Katherine Gillespie is a forensic accountant with 17 years’ experience of helping clients and their legal advisors address financial, corruption and compliance issues. Ms. Gillespie has investigated internal and third-party concerns for public and private sector clients across the globe.
Ms. Gillespie is adept in using financial data to provide insight and clarity in contentious circumstances but also to identify controls issues and recommend improvements. Ms. Gillespie has spent much of her career leading forensic investigations and targeted reviews to increase transparency, monitor compliance, identify risks of fraud and support dispute resolution. This experience includes working closely with companies in the media and entertainment sector; global technology; engineering; energy; security services, and financial services.
Ms. Gillespie is also experienced in supporting internal and external legal counsel in regulatory investigations. She has supported a security services company under investigation by the SFO for fraud and a financial services company under investigation by the European Commission for collusion. Ms. Gillespie provided forensic accounting support to a company under investigation in the UK, USA and Brazil for corruption. This included calculating harm as part of Deferred Prosecution Agreement negotiations.
In the public sector, Ms. Gillespie has undertaken high profile investigations in response to whistle-blower allegations, particularly in the area of grant funding. These reviews required in-depth analysis of internal processes coupled with financial data reviews and interviews.
Ms. Gillespie is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and a Certified Fraud Examiner.