PwC’s Training Academy (formerly Auditor Training Centre) has a team of expert auditor trainers who are all practicing auditors in the fields of Quality, Environmental, OHS, Food Safety, Information Security, Business Continuity and Integrated Management Systems certification. Our trainers have great delivery and training techniques, which make our courses relevant and practical with real auditing experiences.
Tom is father to a seven-year-old Italian Greyhound called Willow. He is our in-house chef and foodie. Family and friends are forever asking Tom to whip up his amazing multilayer orange almond stack and watch out at Easter, because his triple choc ganache easter eggs are to die for!
Tom was once about to begin a health and safety review at an aerospace maintenance organisation when within half an hour of walking in the door, he tore the back of his trousers on a whiteboard. Tom learned that day that it is very difficult to write on a whiteboard facing away from it, and that it is also good to wear similar coloured underpants and trousers on important work days.
Pat is a member of the Coast Guard and spends his weekends out on the water. He enjoys camping and travelling around Northern Australia. This sometimes means he has to leave his German Shepherd at home, so he’s never away for too long.
Pat’s most awkward training experience was one of those times when everything could go wrong, did go wrong – it involved traffic, spilled coffee, fire drills, and evacuating a class down 16 flights of stairs. Thankfully, that was a one-off and Pat’s classes are widely-regarded as some of our most enjoyable.
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Martin breeds Australian Shepherds and spends his weekends coaching AFL and ferrying his kids to footy and basketball.
Martin’s most embarrassing auditing experience was having to conduct an audit in his gym gear. He was at the gym prior to starting the audit when the auditee cancelled. As he was close by, he dropped in to explain the consequences to the auditee, who decided to proceed with the audit after all. Martin didn’t have anywhere to shower or change so he conducted the audit wearing his 2007 City to Surf Fun Run souvenir participant t-shirt and his old footy shorts.
Claire has four dogs, three horses, a cat and a husband. Claire travels quite a bit on consulting jobs – being highly sought-after for both her pragmatic quality system implementation and her awesome jokes. To add to the mix, she also runs a Perth-based dog rescue charity and does horseback archery, trail riding and dressage as hobbies. We’re still not quite sure how she manages to fit us in to her schedule! With roots in the UK, we think one of Claire’s best jobs would have been working as a Quality Systems Brewer for Carlsberg breweries. Any volunteers for those quality control tests?
Claire will never live down the day she asked a ‘random guy’ to borrow his mobile phone. He obliged, leaving her friends gobsmacked. Turns out the ‘random guy’ was Robert Plant and Claire had no clue she had just used the lead singer of Led Zeppelin’s phone.
John is our resident adrenaline junkie – he’s bungee jumped, skydived, and has even gone swimming with great white sharks (all while conducting the appropriate risk assessments, of course!) John loves to travel and whilst once on a fishing trip in the Solomon Islands, he outran an erupting volcano. Despite the fact he’s a qualified food safety auditor and environmental health consultant, John always loves to sample risky street food whilst travelling abroad!
Aseem is our cricket-mad Information Security Management Systems specialist. You’ll find Aseem playing club cricket most weekends and if he’s not doing that, he’ll be running a marathon or enjoying a movie.
Aseem’s most awkward training experience was when he had to deliver Information Security Management Systems Lead Auditor training to senior executives and partners he had previously worked closely with on audit engagements. Just like Luke Skywalker, the student had become the master!
Lisa is a bit of a rock star in food safety circles. In 2014, she was the recipient of the ‘Outstanding individual working as a registered Food Safety Auditor’ award – a prestigious prize awarded by Advancing Food Safety – an independent food industry body. Lisa has a vast knowledge of a broad array of the food safety standards globally, including SQF, BRC, FSSC 22000, HARPS, and the specific requirements of Suppliers to many large Australian grocers and supermarkets. Like we said, she’s the Dave Grohl of food safety.
Lisa is our team green thumb and has a succulent garden that is the envy of all who see it. Given her extensive background in food safety auditing, Lisa is also very handy to have around the office to provide advice on team lunch venue choices.
Jen has an unbridled passion for travel and her journeying highlights to date include cooeeing off the Great Wall of China, riding a scooter through the steep and winding roads of Ko Phangan, Bollywood dancing in front of 500 wedding guests at a Punjabi wedding and conquering the Inca Trail to ascend Machu Picchu. Jen has travelled to five continents so far.
Jen has worked as a marketer in Austria, started her banking career in Sydney and now finds herself back in her hometown of Brisbane working for PwC in the Digital Trust team.
Jen is a subscriber to New Scientist and gets her creative kicks from cake decorating and cooking. She loves any and all things free and her adoration of pasta is unmatched, even in Italian circles.
When she’s not preoccupied with this other stuff, Jen specialises in risk management, privacy and data governance.
Dan is our sports fanatic and is always ready to talk football of any code, cricket, golf, or motor racing. Dan has seen his fair share of great sporting moments, including grand finals at the MCG, the Ashes at Lords and the F1 in Melbourne. Dan was born in England, however he won’t tell you that unless England have recently won the Ashes or are ahead in an Olympic medal count!
When not following sport or creating a dream team, Dan specialises in all things risk management, from on-the-ground security assessments to risk-based strategic planning.