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In 2011, Risk & Assurance Insights was founded by James Paterson, former Chief Internal Auditor of AstraZeneca PLC.

His extensive experience in finance, coaching and leadership development, risk and internal audit enables him to bring a unique combination of skills to support his clients.

James has built his reputation through focused consulting assignments that aspire to the highest standards in governance, risk and assurance, but remain deeply grounded in practicality and taking a step-by-step approach.

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Blog

Auditing culture

Auditing culture

I have been running workshops on auditing culture for around 12 months 
Here are some of my main reflections…

Expertise

RISK ASSURANCE

RISK ASSURANCE

Practical solutions for Assurance Mapping, Assurance frameworks and the improvement of Risk Culture.
LEAN AUDITING

LEAN AUDITING

A fresh approach to auditing with an emphasis on stakeholder value add and efficiency.
COACHING

COACHING

One to one coaching and training for those new into an audit, risk or governance role and looking for a confidential sounding board to navigate through sensitive issues.
AUDIT TEAM EFFECTIVENESS

AUDIT TEAM EFFECTIVENESS

Tailored and open workshops to support team development on key issues of importance, combined with extensive experience in external quality assessment.
BOARD EFFECTIVENESS

BOARD EFFECTIVENESS

Tailored consulting and training for boards and audit committees who want a measured and practical perspective on governance risk and assurance matters.

Book

Lean Auditing: Driving Added Value and Efficiency in Internal Audit

Lean Auditing: Driving Added Value and Efficiency in Internal Audit
Using lean techniques to enhance value add and reduce waste in internal auditing.

Lean Auditing is a practical guide to maximising value and efficiency in internal audit through the application of lean techniques.
How can you argue with the core principles of Lean, that you focus on what provides value to your customer and eliminate work that is not necessary (muda)? Internal auditors need to understand not only who their primary customers are, but what is valuable to them – which in most cases is assurance that the risks that matter to the achievement of objectives are properly managed. We need to communicate what they need to know and not what we want to say. This incessant focus on the customer and the efficient production of a valued product should extend to every internal audit team. How else can we ensure that we optimize the use of our limited resources to address the dynamic business and risk environment within which our organizations operate?
Norman Marks, GRC Thought Leader
A new book by James Paterson, available now from Wiley. Find out more

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