Bob first provided consultancy services to the University’s Internal Audit team in April 2003.
Before that he was a project manager for International Computers Ltd, now Fujitsu. His clients included the Scottish Prison Service, the Scottish Executive, the Royal Bank of Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage. The work covered the implementation, and ongoing management, of Information Systems for HR, Payroll, Banking back-office systems and Accounting systems.
Before joining ICL, Bob was the IT manager of Greater Glasgow Health Board servicing the IS needs of 32,000 employees. He led a multidisciplinary team providing consultancy, development, implementation and maintenance services in a large cross platform environment, including an external Facilities Management contract for Mainframe and Network support.
Bill Simpson originally qualified as a Chartered Civil Engineer, spending some years working in the water supply industry with consulting engineers and with a firm of contractors.
He later joined the Internal Audit department of the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board with a remit to introduce audit of engineering to the organisation. During this period he qualified as a Member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (by examination) before moving into more general management until 2000 when he returned to mainstream internal audit work.
Since then his work has encompassed a number of different fields - including a government department, the Health Service, charities, colleges of further education and housing associations.
Karen started her own company in 2009, specialising in consultancy and training in the public sector. She is a financial and training associate to a variety of clients. As such she is involved in the preparation and delivery of various training topics including 'Finance for non Finance Managers', 'Introduction to Local Authority Accounting' and 'How good is your Audit Committee?'.
She studied economics and economic history at Strathclyde University and trained as an accountant when working with the National Audit Office. Recently she has worked primarily in the education sector being a Finance Director in both a University and a further education college. Preparing budgets, forecasts and accounts have been key activities when working within the education sector and Karen was heavily involved during due diligence exercises during merger discussions at the University of Paisley and Bell College.
Karen has also worked in external and internal audit in central government and in a development agency. Her financial management consultancy exercises have included the Ministry of Justice and various Scottish local authorities.
Karen is a member of the Scottish CIPFA Executive Committee and has recently joined the Board of Management of Motherwell College.
Shona started her own management support consultancy in 2004 and has been engaged as an Associate member of the University of Edinburgh Internal Audit service since then. She also provides internal audit and management advisory services to a variety of other clients particularly in the local government and health sectors.
She is a qualified accountant with specialist skills in risk management, internal audit and business assurance, and extensive experience of advising both public and private sector organisations. She worked for many years within an international accountancy firm specialising in local government, water, the NHS and Further Education, delivering value for money, performance audits and option analyses.
She was responsible for delivering risk management and internal audit services to a variety public and private sector clients, with responsibilities ranging from full service provision to partnership working with in-house teams.
She provided advice to senior management, non-executive directors and Audit Committees on current risk management and corporate governance topics, including implementing Turnbull, Nolan and Cadbury. She facilitated risk management workshops involving senior management in a variety of client organisations, delivering high profile business risk assessments for a range of key clients, developed corrective action plans. She also investigated and reported on frauds and other irregularities.
Shona is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland’s Public Sector Committee.
This article was published on May 7, 2013