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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:​


VACANT (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 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.

Mr David Germain - external member

David has more than 30 years’ experience as a leader of global technology and digital strategy. David is the Group Chief Information Officer at QBE. The international insurer and reinsurer. Previously David worked for a number of world leading Financial Services institutions in C-suite roles (RSA, General Electric, NatWest Group, Deutsche Bank, Close Brothers). 

In 2019 David was ranked ninth in the Financial Times Top 100 Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) Technology Leaders. He was a Finalist for CTO of the Year 2019 awarded by the Inclusive Technology Awards, and also a Finalist in the STEM category awarded by the Black British Awards.

David was featured in 2021 Hot Topics Global CIO100 list for his leadership excellence, resilience and innovation. The 2020 and 2021 Power-list CX50 as one of the most influential Customer Experience influencers in the UK by Marketing Week. He was awarded the prestigious Inspirational Leader in the UK 2020 for services to society, awarded by Computing and the British Computer Society.

David is a Non-Executive Director and honorary fellow for a number of institutions and technology author/ advisor. 

David is married with three children.

Ms Elly Hardwick - external member

Elly's focus is on strategy, data, and digital transformation. She is an active Non Executive Director, serving on the boards and audit committees of Greek systemic bank Alpha Bank and specialty (re)insurer Axis Capital, and on the board of software provider Itiviti. Her previous executive roles include founding CEO of fintech startup Credit Benchmark, Head of Innovation at Deutsche Bank, and Chief Digital Officer at UBS. 

Elly holds an MA(Cantab) from St Catharine’s College Cambridge and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is a keen rower and amateur musician, and her two eldest sons are choristers at King’s College. ​​


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 Governance and Compliance Division: 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: Dr Elle Bateman