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Internal Audit & Risk Assurance

Can you demonstrate your business has the right controls and safeguards in place in case something goes wrong?

It’s becoming an important aspect of doing business in both the public and private sector, and we find more and more businesses investing in internal audits.

Whether you are looking to outsource your internal audit function completely or need to build on the skills of your current internal auditors, our specialist team can help. We start by assessing your audit needs, taking into account the nature, size and complexity of your business. From there, we tailor our services and develop a strategy to suit your needs. We won’t abandon you once it’s up and running; we will continually assess, monitor and benchmark against other best practice approaches and suggest ongoing improvements.

Our internal audit services are extended around the world through our membership of the Baker Tilly International network.

A strong risk and governance approach is critical in a changing economic climate

It’s not just sound business practice: businesses that can demonstrate appropriate and efficient internal controls are a more attractive investment proposition, can obtain cheaper bank funding and are less likely to fail.

To remain competitive, businesses must evolve and take on new processes and systems which could open them up to more commercial and regulatory risk. Identifying these risks in your business model could mean the difference between success and failure in the long term.

Our risk specialists can help advise and guide you through this essential service:

  • We review and suggest improvements to your internal controls.
  • We identify weaknesses in your current business processes.
  • We examine and assess the effectiveness of your current corporate governance procedures.
  • We identify improvements to your risk management policies.
  • We provide internal audit advice.
  • We ensure you comply with Sarbanes-Oxley and other necessary regulations.

Get in touch to discuss how our risk specialists can improve your governance approach.

Meet the team

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Chris Harris

Partner

Chris graduated from the London School of Economics and trained as an accountant with the NHS. He spent three years in Cairo as the volunteer finance director of a media organisation. Since returning to the UK in 1995 he has specialised in the charity sector, working for the Shaftesbury Society, Action for Blind People and CIPFA.

He has over twenty five years’ experience in not-for-profit and public services including ten at Director level. His primary achievements have been through implementing strategic change, providing coherence and balance to senior teams, and ensuring that resources are applied appropriately to the objectives of the organisation. He has a masters degree in charity finance and a strong interest in professional development, founding the CIPFA Charity Panel and the CIPFA Certificate in Charity Finance at London South Bank University.

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Rakesh Shaunak

Partner and Group Chairman

Rakesh is currently Group Chairman as well as Chairman of the City Office. Rakesh qualified as a Chartered Accountant with a top five firm, gaining experience of large corporate audits and qualifying as a Member of the Institute of Taxation. He devotes much of his time to business advisory work and has a large portfolio of commercial clients. He is also the Managing Partner of the firm's education unit acting for a substantial number of colleges, academies, free schools, and other schools and education bodies.

He acts for a number of Leisure and Hospitality providers and understands the challenges facing the sector. Rakesh is keen to follow the ever changing landscape of Leisure and Hospitality in order to anticipate the needs of his clients.

He believes that people accept inefficiency and complacency far too easily and everyone should be encouraged to test their boundaries.

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Carl Cleaver

Audit Manager

Carl was previously with the Kent based practice of a top 15 firm of accountants for a number of years, before joining MHA MacIntyre Hudson in December 2018 upon the merger of that practice.

He joined the firm as Audit Manager and has vast experience in accounting, corporate reporting, and audit and assurance services across a wide range of sectors. Carl has a keen interest in understanding his client’s systems and processes and seeking to suggest positive improvements that help to improve efficiency, whilst focussing on their profitability at every step of the way.

He has a family which includes three young boys and in his spare time can usually be found on the golf course.

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What they say about us

With MHA MacIntyre Hudson’s support, our business has been successfully since we started three years ago. Simon Burke - Dalbergia Group

What they say about us

SilverLining UK very highly recommends MHA MacIntyre Hudson for all your company’s financial accounting needs.Our corporation has worked with MHA MacIntyre Hudson for the last 4 years. They are truly the best at what they do.They continually provide timely and excellent service and go ‘above and beyond' for their client. Their knowledge, communication skills and professional qualifications are of the highest quality and standards. SilverLining UK - Construction Sector