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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.
Julie is interested in research in auditing (external and internal), financial management in education and the health service, ethics and governance applied in both the profit and non-profit sector and continues to write in accounting and audit education. Julie is working on papers on the audit expectations gap in developing economies from a successful Phd with Dr Samira Abonawara. Board governance work involves a number of sectors including Primary Care, Further Education and Schools.
Drake, J (2016) ‘Commissioning and GPs: to commit[tee] or not?’ Public Money and Management , 36 (2), pp. 121-128. ISSN 1467-9302
Drake, J (2013) Doctors in Management: A Study of Fundholding GPs Doctoral thesis, University of Huddersfield.
Fitzgerald, S. and Drake, J. (2013) ‘Responsibility for Financial Management in Primary Schools: Evidence from an English local authority’ Management in Education , 27 (3), pp. 96-105. ISSN 0892-0206
Hill, R., Downs, Y. and Drake, J. (2012) Getting Ready for New Governance Freedoms: A Survey of Further Education College Governance 2012 University of Huddersfield
Drake, J (2012) ‘Adding value to audit education through 'living' cases’. In: Audit Education. : Routledge. . ISBN 9780415698733
Drake, J (2011) Linking Work Practice and Higher Education in Accounting: Two Papers and a Commentary Masters thesis, University of Huddersfield.
Drake, J (2011) ‘Adding Value to Audit Education Through 'Living Cases'’ Accounting Education: an International Journal , 20 (2), pp. 203-222. ISSN 09639284
Drake, J., Blake, J. and Swallow, W. (2009) ‘Employer engagement: the critical role of employee commitment’ Education + Training , 51 (1), pp. 23-42. ISSN 0040-0912
Cowton, C. and Drake, J. (2000) ‘General practice, special management?’ Clinician in management , 9 (3), pp. 129-131. ISSN 0965-5751
Cowton, C., Drake, J. and Thompson, P. (2000) ‘Charities bankers: an analysis of UK market shares’ International Journal of Bank Marketing , 18 (1), pp. 42-47. ISSN 0265-2323
Drake, J (1999) ‘Instructional case: the audit of Award Rosette Manufacturers Ltd’ Accounting Education , 8 (4), pp. 363-375. ISSN 09639284
Cowton, C. and Drake, J. (1999) ‘Went Fundholding, Going Commissioning? Some Evidence-Based Reflections on the Prospects for Primary Care Groups’ Public Money and Management , 19 (2), pp. 33-37. ISSN 1467-9302
Cowton, C. and Drake, J. (1999) ‘Taking the lead in fundholding’ Journal of Management in Medicine , 13 (4), pp. 218-233. ISSN 0268-9235
2014 to date Audit Committee Vice Chair Role
2011-2014 Member Board of Governors Leeds City College, Vice Chair Finance and Resources
2010-2011 Member Merger Project Board of Leeds City College and Joseph Priestley College
2010 – 2013 Member editorial board, Higher Education, Skills and Work Based Learning – the UVAC journal
2010 Highly Commended Outstanding Paper Award Emerald Literati Network Award for Excellence
2004 - date Member of Committee of Heads of Accounting, British Accounting and Finance Association.
2003 – 2013 Member of Board of Governors, Chair of the Board from 2007 and Chair Finance and Resource Committee
2002 - 2003 University lead for regional collaborative project: Foundation 4 Success Consortium
2002 - 2005 Manager for University TQEF project bid ‘Using LTSN Resources to Support Teaching’.
2001- 2008 Cross-school Foundation Degree Development including collaborative partnership development with firstdirect, West Yorkshire Police and Royal Mail Group
Julie also reviews for international journals including Journal of Business Ethics and Accounting Education: An International Journal
Julie is interested in supervising research at Masters and PhD level on audit and/or governance in both profit and not for profit sectors, ethical issues in accounting and audit, audit education and the behavioural implications of accounting and governance. She welcomes expressions of interest in research of governance in education.
Hady Abozeid Researching the Impact of Cultural Differences on Ethical Reasoning of External Auditors (with Professor C J Cowton)
Kerry Barker Researching Analysis and Disclosure in Annual Reports of English Universities (with Professor C J Cowton)
Keith Best Researching Impression Management in the Context Of External Financial Reporting in UK Local Government
Mohd Hadafi Sahdan Researching Organizational Intention to Use Forensic Accounting Services to Detect and Prevent Fraud in the Public Sector (with Professor C J Cowton)
Abdulaziz Mosbah Researching Accounting Education in Libya (with Ms Wilma Teviotdale)
Dr Zakiyah Sarif ‘ Whistleblowing Intentions of Internal Auditors’(with Professor C J Cowton)
Dr Samira Abonawara ‘The Development of Auditing and the Possible Existence of an Expectation Gap in Libya’.
Dr Ahmed Musbah 'The Role of Individual Variables, Organizational Variables, and Moral Intensity Dimensions in Accountants' Ethical Decision Making: A Study of Management Accounting in Libya'. (with Professor C J Cowton)
Head of Postgraduate Programmes in Accountancy
Teaching and Professional Activities