South West Conference

SW@40: Looking forward with 2020 vision

New date: 18 - 19 November | Bristol 

South West Conference postponed

The safety of our delegates is important to us and, following recent government announcements, we are postponing our conference, which was scheduled to take place on 12-13 May.

The new date will be 18 - 19 November 2020. The venue is unchanged – Bristol Marriott Royal, Bristol.

Please feel free to email if you have any queries. We look forward to welcoming you to our conference in November. 

Join us for the South West Committee's 40th anniversary celebrations at what promises to be our largest annual conference ever at a bright new venue right in the heart of Bristol.

With more speakers than ever before, together with a range of breakout sessions for you to choose from, we have put together a flexible, action-packed programme that offers excellent value for money and incredible insight into our changing internal audit, governance, risk and control worlds. Book your place, and help get better prepared for the next 40 years!

 Why you should attend

  • Stay up-to-date with best practice procedures for effective internal auditing and risk management
  • Gather and share ideas on improving the efficiency of your team with your peers
  • Network with other audit and risk professionals in a relaxed and friendly environment
  • Team build with fellow colleagues.

The Venue

Bristol Marriott Royal
College Green

CPE competency areas covered

  • Internal audit delivery
  • Improvement and innovation
  • Technical expertise

Day 1 - 6 CPE points | Day 2 - 5 CPE points | Attend both days and receive 11 CPE points

Day One - Wednesday 18 November

08.00 Coffee and registration
09:15 - 09:25

Andrew Ellins - Day Chair

09:25 - 09:30

Conference app introduction

09:30 - 10:15

Some things don't change: how best to deliver an effective internal audit
Stephen Maycock - Internal Audit and Risk Management Consultant

10:15 - 11:00 Internal audit hot topics for 2020 and beyond
Liz Sandwith - Chief Professional Practices Advisor, Chartered IIA
11:00 - 11:15 Refreshments
11:20 - 12:00 Breakout sessions

Previous challenges faced by the profession and what lies ahead
Gerry Cox - Past President, Chartered IIA 


How internal audit can get the best from data analytics
Neil Macdonald - Operational Director, Technology4Business Ltd 


The career path of an internal auditor
Holly Sykes - Head of Internal Audit, Risk, Fraud and Insurance, Cornwall County Council

12:05 - 12:50

Practical culture auditing
Sandro Boeri - Global Lead for Staff, Deutsche Bank

12:50 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 14:45

Board expectations of internal audit and how we can seek to deliver these
Hunada Nouss - Chair of the Audit committee and Adele Westcott, Head of Internal Audit, Met Office

14:50 - 15:30 Breakout sessions

Women in internal audit network | Discussion of the network, the challenges women face in internal audit and future intentions
Frances Hawkins


Doing more with less: how to overcome the challenges
Neil Pitman - Head of Internal Audit, SIAP

  Certified Internal Auditor: exam hints and tips
Jan Olivier - Learning Manager, Chartered IIA
15:30 - 15:45 Refreshments
15:50 - 16:30

Thoughts from your president
Paul Manning - President, Chartered IIA

16:30 - 17:00

A discussion with the CEO
John Wood - Interim CEO, Chartered IIA

17:00 - 17:05

Closing remarks
Andrew Ellins


Pre-dinner drinks




After dinner speaker | History of the Chartered IIA 
Jeff Ridley - Chartered IIA past president 

 Day Two - Thursday 19 November

08:30 - 09:00 Coffee and registration
09.00 - 09.10

John Chesshire - Day Chair

09:10 - 09:55

New and emerging risk
Clive Thompson - Deputy Chairperson, Institute of Risk Management

09:55 - 10:40

Handling difficult internal audit conversations
Rachel Bowden - ThinkingAudit 

10:40 - 11:00 Refreshments
11:00 - 11:45

Title to be confirmed
Sam Des Forges - MOD Director of Defence Performance, Analysis, Planning, Risk, Assurance and Counter Fraud

11:50 - 12:30 Breakout sessions

Using internal audit to change your organisation
Dan Harvey - Group Head of Internal Audit Spirax, Sarco


Lean auditing: practical hints and tips
James Paterson - Risks and Assurance Insights


Aftermath: ethical dilemmas for internal auditors
Liz Sandwith - Chief Professional Practices Advisor, Chartered IIA 

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch 
13:30 - 14:15

Another Hundred Years: Global relevance, organisational strategy, and assurance
Veesh Sharma - Director of Global Assurance, Save the Children

14:15 - 15:00

Auditing culture and behaviours
Helen Morris, Senior Manager, PWC

15:00 - 15:10

Closing remarks
John Chesshire


iPad prize draw

Conference with dinner and accommodation

Member price : £475 + VAT  
Non-member price : £599 + VAT  

Book full conference with dinner and accommodation

Conference with dinner

Member price : £385 + VAT 
Non-member price : £515 + VAT 

Book full conference with dinner

Day one 

Member price : £235 + VAT 
Non-member price : £299 + VAT 

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Day one with dinner

Member price : £310 + VAT 
Non-member price : £380 + VAT 

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Day two

Member price : £225 + VAT 
Non-member price : £299 + VAT 

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Group bookings

If you would like to make a group booking please click here.


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