The first 90 days for the new Chief Audit Executive / Chief Risk Officer

Todd helped me to develop my 90-day plan and supported me in my first 12 months.

With this help I avoided a lot of dead ends, shaved 6 months off implementation, made the right first impressions and saved a lot of money along the way.”

Chief Auditor, ASX 20 company (first role as a CAE, now an experienced respected serial-CAE)

The modern chief risk / assurance officer

Today’s Chief Risk Officers and Heads of Internal Audit must be able to hold their own with their board and senior executive team.

They must be able to partner with the CEO and CFO while also holding them to account, while also building bridges that will be necessary for securing mandate, and provide a platform to fall back on when things get challenging down the line.

Most of all, they must be completely across their brief.

The first 90 days

During your first 90 days as a new Chief Audit Executive there will be many moments of truth for your function’s brand and for you personally.

It is a time to be firm in conviction and in purpose, while also building consensus.

The first 90 days often makes the difference between a new leader being successful or not.

Having a process and guide in place to support a new leader often makes all the difference in those first 90 days.

What we do

We work with emerging and experienced leaders in the 90 days before and the 90 days after taking on a new Chief Auditor, Chief Risk Officer or Audit/Risk Committee role.

With programs starting at A$1,950* we work alongside you in 90 cycles to help you get the focus, clarity and impact you need to succeed in these demanding roles. During this process, we help you to get clear on your baseline, mandate and direction while drawing on our extensive playbook of tried and true leadership tools and methods.

From there we are available for additional coaching or implementation support at a price point and level of involvement that suits you.

Our experience

Todd Davies & Associates was established in 2007 to support Chief Auditors and Chief Risk Officers to lead effectively. While we’ve broadened in the last 10+ years, this remains our underlying anchor, ethos and reason for being.

Todd Davies has been rated in the top 10 thought leaders in risk and assurance globally for three years running and is driven by finding the best thinking and applying this in a practical engaging way.

As an Audit and Risk Committee chair, former Chief Auditor and coach and mentor to some of the region’s most progressive Chief Auditors, he knows the challenges of these roles and the importance of getting them right.

Drawing on our local and international experience at the top end of the market, we have worked with and supported many of the region’s most experienced and successful chief audit and risk officers.

We have particular expertise in supporting emerging female leaders and have successfully supported some of the most successful women in Australia in these roles to achieve success and career breakthroughs.

The first 90 days white paper

Now in its second edition, this 17-page document is full of advice from interview prep right through various 90-day cycles and three-year plans. It covers:

  • The Modern Chief Assurance Officer
  • Tips on role fit and mandate shaping during the recruitment process
  • Different strategies for different profiles of new CAEs
  • Key thinking in the first 30, 90 days, and 90 days prior to an appointment
  • Why the second and third trimesters are so critical and what to be thinking about
  • Thoughts about vision, scorecard, capabilities, roadmaps and stakeholders
  • Strategies and ways we can help

Get started

To get started request a copy of our free white paper below. We’ll normally check your application and respond within 48 hours.

From there we’ll send you a series of short-sharp reminder emails at key milestones to keep you on track together with offers to assist and invite a small number of people to work with us through a structured support program.

We’ll also add you to our critically acclaimed quarterly bulletin – The Davies Report which shares some of the things we’re seeing and provocations to lead effectively.

These are currently all free of charge.

Our ask

These resources take focus and time to produce and are all free of charge. But there is an ask in return. It is this.

Have a good look through them to get to know us better and think about whether we can help you. And if we can, let us know.

That’s it. If that’s right for you fill out the form below and we’ll get these resources across to you.

And if you need support, or just would like to get to know us first, please feel free to book a time via the website.

We look forward to supporting you in this most important of roles.

Best of luck in this most important role.

Todd Davies