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Joint Audit Committee Member Biographies

Jude Ferguson (Chair)

Jude is an experienced Senior Executive who has developed and delivered services offering education and guidance for young people and adults, latterly specialising in the development of public/private sector partnerships.  Since 2008 Jude has enhanced her portfolio as
a Non-Executive Director at Weston Area Health Trust and as a Member and Deputy Chair of Avon and Somerset Police Authority. 
She is currently Chair of Weston College and a Director of several Limited Companies.


Katherine Crallan

Katherine enjoyed a long career in the National Offender Management Service, working for both Wiltshire and Avon and Somerset in the South West Region. She has served on strategic management teams in both community and custodial settings, leading on complex business change programmes, and their audit and budgetary requirements. Katherine’s experience includes secondment to partner agencies to lead change programmes and commissioning, contracting and auditing across organisational boundaries. She has participated in a number of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation / Prisons inspections and acted as an advisor to national change management teams on female prisons. 


Lee O'Bryan

Lee O'Bryan has had a career with Royal Mail, which has included the post of Operations Director for the South Wales South West Region, and also UK HR Director for the Royal Mail Customer Services Business. A graduate of Southampton University, Lee is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, and also a qualified mediator. He is currently Managing Partner of the Camden Partnership, providing HR services to the public and private sectors. His other Non-Executive roles include Avon and Wiltshire Partnership NHS Trust, where he chairs the Finance and Planning Committee and is the Senior Independent Director, and Selwood Housing Association, where he chairs the Resources Committee. Lee is also the Statutory Independent Person for Bath and North East Somerset, where he has lived for the past 30 years.


Shazia Riaz

Shazia Riaz has many years local government management experience especially in equalities and community development. Shazia has served in many organizations primarily in the public sector as an Independent member including Avon & Somerset Police Authority, Avon & Somerset Probation Trust and on Primary Care Trust and social services boards. Takes a keen interest and is involved in Black and other minority ethnic community groups and organizations. She was also appointed as a Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire in 2012.


Sue Warman B.Sc (Hons) Cert Ed (Distinction) MEd

After a few years working in industry, first as a bench scientist and then in a role planning major research and development projects, Sue has spent most of her career working in the Further, Adult and Prison Education Sector.  As a biochemist, she taught applied sciences on a variety of vocational and academic courses.  Later, she moved into college management, latterly as a Vice Principal and Deputy Principal.  Her specialisms are quality improvement, human resources, professional development and curriculum management. On retiring, Sue served for 6 years on the Hertfordshire Police Authority as an Independent Member, chairing the Performance Scrutiny Committee, before moving to North Somerset in 2012.

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