The judges

Liz Sandwith - Chief Professional Practices Advisor, Chartered IIA 

Liz is our Chief Professional Practices Advisor, with a background in internal audit, governance, risk and compliance worlds.

She has worked for a number of organisations in both the public and private sector and helps develop risk management, governance and control awareness.

Liz delivers worldwide internal audit and risk management training to directors, audit committee members and internal auditors. She also provides training as part of our certificate in internal audit and business risk. Liz was President of the Chartered IIA in 2001 and has recently become deputy Chair for a Housing Association in Leeds.

Ruth Pickett - Editor, Audit & Risk Magazine

Ruth is the Editor of Audit & Risk Magazine and has been since 2010. Prior to this, she was the Editor of Financial Management: the magazine for the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Ruth has previously worked on a wide range of professional and business titles, including People Management, Estates Gazette and Accounting Technician. She has also helped to devise and write white papers and customer publications for organisations including HSBC and Vodafone.

Veesh Sharma – Chief Assurance Officer, Save the Children

Veesh is a qualified Chartered Internal Auditor with a background in not-for-profit organisations, the public sector, and INGOs. He has significant experience of working for national and international charities, higher education institutions, NDPBs, and regulators.

Veesh joined Save the Children in 2015 to lead a transformation programme in its global assurance function. In 2018, he led the facilitation of a second transformation programme – this time in the organisation’s internal controls and compliance function. Since 2020, Veesh has been leading the expansion of global assurance’s remit to Save the Children Member organisations.

Ed Moore – Head of Internal Audit, Bank of England

Ed heads up the Bank of England’s internal audit function. He is a senior leader within the risk directorate and is responsible for the bank’s overall internal audit programme. He also serves on various internal management committees.

Ed has spent the majority of his career in banking and with financial institutions. He has also held internal audit management roles.

He has a BA in economics and accounting, and a master’s in finance.

Richard Brasher – Vice-President (Corporate Audit), LKQ

Richard is a UK Fellow Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Internal Auditors. He has held numerous senior finance positions internationally, including Head of Internal Audit for Coca-Cola Hellenic: a FTSE-100 company.

He is currently Vice-President (Corporate Audit) for LKQ: a Fortune 500 global distributor of vehicle products, including replacement parts, components, and systems used in the repair and maintenance of vehicles, and the world’s largest recycler of vehicles.