Meet the team

Over 90 staff members with expertise across a broad scope

Our people make Veritau what it is.

Some of our team joined as accountants or with specialist qualifications, and others began their journey with us as trainees.

We have officers who are experts in cybersecurity, data protection, whistleblowing, IT audit, data analytics and more.

Management team

Max Thomas, Chief Executive of Veritau

Max Thomas

Chief Executive

Max has over 25 years of audit experience within the private and local government sectors. He is the Head of Internal Audit for a number of local authorities and other public bodies. Max is also treasurer for the Local Authority Chief Auditors' Network.

Richard Smith - Deputy Chief Executive

Richard Smith

Deputy Chief Executive

Richard is our Deputy Chief Executive and has a wealth of experience in undertaking and managing internal audit and counter fraud work in the public sector. This encompasses a range of clients including local authorities, charitable companies, and other publicly funded bodies.

Jonathan Dodsworth - Assistant Director - Corporate Fraud

Jonathan Dodsworth

Assistant Director - Corporate Fraud

Jonathan is an Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist with a wealth of experience delivering counter fraud services to public sector organisations across the region. He was instrumental in establishing the North Yorkshire housing fraud partnership and is an active member of various public sector counter fraud networks.

Phil Jeffrey - Assistant Director – Audit Assurance

Phil Jeffrey

Assistant Director – Audit Assurance

Phil has wide-ranging audit experience gained with Veritau, the Audit Commission, National Audit Office and in the NHS. He has performed a variety of audit assurance work, ranging from fundamental system reviews through to one off specialist assignments. Phil is our audit lead for Middlesbrough Council and Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council.

Stuart Cutts - Assistant Director – Audit Assurance

Stuart Cutts

Assistant Director – Audit Assurance

Stuart is a CIPFA qualified accountant with over 25 years of public sector audit experience with Veritau, the Audit Commission and KPMG. He has worked closely with many different organisations to deliver audit services. Stuart is our audit manager for North Yorkshire Council.

Ed Martin - Audit Manager

Ed Lambert-Martin

Audit Manager

Ed started with Veritau as a trainee auditor back when we were formed in 2009. He is now a Chartered Internal Auditor. Ed has delivered a wide variety of assurance work and has knowledge and experience across all areas of local government. Ed manages Veritau's IT audit and data analytics teams.

Connor Munro - Assistant Director – Audit Assurance

Connor Munro

Assistant Director – Audit Assurance

Connor is a Chartered Internal Auditor with experience of internal audit both in the public and private sectors, delivering complex and varied work. He is the audit manager for City of York Council and Birmingham Children’s Trust. Connor also leads on our risk management services.

Daniel Clubb, Corporate Fraud Manager

Daniel Clubb

Assistant Director – Corporate Fraud

Daniel is experienced in leading on large and complex investigations, with specialist knowledge on social housing fraud. He holds Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist status and the CIPFA qualification in investigative practice. Daniel is part of Veritau’s data analytics group, with experience of running data matching projects and using data analytics tools to examine evidence.

Helen Swan - Assistant Director – Information Governance

Helen Swan

Assistant Director – Information Governance

Helen is a professionally qualified information governance practitioner with experience in delivering services across the public sector. She oversees Veritau’s schools, councils and access teams, focusing on business development and client relationship management.

Andy Nutting - Information Governance Manager

Andy Nutting

Information Governance Manager

Andy has over 25 years’ experience working in information governance within local government. He specialises in the development and implementation of bespoke information strategy, policy and processes. Andy has a professional interest in making information open and transparent, and enhancing ethical considerations around data.

Rosie Kelly - Information Governance Manager

Rosie Kelly

Information Governance Manager

Rosie is an experienced DPO with a background in the legal sector, who holds the CIPP/E certification from the IAPP. She specialises in UK GDPR compliance in the education sector, including expertise in Edtech and data protection governance in Multi-Academy Trusts. Rosie leads on training and resources, contract assurances, international data transfers and promoting awareness of regulatory changes.

Katie Barnard

Katie Barnard

Internal Audit Manager

Katie is an experienced senior auditor who holds the Institute of Risk Management Certificate, and is AAT qualified. She has helped improve and modernise the risk management frameworks for a number of clients. She has also worked with various organisations delivering a wide range of audit assurance work including one off specialist projects.

Amy Stroud - Senior Internal Auditor

Amy Stroud

Internal Audit Manager

Amy joined Veritau in 2017 as a trainee on the graduate programme. Amy holds the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) qualification. Amy now manages the delivery of internal audit services to our council’s schools and to over 20 academy trusts of all sizes and structures.

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Julie Ferguson

Information Governance Manager

Julie is a professionally qualified data protection practitioner with a wealth of experience in working across the public, private and education sectors. She has a legal background and specialises in helping clients navigate the regulatory landscape to enhance compliance. Julie oversees the successful delivery of services to our Council and other DPO clients and has a strong professional interest in improving internal processes and upholding privacy rights for individuals.

Wider team

Robert Beane - Senior Information Governance Officer

Robert Beane

Senior Information Governance Officer

Robert brings his wealth of experience in local government management to the delivery of information governance. He supports our schools and corporate clients with the development of assurance frameworks to embed good information governance practice throughout their business. Robert is also Veritau’s own Data Protection Officer.

Jane Overhill, Senior Corporate Fraud Investigator

Jane Overhill

Senior Corporate Fraud Investigator

Jane is a Professional Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist with over 20 years of experience in the sector. She leads on council tax reduction and financial assistance scheme fraud investigations as well as coordinating benefit fraud across a range of clients. Jane also specialises in false applications for school placements.

