Gillian is Assistant Auditor General with responsibility for the broad range of performance audit work undertaken by the WAO, including national value for money studies across the Welsh public sector as well as local performance audits in local government and NHS bodies. She also oversees the Good Practice Exchange which draws on examples of good practice identified from across all our audit and inspection work.
Gillian has had extensive experience of public audit since joining the National Audit Office in 1981 as a graduate trainee. Gillian is CIPFA qualified and has had responsibility for a range of value for money and financial audit work across Whitehall government departments, including the Inland Revenue and Customs and Excise, Home Office, Culture, Media and Sport, and Education. In the early 1990s, Gillian spent 12 months working in Canberra with the Australian National Audit Office, including a period working with a Commonwealth Parliamentary Committee. She also spent six months on secondment in Dublin with the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General, assisting in the start-up of their value for money function.
Following devolution in Wales in 1999, Gillian worked for the first Auditor General for Wales and was responsible for establishing and overseeing delivery of a programme of value for money examinations across the full range of activities devolved to the National Assembly for Wales, and to support the new scrutiny function of the Assembly’s Public Account Committee. Joining the Wales Audit Office on its formation in 2005, she has continued to build on her vast experience of performance audit. From February 2010, Gillian was temporarily Auditor General, until the current Auditor General was appointed to take up that post in October 2010. Gillian is a member of the WAO Executive Committee.