Sarah Howard (Public Sector Assurance Partner)

Sarah heads our Public Sector Assurance practice, specialising in external audit work in local government and the NHS.


Sarah joined us at Grant Thornton in 2007, following the merger with RSM Robson Rhodes. Sarah has 25 years public sector audit experience and heads our national Public Sector Assurance team of over 150 dedicated professionals, responsible for delivering our framework contracts with the Audit Commission, Wales Audit Office and Audit Scotland. Sarah is engagement partner for a range of NHS and local government bodies in the north, including Manchester City Council and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

Sarah trained with the Audit Commission and spent four years in the Bristol headquarters specialising in the payment and audit of central government grants to local authorities. Sarah focused on regeneration and housing grants, and she continues to advise internally and externally on grant related matters. Sarah is a CIPFA Council member and in 2010 she was awarded the Dr Hedley Marshall CBE memorial prize for outstanding service to CIPFA regional activities.

Sarah's expertise covers:

  • National Health Service
  • Local government
  • Central government
  • Grant funding


  • BA Hons
  • CPFA

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Sarah Howard


+44 (0) 161 953 6370