Date: 08th December 2020
Meet the team at Communisis
Introducing our Chief Risk Officer, Michelle Griffey. Find out more about Michelle, her passion for her job and what she's happiest doing outside of work.
We ask Michelle Griffey, what does it take to be a Chief Risk Officer?
Name: Michelle Griffey
Role: Chief Risk Officer
Location: Home-Based, South East
How long have you been working in your field?
I have been building the risk and resilience function in Communisis for nearly five years now. Prior to that I dropped in and out of formal risk roles, including a two year stint in LBG Group Risk, but most of what I have done touches it to some respect.
What do you think are the best skills that you bring to your role?
I have a mind which is both logical and questioning with an ability to unravel the strands of problems to create some order. This is really critical in my world where risks and issues are not linear but you have to also assess them laterally.
What’s the biggest proof that you’re good at what you do/your greatest professional achievement?
The team and the level at which they perform; they are amazing and constantly strive to achieve more with the aim of getting the business to use risk as a decision making tool – balancing opportunity and risk remediation to help us grow. While it is always a sad day when one of my team moves on, it is also a real positive to see them progress into their next role.
What is the most important thing you want people to know about you (and/or your company)?
I have a strong set of principles so believe it is really important to be true to yourself – to be authentic. My aim will always be to do the right thing for the business and the people around me.
Tell me why you decided on your career. Why not something else?
I didn’t, my career found me! I had wanted to be a barrister until a change in personal circumstances when my family moved locations. Having said that, I spent a lot of time in a major UK Bank and that allowed me to enjoy multiple different roles ranging from project management to sales to risk, and also operations, and so my path has probably been more varied and enjoyable as a result.
What are you happiest doing, when you’re not working?
I enjoy being out in the open air, gardening or walking, especially close to the water, or practicing yoga.