Business Assurance Australia's principal consultant

Dr Richard Agnew is the managing director of Business Assurance Australia and has extensive experience and is well credentialed across an array of business and organisational services at the senior executive level.  He has over twenty-five years’ experience in professional advisory roles.  This experience includes wide-ranging expertise gained in Aurecon, Deloittes Touche Tohmatsu, PricewaterhouseCoopers running their Risk Management practices in Canberra respectively; the Australian Customs Service, from working within the Australian Intelligence Community, the Office of National Assessments, the Australian National University’s Strategic and Defence Studies Centre and officer and pilot training with the Royal Australian Air Force.

Richard’s primary specialities are in the area of risk management, corporate governance, strategic planning and organisational performance directed at the improvement of business and organisational efficiencies and outcomes.  A key strength to his approach is his ability to listen and quickly appreciate key issues whilst working with the client in delivering effective strategies and outcomes for the organisation.  Richard is approachable and engaging with client personnel at all levels and is a demonstrated executive leader with sound presentation skills.

Dr Agnew specialises in advising both private and public sector organisations in strategic planning, organisational design, risk and fraud management, business continuity and corporate governance issues.  He has undertaken or assisted in some of the largest risk management contracts at the Federal, State and local levels, undertaken the design, implementation and performance of many risk management frameworks, assessments and reviews.

Richard also has wide experience in Corporate Governance, Fraud risk assessments and control planning, Business Continuity planning and Evaluations in both public and private sector environments.

Besides being a practitioner, he has published widely, including co-author of Australia’s Defence Resources: A Compendium of Data, Pergammon Press, and author of Torres Strait in Australia’s Security: The Weak Link?, Australian Defence Studies Centre, Australian Defence Force Academy. SENTINEL, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, The Australian National University.  He assisted in the drafting of the Australian/New Zealand Standard on Risk Management (AS/NZS 4360: 1995, 1999 and 2004), and the Guidelines for Managing Risk in the Australian Public Service (MAB/MIAC Report No. 22, October 1996). Drafted the Australian Customs risk management contribution to the APEC, Kyoto Convention and World Customs harmonisation documentation, the Australian input to the revised COSO Enterprise Risk Management Framework, and the CLERP 9’s Principle 7: Recognise and manage risk.

Richard is the holder of over 20 current Australian gliding speed, distance and height records, and winner of many other Australian State and national titles.  He is also an alpine climber and has climbed throughout the world including summiting Mt Everest.

 Qualifications and Memberships
Ø    Doctorate of Public Administration (Public sector risk management) , University of Canberra
Ø    Master of Defence Studies, Australian Defence Force Academy, University of New South Wales      
Ø    Master of Public Administration (Organisational design/ risk management), University of Canberra                
Ø    Graduate Diploma in Administration, Canberra College of Advanced Education
Ø    Bachelor of Science (Forestry), Australian National University    
Ø    Diploma of Government (Fraud Control Prevention/Detection), PSP 5 05 99, KPS & Associates Pty Ltd/ Charles Sturt University
Ø    Diplôma de Performance Vol á Voile, Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (Diplôme No. 492)
Ø    Australian Certificate of Civil Aviation Medicine, Monash University

Ø    Certified Practising Risk Manager (Risk Management Institution of Australasian & Monash University)
Ø    Certified Risk Analyst (American Academy of Financial Management)

Ø    Adjunct Associate Professor - Risk Management, the Australia and New Zealand School of Government's (ANZSOG) Institute for Governance at the University of Canberra
Ø    Fellow of the Risk Management Institution of Australasian
Ø    Fellow of the American Academy of Financial Management        
Ø    Fellow of the Australian Risk Policy Institute

Ø    President of the Australian Risk Policy Institute
Ø    Board Member of the National Executive and the Canberra Chapter of the Risk Management Institution of Australasian
Ø    Member of the National Institute for Governance (foundation member)
Ø    Member of the Fraud Liaison Forum
Ø    Member and Board Member of the Canberra Branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society

Ø    Judge for the Commonwealth and ACT Governmental Annual Reports Award, the Institute of Public Administration Australia