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IIAG 2019 Conference - Thursday 13 - Friday 14 June - Fit for a digital age?

13 - 14 June 2019

9 am 13 June - 2pm 14 June

A dedicated conference for internal auditors and risk assurance professionals in the insurance industry - are our skills keeping pace with the changing risks of the digital world?

The IIAG - the leading industry group for assurance and risk professionals looks forward to welcoming you to its tenth conference, which will be held, once again, at The Grand Hotel, Brighton.

Internal auditors and risk assurance professionals are constantly needing to revise their skills to keep pace with the changing risks that organisations are facing in an increasingly digital world. Join us at our conference on 13th and 14th June to explore whether we are fit for a digital age.

The two day programme, chaired by Kevin Patience, will include presentations from:

Day One

  • Digital by default - What do I need from internal audit?
    • Jon Dye – CEO, Allianz UK
  • Governance and other aspects – an update from the FRC
    • Maureen Beresford - Corporate Governance Policy AdvisorFinancial Reporting Council
    • David Styles - Director of Corporate Governance and Stewardship,Financial Reporting Council
  • Internal Audit: Guardians in a Digital Age
    • ​James Maxwell - Partner, PwC
  • Next Generation Audit – fit for a digital age
    • ​Jacqui Fenech - DirectorProtiviti
    • Janene Johnson - Business Performance Improvement Manager, Protiviti
  • Delivering Agile
    • Ralph Daals - Chief Internal Auditor, RSA plc
  • Update from the CIIA
    • Ian Peters - CEO, Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors
  • The Only Way is Ethics
    • Dr Sebastian Bailey - President, Mindgym


Day Two

  • A NED’s Views
    • Bob Martin  - Non Executive Director
  • Raising the bar in risk management
    • Hanif Barma - Partner, Board Alchemy
  • Walking the talk
    • Katherine Bryant - Consultant, The Progress Partnership
  • Fraud Risk:  is it on your radar?
    • Jessca Wills - Partner and Head of Governance, Risk & Control Assurance - PKF Littlejohn
    • Robert Brooker - Co-Head of Forensic & Fraud - PKF Littlejohn 
  • What next?
    • David Parkinson - Partner - EY
    • David Sooby - Director - EY

Additionally delegates will be able to attend two breakout sessions selected from:

  • Allianz/ TeamMate - how to increase productivity and visibility
    • Rob Premble - Market Development Director, Wolters Kluwer Teammate
  • Idea - Data analytics 
    • James Loughlin - Head of Technical & Training Services, Auditware
  • Barclay Simpson - Recruiting, training and retaining your GenZs 
    • Russell Bunker - Director Internal Audit Division, Barclay Simpson
    • David Hornsby - Director Banking and FS Recruitment , Barclay Simpson

Great value delegate fee of £500 includes:

  • Attendance at Conference including lunch and refreshments on 13th and 14th June
  • Drinks reception at the Brighton Pavilion followed by Conference Dinner at The Grand on 13th June
  • Accommodation on 13th June
  • Use of spa facilities


Grand Hotel

97-99 Kings Road

East Sussex


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Speakers Profiles

Dr Sebastian Bailey

Co Founder and President

Mind Gym



Dr. Sebastian Bailey is a best selling author and Co Founder / President of corporate learning
consultancy Mind Gym.
Since the launch of the U.K. headquarters in 2001 and the U.S. office in 2006, Mind Gym has
worked with 62% of the FTSE 100 and 59% of the S&P. Dr. Bailey and Co Founder Octavius
Black have consulted with organisations from Microsoft, Unilever, Thomson Reuters, Google
and Accenture, to Zurich Financial Services, J. Crew and New York Life.
Sebastian and his team act as behaviour change agents by helping companies focus on their
employees’ needs first, and empowering professionals to think differently about their
work. Whether a company is redefining strategy, dealing with the aftermath of downsizing,
improving their customer service efforts or refreshing employee engagement practices, Mind
Gym’s dynamic methodologies which include a pioneering “bite size learning” approach
deliver a new and improved performance culture.
Prior to cofounding the Mind Gym, Sebastian worked for several years at the business
psychology consultancy Nicholson McBride. During his tenure, he provided strategies for
creativity and innovation to advertising agencies, leadership development for financial services
companies, and customer experience for the automotive industry.
Sebastian is the coauthor of numerous articles and has written three books, including Mind
Gym: Achieve more by thinking differently . He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in
Psychology with Cognitive Science from the University College of London, and a PhD from the
University of Bristol.

