Sean van der Merwe (CIA)

Sean was an Associate Director at Deloitte from 2008 to 2020 and is a seasoned Certified Internal Auditor with approximately 30 years’ experience in the internal auditing environment, almost 25 of those being in a senior managerial or leadership role. He also holds the following certifications through the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA):

  • Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA)
  • Certification in Control-Self Assessment (CCSA)
  • Certified Quality Assurance Reviewer

He has a sound knowledge of internal audit, enterprise risk management, corporate governance, ethics and fraud risk management; having trained and consulted extensively on these and related matters. As a Certified Internal Auditor, Sean has an extensive knowledge of the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing (“SPPIA”) and the Code of Ethics promulgated by the Institute of Internal Auditors. This is demonstrated further by virtue of the fact that he is a qualified Quality Assurance Reviewer (certified by the IIA) which enables him to perform external assessments of internal audit functions.

Sean has extensive experience in delivering co-sourced and outsourced internal audits as well as a range of other advisory and consulting services to a diverse range of clients in several industries and in both private and public sectors.  Sean has deep skills and expertise in internal audit strategic and operational planning and delivery and the development and implementation of annual risk-based Internal Audit Plans on a co-sourced or outsourced basis.  This includes the use of data analytics and web-based control self-assessment tools.  In this role he has also developed co-ordinated combined assurance model and frameworks.

Sean has a sound knowledge of enterprise risk management and corporate governance, and has performed reviews of several clients adherence to the King Report on Corporate Governance and also regularly performs Board and Board sub-committee performance reviews.

Sean has a passion for facilitating training and for coaching and developing others as well as for serving clients and developing strong relationships as a trusted advisor. Whilst at Deloitte, Sean was appointed the Dean of the Risk Advisory Academy which was created to develop a structured curriculum to allow graduates to pursue the CIA certification as part of a structured curriculum.  Sean was also invited on a regular basis to deliver training at the Deloitte University in Brussels to the firm’s Senior Managers and Managers from Europe Middle East and Africa.

Sean is married to Denise and they have a son and a daughter. Sean has always been an avid sportsman and currently focuses mostly on his love for mountain-biking