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December 2016 Seminar

2 December 2016

9.30 am - 1.00pm

Our fourth and final seminar for 2016 took place on Friday 2 December at Deloitte's New Street Square offices.

  •          Robotics and the Challenges faced by Internal Audit
    •    Martin Skipsey – Director and David Sooby – Senior Manager - EY

Insurers are just beginning to see the benefits of robotics in enabling them to deliver faster, consistently, and in a more cost efficient manner. This will impact on the control environment, both in terms of introducing new controls and removing redundant controls. Internal Audit needs to understand the impact on the business, and look to leverage the advantages of robotics in their own operations.

  •          Pillar 3 reporting
    •    Neil Coulson - Partner – PKF

The session outlinde the types of disclosures that are included within Solvency II pillar 3 reporting, including to the public. It also touched upon the reporting to date and what is required to be covered by external audit. Some of the challenges within the reporting were highlighted, including future reductions in timescales. This was then brought together to consider how internal audit can give senior management comfort that this reporting (which will be subject to little external audit) has been properly controlled and is accurate.

  •          Audit Committee metrics - Observations and Insights
    •    Jonathan Hayward Director - Independent Audit

Audit Committees rely on the good work of the Internal Audit function to provide them with the level of assurance they need. Given the complexity of the function, and the various stakeholder relationships involved, how can the committee get useful oversight to understand whether Internal Audit is performing as effectively as it could be? Jonathan shared some of his views on where the priorities should lie, what are the key things we should be looking to measure and how can we go about actually measuring them.

  •          Data analytics feedback from GPDG
    •    Richard Willshire – Senior Auditor, JLT and Emma Howard Internal Audit Business Partner - BUPA

 An update on the Group's project including the results of the survey, the success stories and challenges of using data analytics


2 New Street Square

Greater London


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Speakers Profiles

Jonathan Hayward


Independent Audit




Jonathan has spent much of the last decade focusing on governance. He is a recognised expert in the review of boards and committees, as well as expertise in the effectiveness of risk management, internal audit and external audit. He was previously a partner at PwC in London and Moscow. He sits on the ICAEW’s Financial Services Risk and Regulation Committee.

Emma Howard

Internal Audit Business Partner





Emma is a qualified ACA and CFE accountant with 10 years experience within Bupa. Emma currently works in the Global Communications & Development team as Quality Development & Methodology Manager. Prior to this Emma worked in external audit and assurance at Deloitte. 

Martin Skipsey






Martin focuses on strategy and delivery of Robotic Process Automation and data-centric transformation programmes within Financial Services. He joined EY’s London office in 2012 and has 18 years’ experience advising on and successfully leading technology and data change programmes. Martin is certified in PRINCE2 &Scrum (Agile

David Sooby





David is a director in the FS Internal Audit team at EY, leading their insurance internal audit team.  David has worked for EY for 12 years, with a focus on supporting internal audit co-source relationships, External Quality Assessments and transformation.

David is a fellow of the ACCA and has a Masters of Physics from Oxford University.


Richard Willshire

Senior Auditor





Richard is a qualified ACMA accountant and internal auditor (CMIIA) with 6 years of experience. Richard performs audits across a broad range of operations, and has helped to develop Data Analytic abilities.