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Meet the Council

Sandro Boeri CMIIA (President)

Sandro is Head of Staff Development and Culture Assessment within Deutsche Bank’s group audit function. He was one of the founders of Risk Audit Professional Development and has a career in financial services corporate governance spanning more than forty years.

His main area of specialism is in the field of internal audit. He is also a major thought leader on culture in financial services as well as regulation in the fields of wholesale financial services. Sandro is a prominent speaker on subjects ranging from corporate governance to motivation in the workplace.


Anne Kiem, OBE – CEO (Director and Executive Team)

Anne Kiem joined the Chartered IIA in January 2023 having been Chief Executive of the Chartered Association of Business Schools for eight years. In that time the staff team has more than tripled as a result of significant new activities and income streams. She attributes this success to fantastic colleagues and supportive and dedicated members.

Her career to date has included membership organisations, education and financial services. She was awarded an OBE in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to small businesses and entrepreneurs.


Carolyn Clarke CMIIA (Deputy President)

Carolyn is an independent consultant providing specialist services that draw upon her in-house and advisory experience as Head of Audit, Risk and Control. She has almost 20 years’ board level experience in the not-for-profit sector and currently is Chair of Care International UK.

Carolyn spent 19 years at PwC, where she developed a deep specialism in the impact of culture and behaviours on risk, control, and assurance, and led the company’s client training business for more than a decade. Carolyn was a member of the Steering Group that developed the Institute of Internal Audit’s Code of Practice for Internal Auditors.


Steve Evenden CMIIA (Deputy President)

Steve is an audit leader with 20 years’ internal audit experience and specialises in retail financial services. He has built and led internal audit teams covering retail banking, corporate banking, insurance and asset management.

He is passionate about internal audit and the key role auditors play in supporting businesses and has a successful track record of building and developing teams and implementing forward thinking audit initiatives. In April 2020, Steve was appointed as the Interim Chief Internal Auditor for Nationwide and took the role permanently in October 2020.


Peter Elam, CMIIA QIAL CIA (Immediate Past President)

Peter is Group Head of Risk Management and Business Assurance at Anglo American, with 65 staff globally. He previously spent nine years as Head of Internal Audit at Novartis.

Prior to that, he spent 15 years at Shell in positions of increasing responsibility, latterly as CFO in China. 

Peter is a Chartered Internal Auditor and a Fellow of the UK Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. He has an MA in history and modern languages and an MPhil in Russian and east European studies from the University of Oxford.


Deepinder Chhabra (Co-opted Director)

Deepinder (Deep) is an EMEA GRC practice Leader of a Global Business Consulting Services firm based in the UK. He challenges, educates, and engages senior stakeholders on critical IT Governance, Risk Management and cybersecurity issues.

In addition, he encourages innovative thinking to generate actionable strategies for the secure adoption of disruptive technologies and digital transformation, enabling businesses to thrive while managing their cyber risks.

For over twenty years, he has consulted and worked with many of the world's largest organisations across diverse industry verticals.

He is an avid speaker. He has delivered keynotes and spoken at numerous conferences and events on wide-ranging topics such as Cybersecurity, Risk Management, Cloud Security, Threat Landscape, GDPR, Big Data Analytics, DevSecOps, Artificial Intelligence and the Future of payments.

Deep is an MBA and has attended Executive Education programs at the Indian Institute of Management, Harvard Business School, and Cranfield University.

Deep is the Director and Past President of the ISACA London Chapter. He also mentors several young professionals through Tech4Girls, ISACA London Chapter and ISACA Global.


Piyush Fatania CMIIA, CIA (Elected Director)

Piyush is Head of ARA (Audit, Risk & Assurance) which provides internal audit services to Gloucestershire County Council, Gloucester City Council, Stroud District Council and UBICO (a council owned company).

Piyush has 30 years’ internal audit experience in local government and the NHS. As a testament to his success and leadership qualities, an internal audit team previously led by Piyush were Highly Commended in the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy Public Finance Awards.

Piyush is passionate about internal audit in the public sector and, as a member of council, he represents fellow internal auditors by advising and supporting the Institute to increase its profile, influence in, and work for, the public sector.


Maria Ghibu (Co-opted Director)

Maria is a senior executive (FRM, ACCA and INSEAD MBA) with 18 years of experience leading tech-enabled businesses, her expertise spans Strategy, Operations, and Sales across Pharma/Biotech, Technology, and Financial Services. Passionate about innovation (shortlisted for the UK Women in IT “Innovator of the Year” Award), Maria is an expert in startup scale-up, business process re-engineering and data-driven commercial strategies.

