Internal Audit Conference | Keynote speakers

Stevie Spring CBE – Chairman, Mind

A Portfolio Director, Investor and Adviser, Stevie was named by GQ magazine as one of the UK’s 100 Most Connected Women. She’s also featured on Debrett’s 500 most influential people in Britain list.

A Lawyer turned Marketer, she’s been CEO of two international media companies and has served on numerous boards.

She currently chairs the British Council and is a Fellow of both the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising, and the Marketing Society. She previously chaired the Groundwork Federation for eight years and BBC’s Children in Need for 10 years.

She holds an honorary doctorate for services to business.

Ollie Phillips – Former English Rugby Player

A former English Rugby Player, Ollie combined successful careers in both 15-a-side rugby and the Olympic version of the game, Rugby Sevens.

He has captained the England Sevens team and, in 2009, was named World Rugby Sevens ‘Player of the Year’.

Since retiring from rugby, Phillips has taken to volunteering as a Charity Ambassador, and is currently a Director for PwC, where he provides consultancy support.

Outside of volunteering and coaching, Ollie advises and delivers motivational talks, coaching, leadership and culture workshops for a wide variety of global clients including Google, Tesco and Accenture.

Sir Jonathan Thompson – Chief Executive - Financial Reporting Council (FRC)

Jon has an extensive background in finance, having previously worked as CEO for HMRC, and as Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Defence.

He has also worked as Finance Director for Ofsted, and as Director General in the Corporate Services Department of the Department for Education.

Before joining the Civil Service in 2004, Jon held various corporate services and finance roles in the public and corporate sectors.



Andrew Hessel – President, Humane Genomics

Andrew is the President of Humane Genomics, an early stage company developing synthetic viruses for animal and human health.

He is also the Co-Founder and Chairman of Genome Project-write (GP-write): The Center of Excellence for Engineering Biology. The international scientific effort to engineer large genomes, including the human genome.

A former Distinguished Research Scientist for Autodesk Life Sciences, his goal is to help people better understand and use living systems to meet the needs of humanity. He is based in New York City.


Fiona Cannon – Group Sustainable Business Director, Lloyds Banking Group

As Group Sustainable Business Director, Fiona is accountable for development of Lloyd Banking Group’s environmental sustainability strategy; delivery and implementation of ethical business; and inclusion and diversity strategies.

She also provides oversight of Lloyds Banking Group Foundation: an independent charitable trust which has donated £70m to small charities across the UK over the last four years.

Under Fiona’s leadership, LBG became the first FTSE 100 company to launch a public goal to increase the number of senior women to 40% by 2020. 

Fiona was awarded an OBE in the 2011 New Year’s Honours List for services to equal opportunities.

Anu Ojha OBE – Director, UK National Space Centre

As a Director of the UK National Space Centre, Anu is at the heart of the UK’s work on space and is a key player in sharing this information with the public.

A highly experienced speaker, Anu is excellent at presenting difficult topics in an accessible way and has spoken at numerous major events.

A former Advanced Skills Teacher (AST), Assistant Headteacher, and National Lead Practitioner (Physics) for the UK Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, he has led the development and delivery of national and international teacher training and student programmes for the UK Space Agency and ESA.