Ian’s 40 year career in Internal Audit started in the National Health Service in the East Midlands. In the late 1980’s Ian secured his first “Chief Internal Auditor” position in West Yorkshire and swiftly moved to Bradford Health Authority as Director of Internal Audit. Whilst at Bradford, Ian was able to take advantage of the health service reforms of the early 1990’s to create one of the first NHS internal audit consortia, branded as The Aire Valley Internal Audit Consortium.
Success in the market, with tender wins in the NHS and further and higher education, resulted in the team doubling in size to 25 FTE. During this time, Ian recognised the need to develop a capability to audit technical IT areas, and therefore established one of the first “computer audit” teams, in the NHS. Ian was also part of the national project to introduce counter fraud specialists in the NHS, including piloting the Local Counter Fraud Specialist qualification.
In 2000 Ian took the opportunity to work in the private sector for Bentley Jennison (a legacy organisation to RSM). Ian rapidly grew his client portfolio in health, further and higher education, local and central government, charities and housing, making Partner in 2004. Ian was instrumental in the development of the firm’s counter fraud and technology risk assurance teams.
Following a few years working as an independent consultant, Ian re-joined the NHS in 2016 to merge three internal audit teams in the North East of England to form AuditOne.
Ian’s previous experience of risk based audit and commitment to counter fraud and technology risk assurance and ensured that AuditOne has created an outstanding level of service offering in these areas.
In the period 2010 to 2022 Ian held the position of co-opted member of the audit committee and then Board Director at York St John University.
Stuart began his career in a large private accountancy firm in Middlesbrough, where he qualified as a chartered certified accountant and worked as an external auditor and supported client tax investigations.
He moved to the NHS in 1996 and, for the majority of the time since then, he has held senior management positions within internal audit and is currently the Director of Assurance Services and Deputy Managing Director of AuditOne.
Carl joined the NHS as a trainee auditor in 1988. He has worked through the ranks in a variety of audit roles in the precursor organisations to AuditOne, including a secondment to a governance role in a client organisation. He was Acting Director of Audit prior to the creation of AuditOne and is currently in the role of Associate Director of Business Assurance.
Carl has developed and maintained board level relationships across a range of acute, mental health and commissioning clients and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors. Carl is currently leading on our approach to system wide assurance with the introduction of integrated care organisations.
Wayne has had a varied career providing risk, governance and advisory services to all types of public sector clients. Starting his career with the National Health Service (NHS), Wayne joined the Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust in 1996 as a trainee and spent two years working across all areas of the Finance Teams.
Wayne then spent most of his career working with PwC in Newcastle. During that time Wayne became a senior manager and specialised with the provision of internal audit services across the public sector although his portfolio was mainly weighted around working with the Education and Health sectors. He was the national lead alongside a partner and director providing funding assurance for the further education sector regulator and worked across England. Wayne also provided assurance on several high profile assignments such as the national compensation scheme for nearly 800,000 former British Coal employees, was seconded to PwC’s risk function to develop internal audit approaches across the public sector as well as undertaking a secondment to the housing regulator to lead on complex due diligence reviews.
In 2018 Wayne joined AuditOne to build on his extensive experience of providing internal audit services and consultancy services to public sector clients.
Preetha Kumar works as an Associate Director heading the Technology, Risk and Assurance team for AuditOne. Preetha also leads on AuditOne’s digital and data strategy programme.
Preetha has over 20 years of experience within Financial Services, Retail, and Technology organisations in India, US, and UK leading and managing various IT and Operational audits including assurance on technology transformation activities. She started her career in GE delivering various six sigma and quality initiatives internationally from India and relocated to UK 17 years ago and has worked with organisations like TSYS (Financial Technology), Morrisons (Retail) and Drax (Energy). Her last role was within Group IT Risk and Internal Audit for Drax Power, providers of national infrastructure services. During her time with Drax, Preetha led on Information Technology and Security Risk Management, Governance and Compliance supporting IT transformation and the newly defined IT operating model for Drax IT.
Preetha is passionate about supporting local community and serves as a co-opted governor for Doncaster College to further the development and excellence in colleges. She believes that technology advancements are integral to the culture and transformation of educational needs and wants to utilise her expertise by supporting the college on its digital journey as a governor.
Michelle spent the first 12 years of her career as a police officer in Northumbria Police, working in both uniform and specialist crime roles. In 2002, she began working for the NHS Counter Fraud Operational Service as an investigator, dealing with high profile and high value cases of fraud against the NHS in the North-East and Yorkshire areas.
In 2011, Michelle had a career change and moved to the Care Quality Commission as a compliance inspector for both social care and NHS providers. However, her interest in dealing with NHS fraud saw her return to NHS Protect in 2013 where, for the next 5 years, she performed the role of senior quality and compliance inspector. This involved leading on quality assessments of locally delivered counter fraud services across the north of England. During this time, Michelle was also a pivotal member of the organisation’s working group to devise and review the national NHS Standards for Providers and Commissioners – Fraud, bribery and corruption. She also launched and ran a national project to ensure engagement and adherence to the standards from independent healthcare providers, where necessary.
Michelle joined AuditOne in May 2018 as a counter fraud manager, with joint responsibility for the effective delivery of counter fraud services to over 20 NHS primary and secondary care organisations and independent healthcare providers. Since then, she has expanded her portfolio to become our head of operations for reactive work undertaken.
In addition to her qualifications to carry out NHS counter fraud work, Michelle is also an accredited security management specialist; she holds a BSI Diploma in Quality Management and is a UK Mediation Accredited Mediator (Level 4).
Rebecca joined the NHS in 1996, working in GP fundholding and primary care contracting before becoming a counter fraud specialist in 2002. In 2007, Rebecca became Head of Counter Fraud, responsible for the in-house counter fraud service for 2 primary care trusts (PCTs) and a strategic health authority before undertaking this role for the 6 PCTS in NHS South West London.
Rebecca then continued to lead the collaboration of counter fraud provision for NHS South London, consisting of 12 PCTs before moving to NHS South London Commissioning Support Unit where she led the counter fraud service for 13 clinical commissioning groups across South London and Surrey.
Rebecca then joined the counter fraud team at King’s College Hospital in November 2013 where she played a pivotal role in securing the Cabinet Office’s counter fraud award for outstanding internal fraud initiative in 2016.
Rebecca joined AuditOne in June 2017 as Counter Fraud Manager, responsible for the effective delivery of counter fraud services to over 30 NHS primary and secondary care organisations and independent healthcare providers. Rebecca specialises in designing and delivering proactive counter fraud work across the AuditOne client base and now works as Head of Operations for proactive work.
In addition to her counter fraud qualifications, Rebecca also holds the AIM Qualifications Level 4 Award in Interpersonal Mediation.
Caroline joined the NHS in 1999 as a clerical officer working within a learning and development team. The role was varied and provided a wide range of administrative tasks to support members of the L & D team, and all NHS staff, with internal training needs. Providing a comprehensive day to day support to the overall running of the training and development centre, Caroline became a key member of the team.
In 2002, Caroline seized the opportunity to support the department's approach to implementing the Government's Individual Learning Accounts (ILAs) initiative. The scheme provided financial support to adults who wished to pursue further opportunities with their development, learning, skills and knowledge. In addition to this new responsibility, Caroline continued to support the staff development team with the overall delivery of the admin service and, in 2004, was appointed to the role of learning and development centre administrator. Caroline began to take on additional responsibilities within the team, leading on the promotion of events and training.
In 2005, Caroline joined AuditOne and has become an integral part of the delivery of all our services. In her role as office manager, Caroline delivers an efficient and professional business support service.