Our People

Biography

Based in our Perth office, Dan Hutchens is a Director of the Risk Advisory division, specialising in providing internal audit and assurance services for both the public and private sectors.

Dan is passionate about designing customised governance, risk, ESG, and internal audit solutions that take into account each organisation’s unique context.

“I'm motivated by the challenges of modern business and the sheer diversity of my clients and colleagues. I value their diverse thoughts and personalities.”

Having delivered numerous co-sourced and outsourced internal audits throughout his career, Dan has worked with clients in a range of industries, including mining, IT, education, government, and aged care.

With 25 years experience as an internal audit practitioner, Dan has an advanced governance understanding and the ability to see governance and risk through multiple lenses – corporate, government and NFP.  

Prior to joining RSM, Dan was the Director of Risk Management at UWA where he was responsible for the University’s internal auditing needs and managing their risk management framework. Dan also chaired UWA’s Critical Incident Management Team.

When he is not conducting internal audits, you may find Dan cycling or on and off the squash court!Dan Hutchens is a Director of the Risk Advisory division in our Perth office.

 Dan Hutchens is a Partner of RSM Australia Partners and a Director of RSM Australia Pty Ltd.

Solutions Dan HUTCHENs provides

  • Internal audit
  • Crisis management and business continuity
  • Governance, risk, and controls
  • Enterprise risk management
  • Carbon & sustainability risk advisory
  • Fraud and forensic services

Significant projects

  • Dan has developed multifaceted risk appetite statements for organisations, assisting greater cohesion between boards and management when making decisions on new strategic and commercial projects.
  • Dan has worked on co-sourced audit models with ATCO Gas, ECU, BHP, the Department of Communities, and Woolworths.
  • Dan has worked with numerous executive teams and Audit Committees and brings his experience as an AICD graduate to bear when delivering to Boards and governance committees.

Associations

  • Associate, Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand
  • Member Institute of Internal Auditors

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Commerce - double majors in Accounting and Finance (The University of Western Australia)
  • Graduate, Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD, Order of Merit - top 5% in Australia, 2012)

Publications

Risk Insider Newsletter - Edition #12

31 August 2022
I recently sat down with two ASX listed Board Directors to discuss the board’s role in integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria into business performance. Overwhelming, we concluded that Boards of Directors can help their companies incorporate elements of ESG into overall strategy by defining short- and long-term objectives...

Shining a light on your workplace culture

27 May 2022
Culture trumps strategy, every time. Countless studies have proven the benefits that great workplace culture can have on staff retention, productivity, and even revenue. Every leader aspires to drive a positive culture. But how do you know if you have one? For established organisations that have not paid enough attention to culture i...

Explorer to Producer: Australia’s Mining Regeneration

3 May 2022
A report by RSM on Australia’s modern miners The pace of change, the range of issues faced by Australia’s new generation of exploration and development companies on their journey to production,and the outlook for the sector, are all explored in this report. It also looks at the developments and trends altering Australia’s mineral explor...

Risk Insider Newsletter - Edition #11

14 March 2022
We hope that this edition of the Risk Insider finds you well. The current circumstances that we are faced with are unprecedented and devastating. We want to take this opportunity to extend our support to any businesses that have been affected during this time

Risk Insider Newsletter - Edition #5

29 July 2020
Audit Committees, Senior Executives and Boards need to understand the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on internal controls. The pandemic has caused many to transition to a work-from-home arrangement, and your most important internal controls may not have kept pace with these rapid process changes. Now is the time to ensure that any issues with underlying transactions, data or controls are identified and corrected, to prevent misappropriation or fraudulent activities.