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APPOINTMENTS TO HELP WELSH COUNCILS DELIVER IMPROVEMENT

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The Audit Commission in Wales' Added Value Unit (AVU) provides performance management services to health, local gov...
The Audit Commission in Wales' Added Value Unit (AVU) provides performance management services to health, local government and home office bodies across Wales. The unit employs professionals from a wide range of public and private sector backgrounds to help public services in Wales meet the challenges of the improvement agenda.

To develop and broaden the range of skills and expertise on offer to councils, the Audit Commission in Wales has recruited the following:

Local government specialists - John Weston & Peter Williams

John Weston & Peter Williams join the Audit Commission in Wales as local government specialists and both will have a key role to play in supporting the improvement of public services in Wales. John has significant local government experience in strategic planning. Peter has 15 years experience as a planning specialist in local government. Both are members of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

IT Specialist - Mathew Jubb

Mathew Jubb is a senior specialist in IT and will play a leading role in the Audit Commission's work on information management and technology in Wales. Mathew previously worked at Computacentre's Consultancy Division implementing IT projects for clients in local government, finance and utility organisations. He specialises in network security and design.

IT Audit Trainee - Gareth Lynch

Gareth Lynch joins the Audit Commission in Wales from Coleg Gwent where he was responsible for providing IT support. He will support the development and roll-out of the commission's innovative E-Audit programme in Wales. Gareth has a degree in Business IT and has also worked at the WEA (Workers Educational Association).

Andrew Wood, lead manager for the Audit Commission in Wales welcomed the appointments:

'I'm delighted to welcome these new recruits to our added value unit. We are committed to working in partnership with Welsh councils to help them meet the challenges of the improvement agenda.

'These appointments are the latest tranche in the ongoing development of the comprehensive service we provide for Welsh local government. We hope to announce further appointments in the near future.'

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The Audit Commission in Wales

The Audit Commission for local authorities and the NHS in England and Wales is an independent body established under the provisions of the Audit Commission Act 1998.

The Audit Commission in Wales aims to be a driving force in the improvement of Welsh public services by promoting the proper stewardship of public finances and by helping councils and the NHS to deliver economic, efficient and effective services.

The commission's main functions are:

- appointing auditors to Welsh councils and NHS bodies

- setting standards for those auditors and monitoring the quality of audits

- undertaking national studies to promote economy, efficiency and effectiveness in the provision of services by local authorities and NHS bodies

- receiving and where appropriate following up information received from 'whistleblowers' in local government and NHS bodies under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998

- Inspecting best value reviews produced by local authorities

- Working with Estyn on joint inspections of LEAs

- Working with CHI to review the work of NHS bodies

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