Paul Sawdon has been appointed as the head of
KPMG UK’s internal audit practice.

Sawdon, who has taken over from David Defoand,
was previously the firms lead audit partner working on projects
including the development of the firm’s extended assurance
proposition. KPMG’s internal audit practice delivers audit plans
and provides audit advice to the corporate, financial and public

KPMG said Sawdon’s appointment mirrors its
strategy to reinvest in the internal audit marketplace. In the past
year four directors have been recruited from outside the firm.

“Economic fragility, threats to data security,
business continuity and the pace of global change are just a few
reasons why assurance has never been more on the minds of company
boards. Effective internal audit is a critical component of any
assurance programme. It is vital that companies’ risk and
assurance activities are joined up and that the work of their
internal audit team links to the real issues that the organisation
faces,” Sawdon said.