About IIA-Australia

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The Institute of Internal Auditors-Australia (IIA-Australia) is a professional membership-based association. IIA-Australia is an affiliate of the Institute of Internal Auditors Inc, representing 200,000+ internal audit professionals in 150 countries.

Established in Sydney in 1952, IIA-Australia now has a connection of nearly 7,000 professionals inclusive of 3,000 members Australia-wide.

IIA-Australia is a Company Limited by Guarantee, without Share Capital and is governed by a board of non-executive directors. State Chapter Councils, run by local volunteer members, advise the board on local member needs and issues.

All Professional Members are eligible to nominate for office holder positions and there are a number of other ways to participate. Please see Volunteering for details on opportunities to be involved.

Our Mission/Purpose: 

To advance the profession and practice of internal auditing and those specializing in governance, risk and controls

Our Vision: 

Our members are recognized professionals who are sought after as trusted advisors to boards and executives

Our Guiding Principles:
  • to deliver value to members in everything we do
  • represent assurance professionals and promote their interests
  • raise awareness of assurance professionals and the important role they play in governance, risk and controls
  • remain closely aligned to IIA-Global
  • operate according to appropriate values, ethical standards and codes of conduct
  • aim to have most members become professional members (PMIIA)
Our Main Activities Include: 
  • providing standards, guidance and information on internal auditing best practices
  • providing professional development activities, education and certification
  • undertaking quality assurance services
  • advocating for and promoting the profession
  • representing Australia on international committees and on the IIA Board.


The Board comprises nine Directors elected by members.


Head of Audit, Reserve Bank of Australia
Ross has extensive experience in delivering an array of GRC services at a ‘Big 4’ firm and in industry where he now leads a large team in a nationally recognised institution. He is an experienced Audit Committee and NFP Board member.


Judith Charlton PMIIA FCCA
General Manager, Internal Audit, Latitude Financial Services

Judith is General Manager Internal Audit, with Latitude Financial Services. She has more than 25 years’ experience in Internal Audit across a range of sectors, more recently within financial services. She is a Director on the IIA-Australia Board, a member of the IIA-Australia Nominations Committee and previously served as a Councillor then Chair of the IIA-Australia Victoria Chapter Council. She is the Board liaison with Victoria Chapter Council.


General Manager Internal Audit, Rio Tinto

Sue is General Manager Internal Audit Rio Tinto. She has a strong background in audit and assurance, compliance and risk, finance, business partnering and transformation with broad experience gained in local and international organisations in the mining, telecommunications, energy, manufacturing and retail sectors. She is the Board liaison with the Western Australia Chapter Council and is Chair of the IIA-Australia Advocacy Working Group.

Manager, Management and Assurance Service, Bravus

John has over 25 years’ experience in governance, risk and compliance, having started his career in the ‘Big 4’ before proceeding to in-house audit and risk roles, including a lengthy secondment to an international mining company. John has been heavily involved with IIA-Australia, having volunteered with the Queensland Chapter Council, including two years as Chapter Chair, for the maximum allowable 9 year term, and more recently, being a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.

Head of Audit – Australia and New Zealand, Zurich Insurance ANZ

Evelyn Foong is an experienced senior governance executive in the highly regulated global financial services sector. Known as a global thought leader, expert in assurance and proficiently adept in applying critical thinking in solving business complex problem. Throughout her career she has a strong history of leading strategic transformation within Internal Audit.  Experienced in mergers & acquisitions and design and implementation of better practice audit functions. 

Susan Leahy PFIIA CIA GAICD MBA GradCert Org Change
Senior Manager Risk & Assurance, Centium

Sue is a career internal auditor with over 26 years’ experience in the corporate, not-for-profit and government sectors. She is a qualified Company Director and holds a part-time sessional academic role teaching risk management at Charles Sturt University.

