The Leadership Team
Alan Lees BA FCA
Managing Director, KCG
Alan is a qualified accountant with over 35 years audit and advisory experience gained in a variety of sectors. He was previously a partner at Grant Thornton where he had overall responsibility for the delivery of internal audit services to central government and the not for profit sector, and at RSM Robson Rhodes he established a national risk assurance service function, which focused primarily on the education and housing sectors.
He acted as Lead Partner and Head of Internal Audit for a substantial and varied client portfolio. His HE experience includes working with the following universities: Oxford, Cambridge, London, Middlesex, Brunel, Canterbury Christ Church, Aston, Sussex, Coventry and Birmingham City. Outside the HE sector, he has worked with HM Treasury, the Department of Health, and the Home Office, and with various regulatory bodies, including the General Medical Council and the General Dental Council. He has also worked with four accounting bodies: ICAEW, CIMA, CIPFA and the ACCA.
Alan has overall responsibility for the delivery of KCG services to all Consortium Member institutions and non-Members. He takes an active role in developing and maintaining relationships with all members of the KCG Consortium, to ensure that the internal audit service continues to be delivered to exacting technical and service quality standards.
Alan leads the organisational development of the KCG Consortium, with overall responsibility for business development and strategy, operations and administration, and financial management. He ensures that the internal audit methodology meets both HEFCE and KCG Consortium member requirements, and that there are effective quality processes and staff training and development arrangements.
In addition to his strategic and operational role as Managing Director of KCG, Alan acts as Head of Internal Audit for Kingston University, University of Bedfordshire, the National Film and Television School, and Bucks New University.
Alan is a Governor and Trustee, and Chair of the Finance Committee, of Abbot’s Hill School, an independent girls school in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire.
T: +44 (0)20 8417 5378
M: +44 (0)7836 271313
Nick Avery MA FCCA
Nick is a qualified accountant with over 27 years internal audit, risk management and finance experience gained in the commercial, charity and more recently higher education sectors. He joined KCG in April 2014, previously being Head of Audit and Risk Management at Leonard Cheshire Disability where his responsibilities included providing second line of defence assurances over care quality and safety and managing outsourced internal audit, insurance and legal services. Prior to that he was Head of Audit and Risk at Totesport, where he was responsible for health and safety, security and investigations and was the anti-money laundering reporting officer in addition to managing the internal audit service.
In these and previous roles, he has worked in a wide range of regulatory environments, including the UK and overseas gambling regulators, The Pensions Regulator, Care Quality Commission and Charity Commission. He has additionally undertaken roles as Financial Business Partner for the international and new business development divisions of a major UK home shopping retailer. He started his career in IT, and is a Chemistry graduate with published research.
Nick acts as Head of Internal Audit for the University of Westminster, Courtauld Institute of Art, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and the Royal College of Music. Nick also leads the relationship with the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama.
In addition to these roles, Nick is also responsible for the IT assurance services provided to all consortium members as well as conducting assignments personally across the consortium. He leads for KCG on data analytics and risk management.
Nick is a trustee and member of the Audit and Finance sub-committee of Camphill Village Trust, a national care charity and a member of the Finance and Risk Committee of firstsite, a contemporary visual arts gallery in his hometown of Colchester.
T: +44 (0)20 7915 5453
M: +44 (0)7969 835918
Tony Woodhouse CMIIA
Tony is a qualified Chartered Member of the Institute of Internal Auditors and has been with KCG as an Audit Director since June 2012. Tony began his audit career in 1977 and following periods of employment in the in the NHS and the Independent Broadcasting Authority he moved into the privatised Electricity Supply Industry where he worked for Nuclear Electric and National Power in both the UK and overseas. Tony then moved into Accounting Practice with Binder Hamlyn before joining Deloitte, where for three years he managed the company’s flagship outsourced Local Government Internal Audit contract at a Beacon London Borough Council.
During his employment with Deloitte Tony also managed contracts in the Charities Sector and undertook long term secondments to the in-house audit teams at British Airports and Trinity Mirror. He also completed specific project work at the Welcome Trust, Age Concern England and the British Nursing Association.
Prior to joining KCG he worked as a senior audit consultant in Whitehall and undertook risk management and internal audit assignments for HM Treasury, the Probation Service, Youth Justice Board and the Identity and Passport Service. He was also for over two years the Interim Head of Internal Audit at the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman where he fully professionalised the internal audit service.
Tony is currently the Head of Internal Audit at the University of Kent, Heythrop College and the London Institute of Banking & Finance. Tony also leads the relationship with the London Universities Purchasing Consortium.
His role is to engage with senior stakeholders including Senior Leadership Teams, Audit Committee Members and External Auditors in the development of strategic and operational audit plans for the delivery of high level audit services that are aligned to the strategic objectives and significant risks that each institution faces.
Besides ensuring the delivery of high profile work to required technical and quality standards that are aligned to HEFCE requirements Tony’s role as Audit Director includes supporting the KCG Managing Director in the overall business development and strategy of the consortium. In addition, he undertakes the management of our client based audit teams in Southeast London and Canterbury and leads on staff recruitment.
T: +44 (0)1227 823008
M: +44 (0)7970 707581
Stuart Kemp BA, MA, CMIIA
Stuart is a qualified internal auditor with over 20 years internal audit and advisory experience gained in a variety of sectors. He trained in central government at the then Lord Chancellor’s Department (now Ministry of Justice) and afterwards spent several years with Arthur Andersen, responsible for the delivery of internal audit services at a range of public sector clients including within the National Health Service, housing associations, further education colleges, and non-departmental public bodies. Stuart was also the senior consultant responsible for the delivery of the internal audit programme at the New Millennium Experience Company (Millennium Dome) between 1999-2001.
Stuart was a member of the team that founded KCG in 2005 and in that time has been responsible for the delivery of audit programmes to a number of Consortium members.
Stuart is currently Head of Internal Audit for the University of Roehampton, Bournemouth University, Southampton Solent University, and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. He is also Programme manager for Bucks New University and leads the relationship with Cardiff University and West Dean College. He is responsible for the management of a team of auditors delivering these audit programmes, as well as conducting special investigations and ad hoc reviews.
Stuart has a significant level of knowledge and expertise across a broad range of academic and non-academic processes, from areas such as student experience and research management to HE governance arrangements, marketing, and financial management. He helped develop the KCG risk management methodology, delivers facilitated risk workshops across the Consortium Membership and for non-Members, and developed KCG’s approach to auditing Value for Money arrangements.
Stuart is a member of the Council for Higher Education Internal Auditors (CHEIA) Executive, as well as sitting on the UUK/Guild HE Code for the Management of Student Housing Governance Board and Sector Advisory Group.
T: +44 (0)20 8417 5050
M: +44 (0)7930 331371