NSW Chapter

New South Wales Chapter News


The NSW Chapter is the largest in Australia with almost 40% of IIA Australia’s total memberhip. It represents a cross-section of professionals, working in internal audit, risk management or other governance related areas. We include all professional levels, from students to Board Directors in the public and private sector as well as not-for-profit.

The NSW Chapter Council’s role is to provide a forum for its NSW members and interested parties of the Institute of Internal Auditors – Australia (IIA-Australia). We organise opportunities for professional education, knowledge exchange, personal development and professional networking. That includes monthly member meetings on most relevant topics, facilitating forums for and with special interest groups. We have a mentoring program and promote our profession at Universities. We provide member services that matter to you.

As Chair of the NSW Chapter Council, I encourage you to make the most of your IIA-Australia membership, and engage with the profession through participation in its many activities. I invite you to talk to our Council members, give us feedback, let us know what you have seen and heard. If you are interested in learning more about the Council, helping informally, or joining the Council we look forward to hearing from you.


Chair: Chris Bennecke PFIIA CIA CRMA GAICD  
Chris joined the NSW Chapter Council in 2014 and has been a member of the German IIA since 1994 and MIIA (Aust) since 2007. 

Chris has over 20 years’ experience in governance, risk management and internal audit (10 years in Europe, more than 10 years in Asia, Australia and NZ), plus a further 4 years in M&A with organising Public Private Partnerships. He has worked as a risk and internal audit consultant for PwC and EY with a focus on automotive and utilities. He has developed tools for functional and process evaluation and is a strong advocate of benchmarking. Chris has built and headed risk and internal audit functions in various companies, more recently at InvoCare, an ASX listed company. Currently he is working as a risk and governance consultant with clients in the public and the private sector and is a non-executive Director.
Chris is a strong advocate of internal audit as a profession and vital part of governance. Chris chaired, facilitated and presented at internal audit events and meetings across Australia. He has contributed with articles on the profession and promoted risk and internal audit at conferences.

Vice-Chair:  Jarrod Lean AFIIA
Jarrod is a Partner at Grant Thornton Australia within the Business Risk Services team and has over 12 years experience in helping organisations reach their potential and achieve strategic and operational objectives via providing risk management and internal audit services. 

Jarrod is passionate about Internal Audit and Risk services assisting organisations through not being solely focused on compliance (while understanding this is important) but ensuring Internal Audit has both a risk mitigation and efficiency viewpoint. 

Jarrod holds a Bachelor of Management (majoring in accounting), completed post-graduate diploma from the Chartered Accountant Australia and New Zealand and PRINCE2 Foundation accreditation.

Vice-Chair: Alyssa Yoong PMIIA CIA CRMA CPA
Alyssa has extensive experience in consulting, risk and audit gained from working in Asia and Australia across a number of industries, including engineering and construction services, financial services, property development, retail, and manufacturing.

Having spent 8 years in professional services, Alyssa progressed into in-house roles within Australian listed and multinational companies. She is currently the Head of Internal Audit, Blackmores, responsible for developing and executing an integrated internal audit strategy for the Group globally. Alyssa thrives on the challenge to deliver significant value through innovative and commercial solutions, to achieve optimal business and employee performances.

As Councillor, Alyssa is committed to enabling knowledge-sharing and experience-sharing amongst counterparts in the profession. 

Alyssa has been a Professional Member of the Institute of Internal Auditors – Australia  since 2005. Alyssa has presented at the IIA-Australia SOPAC, and has delivered technical training programs in EY and for CPA Australia.

Rizwana Ali PMIIA CIA CGAP CISA CBCI CRMA MBA (Immediate Past Chair)
Rizwana joined the NSW Chapter Council in 2014 and has been a member of the IIA since 2008.  She has 18 years of experience in assurance, advisory, risk management, project management, quality assurance and business continuity management.  Her experience has been gained in Australia and the UK across diverse industries including financial services, manufacturing, utilities, transport, Government and not for profit sectors with 5½ years in the Big 4 firms such as KPMG and Ernst & Young. 

Currently she works for the Internal Audit team at AMP Ltd.  Rizwana has led many internal and external audits ranging from process and controls audits, strategy and framework reviews, project assurance and system implementation reviews across a number of business and IT platforms. She is a well-known change enabler and has effectively led and actively participated in several enterprise change initiatives. 

George works in audit practices at Westpac. He has over 22 years of experience leading internal audit and risk related projects across 24 countries including the Middle East, Africa, Canada, the Netherlands and Australia.  His experience includes 7 years of experience as a Chief Audit Executive at 2 multibillion dollar corporations.  

George has been a passionate and active volunteer with the IIA since 2007. IIA experience includes: research and publications (Sawyer’s Internal Auditing 7th Edition, IIA Global Practice Guide - Demonstrating the Core Principles, etc.), the IIA Global CIA Learning System Update 7, candidate assessments (QIAL and PMIIA) and others.  In addition, he has been a member of the IIA Global’s International Internal Auditing Standards Board for the past 5 years and currently serves as the Consulting Quality Lead for the IIA-Australia. 

