Karen Shires

Karen Shires

Chief Risk Officer, PwC New Zealand

Karen loves coaching people, providing insights and working together to solve important problems, whether financial reporting, control environment or governance related.  

As the Chief Risk Officer, Karen leads our Risk & Quality functions across our practice areas, our enterprise risk framework and our regulatory relationships.  Further as Assurance Quality Partner, Karen draws on her significant assurance and financial reporting experience to lead our L&E, Methodology and Accounting Technical teams. 

Karen is also a member of the New Zealand Auditing and Assurance Standards Board.  

Karen provides external and internal audit services, regulatory and risk services and accounting advice.  She has a specialism in financial services, founded from her several years in our London Banking & Capital Markets practice.

Karen has two sons and loves watching their various sporting pursuits.


  • Regulatory risk and assurance including FMA licensing
  • External audit
  • Internal audit
  • Other assurance services
  • Accounting advice