VIC Chapter: Audit & Risk Earning the Trust of your Organisation; What Does it take to be Trusted?

4:00pm Wednesday, 18 September 2019
6:00pm Wednesday, 18 September 2019
Chapter Event
PwC South Bank
Level 19/2 Riverside Quay
Southbank, Victoria 3006

Join both the IIA and the RMIA for Melbourne’s premier joint even for 2019, an opportunity for audit and risk professionals to come together, share ideas, network and identify, understand and focus on what really matters in earning the Trust of the Board and Senior Management. This year’s event features high-calibre speakers and Q&A panel.

To be effective at Audit and Risk you must be trusted- how do you create a trusted environment? What are the underlying attributes to stakeholder engagement and becoming a trusted advisor? Whose voice do you listen to?

Q&A Panel: Audit and Risk Earning the Trust of your organisation

  • Heather Brown- Vice President- Functional Assurance- BHP
  • Gideon van der Westhuizen- Associate Director, Risk Management -Oxfam Australia
  • Andrew Cronin- PwC Audit and Assurance Partner
  • Helen Bird - Corporate Governance Scholar & Research Fellow - Swinburne Law School

Audit and Risk: Uncovering and responding to serious misconduct by senior management 

Speaker: Russell Smith - Principal Criminologist, Australian Institute of Criminology

Speaker Bios


Helen Bird Corporate Governance Scholar & Research Fellow | Swinburne Law School 

Ms Helen Bird is corporate governance research fellow and the course director, Master of Corporate Governance Swinburne Law School, Melbourne.  Helen teaches corporate governance and leadership, risk and compliance and the corporate governance industry project, all part of the M Corp Gov degree.  2019 has seen her undertaking significant speaking, panel and media engagements regarding the outcomes of the Banking Royal Commission,  the future role of ASIC and APRA in the risk and compliance space and court outcomes in recent ASIC cases against Dover Financial and Westpac.

Helen’s research interests are at the intersection between corporate regulation and corporate governance and the public enforcement of corporate law.  She is undertaking research into executive remuneration, board diversity and board networks and ASIC enforcement patterns.  Helen was recently appointed to the RMIA professional education and accreditation committee.  She tweets under the handle, @Birdsperch and welcomes contact for discussion of issues via Linked In.

Gideon van der Westhuizen | Associate Director, Risk Management | Oxfam Australia 

Gideon has over thirty years experience as a consultant and business advisor to major corporate entities globally within both the private and public sectors in •Enterprise -wide risk management, In-depth strategic commercial and business consultancy advisory expertise;•Broad-based commercial and financial industry exposure. Gideon is currently the Head of Risk Management for Oxfam Australasia responsible for Oxfam Australasia's organisational wide risk engagement process. Gideon interacts directly at Board level, engages with the Board's Finance and Risk Assurance Committee on a regular basis and participate as member in the Senior Leadership Team.

Heather Brown | Vice President - Functional Assurance | BHP

Heather brings a commercial and multi-disciplined approach to leadership and change within the areas of governance, audit, risk management, culture and capability. Heather has strong Board and Executive stakeholder management skills and has a proven track record for delivering outcomes to drive sustainable business improvement and reduce risk. Heather is currently the Vice President- Functional Assurance at BHP responsible for the annual Functional Assurance Plan through independent audit processes including identifying, assessing and making recommendations that manage critical risks for the BHP global functions. Heather has also held Executive roles with Korda Mentha, GE Capital, NAB and Deloitte.

Andrew Cronin | Partner | PwC Australia

Andrew Cronin has over 24 years experience with PwC, and has been a partner for over 11 years.  He has worked in both the United States and Australia during his career, and specialises in providing assurance services to public companies. He works across a range of industries and is experienced in advising companies on appropriate governance and internal control frameworks.  Andrew is also a non-executive director and Audit Committee Chair for Women's Housing Limited, a member of the Finance Committee for Carey Baptist Grammar School, and is an Independent Member on the Audit & Risk Committee for the Hawthorn Football Club. 

Dr Russell Smith | Principal Criminologist | Australian Institute of Criminology

Dr Russell G Smith has worked at the Australian Institute of Criminology for over 20 years, and has published extensively on economic crime, cybercrime and fraud. He originally practised as a solicitor in Melbourne and, after completing a PhD at King’s College London, taught criminology at the University of Melbourne. He is a Fellow and former President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology and holds a position as Professor at Flinders University.

Event Details:

Date: Wednesday 18th September

Time: 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Location: PwC South Bank - Level 19 / 2 Riverside Quay, Southbank, VIC 3006


Members: free (please don't forget to click the green 'lookup' button to apply your membership rate!) 

Non-Members: $35


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