Hanif Barma


Board Alchemy



Founding partner at Board Alchemy, Hanif Barma has had a fifteen year career in governance, risk and assurance.  He has extensive experience of board and committee effectiveness reviews, as well as internal audit and risk reviews.  He has worked with a wide range of clients including plcs, private companies, subsidiaries, industry regulators and not-for-profit organisations.  He brings an excellent understanding of board culture and dynamics, board information and board processes.  Hanif's work with audit and risk functions means he brings an effective working knowledge of risk and assurance to his clients’ boards.  His work with boards and their committees means he brings valuable insights to risk and audit functions of their key stakeholders' needs and expectations.

Hanif is Co-founder of the Risk Coalition, a network of not-for-profit professional bodies and membership organisations committed to raising the standards of risk management in the UK.  The Risk Coalition launched the Risk Guidance Initiative in 2018 to meet the need for high-quality, principles-based, good-practice guidance for board risk committees and risk functions within the UK financial services sector. The outcome of this work is Raising the Bar, published in December 2019. 

Hanif also has a number of board and audit/risk committee positions, including as chair.  These pro-bono roles have given him practical experience of dealing with governance issues and have helped him ensure the advice he gives his clients is right-sized and fit-for-purpose.  He is also an Honorary Visiting Fellow at City University’s business school and a member of the Working Group of the Financial Reporting Council's Audit & Assurance Lab.  Prior to setting up Board Alchemy, Hanif was a founder partner at Independent Audit and a director at PwC.  He is a Chartered Accountant and has an MBA from London Business School.

Maureen Beresford

Corporate Governance Policy Advisor

Financial Reporting Council



Maureen is currently on secondment to the FRC from the Department of Business Environment and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).  Maureen joined the FRC in 2017 and over the last 18 months has worked on the consultation and drafting of the new UK Corporate Governance Code and has been responsible for supporting the Wates Coalition to produce the Wates Corporate Governance Principles for Private Companies.

Working at BEIS Maureen was head of the Company Law and Reporting Team with responsibility for both financial and non-financial reporting and the relationship with Companies House and the Insolvency Service. 

Prior to this Maureen has held a number of positions within BEIS/DTI including Assistant Director for small business policy and Assistant Director for Creative Industries.

Robert Brooker

Co- Head of Forensic & Fraud




Robert is PKF Littlejohn’s Co-Head of Forensic & Fraud, and has worked in the fraud, bribery and corruption space for over 20 years in both the public and private sectors. He specialises in fraud prevention, deterrence and detection and has investigated cases of cybercrime, money laundering, intellectual property and conflict of interest breaches.

Katherine Bryant


The Progress Partnership



The Progress partnership is a leadership development consultancy to the risk & insurance sector. With 25 years insurance experience as a broker, underwriter and COO, Katherine now works exclusively with organisations to help them develop robust decision-making strategies that combat bias, build high performance teams, develop client relationships & ultimately maximise the effectiveness of their business.

Russell Bunker

Director Internal Audit Division

Barclay Simpson



Russell joined Barclay Simpson in 2001 and has over 20 years recruitment experience.  He recruits business auditors for the insurance sector as well as technology focused auditors covering applications, infrastructure, change, analytics and cyber security. 

Ralph Daals

Chief Internal Auditor

RSA plc



Ralph is Group Chief Auditor at London-based RSA Insurance and a member of the Group’s Executive Team. Before joining RSA in 2014, he headed up Deloitte UK’s Internal Audit services to the Insurance Industry. He has also held senior audit positions at global insurer Aviva Plc.

Before moving to London in 2005, Ralph worked in Deloitte’s Risk Advisory practice in The Netherlands. He combines his less traditional background in organisational learning and behaviour with his extensive experience in audit, governance and risk management. He holds a Masters in International Business from Tilburg University, as well as a Masters in Finance from London Business School.

John Dye


Allianz UK



Jon joined Allianz in June 2003 as Director Claims. In 2007 he was appointed to the role of General Manager, Retail, responsible for trading activities for all personal lines products through broker, corporate partner and direct channels. He moved to his current position in July 2013. 

Before joining Allianz, he worked at Chubb Insurance Company in a variety of claims roles.  Prior to that, he spent nine years at Commercial Union, having joined that organisation as a Management Trainee in 1989.

Jon is also a Non-Executive Director of LV General Insurance Group, following the Joint Venture announced in 2017. He is a law graduate of Cambridge University and a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute.

