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Audit & Risk Awards 2019: top tips for a good nomination

In collaboration with PwC.

Strong nominations tell a wide variety of stories about internal auditors in organisations big and small, in all sectors, who are making a real difference and demonstrating forward-thinking, innovative best practice. However, the strongest entries tend to have some ground work in common.

Here are some of the lessons learned from previous years:


  • Read the whole entry form – you may need to get evidence or endorsements.
  • Contact the people you need to endorse your nomination in good time.
  • Share the burden – ask others in your team to contribute ideas, endorsements and suggestions.
  • Plan the evidence you need to support your case.
  • Answer the questions – bullet points are a good way to keep focused.
  • Think of the judges – keep information short, simple and to the point.
  • Read the category details – there’s no point submitting an excellent nomination in the wrong category.
  • Spread the word – tell contacts to enter.
  • Think laterally – do you know a newcomer or an inspirational leader you could nominate?
  • Check out the awards section of the Chartered IIA website to read updates and tips on how to write an award-winning entry.
  • Get in touch if you have any queries about entries.


  • Wait for others to nominate you – it’s fine to nominate yourself.
  • Leave entering until the last minute.
  • Be put off because you work in a small organisation.
  • Struggle in silence – contact us if you have any questions.
  • Suffer from false modesty!

This article was first published in May 2019.