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IIAG 2017 Conference - Refining thinking and honing skills

15 - 16 June 2017

Registration on Thursday 15th will be from 8.00 am - 9.15 am when the Conference will open with the Chairman’s address

Booking conditions apply - see the Event Booking and Cancellation Policy which can be found in the Knowledge section of the website for details

The IIAG - the leading industry group for assurance and risk professionals - looks forward to welcoming you to its ninth conference, at the Grand Hotel, Brighton.

Internal auditors and risk assurance professionals are constantly seeking to improve the standards of assurance. Join us at our conference on 15th and 16th June to explore refining thinking and honing skills to develop new perspectives.

The two day programme will include speakers from:

  • Prudential Regulatory Authority
  • Association of British Insurers
  • Institute of Business Ethics
  • PKF Littlejohn
  • Police Mutual
  • Allianz
  • JLT Group plc
  • Professional Impact Coach

Additionally there will be breakout sessions, led by industry experts covering Data Analytics, Auditing Culture, Assurance Mapping and Effective Writing.

The cost paid includes:

  • Attendance at Conference including lunch and refreshments on 15th  and 16th June
  • Drinks reception
  • Private flight aboard the Brighton i360
  • Conference Dinner at The Grand on 15th June
  • Accommodation on 15th June
  • Use of spa facilities
  • Parking nearby


The Grand Hotel

97-99 King's Road

East Sussex


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Speakers Profiles

David Alexander

Daart Solutions



David has a wealth of experience in financial services internal audit from his time with HSBC, NatWest, Benfield and Catlin. He now acts as a consultant, trainer and mentor for HIAs and Audit Committees through his own company Daart Solutions. He regularly carries out External Quality Assessments for internal audit teams, as well as providing advice and guidance through QA reviews and sharing good practice ideas. 

Arnaud Bachelet

Chief Information Security Officer

Allianz Insurance Plc



Arnaud Bachelet joined Allianz Insurance PLC in 2015 and has spent his entire career in Financial Services with companies such as AGF, Prudential, Deloitte, GE Capital International in France, UK and Ireland.

He is a member of the FCA Cyber Coordination Group, an ISACA certified professional (CRISC, CISA, CISM, CGEIT) and is an expert at delivering large IT Governance and Information Security transformation programs in highly regulated environments (FED, FFIEC, PRA, FCA, ACPR...).

Lindsay Dart

Lead Internal Audit Practice




Lindsay Dart leads Protiviti’s Internal Audit Practice in the UK.  He has over 30 years’ experience in internal and external audit, both in the UK and internationally. At Protiviti Lindsay provides a mixture of outsourced, co-sourced and advisory internal audit services to firms principally in the financial services sector, as well as external quality assessments.

Prior to Protiviti he spent seven years at Deutsche Bank leading the global internal audit coverage of Finance, Risk, Compliance and the Global Banking business.

Lindsay started his career in external audit at PwC where he spent 21 years, latterly as a partner in Banking and Capital Markets.

Nick Dexter

Senior Advisor

Bank of England



Nick is a Senior Advisor at the Bank of England.  His principal area of expertise is in insurance and he advises PRA supervision teams on technical areas such as Solvency II, IFRS 17, Climate Risk and insurance practice more generally. 

He has a wealth of insurance expertise, having worked previously as a partner within KPMG’s Actuarial and Insurance Risk practices. As well as being the lead actuarial audit partner for a number of large insurance companies, he advised many of KPMG’s clients on profit reporting and capital and risk management, including IFRS and Solvency II, both in the UK and overseas.

Nick is Chair of the International Actuarial Association's Insurance Regulation Committee and a member of their Climate Risk task force.  He is also a member of the UK actuarial profession's Practising Certificates Committee, and the Financial Reporting Group which looks at IFRS reporting. 

He is also a non-executive director of MAPFRE MSV plc, Malta’s largest life insurer.

Jeremy Eagles

Group Chief Audit Officer, Group Internal Audit,




Jeremy joined Bupa in 2019 and is responsible for Bupa’s Global Internal Audit function. He qualified with PwC and has spent most of his career within the financial services sector, specialising in insurance and reinsurance. He has held a number of audit roles over the last 25 years, principally leading internal audit functions of large, multi-national insurance companies / brokers, including Catlin Group, Aviva, XL Capital, and JLT. His experience includes establishing, re-building and growing international audit functions, and leading geographically distributed and diverse teams to support large, complex businesses in highly regulated environments.

