Steve O’Donoghue was appointed Director of Finance and Human Resources (HR) in April 2014. He is a member of our Management Committee and Senior Leadership Team and attends the Board meetings in an advisory capacity. Steve has extensive experience in corporate governance, risk management and strategic HR, along with his finance background.
As Director of Finance, Steve is keen for the Wales Audit Office to be open and transparent in all matters of finance. He has strengthened our public reporting through our Annual Estimate, Fee Scheme and Annual Report and Accounts. He also led the introduction of providing audited bodies with the estimated skills’ mix and fee-breakdown for the audit work we undertake.
As strategic lead on HR, Steve is keen for our organisation to be a great place to work that embraces diversity and allows staff to be themselves so that they can give their best. Steve is the Management Committee lead for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) matters and works closely with our Board diversity champions, Kevin Thomas and Lindsay Foyster. Steve is a member of our Equality Interest Group and Spectrum, our LGBT staff network.
Steve was previously Head of Resources and Director of Finance at the National Assembly for Wales Commission. He led the establishment of the Commission’s Finance function following the Government of Wales Act 2006 and, as a member of the Management Board, positioned the Commission as an award-winning organisation.
Prior to joining the Assembly at the end of 2005, Steve spent six years as Financial Controller of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority and, before that, ten years in finance roles in the Vale of Glamorgan Council and South Glamorgan County Council.
Steve qualified as a Chartered Public Finance Accountant in 2000. He is an active volunteer in the CIPFA Cymru-Wales Branch and was the inaugural Branch President 2011-13. He has served on CIPFA Council as the Regional Representative for Wales since 2014.
A Cardiffian, Steve went to Glan Ely High School and then attended day-release at Coleg Glan Hafren and the University of Glamorgan under his employer’s development programme. Outside of work, he enjoys life socialising with family and friends, cycling and watching films at the cinema.