Catherine Burnet

Head of Audit

KPMG in the UK

Catherine is Head of Audit for KPMG in the UK, where she leads a team of 6,000 auditors serving companies from large listed corporates to family owned businesses and across the full spectrum of sectors. Prior to this she was Regional Chair for KPMG in Scotland and Edinburgh Office Senior Partner.   

Catherine has a career spanning more than 25 years with KPMG, working in Edinburgh, London and Chicago. She has worked primarily within the assurance function, providing external and internal audit services, but has also worked on a number of advisory projects, including IFRS conversion and client money regulations.  Catherine has worked with a diverse portfolio of clients in financial services – across banking, asset management and insurance and her experience on large listed companies combined with global audit experience means she has a well-established international network.  She also spent two years on secondment to the US, working on global banking clients. 

Catherine is a past President of ICAS, having also completed a term as Chair of the Audit Committee and Chair of the Oversight Board there.  She is a member of the Financial Services Advisory Board to Scottish Government and of the Council at CBI Scotland. 

  • BSc (Hons), St Andrews University

  • Chartered Accountant

  • Audit

  • Financial Services