What we do

Internal auditing is an independent,objective assurance and consulting activity that strengthens and protects organisations.

About Us

Who we are

Internal auditors support achievement of organisation objectives with pragmatic insights that strengthen governance and improve business processes. We strive to make a positive difference from the boardroom to the front line, which maintains trust and confidence in the organisation.

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Interested in a new career?

What's your potential? Rise to the call of reaching your potential by launching an internal audit career right here in New Zealand. Are you starting out in your career or getting ready to rise and side-step, taking your skills to a new challenge? Your journey into internal audit starts here with IIA NZ.

Careers in Internal Audit

Structure & Committees

Our people

A membership organisation, IIA NZ has over 600 individual members and 33 organisational members spread throughout New Zealand.

National Board of Directors

We elect up to seven members to act as directors of a National Board. Directors are elected for a two year term, with one half of the positions on the Board being up for election each year, and the Board has the ability to co-opt three additional members. The Chair is appointed by the Board annually.

James Rees-Thomas, CA, LLB
Board Chair and Advocacy Committee Lead

James is a partner with PwC specialising in risk and assurance. Based in Wellington, James has been an IIA NZ member since 2011. He has been a speaker at IIA conferences and training events and he has an ongoing commitment to the planning of professional development events.
As Board Chair James' focus is to enhance the Institute's role in its key strategic areas, modernise its functions, and upgrade its performance so that it is better able to represent the profession and IIA NZ members.

Bernie McKendrey, CA, CIA
Deputy Chair and Education Committee Lead

Bernie is an independent consultant specialising in internal audit, risk management and governance. A previous Board member, Bernie is based in Wellington and brings professional expertise with a global perspective having spent some years engaged as an accredited internal audit quality assurance reviewer. Bernie joined IIA NZ in 2000 and has been a strong advocate of the internal audit value since.

Shaun Dowers, CIA

Shaun is Head of Audit and Risk with Christchurch City Council. Shaun has been an IIA NZ member for 11 years and is also a CIA. Shaun is a firm believer that education is the foundation of quality internal audit.

Deb Peach, CIA
Membership Committee Support

An IIA NZ member since 2013, Deb is a Senior Manager with Ernst & Young, based in Wellington. With 12 years of audit, risk, and assurance experience Deb supports theme membership committee strategy and has been an active contributor to IIA NZ annual conferences and education days.

Sonja Healy

Sonja is the Senior Internal Auditor with Synlait Milk Limited, based just south of Christchurch at Synlait's dairy processing plant in Dunsandel. Sonja has been an IIA NZ member since 2012 and has been working in risk management and internal audit for the past 14 years. She is enthusiastic about working with the IIA NZ Board and members to provide further support to continuously develop and improve as Internal Auditors and professionals.

Stewart Glynn

Stewart is the Principal Internal Auditor at the New Zealand Defence Force. He has over 20 years' experience of providing internal audit and advisory services in the public sector. Before joining the IIA NZ in 2011, he was a member of the IIA UK & Ireland where he gained the Chartered Internal Auditor qualification. Stewart is a strong advocate for the value a contemporary internal audit service can add to an organisation. He is also passionate about the value the Institute can have in terms of adding value to its members and advocating for the profession.

Victoria Craig, CA
Education Committee member, Chair of Small Practitioners Interest Group

Victoria is Stats NZ's Internal Auditor; a sole charge position that provides her with challenge and a range of interesting audits every year in the fast growing data industry. She has been an internal auditor and IIA NZ member for 14 years and is also a CA. She brings the perspectives of a public sector internal auditor and a small practice internal auditor to the Board.

National Office

Steve Downes
Chief Executive

Steve was appointed as the Chief Executive in November 2013. Prior to joining IIA NZ, he was CE for a membership organisation within the motor industry for over 20 years. More recently he was a mediator in the complaints resolution section for a Government entity. He has many years experience lobbying for members, improvements and positive change.


Institute members who provide essential leadership and direction for IIA NZ in a voluntary capacity are critical to the successful implementation of our programmes and services.

These volunteers assist IIA NZ by offering advice, guidance and support, both individually and through their roles on the National Board, Committees, Special Interest Groups and Regional Committees.

Relationship Managers

IIA NZ has appointed relationship managers who assist the Institute to achieve our advocacy strategy. The stakeholder clusters are our priority groups. Further stakeholder groups will be added over time.


Lead Relationship Manager

Relationship Support

Chartered Accountants of
Australia & New Zealand

Shashi Kumar

Steve Downes

Institute of Directors

Jeff Galt

Steve Downes

Central Agencies
(Treasury, DPMC, SSC)

Jeff Galt

James Jong

Office of the Auditor-General

James Jong

James Rees-Thomas

Transparency International
Bernie McKendrey
Jeff Galt

Our partner organisations

IIA NZ collaborates with Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), RiskNZ and the Institute of Directors (IoD) to share information on best practice and run some of our events.

We are grateful for the support given to the Institute by those organisations that very generously allow us to use their venues for our events.

Our regions

We encourage everyone in the internal audit and risk management professions - members and non-members - to attend events run by IIA NZ regions.

Each region develops education and networking event programmes to meet ongoing professional development requirements, and provide members with the opportunity to network with a wider group of people.

Some networking events are free while others,particularly lunchtime meetings, may have a small charge to cover catering.

Education Days are held in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch each year. Registration for these professional development days is moderately priced.

You can find more information about specific events on our Events calendar.

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