Internal Audit Conference | Breakout speakers

Matej Drašček – Chief Audit Executive, Hranilnica lon, d.d

Matej is the Chief Audit Executive for a regional retail bank in Slovenia. In addition to having served as a Teaching Assistant and Guest Lecturer for several universities and faculties, he has published numerous professional and scientific international articles on internal audit, human resources, business ethics, and strategic management.

Matej has spoken at domestic and international conferences, presenting new tools and insights in internal audit, strategic management, and ethics. He won The IIA’s William S. Smith Award for achieving the highest score in a CIA exam. He is also President of IIA Slovenia.


Shauna Moran – Founder, Operate Remote

Shauna is an accredited Coach, Consultant and Emotional Intelligence Practitioner, with a unique track record of building and managing remote teams at an international level.

Alongside this, she has an academic background in psychology, innovation management and remote working strategies.

Shauna's mission is to empower SaaS, technology and agency companies and leaders to create productive, functional, effective, and engaged workforces globally.


Shalinder Taneja – Senior Vice President (Internal Audit), Olam International Limited

Shalinder works across global cross-cultural audit teams and possesses more than 20 years’ internal audit experience.

In his current role at Olam, he looks after the organisation’s IA strategy, including executing a roadmap to provide impactful assurance. This he combines with anchoring complex operational audits across Olam’s supply chain and enhancing the company’s digitisation efforts.

Shalinder is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Delhi University. He is also Governor for IIA Singapore.


Zoe Williams – Founder, Zoe Williams Coaching

Zoe is a commercially minded business professional with a keen eye for detail who, over the past 20 years, has held accounting, internal audit, risk management and executive advisory roles, alongside leading her own company.

She has particular experience in leading internal audit and risk teams to high performance, which she achieves through raising the profile of risk management, effective control frameworks and dynamic programme management techniques.

Zoe is a previous Audit & Risk Awards winner, who in 2017 won the Best Innovative Learning and Development Team award.  


Janet Barberis – Managing Director, Accenture

Janet is a Managing Director within Accenture’s Risk Assurance practice, specialising in internal audit. She is a Big 4 qualified ACA and leads the delivery of internal audit advisory and quality assurance services. 

Janet has over 25 years’ experience in the financial service sector and has held senior internal audit and business operational roles at Tier 1 banks, including Head of Methodology, Standards and Quality Assurance. 

 


Jason Reading – Principal Director, Accenture UKI Risk Consulting

Jason is a Principal Director within Accenture's Risk Assurance team in the UK.

He has 20 years’ audit experience across the first line of defence, internal and external audit, with a focus on infrastructure, and application technology audits within financial services organisations.

Jason has assisted clients on operational resiliency projects and has guided internal audit functions on approaches to covering the topics.


Elizabeth Honer – CEO, Government Internal Audit Agency (GIAA)

Elizabeth is a qualified Accountant (CIPFA) with substantial expertise in strategy, governance and risk management at board level, and a public sector career spanning over 25 years.

She has worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Houses of Parliament, and the National Archives, and has been an executive member of three public sector boards.

Elizabeth is a champion of diversity and inclusion in the workplace and a mentor of women and emerging BAME leaders.


Anton Ruddenklau – Head of Digital & Innovation (Financial Services), KPMG

Anton is the Head of Digital & Innovation (Financial Services) for KPMG. He is also a Partner for the firm.

He specialises in business, corporate, institutional banking and market infrastructure providers, and has led or worked on over 150 growth projects across corporate and financial institutions.

Prior to working in financial services, Anton worked on growth projects with corporates.

 


Ian Mann – Founder & CEO, ECSC Group plc

Ian has over 20 years’ experience in the cyber security sector, having previously worked as an Adviser for GCHQ, and established a Cisco Networking Academy for Dixons City Technology College.

Ian’s professional certifications include CISSP, PCI QSA, and ISO Lead Auditor. He holds a B.Eng. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Nottingham, and an MBA from the Open University.

He is the Author of the acclaimed social engineering texts ‘Hacking the Human’ and ‘Hacking the Human II: Adventures of a Social Engineer’.


Martin Christy – Acting Group Head of Internal Audit, Tullow Oil

Martin is the Acting Group Head of Internal Audit for Tullow Oil.

Formally Internal Audit Manager, he has been an effective No. 2 to the Head of IA, central to audit planning, management, delivery, and audit committee reporting.

Prior to joining Tullow, Martin worked at CAPITA (FTSE) and Baker Hughes (NYSE) following time in a mid-tier practice and a Big-4 practice (EY). 

Martin is ACA and CIA qualified, and is currently working toward his QIAL qualification.


Carolyn Clarke – Chair, Care UK

Carolyn is Director and Trustee of the international NGO, Care International UK. A leading expert in the fields of risk, assurance, control, compliance, and conduct, she has advised many multi-national organisations in achieving their strategic outcomes through a proper assessment of risk. She specialises in the impact of people, behaviours and culture on organisational risks and outcomes.

