Lara leads PwC’s internal audit, risk, and compliance practice in New Zealand. Moving from South Africa in 2008, Lara successfully established PwC’s internal audit, risk, and compliance practice in Auckland. Lara has over 24 years’ experience delivering governance, risk management and internal audit. In addition, she holds leadership roles within the firm for sector groups and strategic client relationships. During her career at PwC New Zealand, she has held a number of leadership roles – Risk Assurance Auckland Leader and Markets Leader and Chief Risk Officer on the Firm Executive.
She is a passionate supporter of women leaders, actively and purposefully mentoring developing leaders, both inside and outside the firm. She is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors NZ (IIA NZ), and a past IIA NZ Board member, and Regional Governor for the IIA KwaZulu-Natal chapter. She is also a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and NZ.
Outside work, Lara is married to Chris, and has 2 teenage boys. They enjoy spending time at the beach and travelling.