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Comment and opinion from our chief professional practice advisor Liz Sandwith

Apprenticeship levy - what does it mean for your business?  25 October

Understand your organisation's obligations under the new levy, and how it can access the funds and manage apprenticeships.

Buying in resources to supplement internal audit skill sets  13 October

The pitfalls and tips of a co-sourced internal audit function.

Charities – do you have an effective internal audit function?  9 October

How does your charity comply with the Charity Governance Code?

Quality assurance and improvement programme - when did you last report?  2 October

How can we deliver the best service we can?

Is your internal audit function compliant with the International Standards?  25 September

Come and find out at our annual conference.

NAO cyber guidance for audit committees  21 September

Liz Sandwith talks about the NAO's latest guidance on cyber security.

Risk management and internal audit  18 September

What is the role of internal audit in risk management?

Better KPIs for internal audit  11 September

Why do we find it so difficult to measure the performance of internal audit?

Are companies getting a true picture of their human rights performance?  5 September

Join us on 19 September for the launch of the UN Human Rights Assurance Guidance.

Internal audit planning best practice  4 September

What are the key features to consider in EQAs?

The role of internal audit in digitalisation  31 August

How audit functions may need to adapt when their organisation goes digital’.

Why your internal audit charter is important?  29 August

What should be included in the charter?

What is an internal audit strategy document and how valuable is it?  21 August

Creating a strategy document serves a number of useful functions.

How does EQA benefit internal audit and the audit committee?  14 August

What are the top three benefits of an external quality assessment?

Grenfell Tower - what value assurance?  11 August

What should auditors be doing now?

Recognising internal audit’s role in cyber risk  19 July

The growing threat of cyber-attacks and the critical role internal auditors play

IR35 and the public sector – to be employed, or not to be employed  6 June

What might internal audit be asked around changes to the intermediaries legislation?

Data analytics: the oldest new thing in internal audit  31 May

Liz reports from the Chartered IIA Irish region's breakfast workshop.

Giving and receiving feedback within internal audit  20 April

We look at the importance of giving and receiving feedback in internal audit. Plus, the benefits of using the '4Ps' of feedback.

Giving feedback to stakeholders  10 April

Read our tips for developing a trusted relationship with stakeholders, which will help when you need to provide feedback.

Stakeholder engagement  3 April

Stakeholder engagement is regularly identified as a top priority for internal auditors. What does it really mean in practice? And how can you make it work for you?

GDPR - Mountain or molehill?  3 March

Liz reflects on the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation in the light of Protiviti's event for internal auditors.

Auditing culture – why do good companies go bad?  9 February

Things are still going wrong with organisational cultures. Liz highlights the institute's work in this area and the tools that can help you audit culture.

Investors in supermarkets and internal audit – what’s the connection?  27 January

The FRC's Reporting Lab has published a report on disclosures on commercial income and supplier relationships.  See why investors need to pay attention to internal audit.

Modern slavery statements  17 January

Internal auditors in large organisations need to start thinking about preparing their statements.

About Liz Sandwith

Liz has over 28 years’ experience in internal audit and risk management. She spent 13 years as head of internal audit at Channel 5 followed by five at Bupa, where she held a number of roles, from head of assurance, risk and compliance to head of internal audit operations. She has also worked with the Information Commissioner’s office and the Electoral Commission, as well as advising a number of local authorities on internal audit and risk management issues.

Liz served as president of the institute between 2000 and 2001 and she became the Chartered IIA’s chief professional practice advisor in May 2016.

2016 posts

Major cyber breach or just theft?  28 November

UK Government launches £1.9bn cyber security strategy  2 November

The new anti-bribery standard – A big step towards tackling corruption  1 November

Modern slavery - are you helping to protect your organisation's reputation?  17 October

Auditing culture - the clock is ticking  7 October

Wells Fargo: what happens when all three lines of defence fail?  19 September

Standards: towards conformance  1 September

Fitness and propriety: the next topic for internal audit?  30 August

Sage announces data breach, shares drop 3.9%  16 August

Is the retail sector unclear about role of internal audit?  5 August

IIA Standards board meeting in New York  28 July

Cyber security – a parliamentary report  15 July

Content reviewed: 26 October 2017