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Conference 2014

9 - 10 October 2014

9am - 5pm

The 2014 bi-annual Conference took place on 9 and 10 October and explored emerging new practices and developing new perspectives in raising the assurance game.

With a new code of practice in hand, influenced by a new regulatory regime, internal auditors and risk assurance professionals are seeking to rise to the challenges of delivering higher standards of assurance. Increasing confidence in the boardroom and with our key stakeholder, in particular our customers and regulators, remains a long journey.


Pennyhill Park Hotel

London Road


GU19 5EU

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Speakers Profiles

Philip Alexander


PKF Littlejohn



Philip has over 25 years’ experience of advising clients in the insurance sector. He has experience of delivering both internal and external audit services as well as due diligence and forensic engagements.

He provides internal audit services to both managing agents and insurance companies.  These services range from providing a fully outsourced service to acting as mentor to the head of internal audit.

Philip has presented on and written about financial reporting for insurers and the impact of Solvency II on the internal audit function. He has recently been extensively involved in a client’s Solvency II model validation process.

Graham Ayre

Internal Audit Contractor




Graham has over 35 years external and internal audit experience. He started his career with Ernst & Young (EY) working in both the UK and overseas for a period of over 13 years. After leaving EY he held senior Internal Audit positions in insurance companies, including Head of Internal Audit, for nearly 20 years before becoming a consultant in 2016. He currently works for the internal audit function of a Lloyd’s syndicate

Peter Bowen

Director of Internal Audit

Partnership Assurance

Peter is Director of Internal Audit at Partnership Assurance Group plc, a leading specialist in underwriting longevity risk. Peter has previously held internal audit leadership roles at Prudential Group, M&G, Société Générale, and NatWest Markets. He qualified as a chartered accountant with PwC and has an MBA from City University Business School.

Katie Clinton

Partner; Head of Insurance Internal Audit





Katie leads KPMG’s Internal Audit function for the insurance sector in the UK. She delivers Internal Audit outsourced and co-sourced services, effectiveness reviews, gap analyses and other advisory services to a range of clients across the sector. Katie is a Chartered Accountant by training and a UMIST Management Science graduate.

Neil Coulson


PKF Littlejohn




Neil has worked in the insurance market for over 30 years.  He specialises in providing external and internal audit services to insurance companies and Lloyd’s syndicates.

His internal audit expertise covers a wide range of operations and, in addition to the usual risk areas, he has led teams reviewing more esoteric areas such as marketing, sanctions and the ORSA and model validation.

Neil is a member of the ICAEW insurance committee and their Solvency II working party. He is also a member of the Lloyd’s auditors group.

Brian Duffin


Brian Duffin’s executive career was all in Edinburgh with Scottish life and then with Royal London. He trained as an actuary and managed investments in his first role before heading up product development and marketing, He is currently Chairman of the GEC Pension Plan, a non-executive director of NFU Mutual Insurance, a member of the AEGON UK With Profits Committee ana non-executive director of the UK Debt Management Office.

Andrew Gascoyne

Head of Internal Audit


Andrew is Head of Internal Audit at Allianz whose Internal Audit department he joined in 1999. In 2003 he set up the Risk Management Function and was appointed Chief Risk Officer in 2005. Andrew moved from the Risk Function to head up Internal Audit in November 2010. Prior to joining Allianz, he held a number of Internal Audit roles in the Construction and Retail sectors.

Dr Mike Lauder

Bob Martin

Non Executive Director



Bob started his business career in auditing, working for what is now KPMG in the UK and later in South Africa. He then moved into industry and took senior financial positions before migrating into general management. He moved into the insurance sector in his late 30’s, initially through captives and then into insurance broking and risk management consultancy with both Marsh and Aon.

He spent the last 9 years of his full-time career working for the UK insurance regulators, initially the FSA and then the FCA. He joined the regulator as a Solvency II specialist but went on to manage the teams responsible for supervising the largest number of insurance firms for both regulators. After retiring 3 years ago, he took on the role of an iNED for a Lloyd’s managing agency for whom he is also Chair of their Audit Committee.

Keith Nicholson

Independent NED and Audit Committee Chair

Keith is Chairman of the Liberty Speciality Markets , Senior Independent Director at Just Retirement plc and Deputy Chairman The Equitable Life Assurance Society He was formerly Deputy Chairman of Wesleyan Assurance Society and Partner and Head of Insurance KPMG LLP

Ian Peters


Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors



Ian was previously director of external affairs at the Engineering Employers Federation (EEF) and, before that, Deputy Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce.  He chairs the Independent Monitoring Panel of the UK Chartered Banker Professional Standards Board, sits on the FRC Stakeholder Advisory Panel and has served on various government committees.

Ian holds a BA in geography, a PhD in philosophy and has been awarded an MBE for services to regulatory reform.

Paul Sharma

Managing Director

Alvarez and Marsal

Paul is a Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal and co-head of the firm's Financial Industry Advisory Services practice in London. He was formerly Deputy Head of the UK's Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) and an Executive Director of the Bank of England. He has over 20 years of experience as a top U.K., EU and global regulator of banks and insurance companies.

Salim Tharani



Salim is currently Head of KPMG’s UK Insurance audit business. His responsibilities include internal audit, external audit and wider assurance services. He is a member of KPMG’s Insurance Leadership team and FS Audit leadership team. He joined KPMG in 1997 and became ACA qualified in 2000. He has 17 years experience of providing audit and other services to financial sector organisations, primarily in the insurance sector. Salim has worked in a number of different countries, including