Helen Armstrong


I’m Helen, and I’m a Partner in our Risk, Assurance and Advisory team (previously known as internal audit!). I’m the Head of Department, working closely with my fellow Partners, Lee, Narinder and Michael and Director Helen, to ensure we work to one methodology across all our offices and consistently provide our national portfolio of clients with a friendly and high-quality service.

My approach is that internal audit should be one of your team and is an essential support for executive and non-executive directors in understanding how well the business is running ‘on the ground’. ‘Critical friend’ might sound like a cheesy phrase, but that very much is how I like to work. And not always critical. Sometimes positive assurance is just as valuable.

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The nitty-gritty
Certified Internal Auditor from the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors (CIIA)
Qualification in Internal Audit Leadership (QiAL) from the CIIA
BSocSc (Hons) Sociology

My story
I joined the firm as a manager in 2006, having previously worked in in both operations and ‘in-house’ internal audit for two retail plc businesses. I’m a people person, so I really enjoy working with clients and feeling like I am part of their team. I need variety to stay interested, which I get from working with my clients, alongside my roles as lead for the firm’s risk management and GDPR processes.

I do this too…
Saturday job was in a boarding kennels) and my current companion is a retired greyhound. I am also an enthusiastic, but strictly amateur horse rider. I don’t have my own steed but do go to a local riding school every week and if time permitted, I would go more frequently. I definitely need the practice!

I love to travel to far flung places and to stay in great hotels. I am mostly definitely not a camping person!