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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.

Research Expertise and Interests

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

Research Degree Supervision

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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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Research Output 1999 2019

Forensic accounting services in English local government and the counter-fraud agenda

Sahdan, M. H., Cowton, C. & Drake, J., 10 Oct 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Public Money and Management.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

private sector
3 Citations (Scopus)

Commissioning and GPs: to commit[tee] or not?

Drake, J. E., 23 Feb 2016, In : Public Money and Management. 36, 2, p. 121-128 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
health service

Responsibility for Financial Management in Primary Schools: Evidence from an English local authority

Fitzgerald, S. & Drake, J. E., 1 Jul 2013, In : Management in Education. 27, 3, p. 96-105 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

financial management
primary school

Adding value to audit education through 'living' cases

Drake, J. E., 1 Jan 2012, Audit Education. Peursem, K. V., Monk, E., Wilson, R. & Adler, R. (eds.). Routledge, p. 89-108 20 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Getting Ready for New Governance Freedoms: A Survey of Further Education College Governance 2012

Hill, R., Downs, Y. & Drake, J. E., 1 Sep 2012, p. 1-15, 15 p.

Research output: Working paper

Open Access
further education