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. 


Andy Powell – Chief Information Security Office, Maersk

As Chief Information Security Officer, Andy assures all aspects of A P Moller-Maersk’s information security and cybersecurity.

Before joining Maersk, he was Head of the Cybersecurity Business for Capgemini, and, prior to that worked for CSC. In both roles, he was responsible for delivering cybersecurity solutions for clients across all sectors. 

Andy has previously served in the UK Royal Air Force (RAF) in varying capacities, including as an Engineering Officer and as a CIO/CISO. He was also Head of Cyber Defence Operations for the UK Ministry of Defence. 


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.