversight
     - Concentration risks – setting policy and portfolio monitoring
     - Credit policy – setting, implementation and monitoring compliance
     - Models – review and approval of credit risk models
  • Explanation of best practice in relation to each topic

Case study:
Examples of undue concentration risks in practice

Day 3

Committee Responsibilities in Detail (continued)

  • Expanded coverage of topics including
     - Product risks – product programme review and approvals
     - Controls –setting standards and monitoring compliance
     - Reporting – defining reporting requirements and regular monitoring
     - Audit reports – commissioning review and reviewing audit findings
  • Explanation of best practice in relation to each topic

Case study:
Assessment and management of product risks
Credit Committee Operations

  • Preparing and monitoring annual plans
  • Agenda planning and preparation
  • Taking minutes
  • Post meeting management activities
  • Reporting on performance

Running a Successful Credit Risk Committee

  • What makes a successful credit risk committee meeting
  • Behaviours that ensure meetings are successful
  • Training committee members

Exercise: Mock Credit Risk Committee

  • Participate in a mock credit risk committee
  • Review lessons learned

Review and Wrap up

  • Review of key learning points
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