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New South Wales Chapter News


IIA-Australia has released the schedule of Professional Development courses for 2017. Please take a look through and let us know if you would like to register for any of these training courses.

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The IIA-Australia NSW Chapter is launching our new mentoring program and is inviting members new to the internal audit profession to get involved. Mentoring provides great opportunities for Mentees. The program will kick off in October 2017, with an expectation that meetings will be held a minimum of three times between the Mentor and Mentee.

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Message from the Chapter Chair

The NSW Chapter Council’s role is to advance the profession and practice of internal auditing in NSW.

The Council currently has a full complement of 16 members, all of whom are experienced Internal Audit professionals looking to make a valuable contribution to serving all of our NSW members. The Councillors come from a wide range of sectors, including: Commonwealth, State and Local Government, Business, Not for Profit and Service Provider organisations. We are always ready to discuss how other members can assist the council in whatever capacity they feel they can offer. If you believe that you are a suitable candidate to be a Councillor, or help in a more informal way, please contact me via the National Office to discuss your suggestions.

One of the Chapter Council’s main activities is the coordination of free events. These include up to 10 General Members’ meetings, 10 Special Interest Group meetings and three Audit Executive Network meetings each year. These Meetings are always thought provoking and we welcome your suggestions (e.g. on topics, timings and locations), attendance and feedback. These meetings are a great way to keep up to date with current events, emerging trends and thought leadership in internal audit, risk management and governance, all while being able to network and interact with your peers. We encourage you to come along (meetings are free for members) and to bring a friend if you can (a nominal fee may apply for non-members).

The Council also performs roles to build professionalism, advocacy and optimise application of IIA resources, as well as supporting National Office to sustainably increase member numbers.

As Chair of the NSW Chapter Council, I encourage you to make the most of your membership and to support the profession through participation in our activities.

Charlie Puddicombe BA & MChem (Oxon) MBA PMIIA CPA ACMA CGMA
Chair, NSW Chapter Council

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Suggestions for Member Meeting Topics
The Chapter Council is more than happy to take your suggestions on possible Member Meeting topics and/or speakers. They are your meetings after all! Please email the IIA with any suggestions, which will be forwarded to us. Please put “NSW Branch Meeting Suggestion” in the subject line to speed up the redirection process.

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


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  • IIA-Australia @IIAAust
  • Charlie Puddicombe @Puddico1Charlie
  • Todd Davies @todddavies
  • Tom McLeod @tom_mcleod


New South Wales Chapter Councillor Bios

Chair: Charlie Puddicombe 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).

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Rizwana has 16 years of experience in assurance, advisory, risk management, project management, quality assurance and business continuity management. Currently she is the Executive Director of the Australia Taxation Office’s Internal Audit branch and is in charge of Internal Audit methodology and quality assurance. 

She has 9 years of experience in the private sector in Australia and the UK and 5½ of these were at KPMG and Ernst & Young. Rizwana has performed both internal and external audits for clients from various industries including financial services, manufacturing, utilities, transport, Government and not for profit sectors.

Vice-Chair: Chris Bennecke PMIIA CIA CRMA  
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 (12 years in Germany, UK, Austria and Switzerland, 8 years in Sydney), 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 E&Y with a focus on automotive and utilities, also developing tools for functional and process evaluation / benchmarking. Chris has built and headed risk and internal audit functions in two different companies. Currently he is leading the Internal Audit department at InvoCare (since 2007), an ASX listed funeral service provider in Australia, NZ and Singapore.  

Sisley has been a member of the Institute of Internal Auditor since 2006; with the Toronto Canada chapter from 2006-2007, and Australia chapter from 2008 onwards. She has been actively involved in many IIA events as a volunteer and a member of the Young IIA. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting with CIA, CISA, and CRMA certifications.

Sisley is currently a Senior Auditor at the Reserve Bank of Australia. Prior to joining RBA, Sisley had eight years of experience with the Advisory division of BDO Australia leading the internal audit and risk consulting engagements, compliance reviews, IT audits and data analytics with clients primarily in the financial services, government, and utilities sectors. In addition to the client delivery duties, she was also responsible for mentoring of junior staff, development of technical trainings, and quality assurance. Over the years of her professional career, she has been consistently regarded by her clients as a valuable business advisor who takes a collaborative approach in identifying root causes of issues and formulating effective and commercially sound solutions  

Shane Hubble PFIIA CIA CA BMan

Shane has over 10 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 Auditor and has been a previous IIA NSW Council Chapter Member, serving between 2007 and 2011. Shane holds a Bachelor of Management, is a Chartered Accountant and a Certified Internal Auditor

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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.

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Jarrod Lean MIIA(Aust)
Jarrod has over 10 years dedicated Risk Management and Internal Audit experience, with majority of his time being with Grant Thornton (8 years) providing professional services to a range of clients specialising in internal audit and business risk services. He is currently an Associate Director with Grant Thornton and works across a range of industries, however with significant experience and focus within the Public (specifically Local and State), Manufacturing and Not-for Profit sectors.

Jarrod has a passion for establishing best practice internal audit functions which cover compliance risk but also seen as “value add” service to organisations with a strong focus on identify opportunities for improvements whether it be financial or operational.

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.

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. 

Phil O'Toole PMIIA  (Past Chair)
Phil has been a Director with IAB (the Internal Audit Bureau of NSW) since 2002. He manages a team of 40 experienced and qualified Business Risk Analysts, Financial Consultants, Probity Auditors, Fraud Control Specialists and HR Investigators and has been the leader in a number of complex internal audit and risk management consultancy projects and Investigations.

Phil also provides probity and governance advice, executive support and independent assurance services to 16 public sector Audit & Risk Committees. 

Prior to joining IAB, Phil had over 25 years experience in the NSW Public Sector, including 6 years as an SES Director within the Attorney Generals Department. 

Apart from being recently elected to the NSW Chapter of IIA(Aust), Phil is Deputy Chair of the Public Sector Risk Management Association.

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Mandy Tran has been a NSW Chapter Councillor since 2009 and currently coordinates our regular member events. She has over 18 years of IT and Business risk and assurance experience across the Government, Financial Services, Utilities and Property industries. Mandy  has led many Internal and External Audits ranging from process and controls reviews, strategy and framework reviews, project assurance and system pre and post implementation reviews across a number of business and IT platforms. She also specializes in helping her clients improve their audit and risk management functions to ensure all business and IT risk are effectively managed.

Mandy also has a passion for developing and coaching staff to enable them to achieve their career potential. She has over 10 years experience in Learning & Development, with responsibilities for designing and delivering technical and consulting training for internal audit and risk practitioners. Mandy is a CA, CIA and CISA. 

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For more information about the NSW Chapter Council and how to get involved, contact:
Charlie Puddicombe PMIIA ACMA CGMA BA & MChem (Oxon)
Chair, NSW Chapter Council