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Auditing Human Resources and People Risk

Course objective

People are regularly described as an organisation's greatest asset. They can also be the source of significant risk. Human capital, diversity and talent management ranked 2nd in the ECIIA’s Risk in Focus 2023’s risk ranking, up from fourth place in 2022. With 50% of CAEs citing it as a top five risk this year, compared to 40% last year.

We are seeing the great resignation and skills gaps and shortages in key professions and sectors. Employee engagement, talent management and upskilling are vital to the current and future success of all of our organisations. But how will are these done?


Energy and resources are invested in developing HRM strategies, processes and services yet staff survey results may not be improving, turnover increases and retention is challenging. This course will help you provide effective, professional insight and internal audit assurance over a range of key people risks, employee engagement and HRM.


Who should attend?

This course is designed to be relevant to internal auditors from every business sector and for delegates with varying levels of practical experience, from CAE to new joiner. It is of most relevance to those who are about to audit people risk, HRM activity or the HR function, or who need to know more about these activities.


Course description

This course covers the following areas:

  • People risk and its importance

  • A background to Human Resources (HR) and Human Resources Management (HRM)

  • The importance of effective HRM to all organisations, irrespective of sector

  • HRM purpose and objectives 

  • Modern and emerging HRM service and delivery

  • Alternate HR strategies available to organisations

  • Key HRM functional and service delivery risks and options for risk mitigation

  • Topical HR issues and People risks facing organisations

  • Common challenges and issues faced when auditing HR and HRM and how to overcome these.


The course includes facilitator input, topical examples, short practical discussions and exercises to reinforce the learning and build upon your existing knowledge.

CPE competency areas covered

  • Performance (Engagement planning)

  • Performance (Engagement outcomes)

  • Environment (Common business processes)


John Chesshire, CFIIA, QIAL, CIA, CRMA, CISA, has over 23 years' experience working in the internal audit, risk management, business improvement and governance fields. John is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute in the UK, is an Independent Internal Audit Committee Chair and has recently been Chief Assurance Officer for the States of Guernsey.

He has delivered many well-received courses to ten Institutes of Internal Auditors across the world and his other recent clients include FTSE listed companies, multinationals, central and local government, law enforcement, international charities, professional services companies, and international organisation such as NATO, the OECD and UN Agencies. He is a principal examiner for the Institute of Risk Management and has been a visiting lecturer in the Governance and Assurance Hub at Birmingham City University. He loves internal audit and particularly enjoys working in new and emerging areas of assurance interest.



John Chesshire


Day : 27/07/2023

09.00 - 16.00 (with 30min lunch break)

Deadline to register: 20/07/2023

CPE Credits : 6


Member 500 EUR 

Non-member 575 EUR






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