Chartered IIA South West 40th anniversary | Speakers

Clive Thompson – Former Deputy Chair, Institute of Risk Management

Clive Thompson is the former Deputy Chair of the Institute of Risk Management, where he served on the board until 2020. He has worked as a Risk Manager and a Consultant delivering projects globally.

He is a Certified Fellow of the IRM and has edited the publication, Fundamentals of Risk Management.


Dan Harvey – Group Head of Internal Audit, Spirax Sarco

Dan is the Group Head of Internal Audit for Spirax Sarco. Prior to this, he spent 10 years as Head of Internal Audit in roles for large corporations such as BAE Systems, Experian and Dyson.

A qualified Chartered Accountant and Internal Auditor, Dan has primarily worked in international audit roles in the UK, but he also spent five years in Australia in the telecoms industry.


Hunada Nouss – Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit & Risk Assurance Committee, Met Office 

Hunada is an experienced finance and business leader with an interest in driving performance improvement and change in complex organisations. Her experience spans both the private sector and the public sector.

She is currently a Non-Executive Director for a range of organisations, supporting strategic change and the organisational performance. She is also a board member and an Audit & Risk Committee Chair for the Met Office, the Education & Skills Funding Agency, and Market Operator Services Ltd. Hunada is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation.

James Paterson – Director, RiskAI

James is the former Global CAE for AstraZeneca. He has been consulting and coaching since 2010 and delivers training for many of the IIA Institutes in Europe.

He has worked in finance and HR and specialises in topics such as HIA leadership and political savvy, audit planning, root cause analysis and auditing culture. He also helps clients prepare for External Quality Assessments (EQAs).

He is Author of the publication ‘Lean Auditing’, which looks at lean and agile ways of working, whilst still complying with IIA standards.

Liz Sandwith – Chief Professional Practices Advisor, Chartered IIA

As Chief Professional Practices Adviser, Liz advises and represents the Chartered IIA on all matters relating to the professional practice of internal audit. She is also Technical Advisor for the institute’s External Quality Assessment (EQA) service. 

Outside of the institute, Liz is a Non-Executive Director and a Chair of an audit and risk committee for a housing association. She is also an independent board member and a member of a remuneration committee. Liz has helped numerous private and public sector organisations to develop risk management and control awareness and has delivered training to internal auditors in the UK and internationally.

Jan Olivier– Learning Manager, Chartered IIA

Jan is the Chartered IIA’s Learning Manager and is, therefore, responsible for supporting members working towards their professional designations. 

An educator at heart, Jan holds advanced degrees in business, education, philosophy and literary theory, and works mainly with adult learners engaged with distance learning programmes.   

He has worked with universities, colleges, private training companies and professional bodies all over the world including in the Netherlands and in his native South Africa.

Jeffrey Ridley – Past President (1975-1976), Chartered IIA

Jeffrey has been a visiting professor of auditing and corporate governance since 1991. Before that, he worked in two major US global manufacturing and distribution companies as an Internal auditor and then Manager for 30 years following 10 years as a Government Auditor in Nigeria.

He has been a member of The Chartered Governance Institute since 1967 and was the first President of the Chartered IIA in 1975: honoured with its JJ Morris Award for Distinguished Service in 2010.  Since 2018, he has been researching the history of the Chartered IIA.

John Wood – CEO (Director and Executive Team), Chartered IIA

John was appointed as Interim CEO on 2 January 2020 and is currently the executive leader of the Institute on behalf of the Council, until the appointment of a Permanent CEO – which is expected in 2022. He is an experienced CEO and Chairman who specialises in advising and leading organisations undergoing development and growth.

John possesses a mixture of third sector and commercial experience. He was formally an MD/CEO of SMEs in packaging and point of sale and, before that, worked in management consulting. He has also held various operational, technical and commercial roles in the metals and chemicals sectors.

Neil Pitman – Head of Internal Audit, Southern Internal Audit Partnership

Neil is an internal audit professional with over 30 years’ experience and has held senior management roles for a range of public sector organisations.

As Head of Internal Audit, he is responsible for the strategic direction, leadership and delivery of internal audit services to a diverse portfolio of public sector organisations, including local authorities, pension funds, blue light services, national park authorities and further education establishments.


Peter Elam – President, Chartered IIA

Peter is Group Head of Risk Management and Business Assurance at Anglo American, with 65 staff globally. He previously spent nine years as Head of Internal Audit at Novartis.

Prior to that, he spent 15 years at Shell in positions of increasing responsibility, latterly as CFO in China. 

Peter is a Chartered Internal Auditor and a Fellow of the UK Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. He has an MA in history and modern languages and an MPhil in Russian and east European studies from the University of Oxford.

Rachel Bowden – Founder, Thinking Audit

Rachel specialises in helping internal audit functions and audit committees to enhance their impact. She has worked as the Head of Internal Audit for a number of corporate and not-for-profit organisations.

Rachel has undertaken external quality assessments and effectiveness reviews for internal audit functions in diverse range of sectors. She also helps audit functions review and refresh their approach and provides training for teams, as well as one-to-one coaching for heads of internal audit and team members. Rachel is a Chartered member of the Chartered IIA.  She is also a Non-Executive Director and an Audit Committee Chair.