Andrew Ingram, Senior Internal Auditor

Andrew Ingram

Senior Internal Auditor

Andrew has nearly 20 years’ internal audit experience gained within local government. He has performed a wide variety of audit assurance work, ranging from main financial system reviews through to specialist assignments across different service areas. He holds the AAT qualification and a Certificate in Supervisory Management Studies.

Sarah Wallis - Senior Corporate Fraud Investigator

Sarah Wallis

Senior Corporate Fraud Investigator

Sarah is senior investigator with Professional Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist status. She has experience investigating a large range of fraud types across the public sector. Sarah’s particular expertise is in tenancy frauds affecting local authorities and housing associations, and blue badge misuse.

Senior Internal Auditor - Michael Raynes

Michael Raynes

Senior Internal Auditor

Michael has over 20 years’ experience in internal audit and previously worked in finance at City of York Council. He has gained a wide experience of undertaking assurance work across local government. As a member of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants, Michael has a specialised knowledge of financial accounting and budgeting.

Neil Beasley, Senior Internal Auditor

Neil Beasley

Senior Internal Auditor

Neil is a Certified Internal Auditor with more than 15 years’ experience in internal audit. He has delivered a variety of assurance reviews across a range of service areas, including main financial systems and school audits. Neil is also a member of Veritau’s risk management group and holds the IRM's Certificate in Enterprise Risk Management.

Gail Stormont, Senior Internal Auditor (Principal)

Gail Stormont

Senior Internal Auditor (Principal)

Gail has over 25 years of experience in both the private and public sectors, and has conducted varied and complex assurance reviews across different disciplines. She holds the PRINCE2 qualification in project management and the Institute of Risk Management's Certificate in Risk Management.

James Sheard - Senior Information Governance Officer

James Sheard

Senior Information Governance Officer

James holds qualifications in FOI, Data Protection (both pre and post GDPR), and Information Security Principles. He specialises in issues relating to councils and leads on projects including policy reviews, privacy notice creation and the development of workshops and other training material.

Kelly Holmes - Senior Corporate Fraud Investigator

Kelly Holmes

Senior Corporate Fraud Investigator

Kelly holds both Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist status and a qualification in investigative practice from CIPFA. She has many years of experience as a fraud investigator and leads on complex internal and whistleblowing investigations. Kelly also has experience working in a busy HR team and is ACAS trained on conducting internal investigations.

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Lottie Hollingworth

Senior Corporate Fraud Investigator

I started with Veritau as a trainee in 2019 and I am now an Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist and Senior Investigator. I have specialist knowledge of whistleblowing investigations and have experience leading on large and complex fraud investigations. I am also ACAS trained on conducting internal investigations.

Ben Dalby - Corporate Fraud Investigator (Data Analyst)

Ben Dalby

Fraud Investigator - Data Analyst

Ben leads the counter fraud part of Veritau’s data analytics group. He has experience of programming in Python, Microsoft VBA, and Caseware’s IDEAScript languages. Ben’s main area of expertise is in record linkage problems, with a focus on their use in fraud and error detection. He's a Certified IDEA Data Analyst and is also studying for his BSc in Data Science.

Katie Llewhellin - Senior Internal Auditor

Katie Llewhellin

Senior Internal Auditor

Katie has been with Veritau for eight years, having started through our trainee programme. She is now a senior auditor and holds the Certified Internal Auditor qualification. Katie has worked on a wide range of audits, and works closely with a variety of clients including North Yorkshire Council, national parks and schools.

Thomas Absalom - Senior Internal Auditor

Thomas Absalom

Senior Internal Auditor

Thom has worked for Veritau for over six years, having started as a trainee. He holds the Institute of Internal Auditors’ Certified Internal Auditor certification. He has conducted audits and assurance work across a range of areas, including main financial systems, social care, IT and health and safety. Thom is also the data analytics lead for internal audit.

Gillian Hoyes

Senior Internal Auditor

Gill has 20 years of experience working in local government including 10 years of experience in internal audit. She holds the Chartered Public Finance and Accountancy qualification (CIPFA) and has broad knowledge of finance and the public sector and, has a wide range of experience delivering assurance work across a range of service areas.

Luke Johnson - Senior Internal Auditor

Luke Johnson

Senior Internal Auditor

Luke joined Veritau as a trainee auditor in 2015. He holds the Institute of Internal Auditors Certified Internal Auditor accreditation and ISACA’s Certified Information System Auditor accreditation. Luke delivers on a variety of audits for numerous different clients, with special expertise in IT audits and cyber security.

Alison Sigsworth - Senior Information Governance Officer

Alison Sigsworth

Senior Information Governance Officer

Alison holds qualifications in information security management, FOI and data protection and leads on projects including privacy notice, Information Asset Register and policy reviews. She works in our schools team, supporting school staff and governors to make sure data protection aligns with their strategic objectives.

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Rebecca Ward

Senior Information Governance Officer

Becky has almost 10 years of experience in information governance, working predominantly within local government. She holds qualifications in FOI, GDPR and Corporate Governance. Overseeing our Access Team, she ensures that our clients receive expert advice in relation to Freedom of Information and Subject Access requests. Becky specialises in working with clients to make their access processes more efficient and has a strong interest in helping them fulfil their transparency obligations.

Charlotte Jobling - Senior Internal Auditor

Charlotte Jobling

Senior Internal Auditor

Charlotte joined Veritau as a trainee on our graduate programme in 2019 and is now a Senior Internal Auditor. She holds the Certified Internal Auditor qualification and works on a variety of audit areas, including schools, adult social care and cyber security.

Cathy McDonnell - Senior Internal Auditor

Cathy McDonnell

Senior Internal Auditor

Cathy joined Veritau as a trainee auditor in 2018 and holds the Certified Internal Auditor qualification. She has particular focus on information governance, cybersecurity and project management audits, and is a member of Veritau's data analytics group.

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