Executive team

The PSAA executive team comprises four senior officers:

Tony Crawley

Tony Crawley is the Chief Executive and is responsible for running the not-for-profit company. PSAA’s main role from 2018/19 onwards is as the appointing person for opted-in local government bodies, and Tony leads the work to ensure that appointed auditors comply with their responsibilities under their audit services contracts. In addition, he leads on the work to complete the delivery of PSAA’s statutory functions in relation to pre 2018/19 responsibilities.

Tony qualified as a chartered public accountant in 1994. He worked for District Audit, the delivery arm of the Audit Commission, from 1990 to 2012, and in that time worked on secondment to CIPFA, the Audit Commission and the National Fraud Initiative. He became a District Auditor in the East Midlands in 2009, and transferred to KPMG LLP in 2012 where he was a Director specialising in local government and NHS external audits. He joined PSAA in October 2018, and is the Past President of CIPFA in the Midlands.

Sandy Parbhoo

Sandy is the Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for leading on the financial management of the audit contracts and on PSAA’s corporate finance. She also leads on corporate risk management and setting audit fees and is involved in the appointment of auditors.

Sandy trained with Deloitte and qualified as a chartered accountant in 1995. She worked as a finance manager at a start-up organisation, a large wholesale telecommunication company, to set up its finance department and after 2 years moved on to work at the BBC managing the finances of Newsnight and Breakfast TV. Sandy worked for the Audit Commission from 2001 to 2015, starting as a finance manager in the London region of the audit practice, and subsequently promoted to business partner and senior contracts manager.

Andrew Chappell

Andrew is Senior Quality Manager and is responsible for overseeing the work of PSAA’s appointed auditors; managing all PSAA’s audit quality monitoring arrangements, including appointment compliance.

Andrew is a qualified FCA. He joined PSAA in June 2016 after a 25 year career in local audit with District Audit and KPMG.  Having managed a range of external and internal public sector clients, he brings a wide knowledge and understanding of audit quality arrangements to this role.

Julie Schofield

Julie is Chief Procurement and Business Management Officer and is responsible for leading and managing all aspects of PSAA’s procurement projects and general business management activities such as IT, legal and communications and media.

Julie is a qualified programme, project, and procurement lead. She originally worked with PSAA from September 2016 to March 2018 to manage the projects to establish the appointing person arrangements and implement a CRM system. She re-joined PSAA in March 2020 in this newly created role.  Her career has been mostly in local government, and spans IT, procurement, project and programme management so she brings a broad knowledge and understanding of managing operational and project delivery to this role.