Evelyn Foong CPA, PMIIA, B Com (Accounting), member of AICD and WOB
Evelyn is a governance professional with over twenty years’ experience leading internal audit, risk advisory, assurance in mergers and acquisitions and business transformation. She has solid Board and Executive management experience both nationally and globally in the financial and professional services firms. 

Evelyn holds several key roles including APAC leadership role, Head of Internal Audit for Zurich Financial Services Australia and global Portfolio Audit Manager.  She is now leading a team of 60 professionals including Data Scientists in APAC with footprints from Japan, HK to Indonesia.  In her people leadership role, she spends a significant amount of time collaborating with global colleagues in EMEA, LATAM and APAC to understand the future of work and cultural dynamics.  Evelyn also spearheaded innovation ideas in internal audit ranging from brand engagement in social media to process automation. 

Evelyn is one of the founding members for the Women Innovation Group in both Zurich – Australia and Wesfarmers Insurance.  She is passionate on diversity and inclusiveness and harness a culture of meritocracy and growth mindset.

Mark Griffiths AMIIA
Mark joined the NSW Chapter Council in 2019 and currently leads the Risk Advisory Services team at BDO.

Mark has over 23 years’ experience in delivering Internal Audit, Risk Management, Governance, Legislative and Regulatory Compliance and Program and Project Assurance services for a wide variety of clients across a range of industry sectors in both Australia and the UK, including Financial Services; Health and Aged Care; Not-for-Profit; Commonwealth and State Government Departments and Agencies; Local Councils and Universities.

In addition to advising clients on their risk management and internal control frameworks, Mark works closely with his clients to help identify solutions to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their operations and business processes.

Erin Howells PMIIA CIA

Erin joined the  NSW Chapter in 2020. She is a Certified Internal Auditor, Professional Member of the Institute of Internal Auditors and has 10 years Internal Audit experience spent within the Financial Services Industry. In her current role Erin provides independent assurance and advice across a range of business operations to the Executive Team, management and the Board of Directors on the Risk Management framework and internal controls.

Erin is an advocate for the IIA and engaging young auditors to join the profession. She sees the role of Internal Audit developing into a trusted advisor and partner to the business who can provide independent assurance, advice and insights to add value and improve an organisation’s operations.

Shane Hubble PFIIA CIA CA BMan
Shane has over 15 years Internal Audit, Compliance and Enterprise Risk Management experience. His most recent position as the Risk and Assurance Manager has Shane reporting directly to the Risk and Compliance Committee at Komatsu Australia.

Half of Shane’s experience has been gained providing Assurance, Compliance and Risk Management services to various clients, whilst the other half, has seen Shane working with in-house Internal Audit roles. Shane’s most recent roles have involved the re-invigoration of an existing Internal Audit department and more recently the initial set-up of the Risk and Assurance department at Komatsu Australia.

Shane is a Professional Fellow of the Institute of Internal Auditors and has been a previous IIA NSW Council Chapter Member, serving between 2007 and 2011. During Shane’s term on the NSW Council he has been instrumental in implementing additional free member services such as streaming member meetings, commencing the small internal audit shop knowledge exchange sessions and bringing member meetings to the Newcastle area. Shane holds a Bachelor of Management, is a Chartered Accountant and a Certified Internal Auditor.  

Faiza Khan AMIIA
Faiza Khan is an experienced professional whose internal audit career spans over 15 years. She has worked for various private and public sector organisations in internal audit, risk and compliance roles and is currently a Head of Audit at Allianz Australia. Faiza holds a Bachelor of Business from UTS, is a Chartered Accountant and Certified Information Systems Auditor.  Faiza was also an adjunct lecturer in auditing at Western Sydney University for over three years.

Faiza is deeply passionate about internal audit and has a genuine love for the profession. She truly believes in the purpose of the internal audit function and the value that it adds to organisations. Faiza considers internal auditors to be unique and privileged due to their ability to work with all departments of an organisation and wants us to embrace the opportunities the role provides to provide insights and advice to the organisations. Faiza is looking forward to working with the NSW Chapter Council to further uplift the profile of the profession in the industry.

Petra Koziollek MEc BBus CA PMIIA CIA 
Petra is the Chief Audit Executive at TAFE NSW. She is a highly effective audit and risk executive, with over 20 years of general business, internal audit, governance, risk and accounting experience, of which more than 15 years have been focused on operational and consulting activities. This experience has been gained through Deloitte with clients predominantly in federal, state and local government entities in Australia and the UK. Petra has re-invigorated a number of audit functions during her career, these roles included the Head of Audit at Rail Infrastructure, Head of Audit at University of Technology, Sydney and the City of Sydney Council.

Petra provides organisations advice on business risk, internal audit, regulatory compliance, risk management, governance and business process improvement. She has a proven track record in developing strategic approaches to risk management and internal audit, mentoring and growing effective teams, building and maintaining effective relationships with senior management and Audit Committee members.

