Audit and Risk Committees

Gain the tools to succeed in working with audit and/or risk committees, focusing on the board’s objectives and the optimisation of committee performance.

8 CPD points

We’ll introduce committee requirements and formalities, while offering the opportunity to engage in interactive sessions with current audit and risk committee chairs. You will get an insight to real, first-hand experience specific to the audit and risk committee environment.

Course/workshop category: Focused short course

Duration: One day, 8.30 am – 5.00 pm

Content covered

  • Recent trends
  • Establishing an audit and/or risk committee
  • Roles, responsibilities and leading practices
  • Risk management policies
  • Risk appetite

Who should attend?
Directors with at least one year’s experience working on a board or senior executives with at least one year’s experience working with a board (for example as a CEO, CFO, or managing director). As a pre-requisite you should complete Finance Essentials or have an equal or greater level of experience in the area of finance.


Members: $920 incl GST
Non-members: $1,155 incl GST

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“The content is up-to-date and relevant. The opportunity to have group discussions enables attendees to learn from others’ successes and failures.” – testimonial from an Audit and Risk Committees attendee.

Our facilitators

Audit and Risk Committees facilitators include:

  • Souella Cumming CA, MInstD

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    Souella is a partner in KPMG's risk advisory services based in Wellington. She has over 25 years’ experience in providing risk management, internal audit and governance services to a range of public and private sector clients in New Zealand and overseas. She has been responsible for the development and delivery of KPMG’s internal audit services since 1990. Prior to her involvement in the provision of internal audit and assurance services Souella’s background included providing external audit services to clients in the finance, retail, service and manufacturing industries. More recently Souella has been involved in working with not-for-profit and, government and non-government organisations and has experience of assessing governance structures and working with board and audit committees to implement best practice. Souella chairs the Audit and Risk Committee of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, and the Audit and Risk Committee of the Order of St John in New Zealand. Souella is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants, and president of the Institute of Internal Auditors in New Zealand.

  • David Sutton MInstD

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    David is an Internal Audit Partner at KPMG Auckland. He was most recently chief audit executive (CAE) for Telecom NZ, a SEC registered company with approximately $NZ4b in revenues, leading the risk, internal audit, and compliance teams. David has been working as a CAE of listed entities for the past seven years. He has international Sarbanes-Oxley experience with Shell Corporation and Microsoft and 11 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers in New Zealand providing risk management, internal and external audit services to a wide range of clients. David is currently president of the Institute of Internal Auditors of New Zealand and was New Zealand Internal Auditor of the Year in 2011.