Philomena Leung PFIIA PhD MAcc FCPA FCCA CA
Director of Education, Institute of Public Accountants

Philomena is Director of Education, Institute of Public Accountants. She has a track record of significant contributions to higher education and the internal audit profession with the IIA-Australia and internationally. She is a recognised thought leader in business and a passionate and enthusiastic advocate for the internal audit profession. Philomena chairs the IIA-Australia  Professional Responsibility & Ethics Committee and she is the Board liaison with the South Australia Chapter Council.

Independent Board Member | Audit Committee Chair

Narelle has nearly 30 years’ audit and accounting experience across the public and private sectors, most recently in the Australian Government sector, where she continues to serve on Australian Government audit and risk committees. Narelle has served as a volunteer with the IIA-Australia for many years, including through chairing the ACT Chapter Council and the Audit and Risk Committee on which she continues to serve. Narelle is the Board Liaison for the ACT Chapter Council.

Stephen Tiley PFIIA CIA GAICD 
Director Internal Audit and Risk Assurance, Australia Red Cross Lifeblood

Stephen has extensive risk management and internal audit experience, working with Boards, Audit Committees and Senior Executives, within national and multi-national organisations. 

Trish Hyde
Chief Executive Officer, IIA-Australia

Trish Hyde joined IIA Australia as CEO in November 2023, to lead the organisation through its next phase of growth. She brings more than 20 years leadership and strategy experience, with a focus on advocacy and creating member value.  She has held CEO positions with Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation, Association of Corporate Counsel (formerly Australian Corporate Lawyers Assoc) and Confectionery Manufacturers of Australasia.  

Board Committees

Executive Committee

A leadership and administrative committee, with a primary purpose to oversee the implementation of Board/IIA-Australia policy between full board meetings.

Remuneration Committee

Advises the Board on matters relating to the remuneration of the Chief Executive Officer and staff.

Youth Leadership Committee

Comprised of a select group of young internal auditors, this Committee recommends strategies and approaches to better engage with other young internal auditors and encourage membership of IIA-Australia. 

Audit and Risk Committee

Assists the Board with its responsibilities for corporate governance by ensuring the appropriate mechanisms exist to monitor probity, governance, efficiency and effectiveness of the IIA-Australia’s systems, controls and operations.

Nominations Committee

Assists and advises the Board regarding its responsibilities to members on matters relating to the composition, structure and operation of the Board.

Education Committee

Assists the Board in discharging its responsibilities by monitoring and advising on IIA-Australia’s professional education program. It contributes to IIA-Australia’s strategic purpose through its foresight and insight on educational matters of concern to the internal auditing profession.  The Committee acts as an Academic Board with respect to academic oversight of the Graduate Certificate in Internal Auditing including assessment of students and approval of results.  


  • Dr Angela Hecimovic PMIIA (Academic) Chair
  • Ms Susan Leahy PFIIA CIA (Board representative)
  • Associate Professor, Accounting, Dessalegn Mihret PMIIA (Academic)
  • Jonathan Muller PMIIA GradCertIA (Industry representative)
  • Robbie Sinclair AMIIA (Industry representative)
  • Dr Abhijeet Singh PMIIA (Academic)
  • Associate Professor Sergeja Slapničar (Academic)
  • Student representative: Vacant

Professional Responsibility and Ethics Committee

Assists the Board with its responsibilities in relation to ensuring the highest standards of conduct and performance of its members.

Chapter Councils

Australian Capital Territory Chapter Council

Chair:  Hayley Tonkin AMIIA
Vice-Chair: Karim Mosaad AMIIA

  • Paul Fitzsimons PMIIA CIA
  • Brendan Gaudry AMIIA
  • Donna McShane PMIIA CIA CRMA
  • Jonathan Muller PMIIA GradCertIA
  • Rachel Palmer PMIIA
  • Chris Puschak PFIIA CGAP CIA CRMA 

New South Wales Chapter Council

Chair: Alyssa Yoong PMIIA CIA CRMA
Vice-Chair: Jarrod Lean AFIIA
Vice-Chair: Lily Chen PMIIA CIA CCSA CFSA

