Meet the team

Our people make Veritau what it is

We have over 70 members of staff with expertise in various areas of assurance.

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

We have officers with specialist expertise 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 and a member of the North Yorkshire Police Joint Independent Audit Committee.

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 currently the audit lead for Middlesbrough Council and Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council.

Kirsty Bewick, Information Governance Manager

Kirsty Bewick

Information Governance Manager

Kirsty is an experienced information governance professional and Data Protection Officer. She advises on information sharing arrangements as well as specialising in areas of safeguarding, particularly in relation to multi-agency working. Kirsty also works on implementing new technology systems, and law enforcement processing matters.

Stuart Cutts, Assistant Director – Audit Assurance

Stuart Cutts

Assistant Director – Audit Assurance

Stuart has over 20 years of audit experience with Veritau, the Audit Commission and KPMG. He has worked closely with many different public sector organisations to deliver audit services. Stuart leads on adult social care, contract management and procurement, projects and performance.

Ian Morton, Assistant Director – Audit Assurance

Ian Morton

Assistant Director – Audit Assurance

Ian has worked in audit for over 30 years. He leads on the education and children’s social care sectors, and our national park clients. Ian works closely with many different public sector organisations and has wide-ranging experience across local authorities.

Audit Manager, Ed Martin

Ed Martin

Audit Manager

Ed started with Veritau as a trainee auditor back when we were formed in 2009. He performs a wide variety of assurance work and has knowledge and experience across all areas of local government. Ed is the audit lead for City of York Council and Selby District Council and manages Veritau's IT audit team. He's currently studying for the Internal Audit Leadership qualification.

Daniel Clubb, Corporate Fraud Manager

Daniel Clubb

Corporate Fraud Manager

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.

Connor Munro, Audit Manager

Connor Munro

Audit Manager

Connor has experience of internal audit within both the public and private sector, delivering complex and varied work. He is the audit lead for Scarborough Borough Council, Ryedale District Council and Richmondshire District Council and also leads on our risk management services. Connor is currently studying for a qualification in Internal Audit Leadership.

Helen Swan, Information Governance Manager

Helen Swan

Information Governance Manager

Helen is a professionally qualified information governance practitioner specialising in information sharing arrangements, particularly issues surrounding safeguarding practices. She leads on data breach investigations, providing advice to clients and liaising with the ICO.

Andy Nutting, Information Governance Manager

Andy Nutting

Information Governance Manager

Andy has over 20 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.

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 nearly 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 over 16 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.

Michael Raynes, Senior Internal Auditor

Michael Raynes

Senior Internal Auditor

Michael has over 15 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 experience of 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. Gail is involved in developing our risk management training and workshops.

James Sheard, Senior Information Governance Officer

James Sheard

Senior Information Governance Officer

James has been with Veritau for four years and 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.

Katie Barnard

Katie Barnard

Senior Internal Auditor

Katie is an experienced senior auditor who also holds the Institute of Risk Management Certificate. She has helped improve and modernise the risk management frameworks for a range of clients and is also involved with training sessions to raise awareness in risk management practice.

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.

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 has special expertise in cybercrime and is experienced in using a various front-end analytical tools. 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 five 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 variety of audits, and works closely with Hambleton District Council including committee and liaison work.

Thomas Absalom, Senior Internal Auditor

Thomas Absalom

Senior Internal Auditor

Thom has over five years experience in internal audit, having joined Veritau as a trainee in 2016. He's carried out audits across a variety of assurance areas, including core financial systems, health and safety, transport, ICT and children’s social services. Thom is the data analysis lead for internal audit and is currently studying for the CISA qualification.

Katherine Cassidy, Senior Information Governance Officer

Katherine Cassidy

Senior Information Governance Officer

Katherine has worked with Veritau for three years, having started as a trainee. She specialises in information access rights and holds certification in Data Protection, Freedom of Information and Information Management Principles. Katherine leads Veritau’s information access team, providing advice to clients and liaising with the ICO.

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.

Hannah Lindup, Marketing and Communications Officer

Hannah Lindup

Marketing and Communications Officer

Hannah coordinates all our marketing and communications activity, including branding, website management, press releases, awareness campaigns, social media, graphic design, and internal communications. She has certifications in digital marketing and social media management, and is also an Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist, having started in the fraud team.

Rosie Kelly

Rosie Kelly

Senior Information Governance Officer

Rosie is a professionally certified Data Protection Officer who specialises in privacy management and UK GDPR compliance enhancement in Veritau’s schools team. She leads on developing resources and training, contract assurance and promoting awareness of sectoral, legal and regulatory changes in information governance.

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