Anthony Pugliese, CIA, CPA, CGMA, CITP, is President and CEO of The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), the internal audit profession’s most widely recognized advocate, educator, and provider of standards, guidance, and certifications. Over a career spanning more than 30 years, Pugliese has been a strategic, hands-on leader, directed strategic expansions into major global markets, pioneered innovative educational initiatives aimed at enhancing members’ professional growth, overseen the internal audit function of a major organization, and defined cultural norms toward greater diversity, equity, and inclusiveness (DE&I).
As CEO of The IIA, he drives the vision and management of the over 80-year-old organization with more than 210,000 members, 156 chapters, and 112 affiliates in nearly 200 countries and territories. His focus is on enhancing membership services, creating new approaches to learning and competency development programs, fulfilling The IIA’s multimillion-dollar digital transformation initiative, and enhancing the value of internal audit, particularly in its role of addressing organizational risks and opportunities.
David Hill is Chief Executive Officer of a non-profit organisation, SWAP Internal Audit Services providing expertise in corporate governance, risk management and internal control systems to 26 partner organisations. An EA Chartered Internal Auditor and Qualified Internal Audit Leader, David has been CEO for four years and has been in the internal audit profession for 40 years.
David was a member of the Global Guidance Development Committee, is currently Chairperson of the Local Authority Chief Auditor Network and is a founding member of the IIA Data Analytics Forum. He was a 2022 Beacon Award winner, named by Richard Chambers as a top 12 global thought leader in the profession.
He is passionate about internal audit, always looking to introduce innovation into audit practice and ensuring that audit teams help their own organisations to succeed. He is an advocate for internal audit teams to ensure they have their own efficient processes so that they can deliver greater value.
Piyush Fatania is Head of ARA (Audit, Risk & Assurance) which provides internal audit services to Gloucestershire County Council, Gloucester City Council, Stroud District Council and UBICO (a council owned company).
Piyush has 30 years of internal audit experience in local government and the NHS. As a testament to his success and leadership qualities, an internal audit team previously led by Piyush was Highly Commended in the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy Public Finance Awards.
Piyush is passionate about internal audit in the public sector and, as a member of council, he represents fellow internal auditors by advising and supporting the Institute to increase its profile, influence in, and work for, the public sector.
Liz Sandwith is currently the Chief Professional Practices Adviser for the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors. In her role she is responsible for advising and representing the Institute on all matters relating to the professional practice of internal audit. She is also technical advisor to the Institute’s External Quality Assessment (EQA) service, which includes the undertaking the quality assurance process for every EQA report and ensuring that standards are maintained and there is consistency in the application of the Institute’s EQA framework.
Liz has over 33 years’ experience in internal audit and risk management, her background is firmly embedded in internal audit and risk management. She has worked for a number of private and public sector organisations, helping to develop risk management and control awareness and has delivered training to internal auditors in the UK and internationally. Liz is a member of the IIA Global Standards Board so is an influencer regarding changes in the International Professional Practices Framework and the IIA Standards. Liz was awarded the JJ Morris Distinguished Service Award in 2020 which recognises members who, over time, have given unusual and outstanding service to the profession by participating in the Institute.