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Lisa Smith

Risk Assurance Director


Lisa has over 20 years experience of providing audit, risk assurance and corporate governance services to a wide range of clients in the private and commercial sectors. As a highly skilled and experienced manager, Lisa now specialises in providing Internal audit and controls, funding assurance, risk management and governance services primarily to education and charity clients.

Lisa regularly contributes to both internal and external training events in relation to education sector issues, having been a member of the Further Education National Funding Team and a lead Further Education internal audit manager for a number of years.

Prior to joining RSM in 2007, Lisa worked for the Audit Commission covering areas such as routine external audit, grant claims, data quality ‘Spot Checks’ and review of internal audit suppliers for a range of Local Government clients. She then started specialising in internal audit whilst working for a large Unitary Authority.

Lisa is the project manager for our ESFA funding work, liaising with the ESFA and ensuring that all timescales for the submission of opinions and reports are met. She also has regular discussions with ESFA contacts within the Provider Risk Assurance Team in order to clarify interpretations of the funding rules.