South West committee

Welcome to the South West committee


The South West committee has a proven track record of providing excellent, enjoyable events and functions to engage its members and inform their learning.

The committee occupies an idyllic part of the UK stretching Cornwall to Somerset that provides the perfect platform for spreading word of the Institute regionally.

Watch South West committee Chair, John Chesshire, in action at the South West Conference 2019.

Words from the Chair

We can help you meet your CPE obligations through a range of relevant, topical and engaging events – or even by volunteering on the committee.

If you aren’t already a member, 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.

Thank you for visiting our site – and I hope to see you at an event soon!

John Chesshire CFIIA, Chair

At a glance

  • Areas covered: Gloucestershire, Bristol, Wiltshire, Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall, as well as the Isles of Scilly.
  • Did you know that South West England is one of nine official regions in England, and the largest by area at 9,200 square miles?

Courses, seminars and events

For details of all courses, seminars and events provided by our South West committee, visit our Training & Events section.

Meet the team

John Chesshire CFIIA, Chair

John holds several senior internal audit and risk management positions and runs a successful internal audit consultancy and training business. Until December 2020, he was the Chief Assurance Officer for the Government of Guernsey.

John is a Fellow of the Institute with over 20 years’ experience in internal audit, risk management and governance roles. He has been closely involved with the South West committee for much of this time - as a delegate at events, a volunteer and most recently as Regional Committee Chair. 

In 2019, John received our JJ Morris Distinguished Service Award for his outstanding contribution to internal audit.

Darren Cooper, CMIIA/CIA, Vice Chair

Darren Cooper is currently an Audit Manager for Nationwide and has worked in audit roles in both the public and private sector for over ten years. Prior to joining the audit profession, he worked as a Counter Fraud Specialist.

After attending many South West regional events, he joined the committee as a volunteer in 2017 and continues to play an active role as Vice Chair.

Darren said: “The South West committee plays a vital role in sharing skills, knowledge and experience across our membership network and I’m delighted that I can play a part in that”

Committee members

Beth Lockwood

Geoff Williams IaCert

Jason Carne
Committee member

Francesca Doman
Committee member

Lee Elliott-Cartwright
Committee member

Karen Jones CMIIA
Committee member

Daniel Newens
Committee member

Rod Viggers CMIIA
Committee member

Nishtha Sharma
Committee member

Get in touch

Got a question? The South West committee's events programme is supported by Natesha Coke, who would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

You can reach Natesha on email at or via telephone on 020 7819 1928.