Anthony Barrett was born in North London and educated in St Marys and St Josephs Roman Catholic High school in Kent. Moving then to Lancaster University, he gained a BSc (Hons) in Biological Sciences. Anthony joined the National Audit Office in 1986, as a graduate trainee. Anthony’s first post saw him visiting Army, Air-Force and submarine bases undertaking audits on military stores depots. Anthony qualified as a Chartered Public Finance Accountant in 1990.
After leaving the National Audit Office in 1992, he moved to the private sector working first as a management consultant for CSL Group Limited before moving to Touche Ross (now Deloitte) in 1994.
As a Manager in the National Internal Audit Group, Anthony also undertook two secondments with Touche Ross. The first was to Belfast where he was responsible for the external audit of one of the largest NHS Trusts in the UK. The second was to the Army to assist with the development of resource accounting. Anthony’s final years with the firm were spent as a Senior Manager developing and delivering fraud investigation services. He later managed the firm’s Anti-Fraud Team and was responsible for leading a number of high profile investigations, also building on his early interest in the areas of fraud and criminal justice by qualifying as a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) in 1999.
After seven years with Touche Ross, Anthony joined the Audit Commission in 2001, taking the role of District Auditor for North Wales, and has been responsible for a mixed portfolio of clients including central government, local government, health, police, fire, probation and a national park. Anthony is Assistant Auditor General and is responsible for overseeing the delivery of both financial audit and performance audit work. Anthony was Chair of the Audit Panel of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy from 2009 to 2013. He lives in Cheshire with his wife and three children.