John Heffer, Technology Risk Director

Executive Summary

John has 15 years’ experience as an IT risk management specialist and has historically worked with BDO’s larger and international clients in the retail and manufacturing sectors. Each one has complex financial systems environments, with multiple and diverse applications that are subjected to regular change and expansion.  These include Randgold, Agilent, Keysight Technologies, Specsavers International Healthcare, River Island, Monsoon & Accessorize, Rymans and the Marfrig Group.  

John has also provided risk advisory consultancy services on project or data risks to the Honda Motor Company, easyJet, the Metropolitan Police, BPP Professional Education, The General Council of the Bar, General Optical Council, The Cabinet office, Teacher Training Agency, National Car Parks and various other smaller organisations.

John has worked directly on a number of occasions with SAP, Oracle, Axapta, Great plains, Navision, Hyperion and many similar applications in various sectors, both in an audit and advisory capacity. 

Over the last 18 months, John has led a significant firm wide initiative to design, develop and deploy a new approach to audit data analytics called BDO Advantage. Advantage is an audit analytics tool that creates data visualisations that enhance our understanding of your data to enable an auditor to dynamically explore and focus their efforts on those areas that really matter. 

BDO Advantage has been deployed across the UK audit stream and is in the process of being adopted by BDO internationally.