QUEENSLAND CHAPTER COUNCIL NEWS AND UPCOMING COURSES Queensland Professional Development Course Program 2017
IIA-Australia has released the schedule of Professional Development courses for 2017. Please take a look through and let us know if you would like to register for any of these training courses. View Schedule
OUR QUEENSLAND CHAPTER COUNCIL MEMBERS
Meet our new Queensland Chair of the Institute of the Internal Auditors - Australia
This month we interview our new Chapter Council Chair, Niki Bingham, Director within Risk Advisory at Deloitte.
1. Why did you decide on a career that involved internal audit?
I always wanted to have a career where I helped people – my mother was a doctor but I couldn’t stand the sight of blood (!) so I decided on a business career where I could help organisations improve their processes to make things better for their employees and stakeholders - internal audit fell nicely into that category. Although my main focus is on internal audit, its been great to see this expand more into enterprise-wide risk management which has taken me to some really interesting areas of my clients’ businesses. 2. How has internal audit helped you progress through your career?
Like a lot of people in the profession, I started my career as an external auditor but then ended up working in the internal audit function of a large travel company in the UK (TUI Travel plc). It was my dream role at the time – I was in my 20s, no husband, no kids and I got to travel all over the world and use my languages. What I loved the most though was the ability to walk into different businesses and look at their financial statements, internal processes and operations and work with them to improve these – seeing the results was rewarding in itself.
I then married an Aussie and we moved to Australia where my internal audit experience helped me get a job in a Big 4 professional services firm. From then onwards, my career has gone from strength to strength. After having three children and working part-time for the past 10 years I have now taken on a global role which I know will lead to more exciting challenges and experiences. 3. What are the key skills you think an internal auditor needs?
I think the most important skills are the soft skills – stakeholder management definitely (at all levels) and people skills. Technical skills can always be learnt but it’s the soft ones that really test you, especially as you climb the ladder and start taking on leadership positions.
4. Where do you see yourself going over the next few years?
I am very happy where I am at the moment (at Deloitte) and excited about the global role I have just taken on so who knows where this will take me? It’s great working with Partners from other countries and quite fun leading a global team! 5. What is the one piece of advice you would provide to a new internal auditor coming into the profession?
Internal audit is so broad now that I think the more experience you can get across an entity the better. For example, our grads at Deloitte work in different areas of Risk Advisory – internal audit, risk management, corporate governance, sustainability etc and so they get to experience a breadth of experience which makes their job more interesting and allows them to choose which area they want to specialise in.
UPCOMING EVENT IN QUEENSLAND
Our next IIA-Australia members meeting will be focused on ‘The Year 2026 – Are you still an internal auditor?’ with our presenters Neil Walters and Natasha McCraw from Crowe Horwath. Date:
Friday, 26 October 2016, Crowe Horwath, Brisbane Time:
12.00pm - 2.00pm Speakers:
Neil Walters and Natasha McCraw
Neil Walters and Natasha McCraw are Managers within the Crowe Horwath Risk Consulting practice providing internal audit, enterprise risk management, contract compliance and major project advisory services to clients in a diverse range of industries.
Robert has built a career on visualising results for clients that allow them to focus on what is important. In this presentation, Robert will walk through some of the key visualisation principles he applies when creating reports and analytic dashboards for clients. This session will also include high level insight into the science of why these principles work.
QUEENSLAND CHAPTER COUNCIL
- Chair: Nicola Bingham MIIA(Aust)
Vice Chair: Mariano de Souza PMIIA CIA
John Chan PMIIA CIA
Vivek Chopra AMIIA
Michael-Angel del Castillo PMIIA CIA
Vincent Lie MIIA(Aust)
Virginie Marley PMIIA CIA
Grant Mather MIIA(Aust)
Graham Mathews PMIIA
Caryn Ochtman PMIIA CIA
Sean Rooney MIIA(Aust)
Carolyn Rosetta-Walsh PMIIA CIA
Liezel Samuel PMIIA CIA (Past Chair)
Kaiyo Sattha PMIIA CIA CGAP
Rowena Smallcombe PMIIA GradCertIA
For more information about the Queensland Chapter Council and how to get involved, contact:
Nicola Bingham MIIA(Aust)
Chair, Queensland Chapter Council