Masimba Mashumba AMIIA
Masimba is a leader in the provision of risk, governance and assurance services and works with boards and senior management teams to achieve optimal governance, risk and control environments that support the organisations to achieve strategic and operational priorities. In his role, he influence leadership teams and promote continuous improvement culture that fosters innovative business solutions to resolve complex business problems. He has a proven success record in assisting organisations to increase maturity in governance, controls and risk management through understanding clients’ expectations and delivering insights the provide the right commercial outcomes. 

He is an advocate in relation to ‘harnessing and cultivating innovation through divergent thinking’ through using teams with diverse backgrounds to add value and result in tangible improvements in the overall control environment. Masimba was recently awarded Top 25 Skilled Migrants Professionals Australia wide by the Skilled Migrant Professionals Association.

He leads internal audit teams to effectively assess and understand the organisations’ corporate risks to ensure financial and operational integrity and compliance with relevant legislative and policy requirements. He leads by example by demonstrating high standards of quality, ethics, professionalism and a positive attitude driving team engagement and performance.

Chris O’Donnell AMIIA

Chris joined the Institute of Internal Audit Council in 2015 and has over 17 years experience working in both Professional Services and Large ASX listed corporate Entities. During his time at these Entity’s Chris has built up a skill base which encompasses Internal Audit, External Audit, Project Management, Compliance, Risk Management and IT Audit. His experience has been gained across Financial Services, Government, Property and Retail.

Chris is currently the Head of Internal Audit for Harvey Norman with responsibilities encompassing the Australian and overseas entities/subsidiaries. During his time at Harvey Norman Chris has driven the development of a risk based approach to Internal Audit through the development of a 3 year Internal Audit Plan. This is helping to provide management with greater assurance transparency. 

Prior to working for Harvey Norman, Chris had spent time at PwC, Mirvac and EY. Chris holds a Bachelor Degree, Masters Degree and is a Chartered Accountant. 

Charlie Puddicombe GAICD CIA BA & MChem (Oxon) MBA PMIIA CPA ACMA CGMA
Charlie brings a wealth of experience in the areas of corporate governance, strategic risk management and internal auditing. He has strong senior management experience, nationally and globally across diverse industries, including energy, financial services and manufacturing. Charlie communicates fluently with Board Directors as their trusted advisor. He is an enthusiastic advocate of better business and commercial outcomes. Organisations benefit from his knowledge, expertise and fresh thinking in conceiving and delivering valuable governance, risk and internal audit transformations. A leader and problem solver, he mitigates risk holistically and delivers outcomes through enablement of culture, governance and change management.

Charlie recently completed a full-time MBA and is currently authoring a global study of the effectiveness of “comply or explain” governance codes in partnership with the Global IIA Research Foundation. This study proposes to demonstrate the tangible value and return on investment that good corporate governance and assurance delivers. Chief Audit Executives seek out Charlie’s insights and considered advice as a consultant.

Recently, Charlie was Head of Internal Audit at Oil Search where he pioneered a risk based audit approach in an entrepreneurial environment. He developed a 3 year Internal Audit Strategy to consolidate and integrate management oversight across the company. He introduced reporting on performance, value-add, and thematic analysis of remedial actions. Charlie also introduced business value and business outcome measures to maximise the impact of Internal Audit work, particularly for the Audit Committee and overall Board.

Charlie has presented at SOPAC and specialist financial services forums. He also chairs numerous IA profession events and meetings across Australia. In 2014 he received special thanks for his contributions to Vicky Kubitscheck’s book: “Integrated Assurance – Risk Governance Beyond Boundaries” (Gower 2014). 

Carolyn Rosetta-Walsh PMIIA CIA CA RCA

Carolyn has 20 years’ assurance, risk and advisory experience working across a number of industries, including: local, state and federal government; as well as the not-for-profit and private sectors.  Carolyn has extensive experience in the provision of internal audit services, having delivered and managed outsourced, co-sourced and in-house internal audit functions.

Carolyn’s approach to the delivery of internal audit services focuses on value for the client, underpinned by the mission of internal auditing.  This collaborative approach allows her to partner with clients to develop effective relationships, and deliver high quality services. 

In addition to being a Certified Internal Auditor, Carolyn is a Registered Company Auditor.  Carolyn’s extensive knowledge and experience allows her to lead her teams to ensure key risks are identified and audit procedures focus on these areas.  Further she utilises her experience to provide clients with useful insights, and practical recommendations that are specific and practical to each individual client and situation.

Carolyn joined the NSW Chapter Council in 2018, and was previously a member of the QLD Chapter Council. 

Carolyn is currently leading the assurance division of regionally located firm, Adams Kenneally White and is passionate about ensuring the IIA reach extends to its regional members. 


Suggestions for Member Meeting Topics 

The Chapter Council is more than happy to take your suggestions on possible Member Meeting topics and/or speakers. Please email the IIA with any suggestions. Please put “NSW Chapter Meeting Suggestion” in the subject line to speed up the redirection process.

Favourite Links

Here are some of the Chapter Council’s favourite sources of news and discussion affecting the profession. 


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Contact Us

For more information about the NSW Chapter Council and how to get involved, contact:
Chris Bennecke, Chair