Passionate about Ferma, its new head Julia Graham will bring enthusiasm for risk management to her role, taking inspiration from outgoing president

Julia Graham

Global law firm DLA Piper director of risk management and insurance Julia Graham has been elected the next president of Ferma.

Graham was elected by the board at its meeting yesterday before the start of the association’s biannual forum.

She will take over from the current president Jorge Luzzi at the end of the forum.

Graham said: “I am passionate about Ferma. My aim as president will be to take advantage of Ferma’s unique position at the centre of risk management in Europe. We have some projects already under development, such as European certification for risk managers and our 2014 benchmarking survey. Others will be new. I believe our role is to inspire, educate and influence, just as we have said for the forum, and that philosophy will inform my two years as president.”

Following her election, Julia thanked Jorge Luzzi for his contribution to Ferma over the past two years.

She said: “We have had a president who has brought his great enthusiasm for risk management to all our activities,” she said. “I am delighted he is remaining on the board and will be able to share his experience with me.”

The Ferma board also elected a new vice-president, Jo Willaert of the Belgian association Belrim, and re-elected Michel Dennery of the French association Amrae. They join Alessandro De Felice of the Italian association Anra in the role.