Previously Head of Audit, Risk and Control for Centrica, she headed a leading audit team and implemented a pivotal group-wide Enterprise Risk Framework. Carolyn is passionate about achieving a fairer world and works to promote and support women’s economic empowerment.


Tony Smith – Chief Internal Auditor, Principality Building Society

Tony is the Chief Internal Auditor for Principality Building Society.

He is also finance and risk SME in financial services having qualified as an Accountant before spending time across all three lines of defence.

 

 


Aimee Smith – Audit Manager, Principality Building Society

Aimee is a career Internal Auditor with 20 years’ experience. As Audit Manager for Principality Building Society, she specialises in conduct and operational risk.

After graduating, Aimee worked for Deloitte and gained her MIIA with the Institute. She then worked for AXA UK, before moving to Principality Building Society ten years ago.

 

 


Preeti Sadarangani – Global Head of Audit (Corporate and Commercial), Vodafone

Preeti has over 20 years’ experience in building and running risk, governance and internal audit functions across multiple industries and countries.  

In her current role at Vodafone Plc, she is responsible for leading global and diverse teams to deliver valuable and insightful thematic audits across the group. She also plays a key role in shaping the strategic relevance of the global audit function and enhancing its effectiveness.

A champion of diversity and inclusion at the workplace, and a coaching champion, Preeti is the proud winner of the Chartered IIA's 2019 ‘Inspirational Leader’ award.


Steve Taylor – Head of Automation, UBS

Steve is the Head of Automation in UBS's Group Internal Audit function. His 20-year career began in automotive engineering at Ford, followed by software development and IT audit roles at Goldman Sachs. Since joining UBS, he has transitioned back to more technical roles covering data analytics and automation supporting internal audit.

He has recently had the great fortune of heading an Audit Robotic Intelligence (AudRI) program from concept through to reality, which has culminated in the launch of a ‘virtual colleague’ for internal audit. A project that has required management of various robotics, data engineering and analytical components.


Aman Khosa – Head of GIA Innovation, UBS

Aman is the Head of Innovation in UBS's Group Internal Audit function. 

He leads a global team comprised of data analysts, scientists, engineers, automation specialists and technologists to build strategic and leading-edge solutions which help the function work more effectively and efficiently.

Aman has over 20 years’ experience in internal and external audit within the financial services sector. His GIA Innovation team at UBS were awarded "Best Use of Technology" at the Chartered IIA’s 2019 Audit & Risk awards.


Neil Macdonald – Operations Director, Technology4Business

Neil is a qualified Internal Auditor with over 20 years’ experience. He is also a member of the Chartered IIA and a former Head of Internal Audit, recognised by the UK Financial Services Authority as an “Approved Person”.

He has worked for both global and SME firms in the UK and Europe, including for Woolwich Plc, Deutsche Bank, AXA, Sainsbury’s, Simplyhealth Group, and the Bank of England.

Neil has an interest in all things technology-related and has successfully introduced his organisation to data analytics, continuous auditing, and continuous monitoring.


Robert Berry, CPA, CIA, CISA – CEO, That Audit Guy

As CEO of That Audit Guy, Robert strives to improve people, who, in turn, improve processes and company profits. He provides training and consulting services in line with these principles.

Robert is the author of three books and 100+ articles on audit and life.

 

  


Nichol Deaddis – Solutions Director (EMEA), Galvanize

Nichol is a seasoned technology solutions leader for Galvanize. He has over 15 years’ experience in business transformation and technology management, with a highly successful track record for delivering complex enterprise software implementations within global organisations.

Nichol has an in-depth knowledge of Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) technologies, business processes and delivery requirements, supporting risk and assurance teams across various industries (BFSI, government and energy) to strengthen and protect their organisations.


Robert Muir-Wood – Chief Research Officer, RMS

As Chief Research Officer, Robert works to extend probabilistic catastrophe modelling and explore the quantification of emerging catastrophe risks. Over the last 25 years, he has led projects to develop catastrophe models for diverse perils in Europe, Japan, North America, the Caribbean, and Australia.

Robert has a master’s degree in natural sciences and a PhD in earth sciences. He is a Visiting Professor at University College London, and is the author of seven books, along with numerous scientific papers and articles. His latest book ‘The Cure for Catastrophe: how we can stop manufacturing natural disasters’ was published in September 2016.


Elizabeth Gardiner – CEO, Protect

Elizabeth is CEO of Protect, the UK's whistleblowing charity. Protect (formerly Public Concern at Work) has been supporting whistleblowers since it was established in 1993 and advises over 3,000 whistleblowers a year on its free legal advice line. 

The charity provides training and consultancy to organisations to instil best practice whistleblowing arrangements and campaigns for legal and policy reform to better protect whistleblowers.

