Audit and Assurance Council Members
Sue Harris is an independent non-executive director and chair of the audit and risk committee of Abcam an AIM listed biotech company, an Independent Director of Schroders &Co, a member of the Audit and Risk committee of Schroder’s Wealth Management Division and an independent director of Bank of Ireland UK and Barclays UK Retirement Fund. She was previously a non executive director of Saint James’s Place, chair of the Finance and Audit Committees at Mencap (the leading charity for people with a learning disability) and Chair of Trustees of KCP Youth. She has held senior executive positions in the Financial Services and Retail sectors. Most recently at Lloyds Banking Group she was Group Audit Director and prior to that the Group's Financial Control Director, the Director leading the Bank’s potential accession into the Government Asset Protection Scheme, Finance Director of LBG's Retail Bank and Finance Director of Cheltenham & Gloucester. She has held a number of other senior finance executive positions including as Managing Director Finance at Standard Life and as Head of Corporate Development and Group Treasurer of Marks & Spencer.
Mary is a fellow of the Institure of Chartered Accountants in Ireland. Mary has been a partner with PwC Ireland since 2005. She has worked and continues to act as audit partner across a diverse portfolio of complex clients, including listed and large private entities. She also leads PwC Ireland's audit methodology group, with responsibility for the implemenation of audit methodology and policies in the Irish Practice.
Olivier Beroud is an independent non-executive director, chairs the risk committee of Stratford Art Trust and runs a consultancy, Beroud Consulting. He specialises in credit ratings and risk analysis, corporate governance and pension covenant assessments. He held a number of senior finance executive positions including as Managing Director, EMEA head at Moody's Investor Services, where he led Moody’s EMEA business, sitting on the main EU board and on the boards of subsidiaries in Israel, Russia and South Africa. Prior to that he ran a risk department at Barclays Commercial Bank, focusing on the banks' grading systems and spent 10 years at Standard & Poor's as a senior analysts and chair of various rating committees. Olivier lectures on risk, credit ratings and financial analysis, mainly in the U.K. and France.
Paul Cox Member Prior to becoming Senior Lecturer of Finance at University of Birmingham Paul was an equity fund manager at Kleinwort Benson Investors. Paul is an Investment adviser at The National Employment Savings Trust (NEST) and since 2007 has provided pension and investment expertise to the Department for Work and Pensions, Personal Accounts Delivery Authority, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, and Ministry of Justice. Paul is an academic member on the Occupational Pension Fund Stakeholder Group of the European Insurance and Occupational Pension Fund Authority (EIOPA). In 2017 Paul was engaged by the European Commission to support countries become future European Union member states by drafting amendments to existing national legislation on voluntary pension funds, capital market laws, and cross-border pension activity in order to harmonise with EU law. This included introducing new methods and methodologies to support the national supervisor carry out its work. Paul has a PhD in finance.
Bryan is an experienced independent director with a UK challenger bank, an FS regulatory services provider and various early stage fintech and regtech companies. He has more than 10 years board, audit, risk and assurance committee experience in private and public sectors, including an LSE listed company, the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP), DCLG and a further education body.
Bryan is a Visiting Professor with Bristol Business School. He lectures on board governance, risk, assurance and business model improvement at Henley, Oxford and the London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG).
In addition to his IoD Fellow and Chartered Director qualifications, Bryan is also a Chartered Engineer, BCS, IDM and CIM Fellow, CISI Member and holder of the ACCA Certified Diploma in Accounting & Finance. Bryan's international executive career was primarily with IBM Corporation and previously with Nestle.
Jane Fuller is a Fellow of the CFA Society of the UK and serves on its Financial Reporting and Analysis Committee. She is co-director of the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation, an independent think-tank in financial services, and runs a consultancy, Fuller Analysis. She specialises in savings and investment, and corporate governance. A former financial editor and Lex writer at the Financial Times, she continues to train FT journalists and is a columnist with Accounting & Business, the ACCA magazine.
Kari is a senior Audit Partner with Deloitte, focused to serving clients in the FTSE 100.
A chartered accountant and a partner since 1997, Kari has extensive experience in audit, regulation, governance advisory and risk consulting. He is presently the senior statutory auditor for Anglo American PLC, Severn Trent PLC and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, having served RBS in that role between 2010 and 2014.
From 2004-2006 Kari was Director, Finance Strategy & Risk at the UK FSA, responsible for finance and risk management, strategic planning, policy impact assessment and international co-ordination. He was also Sector Leader at the FSA for Accountancy and Auditing, in which role he chaired the Audit Quality Forum working group that produced the publication “Fundamentals – Audit Purpose”.
Scott Knight is the Head of Audit and Assurance for BDO LLP having been a partner in since 2003. He specialises in auditing natural resources and commodity trading companies and audits a number of listed and AIM companies. He regularly writes on governance issues in smaller listed companies and is a member of the judging panel of the NED Awards. Scott joined BDO in 1993, having obtained a BA in Economics (specialising in Economic Development of International Trade) from the London School of Economics in the same year. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with the ICAEW in 1997.
Stephen Oxley is a senior partner at KPMG.
Based in London, Stephen qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1996 and has been a partner with the firm since 2001. He has worked across a number of industries and in various roles including audit and management consulting; advising clients on financial reporting and accounting; acquisitions and divestments; business integration; corporate governance and financing. He is the currently the senior statutory auditor for BHP Billiton, Johnson Matthey and Smith and Nephew.
Jerry Wedge is a NED and Chair of the Audit Committee at North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group and a NED at the Bar Council. Jerry is also Treasurer of The Royal Alfred Society, a maritime charity. Jerry is former NED and Chair of the Audit Committee at Essex Primary Care Trust.
Jerry is former Director of Finance and Support Services at Trinity House and throughout his career has held a number of senior finance positions, including as Director of Resources at the Disability Rights Commission, Director Corporate Services at the British Communications and Tecnnology Agency and Director of Finance at Wigan Borough Partnership.
Jerry is a chartered accountant with an economics degree and an MBA.
Irish Auditing & Accounting Supervisory Authority (IAASA)
Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA)
Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)