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Keynote speakers at Internal Audit 2018

Daniel Finkelstein

Journalist and politician

Daniel's work as a political commentator has seen him win Political Commentator of the Year in 2010, 2011 and 2013 from the UK Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards as well as Journalist of the Year by the Political Studies Association. He writes a weekly political column for The Times and is associate editor at the paper.

Prior to The Times, Daniel was special adviser to David Cameron and George Osborne and was appointed as a conservative peer to the House of Lords in 2013. He is also a former chairman of the Policy Exchange and was awarded the OBE in 1997. He also writes a popular weekly column on football for which he was made Journalist of the Year by the Royal Statistical Society in 2013.

Dr Helen Pankhurst

International development and women's rights activist and author

The great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst, Helen carries on the legacy of the suffragette movement and leads the annual #March4Women event ahead of International Women’s Day in London. She established the Centenary Action Group, a coalition convened to increase women’s political participation and address the barriers faced by women leaders.

Helen has worked for a number of international development charities. Currently she is CARE International's senior adviser, working in the UK and Ethiopia. Her focus is on urban and rural development, water hygiene and sanitation and women's rights. Helen will be signing copies of  her book, Deeds Not Words, the Story of Women’s Rights, Then and Now, at the conference.

Read our interview with Helen in Audit & Risk magazine

Misha Glenny

Cyber crime expert, journalist and author

Misha is an international expert on cyber security and organised crime. Like his best seller McMafia, his book on cyber crime, DarkMarket: How Hackers Became the New Mafia, is based primarily on interviews with people actively engaged in criminal activity.

As a BBC correspondent Misha covered the revolutions in Eastern Europe and in 1993 won a Sony Gold Award for his work in the former Yugoslavia. In 2012, he was named UK Information Security Investigative Journalist of the Year. 

Misha is currently writing two television drama series, one focusing on crime and corruption in Rio de Janeiro, and the second, a political thriller about hackers.

Liam Halligan

Economist, broadcaster and journalist

Since 2003, Liam has written his weekly Economics Agenda column in The Sunday Telegraph – which has been recognised with a British Press Award.

Between 2007 and 2013, he was chief economist at Prosperity Capital Management, the world’s largest Russia/CIS-focused asset manager, controlling investments worth over $4bn for a range of institutional clients from Europe, the US and the Middle East.

Prior to that, Liam was the economics correspondent at Channel 4 news and researched, wrote and presented several documentaries for the Channel 4 Dispatches series.

Read our interview with Liam in Audit & Risk magazine

Ben Page  

Chief executive, Ipsos MORI 

A frequent writer and speaker on leadership and performance management, Ben has directed hundreds of surveys examining service delivery, customer care and communications. 

He was named one of the 100 most influential people in the public sector by The Guardian and has won a British Market Research Association award and a Market Research Society medal. Ben has worked at Ipsos MORI since graduating University in 1987.

He has also served on a wide range of independent commissions and reviews and is currently a member of advisory boards at the CBI, Kings Fund, Institute of Public Policy Research and the Social Market Foundation. 

Esther Stanhope

'The impact guru'

Esther is a personal impact coach and communications expert for lawyers, bankers and professionals – giving them the skills they need to win business and get promoted. Esther is a former Live BBC producer and has interviewed George Clooney and Madonna, and produced shows with Theresa May and Boris Johnson live on air.

She now uses her 27 years of broadcasting and business expertise to help professionals speak with more impact and confidence.

Ross Sleight

Chief strategy officer, Somo

Ross is a digital strategist. He is fascinated by the relationship between the exponential growth of digital technology, the adoption and evolution of customer behaviour and the transformation of business to adapt to these new landscapes. He has spent 25 years in digital as the world has evolved from desktop to social to mobile to AR, VR, AI and beyond.

Today Ross advises global brands such as Audi and HSBC on generating product experiences that engage customers and staff. He is also an advisory board member to startups including inploi, yodomo and One Question, and arts organisations LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre) and Leamington Art in the Park Festival. 

Joshua Reddaway

Director, National Audit Office

Joshua is the NAO's director for work and pensions. He also heads the NAO's commercial and contracting community of practice. He joined the NAO in 2002, trained as a Chartered Accountant, and specialised in value for money audit of government.

In 2018 his published value for money studies include an investigation into errors in employment and support allowance, investigation into the government’s handling of the collapse of Carillion, and rolling out universal credit.