Gary Emery

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Gary has a long international career in the public sector. Starting in local government Gary undertook many roles with Devon County Council and Plymouth City Council including senior positions leading HR functions such as change management, policy development and industrial relations.

Gary moved from the HR profession to become an inspector with the newly formed Best Value Inspectorate assessing value for money from the delivery of local public services before joining the Audit Commission 2 years later. Gary spent 8 years with the Commission leading audit and inspection teams before being promoted to manage both financial and performance audit activity in the South West of England. 

Gary then moved to New Zealand where he managed performance audit activity for the Office of the Auditor-General and during this time was seconded to Samoa to set up the performance audit function for the Pacific Island nation. 

Gary next jumped across the Tasman Sea to the Australian island state of Tasmania where he again headed up their performance audit function before being promoted to the role of Deputy Auditor-General and has acted as Auditor-General for a period of time. 

After 3 years living in Tasmania, it was time to move back to the UK for family reasons and Gary took up the role of Director for Performance Audit (Local Government) at Audit Wales in June 2022. 

Gary was born blind and while he has acquired some limited sight his disability has shaped his passion for supporting fair, equitable and accessible public services for all. He is a keen historian and published author, has a large painted metal toy soldier collection and on his return to the UK has renewed his season ticket for his beloved Exeter City Football Club, and when time permits attends games with his father.