Elizabeth joined the organisation in 2018 and became CEO in March 2020. She has a background in parliamentary and policy roles and as an Employment Solicitor.  


Louise Fleming – Partner, Aretai LLP

Louise's role as an Executive coach and Facilitator draws on her business experience, engaging with leaders to realise their potential. She has worked in and with professional and financial services firms for 25 years, both in the UK and internationally.

Louise started her career qualifying as an ACA, before working with the financial services regulator and in banking roles across the three lines of defence. She now works with leaders in corporates and professional services firms helping them to develop their emotional intelligence and leadership skills.


Anulka Clarke - Head of Assurance, Information Commissioners Office (ICO)

Anulka is currently Acting Director of Regulatory Assurance for the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO); her substantive role is Head of Assurance for the ICO. She has over 16 years regulatory and audit experience.

In her current capacity, she oversees ICO’s audit programme, leading a department of regulatory auditors who conduct both compulsory and consensual audits across the private, public and third sectors to assess compliance with a range of legislation.

 


Scott Bridgen – Offering Manager (GRC & Integrated Risk), OneTrust

Scott is responsible for driving the development and delivery of OneTrust's integrated risk management product, along with the refinement of its toolset and offerings.

He advises companies throughout their risk management implementations to establish processes to support operations and align with their enterprise objectives, including adopting industry best practices and adhering to requirements relating to relevant standards, frameworks, and laws.

Scott helps clients manage their risk exposure through a mixture of risk assessing, digital mapping, threat combatting, performance monitoring and evidence recording.


Guendalina Dondé - Head of Research, Institute of Business Ethics

As Head of Research, Guen coordinates the IBE’s Research Hub by conducting research, and writing surveys, briefings, and reports. She also carries out benchmarking exercises and advises organisations on how to make their codes of ethics and policies more effective. Guen’s other responsibilities include delivering bespoke training sessions, as well as talks and presentations on IBE research.

Before joining the IBE, Guen collaborated with EconomEtica in developing a code of ethics for the Italian Association of Management Consultants. She holds a master’s degree in business ethics and CSR.


Richard Vize - Journalist and Public Policy Analyst, Public Policy Media

Richard is a Journalist, Public Policy Expert and Communications Consultant, with more than 25 years’ public policy experience.

His expertise includes writing major reports for public and private sector organisations and think tanks, developing, hosting and speaking at online and unwired events (from round tables to major conferences and exhibitions), crafting thought leadership articles and blogs, editing books and providing strategic communications advice.

Richard is a Guardian columnist, writes for the British Medical Journal, and has worked with organisations across public policy, health and local government.


Jonathan Care – Research Director, Gartner

Jonathan’s areas of expertise include payment systems, cybersecurity, fraud detection and prevention applications, authentication, identity proofing, identity theft and insider threats. He also covers the PCI compliance program, tokenization and the security aspects of payment systems.

Jonathan’s technical experience provides insight into application and network security, including secure coding standards and practices, red/blue teaming, vulnerability management, and firewalls, IDS/IPS and SIEM.


Nick Lloyd – Deputy CISO, Maersk

Nick joined Maersk in February 2019 as the Deputy Chief Information Security Officer and is accountable for cyber security planning and engagement across all brands that form part of A.P. Moller-Maersk.

Prior to joining Maersk, Nick was the combined CIO/CISO for UK military operations overseas, enabling global reach for the permanent joint headquarters for UK Defence. Nick has spent most of his career in the Royal Air Force, both UK and overseas.

 


Maggie Hollowed – Fitness Instructor, Fitter4U

Maggie began her fitness career as a Fitness Instructor teaching Latin-inspired Zumba dance fitness, along with muscle strength and conditioning. She later went on to study further fitness programmes and is now fully qualified in the GP exercise referral scheme: a fitness and nutritional programme designed for people who have been referred by their GP because of existing medical conditions.

Passing on her knowledge as an exercise coach, Maggie is a mentor of students who wish to become fitness or Zumba instructors. She previously worked in the travel industry and has also run her own events business.

 


Tim Le Mare, Regional Sales Director, Integrated Risk, Workiva

Tim is a QIAL/CMIIA qualified Senior Internal Audit Leader and an expert in directing and delivering robust internal audit strategies for large, complex organisations.

During the course of his career, he has lead the internal audit approach on major commercial ventures, clearly defining and communicating risk and assurance issues to key stakeholders up to board level.

Previously Group Head of Internal Audit for the Department of Transport, Tim managed the functional transformation of internal audit to strengthen performance and improve management relations and team morale, enabling IA to undertake more impactful work.


Helder Velho - Linehaul Director (EU), Amazon

As Linehaul Director, Helder manages Amazon’s transportation across Europe and has been with the company since 2016.

Helder had previously managed networks and operations for Tesco across the globe and has worked in various roles over the last 20 years in the UK, Central Europe and Asia.