Senior Auditor Professional



Els Heesakkers is senior auditor professional practices at the Internal Audit Department of CZ, a health insurance company located in the Netherlands. She is a Chartered Accountant with a 18 year background in internal auditing. She has a great interest in improving the quality and the added value of the Internal Audit Function (IAF) and to express the ever-increasing broader recognition of the profession. She is a member of the Taskforce IA AM, the Benchmarking Committee of IIA Netherlands and NBA LIO. She introduces the IA AM in the IIA starter training for CAEs new to their role. From October 2016 she lectures at Tilburg University in de Netherlands for Post Master Accountancy (PMA) where the model is part of the Internal Audit program.


 15:50 - 16:40 (04/10/2018)

 ROOM N101

(ROOM N101) C.S 3.1. Internal Audit ambition model: Be the game changer

In a globally connected world, there is a growing need for Internal Audit Functions (IAF) to deliver added value to their organisations. Stakeholders expect more from their IAFs. Therefore advocacy is critical to elevate the image, and it begins at home.

The Internal Audit Ambition Model (IA AM) was introduced at the IIA Netherlands Conference June 2016 as a self-assessment tool. In 2017 it has developed into a communication and benchmarking instrument. It also supports IAFs getting up to standard with the IPPF.

The IA AM can be applied from three angles:

1. For CAEs: Dare to express your ambitions and check if you comply with the IPPF standards. The IA AM supports to develop a clear road map to realize your ambitions and is an easy tool to compare your ambition and achievements with your peers.

2. For Board members: The IA AM supports the CAEs dialogue in a clear and simple way with the Audit Committee or the Supervisory Board by providing the relevant themes and topics.

3. For Professional bodies: Use the IA AM as a benchmark tool to get an insight of the current state and ambition levels of IAFs in your country. Our ambition is to extend the benchmark to a worldwide view.

Let’s take a next step in a broad professional dialogue amongst auditors by sharing experiences, insights and good practices. Be the game changer!







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