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“Relationship management is ultimately one of the key audit skills if you wish to succeed in the modern corporate world.”

Steve Humphries
SABMiller – Chief Internal Auditor
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Steve Humphries - Director of Audit Discusses Our Relationship Approach

Article By Dave Pratt

I first met with Guy back in 2009 when he was managing the process to recruit the new Chief Internal Auditor for SABMiller and I was ultimately fortunate enough to secure the position. It felt a very smooth recruitment process because the match between technical skillset, personality and expectations from both sides were closely aligned. This could have been purely luck but as we stayed in touch over the subsequent years it is obvious that Guy’s depth of knowledge in this space is incredibly comprehensive. He can draw together the examples of best practice from so many FTSE 100 audit functions and the personalities that these different styles and approaches attract. I believe that experience is invaluable in a hiring process.

Guy’s team have subsequently hired for my team here at SABMiller, bringing in some superb, high potential new team members. I have also participated as a speaker and as an attendee at some of the informative seminars that his team organise on a bi-annual basis which combine a learning event with an excellent networking opportunity.

"The match between technical skillset, personality and expectations from both sides were closely aligned"

Relationship management is ultimately one of the key audit skills if you wish to succeed in the modern corporate world. It is a rarity to find a recruitment relationship based on this approach that also combines longevity and professionalism. I hope we will continue this relationship for many years and wish the team every success.

Steve has been Chief Internal Auditor at SABMiller PLC since October 2009. In this role he is accountable for overseeing IA coverage provided by 120 staff over all the Group's operations spanning 6 continents. Steve graduated with a degree in accounting and finance and went straight into industry, where he qualified as a chartered certified accountant and then completed an MBA. After an early career in financial and systems accounting roles he moved into internal audit and has built his career there. He has worked for a number of global multinationals including General Electric, Nestle and Avery Dennison. Prior to joining SABMiller Steve spent over 6 years with Wolseley PLC where he was Chief Internal Auditor.