Internal Controls Design
consulting and research for internal control with risk management
So what do I do? There are two main ways that I can help. One is with good ideas and the other is by doing very hard mental work. If you have something related to risk, control, or management information that needs to be done and that task is exhaustingly tough mental work that's hard to do in a typical office environment then talk to me. That task probably involves a lot of precise writing, spreadsheet making, detailed analysis, research, number crunching, testing, or checking, but it may be unclear even how to start. You could do it yourself or delegate it to a colleague. If neither of those options is attractive then talk to me. My skills, personality, and working environment (i.e. at home with few distractions) make me perfectly suited to hard mental work. I like it.
People often make contact with me because they have one or more good ideas for how I could help them and their organization and they want to check out their options. Sometimes those ideas come to fruition and sometimes not. It's great that this happens and I'm always happy to hear from people with ideas.
My clients can be located in any country of the world, but I almost never leave the UK to provide those services. This is possible because design work is typically of electronic documents and software that can be discussed and delivered by phone, email, Skype, etc. I and my clients are happy with this and it saves a vast amount of time and expense.
Here are some examples of things I've done, illustrating some of the reasons people get me involved:
Mainly for design wizardry and technical problem solving
The most common reason for engaging me is because some design wizardry or technical problem solving is required. For example:
Mainly for ideas and energy
Most clients looking for an input of ideas have some kind of educational event in mind, but occasionally it's more of a consulting exercise. For example:
Partly also for guidance and backup
So far nobody has turned to me primarily for general guidance in a difficult period or for credible backup when dealing with difficult people, such as external auditors or bankers. However, it is something that has happened alongside the more important input of technical wizardry, and has been valuable. For example:
There are also some services that I am developing because I think they could be valuable to a lot of organisations, would grow in power from experience, and could be provided in a very economical way.
A meeting costs nothing and is sure to be interesting. My fees reflect your circumstances.
Please make contact by e-mail or by telephone on +44 1372 815 856. I work from home in Epsom, near London, UK.
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I've started collecting quotable comments from people who know my work. It's encouraging.
"Matthew proved a good choice of consultant when I inherited a mountain of accumulated system and data problems. He was easy to talk to, supportive, gave good advice, and his technical input was excellent. Specifically, he had good suggestions for clean-up projects to tackle problems that had been building up for years. His designs for control spreadsheets were clearly created with the user in mind as well as being technically sophisticated and this greatly accelerated our progress. Our external auditors were hugely impressed by the transformation we achieved. His technical knowledge raised the bar for my team, which was also helpful. Overall, I'm very glad I contacted Matthew and recommend him highly."
Darren Cran, Group Finance Manager, DMG Group
"* Good ideas.
Lesley-Anne Downie, Senior Analyst, Audit & Risk Management, UK (commenting on the public course on efficient compliance with SOX 404)
"It is a great web site you have created. I found it the most practical one I have ever seen."
Terekhov Andrey, Head of Internal Audit, JSC Perekrestok, Moscow
"Matthew is an impressive and innovative speaker whose thought provoking ideas and delivery style make him easily one of the best speakers I have ever heard. If you want to have someone stimulate your 'outside of the box' thinking then this is your man!"
Nicki Dennis, Head of Risk Market Development, BSI
"Extensively prepared, excellently facilitated, and stimulating day among leading risk management theorists and practitioners"
Mike Bartlett, Group Risk Manager, Lend Lease
"Your presentation titled 'Risk management with impact' was truly outstanding and contributed significantly to the overall success of the Symposium. You provided the Army's Internal Review community with a wealth of valuable information they will use for years to come."
John J Argodale, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Financial Operations)