Paul Hicks

CIA, CMIIA, QIAL

Consulting Senior Manager, Senior Advisor - Global Internal Audit and Risk Management,

Subject Matter Expert in Risk Management & Internal Audit Advisory, and

Head of Europe Region Formation

Phone: +44 (0) 7713742078 / +1 (703) 674-5080, x112

Email: phicks@rka-worldwide.com

Cologne, Germany

C.V.

Paul Hicks (British citizen) is a consulting senior manager in RKA’s global Risk Management and Internal Audit practice, assigned to RKA’s international expansion project to Europe. Paul is a globally know SME on internal audit and risk management topics and related best practices. He resides in Germany.

With leadership presence and residing in the Washington, DC, Los Angeles, and New York metro areas; Miami; Houston; Austin; Atlanta; Columbus; Tampa; Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Quito, Ecuador; Bogota, Colombia; Mexico City; Brisbane, Australia; and Cologne, Germany, the firm principals are repeatedly sought-after in high stakes forensic, integrity services and special investigation, as well as risk, security/executive protection, litigation support, and compliance advisory services. They have worked for or served the world’s largest, most recognized, and respected companies. Together, RKA multi-lingual leaders some which are certified public accountants, accredited business valuators, certified internal auditors and certified fraud examiners, others certified in financial forensics, project management, audit leadership, government and information systems audit, and risk management, licensed attorneys, and personal protection specialists. We have decades of experience as former Fortune 30 senior executives, including CEOs and Board/Audit Committee members, Big4 accounting firm partners, external and internal auditors, compliance advisors, protection and intelligence community personnel, United States federal prosecutors, and state and federal American and foreign law enforcement and armed forces commissioned officers.

Paul is a chartered internal audit executive originally from Manchester, England and holds more than 20 years of experience across multiple business sectors in the United Kingdom and internationally throughout Europe, the United States, and China.  In 2013, Paul was relocated from London, England to Cologne, Germany to serve as the European leader of internal audit at the global headquarters in Luxembourg of the $4 billion International Automotive Components Group S.A. In 2016, Paul achieved the coveted IIA Qualification in Internal Audit Leadership ‘QIAL’ which demonstrates he can lead an internal audit activity at the executive board level and deliver added value through consulting upon good corporate governance, enterprise risk management, and the internal control environment.

He has delivered innovative enterprise risk-based internal audits since entering the profession in 2005.  Paul has been engaged in global businesses to establish and build internal audit functions from scratch in alignment with the IIA’s leading methodologies and help embed enterprise-wide risk management frameworks such as ‘COSO ERM’.  His professional consulting, assurance and advisory activities ultimately lead to greater organizational confidence to take opportunities for growth, innovation, and to better achieve corporate objectives. Paul holds industry experience within automotive, pharmaceutical, semiconductor, advanced manufacturing, real estate and construction, engineering, information technology, health, legal, human resources, central government, and financial services, in the London market; and investor services.

Paul ensures he supports senior management and the governing body by providing timely insight and foresight into emerging risks to help embed  ‘risk-enabled’ cultures.  As the other leaders of RKA, Paul is forward deployed in the field and at an engagement level he ensures that internal audit deliverables focus upon successful outcomes to help his clients achieve their enterprise objectives.  Paul has a strong knowledge of the IIA’s ‘International Professional Practices Framework (IPPF) for internal audit and has contributed  to both ‘QAIP’ and ‘EQA’ processes to help enable IIA conformance.

Paul’s core competencies align into two key deliverables – risk-based assurance and advisory; and consulting upon enterprise risk management.

Internal Audit Leadership – Assurance and Advisory

Providing assurance and advisory services on all matters relating to governance, risk, and control.  Supporting the development of risk awareness in all aspects of organizational activity and enhancing the measures used to control risk.  Interpreting and applying professional standards and other best practices to governance, risk, and control.  Evaluating corporate and business strategy, assuring that it successfully exploits opportunities to create current and future value for all stakeholders.  Providing advisory services to senior managers and the board that facilitate an organization’s ability to achieve its strategic objectives.

Enterprise Risk Management – Consulting

Providing consulting services on all matters relating to establishing and embedding enterprise risk management frameworks.  Facilitating the identification and evaluation of risks.  Coaching management in responding to risks.  Coordinating ERM activities.  Consolidated reporting on risks.  Maintaining and developing ERM frameworks such as COSO.  Developing risk management strategies for board approval.  Reviewing the management of key risks.  Evaluating the reporting of key risks.  Evaluating ERM processes to ensure they deliver value to stakeholders and that strategic objectives will be achieved.

C.V.

Paul Hicks is a consulting senior manager in RKA’s global Risk Management and Internal Audit practice, assigned to RKA’s international expansion project to Europe.

With leadership presence and residing in the Washington, DC, Los Angeles, and New York metro areas; Miami; Houston; Austin; Atlanta; Columbus; Tampa; Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Quito, Ecuador; Bogota, Colombia; Mexico City; Brisbane, Australia; and Cologne, Germany, the firm principals are repeatedly sought-after in high stakes forensic, integrity services and special investigation, as well as risk, security/executive protection, litigation support, and compliance advisory services. They have worked for or served the world’s largest, most recognized, and respected companies. Together, RKA multi-lingual leaders some which are certified public accountants, accredited business valuators, certified internal auditors and certified fraud examiners, others certified in financial forensics, project management, audit leadership, government and information systems audit, and risk management, licensed attorneys, and personal protection specialists. We have decades of experience as former Fortune 30 senior executives, including CEOs and Board/Audit Committee members, Big4 accounting firm partners, external and internal auditors, compliance advisors, protection and intelligence community personnel, United States federal prosecutors, and state and federal American and foreign law enforcement and armed forces commissioned officers.

