Meet the Council

Peter Elam, CMIIA QIAL CIA – President (Director at Large)

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.

Dermot Byrne, CMIIA QIAL CPFA MA - Deputy President (Elected Director)     

Dermot is Head of Audit in the two central finance ministries in Ireland, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and the Department of Finance. His role includes heading up the Audit Authority for EU Fund Programmes in Ireland.

He has over 30 years of management experience in both external and internal audit across Ireland’s government departments and wider public sector including international aid programmes between the UK and Ireland. He has also served on, and chaired, several public sector audit committees.

Moya Moore CMIIA, ACA, QIAL – Deputy President (Elected Director)

As Executive Director, Moya oversees the provision of internal audit services for a range of public sector clients at SWAP. Her areas of responsibility include design, development and delivery of agile annual plans, senior client liaison and performance management.

She is an active member of SWAP’s senior leadership team, and leads a team of geographically dispersed auditors, all the while supporting the company through informed and constructive challenges on key decisions, initiatives, and strategy.

John Wood – CEO (Director and Executive Team)

John was appointed as Interim CEO on 2 January 2020 and is currently the executive leader of the Institute on behalf of the Council, until the appointment of a Permanent CEO – which is expected in 2022.He is an experienced CEO and Chairman who specialises in advising and leading organisations undergoing development and growth.

John possesses a mixture of third sector and commercial experience. He was formally an MD/CEO of SME’s in packaging and point of sale and, before that, worked in management consulting. He has also held various operational, technical and commercial roles in the metals and chemicals sectors.

Carolyn Clarke CMIIA (Elected Director)

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.

Paul Day CMIIA (Director at Large)

Paul is the Group Chief Internal Auditor for Lloyds Banking Group and a former Partner for Deloitte, in charge of their UK financial services and banking internal audit teams.

He has specialised in internal and external audit roles across financial services for over 20 years and has held various leadership positions at Barclays.

Paul studied at Cambridge University, holds an MBA from Manchester Business School and is a Member of the Internal Audit Panel of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.

Sandro Boeri (Elected Director)

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. 

Steve Evenden (Elected Director)

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.

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.

Arleen McGichen CMIIA (Elected Director)

Arleen is the Head of Internal Audit for Virgin Money, and harnesses over 20 years’ experience in audit and risk management roles in the financial services sector. She has previously held Head of Audit positions at Clydesdale Bank and Ignis Asset Management (part of The Phoenix Group).

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.

Elizabeth Stevenson PIA, CIA, CRMA, ACAMs (Elected Director)

Elizabeth is an experienced Internal Auditor of over 20 years, who’s worked mainly in financial services, and focused particularly on compliance and financial crime. She’s held numerous audit roles and supported compliance teams at major banking organisations.

Elizabeth possesses the audit qualifications PIIA, CIA, CRMA, along with various compliance certifications.

She’s currently an Executive Director and Audit Chief Operating Officer for SMBC Bank International plc, where she has worked for the past six years.

Gary Stewart CMIIA, QIAL, ITAC (Elected Director)

Gary is currently the Head of Assurance and Risk at the Low Carbon Contracts Company, which helps to shape and implement schemes to enable low-carbon investment at a low cost to the consumer. 

He has significant experience in the profession, having previously served as the Head of Internal Audit across various regulatory, cultural, and government bodies.

Prior to his current role, Gary worked within professional services and central government.


Jon Whitfield, CMIIA QIAL CIA (Director at Large)

Jon is a CMIIA-Qualified Auditor with an MSC in internal audit and management.

In 2004, he was appointed as Head of Internal Audit for the Department for Trade and Industry, and, since then, has held down various similar roles including a Chief Executive position for the Government Internal Audit Agency.

Jon was awarded a CBE in the 2014 New Year’s Honours List for Services to Government Audit and is a co-opted director of 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.

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