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I really appreciate Audit Yorkshire’s in-house healthcare expetise; they demonstrate and apply a deep understanding of our business and its attendant risks. I have great respect for their robust approach and their ability to get to the heart of the heart of the matters arising from their audit projects.

Our People

Our clients receive the service of a highly qualified and dedicated team who have interest in, and an in-depth understanding of local issues and sensitivities.  At Audit Yorkshire, 70% of the audit team are IIA/CCAB qualified. The remainder of our team hold specialist qualifications, are studying, or are qualified by experience. All our Local Counter Fraud Specialists are fully accredited. The team is supported by a dedicated Business Support unit.

Our team consists of individuals who chose to work for the NHS and have a genuine interest in contributing to the long term development of our clients. We are future focused and excited by further opportunities in the NHS, social care, housing and charity sectors.

In our most recent External Quality Assessment the assessor stated that ‘It is evident from this EQA that Audit Yorkshire has a highly professional, experienced, motivated and well qualified workforce’ (CIPFA, 2020).

All team members are allocated an annual training and development budget to enhance their knowledge, skills and personal growth. We have a comprehensive Learning and Development framework and are proactive in supporting apprenticeship programmes.

We have invested heavily to ensure our team members have been able to build considerable technical and specialist knowledge in many of the key areas of focus for public sector organisations.  We also utilise our qualified and experienced bank of specialists to provide additional expertise as required. 

Our Management Team

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Helen Higgs

Managing Director and Head of Internal Audit

Helen is a Chartered Internal Auditor, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and a Member of the Chartered Management Institute. A founding member of IIA Wales, she has been an active member of the Institute for many years. As a member of Health & Care Women Leaders Network, Helen is committed to compassionate leadership and has been involved in leadership masterclass programmes. She is also qualified in coaching and mentoring and an ACAS trained mediator.

She is passionate about Internal Audit and Counter Fraud and promoting the value that a high quality service can add to an organisation.

 Outside of work, Helen loves to run, walk and generally keep fit. 

 

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Sharron Blackburn

Deputy Head of Internal Audit

Sharron is a Chartered Public Finance Accountant (CPFA) and Local Counter Fraud Specialist (LCFS). Sharron was an Audit Manager for 17 years prior to becoming a Deputy Head of Internal Audit in 2011. Sharron has experience of managing internal audit plans at mental health and community trusts, acute trusts, commissioning organisations and health authorities, including at a strategic level. Sharron leads for Audit Yorkshire on commissioning and mental health and also has a particular interest in governance.

Prior to moving to the NHS Sharron qualified as a CIPFA Accountant whilst employed with CSL Group Limited (subsequently acquired by Deloitte), where she was involved in performing consultancy assignments for public sector clients, including health, housing and local authority bodies.

Outside work Sharron loves to read, cook and go to music gigs.

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Chris Boyne

Deputy Head of Internal Audit

Chris is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) and a Local Counter Fraud Specialist (LCFS). Chris was an Audit Manager for 16 years prior to becoming a Deputy Head of Internal Audit in 2016. Chris has experience in various sectors including Clinical Commissioning Groups, Acute Trusts, a Care Trust and a national provider of outsourced nurse bank services. He is responsible for oversight of the delivery of audit services to all provider organisations and also has oversight of Audit Yorkshire’s Anti-crime team.

Chris has a particular interest in governance and organisational change. Prior to his career in Internal Audit, Chris worked in a number of finance and management positions in both the public and private sectors.

Away from the office, Chris enjoys spending time with his family and traveling.

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Steve Moss

Head of Anti-Crime Services

Steve is an Accredited Local Counter Fraud Specialist (LCFS) and also holds a Certificate in Human Resource Practice from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Steve has over 20 year’s counter fraud experience. Steve is also Deputy Chair of the National NHS Counter Fraud Manager's Group and a member of NHS Protect's National Quality Assurance Working Group.

Steve launched a regional media campaign to raise awareness of prescription exemption fraud resulting in the publication of a number of articles on the subject in local newspapers and received praise from NHS Protect.

In his spare time Steve is a keen angler and a regular visitor to Headingley to see Yorkshire play cricket.

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Jonathan Hodgson

Internal Audit Manager

Jonathan is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) and is a PRINCE2 Project Management Practitioner. Jonathan has almost 20 years’ experience working in Internal Audit within the NHS and Health and Social Care charities. He has worked extensively at large Acute Hospitals, particularly Foundation Trusts, utilising his knowledge and expertise in relation to financial and operational systems, including PCTs and more recently CCGs. Jonathan is committed to supporting providers and commissioners in their governance and assurance arrangements.

Outside work Jonathan has a love for cooking, enjoys watching football and finding new places to entertain his two young sons.

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Karina Rogers

Internal Audit Manager

Karina is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and has an ILM Level 3 Certificate in Leadership & Management. Karina has three years NHS internal audit experience and has a particular interest in training and development.

Prior to this Karina was a Compliance Monitoring Assistant Manager at Capita Asset Services for 9 years. During this time she has overseen delivery of the Compliance Monitoring annual plan, undertaken investigation work in relation to regulatory breaches, such as FCA and HMRC and contributed to Anti-Money Laundering initiatives.

Away from work, Karina enjoys spending time with her friends and family, eating out and visiting new and interesting places.

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Leanne Sobratee

Internal Audit Manager

Leanne is a qualified chartered accountant (ACA). She has over two years’ experience of internal audit.

Prior to this, Leanne worked in external audit for five years across a wide variety of sectors. Following this, she spent a further five years working in forensic accounting assisting on complex multi-million pound fraud investigations, both national and international.

In her spare time, Leanne has a keen interest in sports and travel. She also sings in her local choir.

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Kim Betts

Internal Audit Manager

Kim is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) and holds an Association of Accounting Technicians qualification. She has 13 years’ experience working in Internal Audit for Local Government, of which the last nine were at senior management level.

Prior to this Kim spent two years working for the Audit Commission as an External Auditor auditing Local Government clients and before that spent seven years working at Grant Thornton within the external audit team.

Outside work, Kim likes walking, travelling and is a keen tennis fan.

I really appreciate Audit Yorkshire’s in-house healthcare expetise; they demonstrate and apply a deep understanding of our business and its attendant risks. I have great respect for their robust approach and their ability to get to the heart of the heart of the matters arising from their audit projects.