Jo Rowley

Deputy Director – Audit Practice 

UK Government Internal Audit Agency  

Jo Rowley is the Deputy Director – Audit Practice at the Government Internal Audit Agency (GIAA) and is a qualified accountant (FCCA). Her role includes oversight of GIAA’s internal audit policy, methodology and quality assurance framework. In her work, she also supports the Head of Profession for internal audit central government in the United Kingdom.


Jo has extensive internal audit experience gained in a variety of sectors. After obtaining an honours degree in history, and two years as a computer programmer, she began her accountancy training with KPMG. She gained a further honours degree in accounting alongside her accountancy qualification. 


In addition to a decade in audit practice, Jo has spent six years auditing in the financial services sector and nine years undertaking a variety of internal audit roles in UK central government. Prior to her current appointment, Jo led an internal audit team in the Home Office group and held the roles of Head of Internal Audit for the Disclosure and Barring Service and the College of Policing. 


When not contemplating risk management, governance and control environments, Jo is a school governor, an avid reader, a fan of Liverpool Football Club and loves to visit art galleries and museums.


Thursday, 19th -16:40 p.m. to 17:30 p.m.

Concurrent session 4.5 - Implementing Public Sector Internal Audit Standards: Learning From the UK Experience

In 2013 all UK public sector internal auditors adopted the Public Sector Internal Audit Standards. Six years on, we consider what lessons we can learn from implementing the standards in the UK. This includes reflections on such things as:  


- How to get 18 Whitehall departments, 3 devolved administrations, over 400 local government organisations and the National Health Service to adopt the standards;


- Ways to support the differing needs of internal auditors in various parts the public sector while maintaining the integrity of the standards; and


- Managing adherence to the standards in a complex and changing central government landscape.

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