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September 2019 Quarterly Seminar

13 September 2019

9.30 am - 1.30 pm

Quarterly seminar focusing on current issues in the world of Internal Audit

Confirmed speakers and the topics they will cover are:

  • Matt Cox - Partner & Richard Fraser - Manager - Deloitte
    • Hot Topics for 2020

An overview of the hot topics for insurance internal audit in 2020, focusing as in previous years on new areas relevant to Internal Audit, recognising that regulatory, technological and social landscapes continue to evolve as does the role of internal audit in providing assurance and insight. IA teams need to be prepared to respond to a continually changing environment – developing the auditors and Internal Audit functions of the future.

  • Esther Stanhope - The Impact Guru
    • How to network when you hate small talk

Do you struggle with networking events and feel ‘fake’ when you have to ‘make small talk’? Don’t worry you are not alone.

In Esther’s masterclass you’ll learn how to work a room and break into conversations with people you’ve never met. You’ll also pick up tips on how to ‘sell’ yourself without feeling salesy, ‘work the room’ and feel more confident at conference-coffee time.

Think of it as the ‘science-bit’ behind successful networking.  No more over-the-shoulder-lookers, more creating meaningful business relationships without the awkwardness.

  • Andrew Pepper-Parsons - Head of Policy - Protect
    • Whistleblowing

A review of the key elements that make up effective whistleblowing arrangements, these will be referenced by 360 whistleblowing benchmarking looking at the three key areas of governance and leadership, staff engagement and operations.

  • David Alexander - Daart Solutions
    • Assurance Mapping- the Goldilocks moment

Assurance mapping is often mentioned as good practice by the Chartered IIA, the ICAEW and the professional firms but is still rare outside larger internal audit teams. David will outline how recent events, combined with experience from a series of EQA reviews, is putting assurance mapping back on the IA agenda for 2020. 

Registration will be from 9.30 am and the Seminar will open with the Chairman’s address at 9.50 am. The morning will conclude with an open panel discussion session and will be followed by a buffet lunch.



2 New Street Square

Greater London


The presentations for this event are available to download for IIAG members only.

Hot topics and planning priorities for 2020

Matt Cox
Richard Fraser

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Speakers Profiles

David Alexander

Daart Solutions



David has a wealth of experience in financial services internal audit from his time with HSBC, NatWest, Benfield and Catlin. He now acts as a consultant, trainer and mentor for HIAs and Audit Committees through his own company Daart Solutions. He regularly carries out External Quality Assessments for internal audit teams, as well as providing advice and guidance through QA reviews and sharing good practice ideas. 

Matt Cox

Partner Internal Audit

Deloitte LLP



Matt leads Deloitte's insurance internal audit and controls advisory team in the UK. Matt has 16 years of experience working with internal audit functions at insurers and other financial service organisations and has performed senior internal audit roles at a number of large insurers.

Richard Fraser

Insurance Internal Audit team




A Manager in Deloitte’s Insurance Internal Audit team, Richard has over five years’ experience on a range of internal and external audit clients. He manages the internal audit co-source engagements for four Lloyd’s of London Managing Agents and one Life Insurer.

Andrew Pepper Parsons

Head of Policy





Andy oversees Protect’s lobbying and research, as well as being a senior advisor on the advice line, handling more complex cases.  He qualified with an LLB Law from Solent university, and has an MSc in Government, Policy and Politics from Birkbeck College.  Andy has been at Protect since 2007

Esther Stanhope

The Impact Guru



Once a terrified public speaker herself, Esther is now a professional keynote speaker, award winning author of the book Goodbye Glossophobia- Banish your fear of public speaking, and a former BBC Producer who helps leaders and professionals all over the world to speak with more presence & impact.  She’s worked with prime ministers & clients from Deloitte, Barclays and the British Army to nail their speeches, win pitches and overcome panel nerves.

She’s published several eBooks and audiobooks with Bookboon and has her own podcast series ‘Virtually Confident’ featuring many expert women in finance and leadership including Vanessa Vallely OBE and psychotherapist (former TV personality) Melinda Messenger.

She’s also the founder of the 80% Perfect Club – an online confidence coaching lifesaver for professionals who don’t have access to a one to one coach!