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).
David joined Ernst and Young in 1976, becoming an Audit Partner in 1986 and proceeding to run an Audit Division before leaving in 1995 to become Group CFO of BZW, Barclays' then Investment Bank. He returned to E&Y in 1998 as Managing Partner of the London Financial Services Office. In 2003, David became CFO for Deutsche Bank's global Investment Bank and also subsequently became Deputy Group CFO. David retired in 2012 and is currently a non-executive director of Morgan Stanley's European business where he chairs the regional Audit Committee.
Charles joined the UK Equities team at Invesco Perpetual in 2014 to oversee its corporate finance activities; primary transactions execution; operations, controls and compliance requirements, and shareholder engagement activities. He first joined Invesco Perpetual in 1994 and has worked in a number of senior roles, including Head of Fund Administration and Accounting, Head of Global Investment Operations and Head of Invesco Perpetual’s Investment Management Operations.
Charles’ career began in 1979 at Blease Lloyd & Co where he trained as a Chartered Accountant. In 1985, he moved to Touche Ross & Co (now Deloitte), where he became a senior audit manager responsible for a number of financial institutions' clients including Perpetual plc and Nationwide Anglia Building Society.
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.