Amarjit Atkar BA, FCA

Ministry of Defence, Chief Risk Officer Director Audit, Risk and Assurance

As Chief Risk Officer, report to PUS, and responsible for the implementation of a common risk management framework throughout the Department and:

  • Act as the lead advisor to the Defence Board on risk management
  • Facilitate and drive risk management discussions, decisions and strategies on risk management across the Department.
  • Develop on overall risk landscape and ensure the Defence Board and the Defence Risk Committee receive a comprehensive view of the combined impact of risk that is being undertaken and provide assurance that the risks are being actively managed.


Also responsible for the following: Defence Internal Audit, Defence Fraud and Internal Control and Assurance functions. Previously:

Director of Global Assurance, Plan International – May 2007 to March 2010: Reported directly to the board through the Chair of the Audit Committee.  Managed a team of 50 staff based in four regional offices (Panama, Senegal, Bangkok and Kenya).

Group Head of Internal Audit, Department for Transport – April 2004 to May 2007: Managed the internal audit function including the Fraud Investigation Unit.  Restructured the audit function into a smaller team and implemented co-sourcing arrangements with Deloitte to provide the highly skilled team with business and process skills which can undertake more analytic reviews working with senior management to add value beyond basic controls assurance.

Group Head of Internal Audit and Investigations, Global Head of Risk Management, Global Head of Business Continuity and Rights Management – Reuters 1993 to 31 December 2003.

Undertook various roles at Reuters including investigations of fraud and IT security related incidents.  This involved putting together teams at relatively short notice and investigating the cause of the incident and developing action plans for immediate remedial action and global action for prevention of similar incidents at other locations.  Involved liaison with senior management, internal and external lawyers and corporate relations.

Joined Price Waterhouse (now Pricewaterhouse Coopers) in 1975 and gained experience in financial and IT audit and in 1989 was appointed a partner in Price Waterhouse Middle East firm specialising in business consulting, IT Security, MIS, information systems strategy and financial systems selection and implementation.

As a senior manager and then partner I was responsible for establishing and running the consultancy practice in the Gulf.  Consultancy capability was established in Kuwait, Bahrain, Dubai, Doha, Muscat and Abu Dhabi.  My lead role was marketing of our services and developing business relationships with the multinationals and government departments.  I had a close working relationship with the London and New York offices which provided both marketing support and both specialist partner and resource support for consultancy assignments