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Cover story: World of opportunity - Sue Almond on how audit is changing

Nigel Sleigh-Johnson gets a global perspective on how audit is changing from Sue Almond, head of assurance at Grant Thornton International

Sue Almond brings a global perspective to the challenges and opportunities facing the audit and assurance profession in her role at Grant Thornton International (GTI). Matters ranging from the future scope of audit and assurance, to reform of the UK statutory audit market, are seen through the multifaceted lens of someone who regularly liaises with clients, member firms, standard setters and regulators across the globe. Not to mention also grappling with the everyday technical and practical challenges of audit.

A lot of what Almond does is about people and communications. She co-ordinates a broad and diverse group of practices and practitioners, ranging from firms auditing huge multinational businesses to firms operating in countries where there are audits for every business. “It’s about finding common areas and identifying opportunities for the firms globally and how we can work together to get the most out of those opportunities,” says Almond, who enjoys the many challenges, demands and cultural expectations she must juggle. “I am at my best when there is variety going on.”