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Scotland Conference 2023

The 2023 Scotland Conference brings the Scottish internal audit community together in person, providing a fantastic opportunity for learning and networking, with two days of informative presentations and lively debate, plus a fabulous drinks reception and dinner.

The event is open to anyone and is of particular interest to internal audit professionals from all industries, sectors, and locations, providing insight to the internal audit profession's views and experiences. This year we will hear from the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors' new CEO, and from leaders and senior professionals from various high profile organisations in the private and public sectors. The speaker line up will provide a mixture of challenge and thought provoking insight and will deliver keynote messages on a range of hot internal audit and risk topics, and current economic and business risks.


Please note accommodation options are limited and are on first come first serve basis.


  • Duncan Black - Head of Audit and Inspection, Glasgow City Council
  • Javed Bobat - Founder, Fide Recruitment and F=@#! Mental Health CIC
  • Sandro Boeri - President, Chartered IIA
  • Federico Charosky - Founder and CEO, Quorum Cyber
  • John Chesshire - Owner, JC Audit Training
  • Sarah Collins - Director, PwC
  • Ben Cowley - Head of Internal Audit, EMEA, Netflix
  • Colin Howden - Scotland Committee Chair, Chartered IIA
  • Jennifer Inglis-Jones - Director of Internal Audit and Assurance, The Scottish Government
  • Sara James PhD, CIA - Owner, Getting Words to Work
  • Anne Kiem OBE​ - CEO, Chartered IIA
  • Karen Lewchenko - Auditor & Mind Management Consultant
  • Jillian Lockie - Director of Internal Audit, ScottishPower
  • Rohit Mathur - Partner and Head of Enterprise Risk, EMEIA, EY
  • Ryan McCready - Non-Executive Director, City of Derry Airport
  • Arleen McGichen - Chief Audit Officer, Royal London
  • Andrew Milligan - Non-Executive Director, Phoenix plc
  • Samantha Milligan - Principal Consultant, Change Recruitment
  • Alex Psarras - Associate Director, Internal Audit and Financial Advisory, Protiviti UK
  • Liz Sandwith CFIIA - Chief Professional Practices Advisor, Chartered IIA
  • Jill Stacey - Chief Audit Executive, Scottish Borders Council
  • Scott Strachan - Conference Chair
  • Julie Watters - Chief Internal Auditor, NHS Dumfries and Galloway
  • Gordon Young - Head of Counter Fraud Services, NHS Scotland

What will I learn?

  • Insight to current trends and challenges in the Internal Audit profession
  • Benefitting from thought leadership on hot topics
  • Professional network building

CPE core competencies

  • Technical skills: governance, risk and control
  • Improvement and innovation

11.5 CPE points


The Scotland Conference will be held over two days:
Day 1 | Thursday 2 November 08:30 - 17:30 (with the dinner package commencing from 19:00) 
Day 2 | Friday 3 November 08:30 - 13:00  

Day one - Thursday, 2 November 

08:30 - 09:10

Registration, refreshments and exhibition

09:10 - 09:20

Welcome and introduction to day one
Colin Howden and Scott Strachan

09:20 -09:50

The future of internal audit: the future of your Institute
Anne Kiem and Sandro Boeri

09:50 - 10:30

The evolving role of internal audit
Ben Cowley

10:30 - 10:45 Refreshment break and exhibition 

10:45 - 11:20

Breakout sessions
  Auditing the self: Promoting Positive Mental Wellbeing in Audit
Javed Bobat and Karen Lewchenko
  The future internal auditor - market expectations and trends
Samantha Milligan

11:20 - 12:00

Risk in Focus 2024
Liz Sandwith

12:00 - 12:40

The future of internal audit communications: leading by example
Sara James

12:40 - 13:40 Lunch and exhibition
13:40 - 14:25

Panel discussion - Challenges for internal audit and assurance in the public sector
Duncan Black, Jennifer Inglis-Jones, Jill Stacey and Julie Watters

14:25 - 15:00

Breakout sessions


Auditing the self: Promoting Positive Mental Wellbeing in Audit
Javed Bobat and Karen Lewchenko


The future internal auditor - market expectations and trends
Samantha Milligan

15:00 - 15:15 Refreshment break and exhibition 
15:15 - 15:55

The New Global Internal Audit Standards – Raising the bar? A Personal View
John Chesshire

15:55 - 16:35

The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on the Audit Profession
Alex Psarras

16:35 - 17:20

Risk, in a Kinetic Environment & the Human Factor
Ryan McCready

17:20 - 17:30 Closing remarks
Scott Strachan
19:00 - 19:30

Dinner pre-drinks

20:00 - 21:30



After dinner entertainment

Day two - Friday, 3 November

08:30 - 09:00 Registration, refreshments and exhibition
09:00 - 09:10 Welcome and introduction to day two and day one recap
Scott Strachan
09:10 - 09:50 Consumer Duty: achieving sustainable compliance & embedding good customer outcomes
Sarah Collins
09:50 - 10:35 Panel discussion - Cross-industry challenges in adopting and auditing ESG requirements
Ben Cowley, Jillian Lockie, Rohit Mathur and Arleen McGichen
10:35 - 11:15  The Geopolitics of Cybersecurity
Federico Charosky
11:15 - 11:30  Refreshment break and exhibition 
11:30 - 12:10 Surviving in a fast changing landscape
Andrew Milligan
12:10 - 12:50 Tackling Fraud in the NHS for a Healthier Future
Gordon Young
12:50 - 13:00 Closing remarks
Scott Strachan and Colin Howden

This event has been organised by our Scotland Committee.

Please email if you have any queries. 

Thank you to our sponsors and exhibitors for their support

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