Jacqui Fenech





Jacqueline Fenech is a Director leading Protiviti’s combined assurance services for Insurers.  Jacqui has over 20 years of experience working with insurers and other financial service players across a number of disciplines, including internal audit and risk and compliance.  Jacqui has recently spent her time as interim Group Head of Internal Audit and Internal Audit Strategic Director, responsible for restructuring the internal audit function and continuous internal audit planning, with complex insurance groups .  Over the years, Jacqui has worked with internal audit teams in a Subject Matter Expert (SME) capacity, covering the Senior Managers & Certification Regime (SMCR), Own Risk & Solvency Assessment (ORSA), internal capital model validation, board and governance effectiveness and compliance monitoring.  During her career, Jacqui spent stints with both the regulatory authority and with Lloyd’s of London, focusing on Solvency II implementation.  Jacqui is currently helping clients with their combined assurance agenda including within a digital context.

David Hornsby

Director - Banking and FS Audit Recruitment

Barclay Simpson



David has recruited internal auditors with Barclay Simpson for the past 19 years.  He recruits business focused internal auditors across the financial services sector including insurance, banking and asset management.  Prior to recruitment David worked as a commercial accountant for one of the Big 4 firms. 

Janene Johnson

Business Performance Improvement Manager




Janene is a Manager working within our Business Performance Improvement practice. Janene brings over 10 years of experience introducing operational excellence into finance functions focusing on process improvement & process re-engineering, operational benchmarking, financial & risk analysis and change management.

In her current role, Janene is part of the core team responsible for developing Protiviti’s digital solutions in order to address client needs and support the optimisation of their digital strategies. In particular, she has been focusing on the application of Process Mining, Business Intelligence and Robotic Process Automation (RPA) technologies to help clients improve performance and increase the efficiency and effectiveness of their operations.

James Loughlin

Head of Technical & Training

AuditWare Systems



James joined AuditWare Systems in 2009 as a software trainer and technical consultant, bringing with him a raft of business process and data analytics/business intelligence experience.

During his time as a software trainer and technical consultant, James was an ardent advocate of Computer Assisted Audit Techniques and Tools, providing varying levels of training and consultancy, as well as speaking at various events on the benefits of audit analytics.

Now heading up the Technical and Training area of AuditWare Systems, James now steers the changes of direction in CAATS education and services.

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.

James Maxwell





James is a Partner in PwC’s Assurance Division and leads PwC’s Risk, Governance and Controls proposition for Insurance and Asset Management clients. James leads the firm’s response and market facing activity in the emerging area of Operational Resilience, helping firms to understand and begin responding to the changing requirements the new regime will bring.

David Parkinson





David Parkinson leads EY’s Insurance Wealth and Asset Management Internal Audit solution. He has worked in Financial Services Internal Audit for over 20 years and is acting Head of Audit for multiple FTSE 250 firms.

Kevin Patience

Group Head of Audit

Direct Line Group plc



Kevin joined the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) in June 2010 as Head of Audit for Insurance, moving across to become the Group Head of Audit for Direct Line Group plc following the IPO in 2012. He began his career within retail management before training as a Chartered Accountant. Shortly after qualification, Kevin joined the internal audit function within Lloyds Bank. Kevin remained within the Insurance and Investments division of,  what became, the Lloyds Banking Group for the next 10 years working in a variety of senior Internal Audit, Compliance, Risk and Finance roles. Kevin moved to Aviva plc in 2002 where his roles over the next five years included heading up the Group Compliance function and leading the internal audit teams for the corporate centre, international operations and UK general insurance business. Prior to joining RBS, Kevin spent two years leading the non-life Internal Audit consulting team for Deloitte in which capacity he also led a number of co-source and outsource internal audit contracts in the general insurance market.

Rob Pemble

Market Development Director,

Wolters Kluwer TeamMate



Rob has worked within the audit technology domain for nearly 15 years in a variety of roles, he currently manages the Market Development team within EMEA for TeamMate.  The Market Development department is focused on understanding the needs of clients and prospects within region to ensure that the TeamMate value proposition is aligned.  Rob also works closely with Product Management to ensure that audit market trends and client feedback are communicated for roadmap evaluation.


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.

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.


Jessica Wills

Partner and Head of Governance, Risk & Control Ass

PKF Littlejohn



Jessica is a Partner at PKF Littlejohn and head of the firm’s Governance, Risk & Control Assurance team.  A qualified chartered accountant and insurance industry expert with over 18 years’ experience, Jess works with insurance companies, Lloyd’s Syndicates and insurance brokers on issues such as governance and board effectiveness, risk management, IT assurance and SOX compliance.