Steven Findlay

Assistant Director Head of Prudential Regulation




Steven is an Assistant Director and the Head of Prudential Regulation at the ABI where he leads the development and implementation of policy concerning the prudential supervision and regulation of insurers, focusing on a variety of policy issues including Solvency II, long-term investment and global insurance capital standards as well as on accountancy standards

Steven joined the ABI in 2014 from Oliver Wyman Ltd, where he was an Associate in their Insurance practice, based in London and covering the EMEA region.  Prior to that, he was an actuary at Aegon UK, holding a variety of roles in actuarial, finance and sales.   

Steven has a first-class degree in Actuarial Mathematics and Statistics from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, and, a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries and Chartered Enterprise Risk Actuary.

Philippa Foster Back CBE


Institute of Business Ethics




Philippa Foster Back began her career at Citibank NA before joining Bowater in their Corporate Treasury Department in 1979, leaving in 1988 as Group Treasurer.  She was Group Finance Director at DG Gardner Group, a training organisation, prior to joining Thorn EMI in 1993 as Group Treasurer until 2000. CBE was appointed in 2001 as Director of the Institute of Business Ethics.

She speaks widely on business ethics issues, encouraging high standards of business behaviour based on ethical values. As Director she runs the IBE delivering with the team advisory work, publications, training, and events, all with the purpose of raising awareness and sharing of best practice of business ethics, in line with the IBE’s charitable aim.  

Vicky Kubitscheck

CRO Police Mutual, President IIAG




Vicky was the Founding Chair of the IIAG and continues to support the IIAG in her capacity as President.  She honed her skills in governance, internal audit, risk management and compliance through her umbrella roles which involved establishing, developing and leading the key control functions at global organisations such as AXA UK and AEGON UK, and as an independent board advisor to a broader range of companies in both the FS and non-FS sectors.

Vicky writes in her areas of expertise, is a features writer for the FT Adviser, authored ‘Integrated assurance – Risk governance beyond boundaries’ (Gower) and has contributed to two other books.  She was described as ‘one of the most original and thorough thinkers in the risk management world’ by Robert Bruce, a governance commentator and ex-editor of Accountancy Age.  Vicky is a CFIIA, a Fellow of the IoD, a Professional Member of the Institute of Operational Risk and Member of the Association of Internal Control Practitioners.  She was awarded CIIA Volunteer of the Year 2008/9.

Neil Macmillan

Non- Executive Director

Neil has a career spanning over 30 years in financial services, including 20 years in the internal audit, risk and compliance profession where he has held positions as a Director of Internal Audit at the RBS Group and most recently as the Group Director of Internal Audit for the RSA Group.

After six years at EY as a consultant partner in their European risk division, in 2012 he decided to pursue a career as an independent Non-Executive Director and currently sits on the Boards of Allied World Assurance, Brightside Group, DAS Group and Wonga.


Alisdair McIntosh

Director of Policy & External Relations

Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors



Alisdair leads the IIA's policy programme, working closely with the Chief Executive and the Communications Director, to influence business leaders, policy makers, and regulators on internal audit's role and value in corporate governance, risk and internal control. In particular:

  • Generating policy positions, consulting the internal audit community
  • Conducting high quality research to support the institute's public affairs and communications work
  • Managing the institute's lobbying and policy consultation work
  • Supporting the executive team in raising the profile of the institute and enhancing its reputation.

Ian Singer

IT Assurance Partner

PKF Littlejohn



Ian is the IT Assurance partner of PKF Littlejohn and heads up the IT Assurance team.  He has many years’ experience of providing consultancy services to the insurance industry including advice to Insurance Companies, Brokers, Managing Agents and Intermediaries both within Lloyd’s and the wider London Market.  Ian also designs and implements computerised management information systems including financial ledgers, insurance policy administration systems, fulfilment systems and business intelligence.


Esther Stanhope

The Impact Guru



Once a terrified public speaker herself, Esther is now a professional keynote speaker, award winning author of the book Goodbye Glossophobia- Banish your fear of public speaking, and a former BBC Producer who helps leaders and professionals all over the world to speak with more presence & impact.  She’s worked with prime ministers & clients from Deloitte, Barclays and the British Army to nail their speeches, win pitches and overcome panel nerves.

She’s published several eBooks and audiobooks with Bookboon and has her own podcast series ‘Virtually Confident’ featuring many expert women in finance and leadership including Vanessa Vallely OBE and psychotherapist (former TV personality) Melinda Messenger.

She’s also the founder of the 80% Perfect Club – an online confidence coaching lifesaver for professionals who don’t have access to a one to one coach!