  • Shane Campbell PMIIA CIA
  • Erin Howells PMIIA CIA
  • Faiza Khan AMIIA
  • Verica Kostova PMIIA CIA CRMA
  • Masimba Mashumba AMIIA
  • Chris O’Donnell AMIIA
  • Charlie Puddicombe PMIIA CIA
  • Carolyn Rosetta-Walsh PMIIA CIA
  • Kumar Srinivasan
  • Rich Turley AMIIA
  • Vincent Verlinde PMIIA GradCertIA

Queensland Chapter Council

Chair: Gordon Pereira AMIIA 
Vice-Chair: Christopher Park PFIIA CIA
Vice-Chair: Jacqui Wix PMIIA GradCertIA

  • Lisa Berriman PMIIA CIA
  • Vivek Chopra AMIIA
  • Petrova Cox PMIIA GradCertIA
  • Andrew Dacombe PMIIA
  • Graham Mathews PFIIA (Past Chair)
  • Isaac Razunguzwa PMIIA CIA
  • Gary Ganesh Sivaji PMIIA CGAP CIA
  • Jackson White AMIIA

South Australia Chapter Council

Chair: Phillip Reichelt PFIIA, CCSA, CIA, CRMA

  • Tom Bennett AMIIA
  • Janna Burnham AMIIA
  • Corinne Garrett PMIIA GradCertIA
  • Nick Kazimierczak AMIIA
  • Hussain Rafeeu PMIIA CIA
  • Libby Skrpan AMIIA
  • Laura-Alice Vinicombe AMIIA

Tasmania Chapter Council

Chair: Claire Smith AMIIA
Past-Chair: Maryellen Salter AMIIA

  • Triona O’Neill AMIIA
  • Andrew Johnson AFIIA
  • Robyn van Rooyen PMIIA

Victoria Chapter Council

Chair: Aamir Husain PMIIA CIA

  • Andy Botchwey PMIIA CIA
  • Nugroho Hadiprodjo PMIIA CIA
  • Aiman Khan PMIIA CIA CRMA
  • John Loielo PMIIA CIA
  • Raghed Madi PMIIA CIA
  • Nelson Muringa PMIIA CIA
  • Josh O’Brien PMIIA GradCertIA
  • Jessica Ottner AMIIA
  • Paulina Skorupski AMIIA
  • Kemp Vinsin PMIIA CIA

Western Australia Chapter Council

Chair: Stuart Blakemore PMIIA CIA QIAL
Vice Chair: Andrew Baldwin PMIIA CIA
Vice Chair: Brad Pearce PMIIA 

  • Kim Futter CIA CCSA
  • Claudia Goh AMIIA
  • Andrew Hillbeck AMIIA
  • Christine Karagania AMIIA
  • Willem Kroucamp PMIIA CIA
  • Chris Luff AMIIA
  • Loic Munso AMIIA
  • Jacques Pienaar PMIIA CIA
  • Yvonne Small PMIIA
  • Talia Swersky AMIIA
  • Eugene Whitehorn PMIIA CIA CCSA CRMA CFSA

What is Internal Audit?

Internal audit is a dynamic profession involved in helping organisations achieve their objectives. It is concerned with evaluating and improving the effectiveness of risk management, control and governance processes in an organisation.

Internal audit is the process of evaluating the procedures and policies within an organisation to identify potential risks and enhance good governance.

By remaining independent of management, internal audit provides objective, unbiased, evidence-based recommendations to management and the Board, facilitating fully informed decision-making.

Internal audit is a globally recognised profession supported by professional standards and a code of conduct. Education and learning opportunities include completing the IIA-Australia Graduate Certificate in Internal Auditing (GradCertIA) postgraduate qualification or the IIA Global Certified Internal Auditor® (CIA®) certification. A comprehensive professional development program is also offered.

Internal Audit Elevator Pitch

As an internal auditor, I give advice to executives and Boards to help them make better decisions. I do this by taking an independent view of how the different parts of an organisation operate and reporting this back to the decision makers. The main things I look for are what is working well, how the organisation can be more efficient; and how to strengthen processes, procedures and controls to respond to risks.