Internal Controls Design website by Matthew Leitch (tutor, researcher, author, & consultant)
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by Matthew Leitch 16th June 2010

You don't have to agree with me on everything to get value from this website or to become a client. Some agreement helps, but it isn't essential because I'm here to help you do what you want to do. With that caveat out of the way, what do I really think?

Favourite themes

To give you a first sense of what this website is based on, here are some of my favourite themes:

These are themes that often struggle for attention in the world of internal control and risk management, which is one reason this website is unique.

Winners and losers

This table should give you a sense of what comes out well on this website and what comes out badly.

Natural, logical methodsUnnatural, illogical methods
Clear thinking with mental, mathematical, or computer modelsRisk registers
Plain, self-explanatory terminologyPhrases that don't have clear meaning e.g. risk appetite, risk tolerance
Working in ever-improving ways that recognize and manage the limitations of our knowledgeSeparate management processes to consider and manage 'risks'
Making innovative changes to improve the way we work, sometimes inspired by considering uncertaintyHeavy reliance on detailed itemization of things that could go wrong and adding extra work to try to guarantee results
New discoveries, insights, and innovationsDreary repetition that just about holds position
More efficient controlsMore mandatory audits
Better design skills and more design effortEndless analysis in the hope that eventually someone will have a good idea about what to do
Exploration, innovation, and experimentationLoyalty to standards on principle
Specific behavioural and technical changesNon-specific cultural change programmes
Offering people more useful methodsTrying to convince people that methods are useful regardless of the truth
Thinking inspired by fundamental mathematical conceptsPseudo-quantitative mumbo jumbo

Some points that might surprise you

Finally, these are some of a number of interesting conclusions I have reached over the years that may surprise you.

© 2010 Matthew Leitch
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If you found any of these points relevant to you or your organisation please feel free to contact me to talk about them, pass links or extracts on to colleagues, or just let me know what you think. I can sometimes respond immediately, but usually respond within a few days. Contact details

Matthew Leitch - Author

About the author: Matthew Leitch is a tutor, researcher, author, and independent consultant who helps people to a better understanding and use of integral management of risk within core management activities, such as planning and design. He is also the author of the new website,, and has written two breakthrough books. Intelligent internal control and risk management is a powerful and original approach including 60 controls that most organizations should use more. A pocket guide to risk mathematics: Key concepts every auditor should know is the first to provide a strong conceptual understanding of mathematics to auditors who are not mathematicians, without the need to wade through mathematical symbols. Matthew is a Chartered Accountant with a degree in psychology whose past career includes software development, marketing, auditing, accounting, and consulting. He spent 7 years as a controls specialist with PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he pioneered new methods for designing internal control systems for large scale business and financial processes, through projects for internationally known clients. Today he is well known as an expert in uncertainty and how to deal with it, and an increasingly sought after tutor (i.e. one-to-one teacher). more

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