Richard Walker

Richard Walker

Head of Risk Advisory Services

Real Estate, Construction, Tourism, Hospitality and Leisure

Risk Advisory



Richard has over 20 years' experience in Internal Audit and Risk Management, Governance and SOX consulting. He spent eight years in both the Johannesburg and Dublin offices of another audit firm. In 2008, he joined Grant Thornton and became Head of Business Risk Services in 2013. He is a thought leader in internal audit and risk management and has had a number of articles published on these topics.

Richard has extensive experience in advising large, high growth and dynamic organisations on improvements in governance, risk management and combined assurance frameworks. He specialises in control environment evaluation, both design and effectiveness, and advises on the implementation/ consideration of strategy and operating models and the impact on the control environment. He has a broad range of clients working both in South Africa and internationally and plays an active role in helping his clients navigate the regulatory and risk management challenges facing businesses today. He is supported by over 100 internal audit professionals in providing internal audit and control advisory services to co-sourced and outsourced internal audit clients.

He works across multiple sectors covering financial services, property and construction, manufacturing, mining, tertiary education, and public sector including donor funding, UNESCO and European Union audits.


  • Certified Internal Auditor (CIA),
  • Certification in Control Self-Assessment (CCSA)


Richard is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), the Institute of Directors (IOD) and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)