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Dr Julie Drake is a Principal Lecturer specializing in auditing, professional ethics and the governance of risk. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and the Higher Education Academy. She joined the University in 1992 from an international firm of accountants with experience of both medium and Plc audits. 

Julie’s PhD on the role of doctors in the management of primary care developed from an interest in the implications of the role of accounting in management,  managerial roles and good governance. As a member of the Financial and Ethics Governance Research Group she supervises students at both doctoral and masters level. Julie has received external funding for both research and project work including two research grants sponsored by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.

Julie has designed and developed a number of degree courses, including a course in collaboration with firstdirect (HSBC) that was delivered at the Leeds Head Office and managed a collaborative regional network for delivery of Higher Education. With extensive experience of building external relationships, supporting employer engagement and enterprise initiatives, Julie has pursued an active role in board governance in education. Julie has been involved in strategic governance, including chairing merger partner selection committees and later, membership of a panel to oversee the development of a successful educational merger. She is vice chair of an audit committee and supervises a number of doctoral students with an interest in public sector governance including audit committees, public sector budgeting and local government. Combining practice and scholarship, these roles have led to a number of publications.

Julie holds a BA with First Class Honours in Accountancy and joined the University from a major firm of Chartered Accountants. She is an experienced assistant examiner for both ICAEW and ACCA and is an active member of her professional body with particular interest in professional ethics. One of Julie’s research interests is how to engage students in auditing to acquire those critical skills to enhance employability and career through a case study approach, including ‘living cases’. Having led undergraduate courses and collaborative initiatives, as Head of Postgraduate courses she is now leading the postgraduate team, to create excellence in the School’s portfolio of accounting and finance courses for Master’s students.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Audit Expectations Gap
  • The Demand for Audit
  • Audit in Emerging Econonomies
  • Development of Accounting Profession
  • Regulation of the Accounting Profession
  • Ethics in Audit
  • Professions and the Hybrid Manager
  • Governance in Education


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