His consultancy work includes advising individuals, organisations and governments on developing the internal audit function, analysing training needs, introducing standards, improving audit practices, and working with managers to help establish appropriate frameworks of risk management and control.
Keith is a qualified accountant and is recognised as both a leading authority on audit matters and a skilled and enthusiastic trainer, working to the highest standards of quality and professionalism. Over the years he has guided hundreds of auditors, accountants and managers at all levels, counselled scores of students, organised countless courses, seminars and conferences ranging from local to international events, pioneered audit thinking, worked closely with various professional bodies in developing the audit function, helped introduce best audit practice in numerous organisations – and inspired many with the joys, opportunities and value of auditing.
Author of several publications, he has presented numerous papers and conducted extensive research. Way back in the seventies and eighties he was instrumental in the development of the risk-based systems approach to internal audit and has encouraged many to extend the scope and boundaries of audit work beyond the traditional and mundane. He is co-author of the definitive text “Control Self-Assessment”, first published by Wiley in April 1999.
His international experience is considerable. Worldwide, Keith has worked with many professional, academic, government, industry and other bodies in drafting audit standards, preparing guidance and seeking to enhance the discipline and practice of internal audit. In recent years he has undertaken assignments in Africa, the Caribbean, the Gulf region, India, China and South East Asia, as well as nearer home in UK, Ireland and most other parts of Western, Central and Eastern Europe.
Keith works closely with international bodies, other training providers and consultancies in developing and delivering seminars and courses; partners include UK Crown Agents, IIA chapters and local companies around the world.
He has strong links with the professional bodies. Before founding CATS he was Secretary of CIPFA's Audit Panel, and he devised CIPFA's original audit qualification schemes. He has been closely involved with the IIA in many capacities: in 1996 he was elected a Fellow of the UK and Ireland Institute in recognition of his contribution to the internal audit profession. In 2006 he became a Member of the Institute of Risk Management.
Running a risk management workshop for Dubai International Airport
Designing, overseeing and assisting in the delivery of training of 2000 government auditors in Poland
Helping to establish
a government internal audit service and providing associated training
in various other European countries, including Latvia, Czech Republic,
Croatia, Romania and Gibraltar