IIA NZ Board

Ramon Manzano, Chief of Assurance Audit and Risk, Health New Zealand

Ramon Manzano has a significant career in Internal Audit, ranging over 25 years, 11 countries, in both public and private sector organisations. With a background in education and commercial banking, Ramon holds a BSc in Management, an MSc in Accounting, and an MBA with distinction. He is also Chartered Accountant with CAANZ, a Certified Internal Auditor with IIA-Global, and an ACL Certified Data Analyst.

In 2010, Ramon joined the health sector, becoming Chief Audit Executive at what was then healthAlliance. In this role, he oversaw the expansion of the Internal Audit function from 5 members serving 3 organisations to a team of 12 looking after 7 organisations.

Following the announcement of New Zealand’s health reform, Ramon played a pivotal role in the transition to a national organisation, helping to develop a national audit charter and Internal Audit plan, for Health New Zealand | Te Whatu Ora. Ramon was appointed Chief of Assurance Audit and Risk in July 2023, and he now leads a team of over 100 in providing high-quality, independent, and objective advice to Health New Zealand’s Board and CEO.

Ramon is passionate about sharing his experience and knowledge through mentoring, training, coaching, and board memberships at not-for-profit organisations. He was named Internal Auditor of the Year in 2017 and is currently an elected member of the IIA NZ Board.

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