The judges

Aneil Jhumat - Operational Director, Government Internal Audit Agency

Aneil joined the Government Internal Audit Agency in 2019 as the Operational Director of the Health & Home Affairs directorate. Prior to this, he was Director of Risk Management and Internal Audit for the Church of England.

Aneil’s other past roles include Director of Corporate Audit and Inspection for Barnardo’s, and Finance Consultant for Capgemini Consulting.

Aneil is a Chartered Public Finance Accountant with an MBA from the University of Leicester. He is also a Trustee of the Refugee Council and volunteers as an Independent Visitor, providing guidance and support to children in the care system.


Dr. Geraldine Smith - National Director of Internal Audit, HSE

Geraldine is a qualified Accountant with over 27 years’ internal and external audit experience and chairs the audit committee of a central government department. She has a doctorate in governance and an MA in public management.

During her time with HSE, Geraldine has been responsible for the conduct of numerous sensitive and high-profile audit assignments, including a number which have been discussed at the Public Account Committee (PAC), at which she’s appeared as a witness on several occasions. Geraldine is a published writer on audit, whose articles have appeared in national media and a professional accountancy journal.


Ralph Daals - Group Chief Auditor, RSA

Ralph is RSA’s Group Chief Auditor and a member of the group’s executive team. He combines a background in organisational learning and behaviour with his experience in audit, governance and risk management.

Prior to joining RSA in 2014, Ralph headed up Deloitte UK’s internal audit services to the insurance industry. He has also held senior audit positions at global insurer Aviva Plc. Before moving to London in 2005, Ralph worked in Deloitte’s risk advisory practice in The Netherlands. He holds a master’s in international business from Tilburg University, and a master’s in finance from the London Business School.


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.