Huw Vaughan Thomas

Auditor General for Wales

Huw Vaughan Thomas spent his early years in Abertridwr. He was educated at Chigwell School in Essex, before embarking on a degree in Modern History at the University of Durham. Moving then to City University in London, he obtained a postgraduate degree in Administrative Sciences.

One of Huw's early posts was as manager of the London Office of Professional and Executive Recruitment. He then served as Private Secretary to the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Employment. This was followed by a series of posts dealing with pay policy, training, redundancy and industrial relations before becoming the Department of Employment's Regional Director for the south west of England, in 1986 and then Director for Wales in 1988.

In 1991, Huw moved into local government, taking up the post of Chief Executive at Gwynedd County Council. Following local government re-organisation, he moved to Denbighshire County Council where he served as Chief Executive for six years. During this time, he also served as Assistant National Secretary of SOLACE (the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives), and undertook Exchanges with Chief Executives in Tasmania and New Zealand.

In 2001, Huw joined Taro Consultancy Ltd. As Director and Principal Consultant, he worked with a wide range of public and private clients on assignments covering areas such as strategic planning, governance reviews, organisational design, economic development and policy evaluations.

Since then, and until his appointment as Auditor General, Huw held a number of distinguished public appointments, most notably serving as a member of the independent Richard Commission into the powers and electoral arrangements of the National Assembly for Wales in 2002-2004. He chaired the Big Lottery Fund in Wales and served on the Parole Board for England & Wales.

Amongst other posts he has also been a Board Member of The Institute of Welsh Affairs and the North Wales Training and Enterprise Council, a member of the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, the Law Society Council, the Hearing Aid Council and the Olympic Lottery Distributor.

Huw’s voluntary and not-for-profit work has seen him as Chair of the National Registration Council for Communication Professionals working with Deaf People, National Trustee for the RNID in Wales, Member of the National Trust Committee for Wales, the Prince’s Trust and Chair of Plas Glyn y Weddw Arts Centre.

Huw Vaughan Thomas was recommended by the National Assembly for Wales for appointment as the Auditor General for Wales in July 2010 and was formally appointed to the position by HM The Queen with effect from 1 October 2010. As head of the Wales Audit Office, he oversees the annual audit of some £20 billion of taxpayers’ money.

He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and in 2001 was awarded Companionship of the Chartered Institute of Management for his contribution to public sector management in Wales.

Huw divides his time between his family home near Colwyn Bay and Cardiff. He is married to Enid Rowlands and has two sons and three grandchildren. 

Huw Vaughan Thomas