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Audit Committee - Who's who?

For information on how membership of the Audit Committee works, see Membership structure.

The current membership of the Audit Committee is as follows:​

 

Professor Sir David Greenaway (Chair) - external member of the University Council

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Dr Ruth Charles - member of the University Council

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Professor Richard Penty - member of the University Council

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Dr Nneka Abulokwe, OBE - external member

Nneka is a governance, digital & tech transformation and diversity specialist. She is the Founder and CEO of MicroMax Consulting having previously been an Executive Director and Senior Information Risk Officer for Sopra Steria, a multinational IT services organisation. She had responsibility for business operations including governance, risk, cyber security, ICT, business continuity, delivery assurance and internal controls & assessments across the UK and Asia. She serves on several boards as a non-executive director.
 
Nneka Chairs the Board Nominations Committee for the Cyber Security Governance Institute ISACA, UK. She is a Board Member of The Chartered Institute for IT, the BCS. She holds an Executive Doctorate in Business Administration from the Cranfield University School of Management where she pioneered research in the governance of outsourcing and the digital economy.
 
In 2019, Nneka was awarded the distinction of Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for Services to Business. In 2018 she became a Freeman of the Technology Livery Company – The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists and in 2019 an honorary Freeman of The City of London. She is a Fellow of both The Chartered Institute for IT, The BCS and The Charted Institute for Project Management, The Association for Project Management (APM).
 
Dr Abulokwe is passionate about the application of good governance for the delivery of digital services, with a specific focus on cyber security.

 

Mr Peter Doyle - external member

Until 2018 Peter’s role was as Chief Finance Officer, and subsequently Head of the Family Office at The Grosvenor Estate. Prior to that, Peter worked for KPMG, including 16 years as a partner in the London office, and latterly as Head of Financial Services. He has also worked in government, as a Finance Director and as a non-executive Board member. He is now non-executive Chairman of two financial services businesses.
 
In not-for-profit roles, he has served on several Boards, including Peabody, MEDAIR (an emergency relief charity), The Black Stork Charity and also the Advisory Board of the Judge Institute, Cambridge's Business School. Currently Peter is Chair of Governors at Eltham College, and Treasurer at Wycliffe Hall Oxford.
 
Peter has an MA in Economics from the University of Cambridge.

 

Mr Gary Ernest - external member​

Gary has spent the majority of his career working in a number of senior finance, supply chain and audit roles, initially for 23 years at Unilever and for the past 9 years at Rentokil Initial. His most recent role is Director of Risk & Internal Audit, reporting to the Group CFO and the Chair of the Audit Committee. He currently has responsibility for overseeing the risk management across the business and implementing the internal audit plan across the 70 country operations; he will retire from this role in July 2020. Within Unilever he was posted overseas to China and the Netherlands. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).
 
Gary has always maintained a keen interest in tertiary education. In 2012 he was appointed a Governor of Kingston University (his "local" university) where he was also Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee. His term as Governor expired in 2019. He is delighted to have been appointed to the Cambridge University Audit Committee in 2020 where he hopes to apply his 30 years knowledge from working in multinational businesses and experience of working in the university sector to improving the governance, risk and control framework in the University.
 
Gary is a graduate of Trinity College with a degree in Computer Science. Following his graduation, he was appointed Manager of the ADC Theatre in Cambridge from 1983 to 1987.

 

Ms Janet Legrand - external member

Janet is an experienced international dispute resolution partner who was Senior Partner and Chairman of the Board of DLA Piper from 2009 to 2012. Prior to this, she was head of the firm's Specialist Litigation team and won Legal Business' prestigious Dispute Resolution Team of the Year Award.
 
With over 30 years' experience and a successful track record in representing Governments, corporates and financial institutions around the world, Janet's dispute resolution skills have been recognised in the legal directories. She has been described in Chambers as winning considerable acclaim for her "dynamic style and keen eye for detail" and in Legal 500 as "a class act" who "knows when to turn the screws".

 

Mr Robert Gardiner - co-opted member

Robert is the Senior Bursar at Gonville and Caius, and as such is responsible for the College's finance and administration and is its chief compliance officer. 
 
Robert is a graduate of St John’s College, Cambridge where he read Classics, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.
 
His first career was at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP where he was a tax advisory partner. He became Bursar of Murray Edwards College in 2013 and was appointed Senior Bursar at Caius in October 2018.
 
Membership of the audit committee provides Robert with the opportunity to understand better the University’s systems, processes and issues. The colleges are legally separate from the university but they are integrally bound up in the wider university’s functions and strategic objectives therefore there is plenty to offer to and take away from the work of the committee.
 

Professor Tony Green - co-opted member​​​

Tony Green is Professor of Haemato-oncology in the University of Cambridge and Honorary Consultant Haematologist at Addenbrookes Hospital.  In 2000 he was appointed Head of the University Department of Haematology, and in 2016 Director of the Wellcome-MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute. In work which has spanned basic, translational and clinical research he has explored the transcriptional control of normal blood stem cells and more recently the mechanisms by which blood stem cells are subverted to cause haematological malignancies.
 
He has held multiple academic, clinical and educational leadership roles, both nationally and internationally, has been appointed to visiting professorships at several universities, elected Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (2001) and President of the European Haematology Association (2015-2017).
 

 Other attending University officers

 

The following University officers also attend Audit Committee meetings:

The Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor: Professor Graham Virgo

The Chief Financial Officer: Mr Anthony Odgers

The Director of Finance: Mr David Hughes

The Head of the Registrary's Office: Dr Regina Sachers

The Chair of the Press and Assessment Board Audit Committee: Mr Jonathan Scott

​Other senior officers and guests are invited for specific agenda items as necessary.

 

 Secretary and Assistant Secretary

 

Secretary: ​The Registrary, Ms Emma Rampton

Assistant Secretary: Mrs Samantha Skehel