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Christopher Paske

Christopher Paske

Internal Audit Manager

Southampton, United Kingdom
Financial Services
  1. GMAC RFC Ltd,
  2. Financial Services Authority (UK Financial Services Regulator),
  3. Financial Services Authority
  1. Farnborough Technical College

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Farnborough Technical  College

Farnborough Technical College

HND Business Studies;Diploma of the Institute of Marketing

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A versatile INTERNAL AUDIT, COMPLIANCE, RISK & FINANCE PROFESSIONAL with extensive experience including being an FSA Supervisor, Computer Audit, Operational Audit, Internal Audit management & IT application security implementation in the Financial Services sector, and Financial and Management Accounting in other industries.


Identifying risk and developing proposals to mitigate such risk.
Understanding of different business environments, processes and systems.
Analysing problems, finding root causes and implementing workable solutions.
FSA compliance knowledge and experience

Specialties:Internal Audit. Computer Audit, Financial Services Regulation, Compliance, Risk Management,



(2 years 8 months)

Internal Audit Manager


Financial Services Authority (UK Financial Services Regulator)
(4 years 8 months)

Responsible for supervision of a portfolio of medium-sized firms in the retail sector.
Work included Arrow risk assessments and ICAS risk-based capital assessments. Note - Arrow risk assessments involve risk-based reviews of a firm's corporate governance, high level systems and controls and adequacy of resources. ICAS capital assessments involve reviews of the adequacy of a firm's capital on a risk-based basis.
Dealt with crystallised risk issues at regulated firms, regulatory compliance issues (e. g. changes of control, transfers of business etc) and internal FSA project work.
Experience included management of a Supervision team. Responsibilities included monitoring and supporting the work of team members, developing the skills of new team members, planning the work of the team, appraisals, and recruitment activities.


Financial Services Authority
(5 years)


QBE (Insurance & Reinsurance)
(6 months)

Responsible for carrying out risk evaluation projects on different areas of the business, making appropriate recommendations and following up recommendations.


Zurich Financial Services (Insurance & Investment Management)
(3 years 4 months)


Zurich Financial Services
(9 months)

Reporting to Internal Audit Director, Zurich UK General Insurance Business and responsible for ensuring planning and carrying out audits of Strategic Support Units (SSU's), including review of management and control of initial stages of UKISA SAP project.

Assisted with integration of previous Zurich and the BAFS General Business Internal Audit departments, and with recruitment of new staff and administration of Department.


Zurich Insurance
(7 years 6 months)

Management grade role reporting to Audit Manager, who was head of audit (prior to change of Audit Department job titles following merger with BAFS). Deputised for Audit Manager and played full role in audit planning, audit department administration, development of audit processes, guidance to other staff working in the Department and management of security incident responses.

Carried out reviews of adequacy of control over all areas of the business of the Zurich Insurance UK Branch. Reviews included:

IT areas such as Security Administration, LAN Controls, Mainframe Operating System (MVS),Systems Development Processes, Disaster Recovery and application systems.
Areas specific to Life and General Insurance, such as Underwriting, Claims, Policy Administration, Actuarial administration and Reinsurance administration.
Investment Administration and Investment Operations. Work in this area included co-ordination of an IT project for the reporting of management information on investments from the UK to the Swiss Head Office.
Compliance with Data Protection and Money Laundering regulations.


Abbey Life Assurance PLC (Unit-linked Life Assurance)
(2 years 11 months)

Responsible for carrying out audit assignments in relation to any development or operational activity of any Department or Company of the Group.

Reviewed investment activities, policy servicing, contracts and other ad hoc exercises.
Carried out Audits of all investment operations including investment operations in Hamburg and Luxembourg.
Gave support to Compliance Department in ensuring compliance with requirements of the Financial Services Act.


In 1974 joined Overseas Containers Ltd and gained experience in both Management Accounting and Financial Accounting, passing final ACCA exams in 1977.Moved to Lonsdale Universal Engineering, a small engineering company, in 1977 as Company Accountant, with responsibility for the complete accounting function. Experience here covered budgeting, statutory accounting, purchase ledger, wages, expenditure control, and presentation of financial information at company board meetings. In 1981 moved to Cowbell Contractors to set up and operate a financial reporting system, and then later that year joined the British Gas PLC Internal Audit Department, where responsibilities included examining, appraising and reporting on any of the aspects of the Company's financial administration and internal control. Joined Abbey Life Assurance PLC in 1988 as a Senior Auditor.


Farnborough Technical College

HND Business Studies;Diploma of the Institute of Marketing

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