Who you’ll be working with
With more than 200 years of combined experience in auditing, our team of passionate auditors understand the HE sector and will integrate seamlessly into your team as a supportive and trusted partner.
We are at our best when we walk in your shoes and operate on your campus as a visible and physical symbol of progress and change.
Meet our team of dedicated specialists…
Jeannine is our Senior Audit Manager and Head of Internal Audit for two of our institutions. A Big Four trained Chartered Accountant, Jeannine has extensive and diverse experience across all areas of internal auditing, assessing the quality of risk management processes, systems of internal control and corporate governance, reporting directly and independently to the most senior level of executive management and to the board’s audit committee.
Jeannine worked for KCG from 2016 to 2018 and then re-joined in early 2022 after spending three years in the charity sector. A previous Head of Internal Audit for the UK’s largest private charitable hospital and project financier within the investment arm of a listed multi-utility company.
Jeannine is energized by meeting new people and motivated by a sense of pride and fulfilment through delivering work that makes a difference and enables institutions we work with to provide the best experience for learning and growth.
Family time is important to Jeannine and she enjoys supporting her daughters in their various sporting and musical pursuits and walking her dog, Dora. Jeannine is also a keen musician and plays the violin.
David is our Corporate Governance and Data Analytics lead, an experienced internal auditor with 16 years of experience in both the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. David won a European scholarship and graduated with a MA in Banking and Finance in 2003 from the University of Wales, Bangor. David established an internal audit function within a mid-tier accountancy practice in East Anglia prior to joining KCG. David’s portfolio ranges from small specialist institutions to traditional multi-faculty universities.
David has worked with several central government departments, membership organisations and a variety of charities advising on their corporate governance structures and risk and financial control frameworks. Through his experience outside of the higher education sector, David brings an alternative perspective from a variety of sectors and tailors any recommendations accordingly.
David is driven by understanding how things work by dissecting issues and challenges and putting them back together. The key to David’s approach is to provide independent assurance that an organisation's risk management, governance and internal control processes are operating effectively.
David integrates seamlessly into institutions teams with reassurance that we are a trusted partner working together to identify gaps and opportunities. David is motivated by the variety of work and people he works with as no 2 days are ever the same, and he is energised by continually learning and progressing his skill set. David is a people person, he brings charm, professionalism and humour to understand how you work at your best to develop an open and transparent working relationship.
David has many interests outside of work that include playing piano, violin and the church organ. In addition, David is teaching himself to play the guitar and saxophone. David enjoys cooking, particularly Chinese and Indian food, but is a self-confessed control freak in the kitchen! David also undertakes voluntary work teaching swimming to disabled children.
Phil is our Audit Programme Manager who specialises in financial audit, data analytics and project management. Phil trained as an accountant with the Audit Commission and worked in external auditing before moving to internal auditing in 2007. Phil has primarily worked in the public sector – local and central government, Police and Fire services and the NHS.
Phil is motivated by quality service delivery to clients and a genuine interest in the areas being reviewed. Phil enjoys meeting new people and getting to know his clients. Always eager to expand his current skill set, Phil is navigating a new data analytics process to introduce to KCG’s portfolio.
Phil is at his best when interacting with new people and having new portfolio areas to review. Phil is progressive in outlook and enjoys new challenges. Phil’s day starts early with a dog walk before heading to the office for work sprints that involve head-down focus to get as much done as possible and repeated every hour.
Phil is proud of the professional approach deployed by KCG. The team has a wealth of experience and are constantly sharing learnings and best practice to ensure KCG is at the cutting edge of internal auditing processes and practices.
Matteo is a CMIIA qualified Audit Manager. Matteo has broad experience across internal auditing, working with HE institutions to understand key objectives of each department, assessing the key risks and the processes in place to mitigate those risks.
Matteo joined KCG from the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office, where he was the Senior Auditor responsible for delivering an audit function across a complex policy and programme portfolio that spans 280 locations across the globe, building a strong assurance culture, embedding consistent international audit and investigation standards and setting capability standards across the teams.
Matteo is a problem solver by nature, with tenacity and persistence to provide solutions that support organisations growth and success, bringing independent and objective consultancy to present the facts neutrally based on evidence.
Matteo takes a person-centred approach to building relationships with clients, preferring to integrate completely into departments. At his best when supporting clients to understand the audit findings and recommendations, Matteo is energized by providing rich insight to clients to support decision making.
On a personal level, Matteo starts the day at the gym to wake the mind and get a head start to the day to enable productivity. A keen sportsman and big football fan, Matteo enjoys travelling after back-packing across South America during a gap year.
Kay is an Internal Audit Consultant specialising in UUK Accommodation Code of Practice, CUC Governance, data quality, financial systems and compliance with Competition and Marketing Authority requirements. ACCA-qualified, Kay joined KCG from the internal auditing team at Royal Holloway University.
Kay is tenacious in delivery, ensuring all relevant information is explored and understood to make useful and effective recommendations for clients. Kay is motivated by finding solutions that are justified and useful, acting as a trusted advisor to clients.
Kay is energised by problem-solving and is dedicated to professional development by reviewing best practice trends in the industry to ensure KCG is alert to innovative techniques and methods to provide the best service for our clients.
Kay is a Team Manager and assistant treasurer at Woking athletics club, competing on the track and in cross-country races and leading coaching sessions once a week. Kay likes to unwind with long off-road bike rides with friends taking in refreshments along the way.
Irene is an Audit Manager with over 25 years’ experience across the education, not for profit, public and private sectors. After qualifying as a Big Four trained Chartered Accountant, Irene worked for several years for the Audit Commission, including an overseas secondment to Audit New Zealand. In recent years, Irene worked as an Audit Manager for a national accountancy firm specialising in the charity and not-for-profit sector.
Irene joined KCG Audit in 2023 having gained internal audit experience in the NHS and primary, further and higher education sectors. Irene enjoys the rigour of internal audit in ensuring that there are appropriate systems of internal control in place to support a person’s journey, whether they’re a patient, pupil, or student.
Irene has an emphatic approach and likes to work with and listen to her clients to agree practical and appropriate solutions. Having previously served as an Audit Committee member for three Police forces, Irene is motivated to promote and improve understanding of audit, governance, and risk within audit committees.
Outside of work, Irene loves to take part in various water sports including open water swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding and sailing her boat ‘Ruby Tuesday’.
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