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North West committee

Our committee is made up of volunteers from a mixture of sectors including retail, not for profit, financial services, and local and central government; who bring a range of in-house, co-sourced and outsourced internal audit expertise and experience. 

We aim to provide high-value, local, topical events with leading presenters, support the interests of members in the local area and act as a communication channel between members and the central Institute.

There are a range of networking opportunities, which also count towards CPE obligations, and we always welcome suggestions from members on future topics and events.

If you are not a member already, please take a look at what we offer. There is something for everyone, whatever your sector, business or role and we are always pleased to see new faces.


Words from the chair

“The Committee is a fantastic group of people who all work towards providing the best possible experience to Northwest members. Whether it be joining the committee or simply exploring the attendance at one of our events, get in touch. We love interaction with fellow members.”

Chair, Paul Rao, UK Head of Not for Profit, Grant Thornton UK LLP


At a glance

Areas covered: Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside, and Isle of Man.


Courses, seminars and events

Our North West committee organises a number of events locally. Browse our forthcoming seminars and networking events to find out more.


Committee members

Chair of Northwest Committee: Paul Rao

Director, UK Head of Not for Profit, Grant Thornton 

Deputy Chair: Maxine Grainger

Group Audit & Risk Director, DFS 

Kim Cowell

Senior Internal Auditor, Government Internal Audit Agency

Joe Johnson

Client Director, Uniac

Chris H Jackson

Director/Risk & Advisory Services, BDO

Anne-Marie Harrop

Regional Assurance Director, MIAA 

Howard Munson

Risk Assurance Director, RSM

Stephen Duzinkewycz

Senior Manager, Financial Services - Extended Assurance, Risk & Regulation, EY

Tom Powell

Head of Audit and Risk Management at Manchester City Council and Bolton Council

Thomas Astell

Senior Analyst, Internal Audit, Bupa

Joseph Morgan

Global Head of Data Analytics and People Programmes Lead, Barclays Internal Audit

Wendy Welsh

IIA Committee Member