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Ian Beale

VP, Advisory

Ian Beale is a Vice President Advisor with the Audit and the Risk Leadership Councils supporting leaders of risk and audit functions throughout EMEA. Mr. Beale provides thought partnership to the leaders of Risk and Audit, shares insights and the building of effective action plans to drive improvement in performance. He leads meetings and webinars with multiple clients, with single client teams and works with individual leaders.

Previous experience

Mr. Beale was Director of Audit and Risk Management at three U.K.-based companies. He was responsible for running the internal audit team that reviewed all areas of the company. He was responsible for risk management including the setting up of company policies, management control self-assessment program, and setting up the whistleblowing process. He was also responsible for the corporate global insurance program including claims' management and the captive insurer. Prior to these roles, he worked at PwC.

Professional background

Inchape Plc.

Director of Audit and Risk Management

Aegis Plc.

Director of Audit and Risk Management

Nationwide Building Society

Head of Audit

Areas of coverage

Audit Function Strategy and Management

Audit Methodology and Engagement Execution

Audit Planning and Risk Coverage

Risk Response Strategies

Risk and Control Resources for Internal Auditors


Bachelor of Science, Economics and Accountancy

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Improving risk identification, assessment and audit coverage

2Implementing aligned/combined/integrated assurance

3Creating compelling audit reports that drive action

4Building data analytics capabilities within the audit function

5Operational risk management in financial services