Working In Uncertainty

About the author

Matthew Leitch is a consultant, author, researcher, and educator currently focused on completing two important new books while continuing work with his good friends at Z/Yen. Matthew lives and works (under uncertainty of course) from his home in Surrey, south of London, in the United Kingdom.

Matthew has had a varied career so far, but has been an independent consultant since 2003. Before that he worked as a consultant and auditor with PricewaterhouseCoopers, after training as an accountant and auditor at Fraser Russell. Before that he developed software and wrote technical marketing literature.

The many organizations that have sent people to educational events by Matthew are too numerous to mention, as are the many who have bought his books, but Matthew's consulting and in-house educational clients have included: British Telecommunications, the Department for Communities and Local Government, The Department for Transport, UBS, Oxfordshire County Council, Benfield, Wates, the United Kingdom Accreditation Service, BP, and the Devon and Cornwall Police Authority.

Matthew's books so far are these:

  • ‘Intelligent internal control and risk management’ is a large book packed with fresh thinking. It works within the language of risk and control but contains a lot of specific material on powerful controls.

  • ‘A pocket guide to risk mathematics: key concepts every auditor should know’ offers auditors (and others) an easy way to get a deep conceptual understanding of ‘risk’ related mathematics and learn how to spot dodgy practices.

Matthew was a member of RM/1 (risk management), a committee at the British Standards Institution working on risk management standards, between 2007 and the end of 2018. He was initially a co-opted expert and subsequently represented the Centre for Risk Research (part of the Southampton Business School). He helped draft BS 31100:2008, the code of practice on risk management, and later worked very hard on the revised and expanded version of that document, BS 31100:2011. He has been awarded two Distinguished Service Certificates by BSI, and they're not given out often.

He also contributed suggestions to an APM publication on prioritizing project risks and later was involved in work to revise the Project Risk Assessment and Management guide published by the APM.

In recent years Matthew has been tutoring young people in mathematics, usually to help them with GCSE and A level exams. This work is with his amazing wife, Sarah Watkins, herself a sought after tutor and the business brains behind the tutoring. However, the tutoring business is being retired in 2023/2024 to allow us time to do other things.

Similarly, Matthew's 10+ years as a visiting lecturer and dissertation supervisor at the Southampton Business School (University of Southampton) came to an end in 2023 to free up time for other things.

In addition to his commercial activities, Matthew is a bit of a reformer. Most of his reform efforts have focused on risk management, but there are some other themes.

Made in England


Company: The Ridgeway Expertise Company Ltd, registered in England, no. 04931400.

Registered office: 29 Ridgeway, KT19 8LD, United Kingdom.

Words © 2024 Matthew Leitch