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Mark Harrison

Managing Director

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Mark is a Managing Director with overall responsibility for Protiviti’s audit and advisory services in NSW and the ACT, and government operations in Australia. Mark has over 25 years’ experience in providing a range of internal audit, financial and business consulting, corporate governance and assurance services to both public and private sector organisations and is President of the Institute of Internal Auditors - Australia.
 
A leading governance, risk, compliance and audit consultant in Australia, Mark specialises in internal audit, governance advisory, compliance advisory, financial management and risk management. Mark has held senior leadership roles for more than 15 years, emphasising his exemplary client service skills and ability.
 
Mark has worked in consulting, auditing and financial management roles in North America, the United Kingdom and Europe. Mark’s experience has previously included senior financial management roles (CFO and Financial Controller) in a variety of public and private organisations.

MAJOR PROJECTS

  • As a provider of Internal Audit services in a Government context, Mark has extensive experience in working with Audit Committees, including in providing advice on how to improve Audit Committee operations. A key component of the role is ensuring Audit Committees receive the information they require, identifying risk trends and providing information and advice to support a response, and providing reports to assist Audit Committees and Audit Committee members. This has provided deep understanding of the requirements of Audit Committees and Audit Committee members, an understanding of what makes a good Audit Committee successful, and a deep understanding of the governance and risk management arrangements essential to the effective functioning of a Government organisation. Examples of the organisations for whom such services have been or are being provided include:
     
    • Commonwealth: Department of Finance, Department of Communications, Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Department of Health, Australian National Audit Office, Australian Communications and Media Authority, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, AusAID, Civil Aviation Safety Authority, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Department of Human Services, Australian Taxation Office, Department of the Environment, Sydney Harbour Federation Trust.
    • State/Territory: ACT Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate, ACT Health Directorate, ACT Territory and Municipal Services Directorate, ACT Territory Venues and Events, ACTEW, ACT Education and Training Directorate, ACT Community Services Directorate, Land Development Authority, NSW Department of Education and Communities, WA Department of Agriculture and Food, WA Disability Services Commission, Water Corporation, Edith Cowan University, Brisbane Metro North Heath Service.
  • Attorney-General’s Department – Mark conducted a strategic review of the structure and operation of the Finance function in 2009, resulting in a range of structural and operational changes.
  • Australian Competition & Consumer Commission – Mark conducted a full review of the budget estimates for the ACCC, with reference to the processes and outputs of the agency, with a view to supporting a submission to ERC for additional funds (which was successful).
  • Good Beginning Australia – providing strategic planning assistance including change management experience.
  • Australian Communications and Media Authority – providing strategic planning support for this newly established organisation that was an amalgamation of the former Australian Communications Authority and Australian Broadcasting Authority.
  • Australian Securities and Investments Commission – support in the transition from CAC Act to FMA Act, including support in change in procurement practices.
  • Australian Securities and Investments Commission – established the risk management arrangements for ASIC at a time of high risk for the agency (global financial crisis) and then served as adviser and support for the Chief Risk Officer for four years. This included assistance in establishment of risk-based regulatory models.
  • Seven Network – supporting the organisation in the implementation of ASX Governance Principles 4 and 7 (amongst other requirements being to have a risk management framework.
  • ACT Education and Training Directorate – Comprehensive review of governance.
  • NSW Department of Education and Training – Reviews of the assurance and risk function, and a review of implementation of the Building the Education Revolution program.
  • ACT Health – conducted a comprehensive review of the risk management arrangements in 2008 and has been the dedicated risk adviser and support function for the Chief Risk Officer since that time.
  • Griffith University – advice in the establishment of the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Foundation.
  • Canberra Institute of Technology – conduct of a range of reviews reporting to the Audit Committee.
  • AusAID – conducted a comprehensive review of governance and structures, reporting to the Chief Executive Officer.
  • Department of Health – provided advice to the Minister for Health on selection of Board members for a newly created statutory body. This involved advice and assistance on establishment of a skills matrix and identification and selection of Board members.
  • Australian Maritime Safety Authority - conducted a comprehensive review of governance and structures, reporting to the Chief Executive Officer.
  • ACT Education and Training Directorate – at the request of the Minister, conducted a review of the governance of a particular complex education and sporting institution in the ACT with a view to identifying governance solutions and operational solutions to major operating problems.
  • Australian Taxation Office – following a review of security governance at ATO, we are now implementing a range of improvements to the security management arrangements at ATO, including the development of a new security strategy.
  • Department of Human Services – served as programme referred for the MTS program of work being delivered jointly between the Department and Telstra.
  • Department of Health – served as strategic adviser to the Department and the Minister for Health in the establishment of the 6th Community Pharmacy Agreement (an $18b agreement between the Commonwealth and the pharmacy sector).

Education

  • Bachelor of Business
  • Chartered Accountant
  • Certified Internal Auditor
  • Certified Risk Management Assurer

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • Member, IIA (President)
  • Member of the IIA International Global Professional Development Committee
  • Member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
  • Member of Institute of Public Administration in Australia
  • Member of Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Member of Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply Australia

 

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