Who we are

Karen McConnell
Comptroller and Auditor General
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Karen was appointed as the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG) for Jersey in February 2013 and is responsible for running the Office of the C&AG in Jersey, which is known as the Jersey Audit Office (JAO).

In her role she provides the States of Jersey with independent assurance that the public finances of Jersey are being regulated, controlled and accounted for in accordance with the Law. As C&AG she also considers and reports to the States on improvements to internal controls and internal audit; the economy efficiency and effectiveness of the use of resources; and general corporate governance arrangements of both the States and of States funded bodies. Karen also appoints external auditors (currently PwC) and liaises with and attends both the Public Accounts and the Audit Committees.

Formerly of the UK Audit Commission, Karen held a variety of senior positions at the Commission, including leading the Audit Practice and its 900 staff through the transition of outsourcing the Commission’s work to the private sector during 2011 and 2012. Being directly accountable to the Chief Executive and the Board for the performance of the Audit Practice, during that time Karen also delivered a budget of £106 million income and £60 million expenditure and delivered a complex work programme at 232 health bodies and 429 principal local government bodies (including police, fire and probation).

Formerly Head of Audit and District Auditor at the Audit Commission, Karen has been a full member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) since 1986.

Stephen Warren
Deputy C&AG
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Stephen deputises for the C&AG in her absence and provides technical and professional expertise to the JAO.

Stephen worked for the United Kingdom Audit Commission for 26 years, most recently as its Technical Director. He led on the development of the audit approach, technical accounting, quality monitoring and compliance. He also had a key role in managing and delivering training.

Stephen has been a member of the Financial Reporting Council’s Committee on Accounting for Public Benefit Entities since 2006 and a trustee of the Audit Commission Pension Scheme since 2008. During his employment, he represented the Audit Commission on H M Treasury’s Financial Reporting Advisory Board.

Stephen is now working as an independent consultant and teaches an undergraduate course on audit.

Rozena Pedley
Communications and Administration
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Rozena has supported the Office of Comptroller & Auditor General since it was established by the States of Jersey in 2005. Appointed to the JAO primarily to manage it’s public facing communications, Rozena also provides an administrative support function to the Team.

Professionally qualified as a CIPR (Chartered Institute of Public Relations) practitioner, Rozena’s experience spans both the public and private sector, in Jersey and the UK. She has developed and executed communications programmes and public events on behalf of organisations for the past 20 years.

After returning to Jersey from the UK, where she trained, Rozena was appointed as the first communications professional to the former Financial Services Department of the States; then went on to manage communications on behalf of the Jersey Financial Services Commission and Jersey Finance, before setting up in private practice.

Shahida Nasim
Affiliate to the JAO
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Shahida is an independent public finance consultant.  She is a member of both the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.

Between 2012 and 2013 she worked in the private healthcare sector in Australia.  Before that she worked for the United Kingdom Audit Commission from 1995 to 2012, most recently as an Engagement Lead, working in both the health and local government sectors.

Shahida also contributed to the development of the Commission’s audit approach and was a member of its national technical panel.

Stephen Taylor
Affiliate to the JAO
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Stephen is a qualified accountant and audit professional with extensive experience in public sector governance and management.  He supports the C&AG by leading specific projects in general governance areas.

Stephen previously worked for the Audit Commission in the UK where he was a Director of Audit until 2012 with national responsibility for people and talent management.  Prior to that, he was Head of Audit for Southern England and a District Auditor for many years. Stephen represented the Audit Commission in Europe for a number of years and, between 2010 and 2012, he was the elected President of European Regional Audit Organisations.

He works as an independent consultant with clients including the States of Alderney and Audit Scotland.

Ann Trudgeon
Affiliate to the JAO
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Ann specialises in helping health and social care services improve performance and value for money.  Most recently she has supported health and social care communities in implementing the new structures, roles and responsibilities required by the UK’s Health and Social Care Act 2012.  Working with clinicians and managers, Ann has helped implement new governance and compliance arrangements to enable delivery of cost improvement and service transformation plans.

Ann is a qualified Speech and Language Therapist and has worked in industry, charity, education and the health sector.  For 11 years Ann was a senior health specialist for the Audit Commission in England, designing and leading major performance improvement reviews across a range of public sector organisations and systems.

In 2009 Ann was joint winner of the Audit Commission’s national award for the greatest contribution to public sector performance audit (the Read Award) for her work in developing an independent review of efficiency, effectiveness and economy in commissioning specialised health services.

Andrea White
Affiliate to the JAO
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Andrea is a freelance consultant specialising in governance, financial management and achieving value for money.

Formally a Director with KPMG and a District Auditor with the Audit Commission, Andrea has over 20 years’ experience carrying out independent audits and investigations for a wide range of health and local government bodies including London Borough Councils, Pension Funds and NHS Trusts.  Andrea represented the Audit Commission on a variety of external bodies including the CIPFA Pensions Panel, Society of London Treasurers and the London Borough Audit Chair forum.  Andrea has had a long association with the Association of Accounting Technicians chairing its education, resources and public relations committees.  She served as President and Chair of Council in 2000/2001. Most recently Andrea has served as a trustee of the Association’s pension fund.

Andrea is currently the Independent Audit Committee member of the West London Waste Authority and a Director and Trustee of Boccia England, the governing body of a Paralympic sport for athletes with disabilities.

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