Richard Chambers – Former CEO and President, IIA Global

Richard is the former President and CEO of IIA Global and has more than 40 years’ internal audit and association management experience. Prior to The IIA, he was the National Practice Leader in Internal Audit Advisory Services for PwC; Inspector General of the Tennessee Valley Authority; Deputy Inspector General of the U.S. Postal Service; and Director of the U.S. Army Worldwide Internal Review Organization at the Pentagon.

Richard is the Author of several publications including Agents of Change: Internal Auditors in an Era of Disruption (2021), and The Speed of Risk: Lessons Learned on the Audit Trail, 2nd Edition (2019).

Sandro Boeri – Global Lead for Staff Development, Deutsche Bank

Sandro is Head of Staff Development and Culture Assessment within Deutsche Bank’s group audit function. He was one of the founders of Risk Audit Professional Development and has a career in financial services corporate governance spanning more than forty years.

His main area of specialism is in the field of internal audit. He is also a major thought leader on culture in financial services as well as regulation in the fields of wholesale financial services. Sandro is a prominent speaker on subjects ranging from corporate governance to motivation in the workplace. 

Stephen Maycock – Consultant/Trainer

Stephen is a highly qualified and experienced academic and practitioner in internal audit and risk management.

Following extensive experience as a Head of Internal Audit for various organisations, he is now a professional Trainer, Writer and Consultant.

Stephen has provided support to professional bodies and assisted foreign governments with the development of internal auditing and risk management.

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 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.

Nicola Summers – Director, PwC  

Nicola is a Director in PwC’s internal audit team and leads the firm’s UK approach to ESG internal audit. She manages a portfolio of co-sourced and outsourced internal audit clients across a variety of sectors and undertakes a Head of Internal Audit role for some of them.

In recent months, Nicola has been supporting internal audit teams to understand where they can add value to their organisations by performing ESG-related reviews.


Dave Gandee – Partner, PwC

Dave is a Partner in PwC's governance, risk and compliance team, and manages the firm’s ESG team.

He specialises in supporting his clients to be confident that the systems, processes and controls used in the generation and preparation of non-financial data are operating, and that the data is complete and accurate. In recent months, he has been particularly focused on TCFD reporting.


Elaine Carr – Chief Internal Auditor, Vitality

Elaine has worked in financial services for over 30 years. She has supported several large insurance companies and spent 10 years at Barclays, where she was responsible for the team auditing the bank’s procurement activities and supply chains.

Prior to working in financial services, Elaine worked for the Ministry of Defence where she was responsible for auditing the army. She is currently the Chief Internal Auditor for Vitality Group and is also an independent member of the Guide Dogs Audit Committee.


John Chesshire – Day Chair, South West Committee Chair, Chartered IIA

John has over 22 years' experience in internal audit, risk management, business improvement and governance fields. He has been Chair of the Chartered IIA’s South West regional committee since 2017.

John is also an Audit Committee Chair and completed a ten-year tour of duty as Chief Assurance Officer (CAE) for the States of Guernsey at the end of 2020. Prior to that he worked at GCHQ. He delivers a range of internal audit services including training, external quality assessments and internal audit engagements for clients across the world, through his company JC Audit Training Ltd.

Ololade Adesanya – Director (EMEA – financial services), EY

As a Director for EY’s EMEA financial services practice, Ololade leads on client relationships in the wealth and asset management sector. She also manages ESG and diversity/inclusion assurance for EY as well as chairs a race steering committee for its UK financial services business.

She’s held numerous advisory board positions and is passionate about promoting diversity and inclusion in financial services and in the internal audit profession.

Prior to joining EY, Ololade was the European Head of Internal Audit for a financial services organisation. She holds a BFP designation from the ICAEW and a Fintech Executive certificate from Oxford University.

Darren Cooper - Day Chair, South West Committee Vice Chair, Chartered IIA

Darren has worked in audit roles for both the public and private sector for over twelve years. He is currently a Senior Audit Manager for Nationwide and has a particular interest in auditing culture, HR, third parties, procurement and supplier management. Prior to joining audit, he worked as a Counter-Fraud Officer specialising in commercial fraud.

Darren has been a member of the Chartered IIA’s South West committee for five years and is currently Vice-Chair.

Adele Westcott – Head of Internal Audit, Met Office

Adele is a career internal auditor. She is passionate about good governance, and providing insight and assurance to boards, chief executives and leadership teams.

Adele started her career at the Land Registry and, after qualifying, joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. She later worked in corporate banking before returning to the public sector.

An opportunity to start up an internal audit function for a government department in Abu Dhabi gave her the chance to enjoy a life overseas. She returned to the UK in 2015. Adele is Fellow of the Institute of Internal Auditors and a qualified Fraud Investigator.

Jon Kidd – Chief Information Security Officer, Hargreaves Lansdown

Jon is a Chief Information Security Officer for Hargreaves Lansdown. He has over 23 years’ experience in information technology, security and risk across the finance sector, public sector and telecommunications as well for a big four accountancy firm.

Although primarily a Technologist with a focus on security, Jon has spent four years as a Head of Internal Audit across two separate organisations.