Maria is a visionary and strategic leader with strong communications skills. She builds high-performing teams by creating trust and a psychologically safe working environment. Maria encourages her teams to seek challenging learning opportunities for development, to fail, and to find the courage to try again. Maria’s leadership is people-centric, inspiring, tenacious, and results driven.


Arleen McGichen CMIIA (Director at Large)

Arleen is the Group Chief Audit Officer at Royal London Group. She was previously Head of Internal Audit for Virgin Money and Ignis Asset Management (part of The Phoenix Group), and harnesses over 24 years experience in audit and risk management roles in the financial services sector.

Arleen has an MSc in risk management, investment management (IMC), along with treasury qualifications (CertT), and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland. She was awarded the George Leslie Kerr prize by the Institute.

 


Paddy Padmanathan – CFO (Executive Team)

Paddy is responsible for the Finance and the Business Change departments at the Institute.

He is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years’ experience in managing finance, IT, facilities and operations.

In his last role, he was the Director of Finance and Operations at the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

 


Clare Keon, CMIIA, M Inst D, Dip IOD (Elected Director)

Clare joined Avolon, a global leader in aircraft leasing, in April 2023 as SVP Risk Management & Compliance.  In her role she is responsible for developing and implementing an Operational Risk Management Program.

Prior to Avolon, Clare was the Global Director of Internal Audit for McKinsey & Co., Inc. She was appointed to this role at the start of 2019.  Clare actively developed an audit strategy which reflected the IIA IPPF and standards.  At the same time, she implemented a framework for people impact and growth; the circular framework addresses confidence, credibility and capability.

Clare is passionate about people, ensuring she promotes a culture of growth and inclusivity. 

Clare is a Chartered Internal Auditor and a Member of the Institute of Directors.


Roza Watson, CMIIA QIAL CIA (Elected Director)

Roza recently joined (March 2023) Willis Towers Watson as a Senior Audit Manager – Europe & International. Prior to that Roza was the UK Group Audit Country Lead at Zurich Insurance Plc.

Roza has worked both in Professional Practice firms such as Deloitte and Grant Thornton and in Industry including AIG and a small Lloyd’s Syndicate firm where she held a Head of Audit role. Roza has 18 years of experience in Internal Audit with 15 of these in managerial positions.  Roza's specialism is in the Insurance sector which she has been in since 2009.   

Roza is a Chartered Internal Auditor and has a Bachelors degree in Mathematics and Computer Science.


Marina McQuade CMIIA FCCA (Elected Director)

Marina is currently a Head of Risk and Compliance at National Grid plc, where she has been for six years. Together with her team of nine people, she is accountable for enabling the group-wide frameworks and Risk, Assurance, Corporate Audit and Compliance teams with the governance processes, reporting and technology that drives their GRC framework design and best practice delivery.

Marina is a Chartered Internal Auditor and a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. Her career to date has also included roles as Head of Internal Audit and Director of Risk and Business Assurance in retail, logistics, events, utilities, a membership organisation and in Central Government where she was Head of Audit for all Regulatory Authorities in the UK. She trained in public practice Chartered Accountancy with BDO. Marina serves as a past Chair and member of the Chartered IIA’s Midlands region Committee. She has also served on the Board of a successful NHS mental health hospital trust as a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit and Finance Committees.


Andrew Hinder CMIIA QIAL CIA CRMA CISA (Elected Director)

Andrew is currently Group Chief of Internal Audit for the Department of Energy Security and Net Zero and six of its arm’s length bodies. Prior to joining the Civil Service Andrew was Head of IT Assurance at BAE Systems and has 13 years’ experience working in the Internal Audit departments of FTSE 50 companies. Andrew trained at Deloitte and spent five years working within the Enterprise Risk Services division in both the UK and New Zealand.

Andrew has a degree in Banking and Finance and holds a range of Internal Audit, IT and Data certifications.


Saida Evans CMIIA (Elected Director)

Saida is head of business integrity for global supply and procurement at Diageo with 6 direct reports spread across different regions. Prior to that, she worked at EDF Energy for nearly 8 years where she held different roles, mainly in the nuclear project, audit and cyber. Saida is a Chartered auditor and Certified internal auditor and holds a Master’s degree in teaching English as a foreign language from University of Reading. Saida is passionate about inclusion & diversity, ESG and the developments within digital.


The Council is supported by the Company Secretary, Kim Reed.