Paul is a chartered internal audit executive originally from Manchester, England and holds more than 20 years of experience across multiple business sectors in the United Kingdom and internationally throughout Europe, the United States, and China.  In 2013, Paul was relocated from London, England to Cologne, Germany to serve as the European leader of internal audit at the global headquarters in Luxembourg of the $4 billion International Automotive Components Group S.A. In 2016, Paul achieved the coveted IIA Qualification in Internal Audit Leadership ‘QIAL’ which demonstrates he can lead an internal audit activity at the executive board level and deliver added value through consulting upon good corporate governance, enterprise risk management, and the internal control environment.

He has delivered innovative enterprise risk-based internal audits since entering the profession in 2005.  Paul has been engaged in global businesses to establish and build internal audit functions from scratch in alignment with the IIA’s leading methodologies and help embed enterprise-wide risk management frameworks such as ‘COSO ERM’.  His professional consulting, assurance and advisory activities ultimately lead to greater organizational confidence to take opportunities for growth, innovation, and to better achieve corporate objectives. Paul holds industry experience within automotive, pharmaceutical, semiconductor, advanced manufacturing, real estate and construction, engineering, information technology, health, legal, human resources, central government, and financial services, in the London market; and investor services.

Paul ensures he supports senior management and the governing body by providing timely insight and foresight into emerging risks to help embed  ‘risk-enabled’ cultures.  As the other leaders of RKA, Paul is forward deployed in the field  and at an engagement level he ensures that internal audit deliverables focus upon successful outcomes to help his clients achieve their enterprise objectives.  Paul has a strong knowledge of the IIA’s ‘International Professional Practices Framework (IPPF) for internal audit and has contributed  to both ‘QAIP’ and ‘EQA’ processes to help enable IIA conformance.

Paul’s core competencies align into two key deliverables – risk-based assurance and advisory; and consulting upon enterprise risk management.

Internal Audit Leadership – Assurance and Advisory

Providing assurance and advisory services on all matters relating to governance, risk, and control.  Supporting the development of risk awareness in all aspects of organizational activity and enhancing the measures used to control risk.  Interpreting and applying professional standards and other best practices to governance, risk, and control.  Evaluating corporate and business strategy, assuring that it successfully exploits opportunities to create current and future value for all stakeholders.  Providing advisory services to senior managers and the board that facilitate an organization’s ability to achieve its strategic objectives.

Enterprise Risk Management – Consulting

Providing consulting services on all matters relating to establishing and embedding enterprise risk management frameworks.  Facilitating the identification and evaluation of risks.  Coaching management in responding to risks.  Coordinating ERM activities.  Consolidated reporting on risks.  Maintaining and developing ERM frameworks such as COSO.  Developing risk management strategies for board approval.  Reviewing the management of key risks.  Evaluating the reporting of key risks.  Evaluating ERM processes to ensure they deliver value to stakeholders and that strategic objectives will be achieved.

QUALIFICATIONS and CERTIFICATIONS
  • Global Institute of Internal Auditors – IIA Qualification in Internal Audit Leadership ‘QIAL’ in October 2016.
  • Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors – IIA Advanced Diploma in Internal Auditing and Management ‘CMIIA’ in August 2011.
  • Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors – IIA Diploma in Internal Audit Practice that is now known globally as the Certified Internal Auditor ‘CIA’ in February 2008
EDUCATION
  • Post-graduate Diploma in Town Planning (with Merit), Department of Town Planning, The University of Sheffield, United Kingdom.  September 1999 – July 2000
  • B.A. (Hons) 2:1 Degree in Urban Studies and Planning, Department of Town Planning, The University of Sheffield, United Kingdom.  September 1996 – July 1999
SELECTED PRIOR POSITIONS
  • ERNST AND YOUNG GMBH  – GERMANY, SWITZERLAND,  and AUSTRIA (7/2017 – 12/2017):
    Internal Audit of the Future, GSA Risk Advisory, Cologne, Germany.
    Referred into the Risk Advisory practice by the Partner responsible for ‘Internal Audit of the Future’ and initially performed a series of client engagements, as part of wider consulting teams, within the EY management hierarchy, across Europe and also with U.S. colleagues.
  • INTERNATIONAL AUTOMOTIVE COMPONENTS GROUP S.A.
    (7/2013 – 6/2016): Manager of Internal Audit – Europe, Luxembourg.
    IAC is a global tier-one automotive supplier operating in 22 countries responsible for the design, manufacture and assembly of interior products such as instrument panels, centre consoles, overhead systems, acoustic solutions and various luxury soft trim finishes. The global corporate HQ is in Luxembourg with a North American HQ in Detroit, Michigan and a European HQ in Düsseldorf, Germany.
  • CAPITA PLC (2/2003 – 6/2013): Group Senior Internal Auditor, Group Risk and Internal Audit, London, United Kingdom.
    10 years delivering consulting, assurance, and advisory activities within a multidisciplinary FTSE 100 enterprise from the central London HQ with complex and high-profile internal and external third-party relationships working across 80 business units in 10 market sectors; including FS-regulated businesses. There were 2 FS-regulated (Insurance and Benefits, Investor and Banking) and 8 non-FS regulated divisions (Integrated, Community, Health, Property, Workplace, Information Technology, Customer, and Justice).
  • AURORA CORPORATE SERVICES LIMITED (9/2001 – 2/2003): Consultant, Client Solutions, ‘IICL in Provisional Liquidation’, London, United Kingdom – acquired by Capita plc in February 2003.
  • INDEPENDENT INSURANCE COMPANY LIMITED (9/2000 – 9/2001) Professional Trainee, Graduate Scheme, London, United Kingdom

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