Governance, Risk And Compliance Consultant

Sydney is a Governance, Risk and Compliance consultant with 16 years’ experience. He specializes in enhancing Corporate Governance practices in both private and public sector institutions.

He also assists organisation in the implementation, reviews, and enhancement of Enterprise Risk Management frameworks.

He also assists organisations by helping them undertake internal audit reviews and guiding their internal audit teams in developing their strategies, risk-based audit plans and audit work programmes, and supports them in the execution of the audit work programmes, including reporting to Management and Boards.

Sydney’s experience comprises active involvement in engagement teams in the delivery of the following services for different corporate clients and public sector entities across Africa:

  • Review of Strategic Plans
  • Corporate Governance
  • Enterprise Risk Management
  • Internal Audit
  • Revenue Assurance
  • Financial Statements Audit
  • Preparation of Consolidated Financial Statements
  • Treasury Management
  • Project Management
  • IFRS compliance
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Compliance with donor funding requirements
  • Procure to Pay and Inventory Management
  • Organisational Restructuring

Sydney holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and am a Certified Chartered Accountant (ACCA, UK). He is also a holder of a Diploma from the Institute for the Management of Information Systems (IMIS, UK). Sydney has been trained in various fields encompassing Corporate Governance, Enterprise Risk Management, Internal Audit, International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), Information Technology General Controls (ITGCs) and Systems Application Controls Review, Deferred Tax, Team Management, and Project Management.

Sydney has/ is undertaken/undertaking some significant assignment in Enterprise Risk Management, including at the Energy & Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA), the Kenya Development Corporation (KDC), and KCA University. He is also supporting the Internal Audit team at Thika Water & Sewerage Company Ltd., to implement and execute a risk-based internal audit plan.

Sydney has been the Head of Internal Audit, Risk and Investigations at Telkom Kenya Limited. His role entailed reporting functionally to the Board Audit & Risk Committee, and administratively to the CEO & Executive Director. He oversaw the Internal Audit & Investigations department, and I commenced the implementation of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) at Telkom.

Sydney has also been a Manager in PwC’s Risk Assurance Services for 5 years, providing Risk Assurance Services (Including Risk Management & Compliance) to clients across Africa. Sydney was at PwC for 11 years from PwC in a wide variety of Governance, Risk and Compliance related projects.

His skills cover reviews of clients in the telecommunications, agriculture, manufacturing, banking, insurance, and public sectors. He has reviewed and/or implemented Enterprise Risk Management frameworks for clients such as Rwanda Energy Group, Kenya Power & Lighting Company, Sony Sugar, Kenya Ports Authority, and PTA Bank [now Trade & Development Bank (TDB)].

Sydney has also trained the Board of Directors of Kenya Commercial Bank as well as the Board Audit & Risk Committee of Barclays Bank of Kenya on Corporate Governance best practices, especially considering the changes to the Companies Act of Kenya (2015). Sydney also reviewed the Corporate Governance Practices at Kenyatta University Teaching Research and Referral Hospital and developed their Board Charter in line with the “Mwongozo” Code of Governance for Government Owned Entities.

Sydney has also performed reviews for compliance with Donor Funding requirements for Plan International and Save the Children (US and Sweden) for their operations in various countries in Africa.