IT Internal Auditor

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • To work in line with the haysmacintyre’s internal audit methodology.
  • To understand the key risks identified by clients and the controls put in place to address those risks.
  • To scope and plan IT internal audit assignment based on client requirements and risk assessments.
  • To execute variety of audit tests / procedures and interpret outcome from testing.
  • To prepare draft audit reports and working paper files to high quality standards for internal management and partner review.
  • To lead on individual assignments ensuring delivery is in line with allocated budget and agreed timeline with clients.
  • To seek guidance from managers and partners as required.
  • Understand the financial, operational and compliance risks which impacts client operations and incorporate these into the audit work programme.
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify It security and cyber risks, and make recommendations which are appropriate, proportionate, practical and cost-effective.
  • Manage several internal audit assignments and prioritise.
  • Supporting the Partners and Directors in key business development activities for new work including targeting, writing proposals and presentations.

The Candidate

  • Relevant professional experience, ideally within IT Internal Audit
  • CISA qualified or equivalent
  • Proven experience of successfully delivering IT internal audits
  • Experience in identifying and assessing complex IT risks and controls, relating them to the wider business environment
  • Proficient in MS Office
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Experience with data analytics
  • Flexible to travel
  • Ability to execute audits with limited support
  • A pro-active ‘can do’ attitude.

Dinesh Pancholi

Dinesh provides expert advice and support to clients ranging from large corporations to OMBs. He covers all areas of employment tax including employment related securities compliance and reporting.

Prior to joining haysmacintyre in October 2021, Dinesh was a Senior Manager in the PKF Smith Cooper Employment taxes team.

Previous to joining an accountancy practice, Dinesh was an HMRC Employer Compliance Office so he can share his experience from both sides!

In his spare time Dinesh enjoys watching football and cricket, reading and listening to music.

Chrysanthi Herodotou

Chrysanthi has over 10 years’ experience providing audit and accounting services to a range of FCA regulated and financial services clients. Chrysanthi has supported her financial services clients on statutory reporting matters in addition to providing annual statutory and CASS audit services.

Chrysanthi joined haysmacintyre after graduating from City University, London in 2004.

Chrysanthi likes to keep active, and is a regular gym goer.

Mike Hutchinson

Mike specialises in advising clients on share restructuring work, often liaising with tax professionals, company formations, dissolutions and restorations, registration of UK branches of overseas companies and board & general meeting procedure.

Prior to joining haysmacintyre in 2021, Mike was a senior manager at BDO LLP for over eight years and has also worked for listed companies and a law firm.

In his spare time Mike plays guitar, enjoys photography and looks after the family’s Cockapoo dog.

Andrew Roberts

Andrew focuses on international charities, as well as school clients. Andrew has assisted a number of clients with mergers, advising on due diligence.

Prior to joining haysmacintyre in 2020, Andrew worked at another mid tier firm delivering audit and accountancy advise to charity and not for profit clients.

Outside of the workplace, Andrew sits on the audit and risk committee for a large group of further education colleges and also sits on the finance committee for a smaller charity which uses the power of football to work with children to improve their outcomes at school.

In his spare time, Andrew enjoys spending timer with his family and pottering around his garden.

Governance & Risk

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COVID-19: Practicalities for Companies House accounts filing

Reconsider the practicalities for accounts filing in the light of the COVID-19 restrictions

Apply for more time to file your accounts

Companies House recognises the disruption caused by the current restrictions and has announced that, as of 25 March 2020, businesses may apply for a three-month extension period to file their accounts. This extension will not be granted automatically and companies seeking more time are expected to complete an online application before the filing deadline. Those stating “issues around COVID-19” or “health matters” as the reason for their application will be automatically and immediately granted three months’ extension. No further evidence is required. However, companies that have already extended their filing deadline, or shortened their accounting reference period, may be ineligible for an extension.

If there is a risk that your company may miss the filing deadline, it would be prudent to apply for an extension as late filing penalties will be imposed automatically. This is particularly important for companies whose accounts are filed late two years in a row, as penalties are doubled in the second year.

Late filing penalties

If a late filing penalty is issued to your company, you may appeal against it. The Registrar of Companies already has policies in place to deal with appeals based upon unforeseen poor health. Appeals based upon COVID-19 will be considered under these policies. Each appeal is treated on a case by case basis.

Submitting accounts to Companies House

Standard practices for the signing and filing of accounts should be reconsidered and adjusted to take into account the changed circumstances and extra time that may be required given that Companies House has closed some of its offices and suspended all same-day services for the time being. Companies House London office is closed until further notice and there is no functioning post box for the delivery of documents. Companies registered in England and Wales should send filings directly to the Cardiff office address at: Companies House, Crown Way, Cardiff, CF14 3UZ.

Companies House confirmed that the following signature formats are acceptable on the accounts and on audit reports:

  • Digital signatures provided by DocuSign or similar providers
  • Fonts: This means a font type keyed in word processing packages such as Microsoft Word and similar
  • Images of signatures pasted into a document
  • Rubber stamp
  • Company seal
  • A thumb/finger print

The Registrar will also accept good photocopies of the signed accounts, but if paper filing proves difficult to arrange, smaller and audit-exempt companies should consider whether WebFiling may be an alternative— please note that this requires manual entry of the figures to an online template and the designated person submitting the figures must be registered for WebFiling. Full details can be found here. WebFiling is not available for LLPs. If accounts are compiled through compatible software then direct electronic filing to Companies House through the software package is the quickest option.

Tom Brain

Tom has been a specialist in the not for profit sector for almost 20 years and his client work is focused on Professional Institutes and Membership Bodies (PIMBs) and Faith charities. Tom’s main responsibility in the technical arena is developing and managing the firm’s internal audit quality monitoring policies and processes, but his technical role is diverse and includes developing firm-wide audit guidance, providing support to audit engagement teams on accounting and audit matters, and delivering internal and external training on financial reporting and governance matters.

Prior to joining haysmacintyre in 2009, Tom was an audit manager at a top 20 firm, specialising in the not for profit sector.

Outside the office, Tom is a trustee of a small theatre charity, which helps him to understand the pressures that his clients are facing.

In his spare time, Tom enjoys cycling and playing cricket, as well as spending as much time as possible with his young daughter.

Siobhan Holmes

Siobhan enjoys advising clients technical matters and sector specific updates. Not only does she speak at events and provide training on issues such as charity accounting and the governance code, she is actively involved in producing and delivering our Quarterly Charity Updates and NFP eNews.

Siobhan joined haysmacintyre in 2011 as a trainee after graduating from UCL.

Outside of haysmacintyre Siobhan is a trustee of a local care charity, which has given her a greater understanding of the challenges her clients face.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, especially her ever growing little boy.

Jane Askew

Jane builds collaborative relationships with her clients and invests time in understanding their activities and mission. In addition to providing her clients with financial reporting and accounting guidance, Jane advises her clients on management reporting, governance, risk management and structure. She has spoken at haysmacintyre seminars and external events and has written articles for the sector press. Jane is part of haysmacintyre’s technical and training team and is responsible for designing and delivering regular training courses for our audit staff.

Jane joined haysmacintyre as a graduate trainee in the audit department in 2008 and has specialised in the not for profit sector since qualifying in 2011.

Beyond haysmacintyre, Jane is a trustee and the treasurer for her local choral society, which has given her a greater understanding of the challenges her clients face.

In her spare time, Jane enjoys the theatre and museums, as well as singing, skiing and sailing.