Tag Archives: Internal Audit Effectiveness

Now on YouTube

In this time of lock-down I have been working in more virtual ways with webinars, and also talking to friends and colleagues on topics that may be interesting.

The first videos are on:

Fraud and corruption risk management, with Martin Robinson:


Internal Auditing in BioPharma, with Jaap Van Oerle:

Introductions and series overview – what we hope you will learn Continue Reading

Training & development online/ webinars

As we adjust to new ways of working I have been working with my friends in the IIA across Europe to deliver engaging webinars on a range of key topics.

Details of internal audit webinars are as follows:


  • Auditing culture – 9 June
  • Root cause analysis – 10 June
  • Lean and agile audit in the COVID era – 15 June
  • Urgent responses to Covid 19 – 16 June
  • Managing yourself and others in challenging times – 18 June
  • Assurance mapping – 23 June
  • Heads of internal audit – induction masterclass – 24-25 June


  • Assurance over GRC – PM 26th May and AM 27th May
  • Lean and Agile Auditing – PM 27th May and AM 28th May
  • Root Cause Analysis – PM 28th May and AM 29th May

IIA Finland:

  • Auditing Culture – PM 1st June and AM 2nd June
  • Assurance Mapping – PM 11th June and AM 12th June

IIA Norway:

  • Lean and Agile Audit in the Covid Era – PM 2nd June and AM 3rd June
  • Assurance Mapping – PM 3rd June and AM 4th June

Timings for split sessions are as follows:
Morning sessions are 09.00 to 12.15 local time
Afternoon sessions are 13.00 to 16.30 local time

E-mail info@RiskAI.co.uk for more information, including tailored training on other topics.

Hope you can join me…

Coronavirus: Business not as usual…

and that applies to internal audit as well…

The following article has had over 500 views in 2 days on LinkedIn, I hope you find it helpful.

I’ve just facilitated a two-day head of audit event, with only one person pulling out because of COVID19. However, it was inevitably a key topic of conversation, and here are some reflections that might be of interest:

COVID19 has reinforced, again, the problem with a “failure of imagination” in many risk management processes.

A failure of imagination was one of the key learnings from the 9/11 tragedy, and it looks like many organisations have found themselves with a similar problem with COVID19, and all its knock-on impacts. It may not be a big priority right now, but all organisations who have felt blind-sided by what has happened should be prepared, at the right time, to take a long hard look at their risk management processes.

What other risks are there where might we be thinking “that will never happen”?
How do we make sure we prioritise impact over probability? 
How good is your organisation in thinking through the knock-on consequences of one risk on other aspects of its operations?  Continue Reading

2019 ECIIA Conference – Plenary presentation

Does internal audit have a blind spot concerning organizational politics?

I was pleased to be asked to present at the 2019 ECIIA conference in Luxembourg. It was an honour and a privilege to present to around 700 attendees. The key messages I delivered were:

  1. We (in internal audit) may not be doing enough to proactively identify and manage political pressure:
    • First at the level of (audit) teams, but also at the level of the IIA itself; and
  2. The wrong sort of politics may even be a problem within the Internal Audit profession

I defined organizational politics as:

  • The networking, influencing approaches, and use power that managers deploy to get the organization to make a decision they want, and/or
  • The strategies and tactics managers use to slow down decision making, or even to stop decisions being made..

Organizational politics can be seen in a good or bad light, depending on whether the political activity is genuinely for an organizational benefit, compared to primarily benefiting an individual’s career, power and/or influence.

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IAS Conference 2018 – Internal Audit: Embracing the challenges of the future

I am looking forward to chairing the IAS Conference 2018 – Internal Audit: Embracing the challenges of the future taking place in November 2018.

The Internal Audit Service will hold its annual international conference on 6 November 2018. The Conference will focus on the global challenges affecting the Internal Audit (IA) profession and will be opened by the First Vice-President of the European Commission, Mr Frans Timmermans. In addition, Mr Richard Chambers, President and CEO of IIA Global will be a keynote speaker.

Full details about the conference can be found here, including registration options. The conference will also be live streamed.

Tuesday 6 November 2018, 8.00 – 18.00 (CET)
Alcide De Gasperi Room, Charlemagne Building
170, Rue de la Loi
1000 Brussels



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