Successful organisations have effective risk management processes embedded at the heart of their operations

Why consider risk management?

Risk, if managed poorly, can have a disastrous impact on your organisation. With an ever-evolving risk landscape, it can be hard to keep up with the pace of change.

Organisations are under pressure to identify key risks and reassure stakeholders that risks are being managed within their risk appetite.

Do you understand the level of risk you are willing to tolerate to achieve your strategic objectives?

What value does risk management bring?

  • Improved strategic management
  • Effective governance
  • A focus on doing what matters to make a difference
  • Risk-intelligent decision making
  • Improved business planning and commercial awareness
  • Enhanced organisational performance
  • Assurance to stakeholders of continuous improvement
  • Improved operational management
  • Understanding (and being prepared for) incidents

Creating a risk-aware culture

Every organisation has a risk culture. The key to success is whether the culture actively supports or undermines efforts to achieve your objectives. As with any aspect of governance, effective risk management depends on the strength of the frameworks you put in place.

Our team are passionate about risk management and creating the structures and environments in which it can thrive. At Veritau we have a dedicated team of qualified professionals, offering expertise in assurance and extensive sector experience.

Connor Munro, Audit Manager

Connor Munro

Audit Manager

Connor has experience of internal audit within both the public and private sector, delivering complex and varied work. He is the audit lead for Scarborough Borough Council, Ryedale District Council and Richmondshire District Council and also leads on our risk management services. Connor is currently studying for a qualification in Internal Audit Leadership.

Neil Beasley, Senior Internal Auditor

Neil Beasley

Senior Internal Auditor

Neil is a Certified Internal Auditor with more than 15 years’ experience in internal audit. He has delivered a variety of assurance reviews across a range of service areas, including main financial systems and school audits. Neil is also a member of Veritau’s risk management group and holds the IRM's Certificate in Enterprise Risk Management.

Katie Barnard

Katie Barnard

Senior Internal Auditor

Katie is an experienced senior auditor who also holds the Institute of Risk Management Certificate. She has helped improve and modernise the risk management frameworks for a range of clients and is also involved with training sessions to raise awareness in risk management practice.

What success looks like

Building on the benefits that risk management can bring, we believe there are some key hallmarks of success. Working to these objectives helps you to deliver real value from risk management:

  • Ensure risk management is part of all decision-making processes
  • Manage risk in accordance with best practice and in response to changes in your internal and external environments
  • Integrate risk management into your day-to-day activities
  • Create and maintain effective processes
  • Raise awareness of the need for risk management across your organisation

By promoting the importance of risk management, you can build a strong risk-aware culture and embed it at the heart of your organisation.

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Case study

Running risk management workshops to inform strategy and understand risk appetite

We facilitated a number of risk workshops for a district council, using tools endorsed by the Institute of Risk Management. This included the ‘risk bowtie’ framework.

Read this case study

Risk is all about the impact on the achievement of objectives

Our approach is to work with you to make risk-intelligent decisions, reduce your risk exposure, and help you succeed.

We can offer an annual package or a one-off piece of work. We tailor services to fit you and have experience working with a variety of public sector organisations.

Veritau has over 500 clients across internal audit, counter fraud, and information governance, so you benefit from a holistic approach to managing risk.

Our work in supporting you with risk management could involve:

  • Reviewing current frameworks
  • Planning, designing and implementing risk management processes
  • Producing risk strategy, policy and guidance
  • Raising risk management awareness
  • Training, support and advice
  • Designing and facilitating risk workshops
  • Running risk drop-in sessions
  • Reviewing and challenging risk records
  • Auditing compliance – in collaboration with internal audit
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Understanding risk

Organisations are exposed to risk both internally and externally. Your risk portfolio spans all areas of the organisation.

Risk management shouldn’t just focus on one division or one area of risk. It should also include consideration of the extended enterprise.

Do you know the risks facing your suppliers? What about other businesses they deal with and the risks they face?

Understanding risk doesn’t have to be difficult. Sometimes it’s just about asking the right questions. It can seem daunting, but our approach is to work with you to ensure the process is understandable and accessible.

We provide an external perspective that helps drive positive change.

Get in touch

The true challenge is getting the value from risk management without significantly increasing your workload. Speak to one of our team and see how we can help.