Audit Quality Review Committee Members
Anne Whitaker is a former EY Audit partner with a portfolio of non-Executive and charity roles, including independent NED and Audit Committee Chair at Markel International Insurance Company Ltd and Chair of the Risk and Audit Committee at Hitachi Capital (UK) plc. As the former Head of Audit and Risk Partner for EY’s UK Financial Services Practice, Anne specialised in asset management audits, including funds and investment trusts as well as other financial services. Some of Anne’s previous non-Executive roles include NED and Audit Committee Chair at Barts Health NHS Trust and Chair of the Audit and Risk Assessment Committee of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA). She has also previously volunteered as an advisor for MicroVentures (a microfinance charity operating in Malawi).
Charles is a director of the UK Shareholders’ Association, helping in their policy team. He is a former executive of Invesco, from where he retired at the end of May 2019, having supported Invesco's UK Equities team as Business Manager with their corporate finance and governance activities, specialising in the UK Takeover Code, primary market transactions, shareholder engagement, company reporting and auditing. He participated in the Quoted Companies Alliance working group on the 2019 edition of the QCA's Audit Committee Guide. He continues his interest in company reporting and auditing through participating in Company Reporting and Auditing Group and Corporate Reporting User's Forum activities.
Charles trained as a Chartered Accountant at Blease Lloyd & Co, before moving to Touche Ross & Co (now Deloitte) where he became a senior audit manager responsible for several financial institutions' clients, including Perpetual plc (now Invesco) and Nationwide Anglia Building Society. He then joined Invesco in 1994 and worked in several senior roles, including Head of Fund Administration and Accounting, Head of Global Investment Operations and Head of Invesco Perpetual’s Investment Management Operations.
Stephen is an Independent Non-Executive Director and Audit Committee Chair designate of Gama Aviation Plc. He also Chairs the Finance & Investment Committee and sits on the Audit Committee at Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, and is a member of the Regulatory Decisions Committee of the Financial Conduct Authority. He serves as a Governor of Reading Blue Coat School, and was until recently a Trustee and Treasurer of New Forest Heritage.
Stephen retired as a senior partner with PwC in 2016, after almost 3 decades’ extensive participation in Main Board and Audit Committee meetings with publicly listed companies in many countries and across a wide range of industry sectors. His experience is comparable to having served as an Independent Non-Executive Director with over 40 publicly listed companies. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.
Stephen served in management roles as Head of Marketing & Business Development for the South Region, Senior Partner of PwC's West London office and as UK Technology Industry Leader. From 2001-2011 he was a global relationship and lead engagement partner in PwC's London Top Tier Assurance practice working internationally with leading FTSE, NYSE, NASDAQ, CAC40, DAX and other Fortune 500 groups, before moving to strengthen PwC's presence in the Thames Valley where he worked additionally with several major AIM and mid-market companies.
His subject matter expertise includes accounting, assurance and financial reporting under International, US and UK GAAP/GAAS, capital markets, corporate governance and internal control, M&A, performance improvement, recovery, restructuring and remuneration. He has acted as expert witness in High Court cases representing clients on these and directors’ fiduciary responsibility matters.
Colin McCarthy-Little is currently the Head of Group Audit of International Airlines Group (IAG) leading the audit strategy and delivery across the Group. IAG is the parent company of British Airways, Iberia, Vueling, Aer Lingus, LEVEL, IAG Cargo, Avios and IAG GBS. Colin is also the Chair of the Audit and Compliance Committee of the oneworld Management Company and is a member of the UK Regional Committee of the Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand.
Colin trained with KPMG Australia, where he worked in the assurance practice across a range of industries including Financial Services, Defence, Oil & Gas and Biotechnology. In 2008 he moved to KPMG London where he was a Senior Audit Manager on financial institutions including HSBC and ICICI Bank.