audit committee for a term of three years from 1 May 2003 until 30 April
commission's governance arrangements and will be responsible for the
scrutiny and review of the effectiveness of the commission's systems
and controls, including its risk and asset management.
Announcing the appointment local government minister Nick Raynsford
'Brian Pomeroy has held an impressive list of senior posts in a range of
organisations, both private and public. I have great confidence in
his ability to chair the Audit Committee and ensure oversight of the
commission's governance, performance and internal control.'
Ministers have also announced the re-appointments of Graham Hart
and Elizabeth Filkin, to serve a second term of office as audit
commissioners with effect from 1 May until 30 April 2004.
These appointments have been made for only one year to allow
ministers to reach decisions on the strategic plan and longer-term
balance of the commission's work, and the implications of this on the
number and mix of commissioners.
1. The Audit Commission is an independent body which was established
under the Local Government Finance Act 1982 to appoint auditors to
all local authorities in England and Wales. The National Health
Service and Community Care Act 1990 extended the remit of the
commission to cover health service bodies. Among the commission's
primary objectives are to improve economy, efficiency and
effectiveness and support best value in local government and the
2. The Audit Committee is a newly established committee formed to
strengthen the Audit Commission's governance arrangements.
3. The post of chair of the Audit Committee is a part-time
appointment paying £15,000 on the basis of a time commitment of four
days per month .
4. Brian Pomeroy is currently chair of the National Lottery
Commission. He is chair of Lloyd's Audit Committee and formerly chair
of the Prudential supervisory committee. He has a great deal of
experience in the private and public sectors, and has also worked as
financial and economic advisor to UK regulators. He is a qualified
5. His appointment follows public advertisement of the post in
accordance with the commissioner for public appointments' Code of
Practice and widespread consultation with outside bodies including
the Confederation of British Industry, the Local Government
Association and the Trades Union Congress. On the political
monitoring questionnaire he declared no political activity.
6. Brian Pomeroy's other ministerial appointments, with remuneration
Chair of the National Lottery Commission £33,852 pa
7. Sir Graham was permanent secretary at the Department of
Health from 1992 to 1997. He is currently chair of Citizens Advice,
chair of the King's Fund, and of the Pharmacy Practice Research
Trust. He is also currently chair of the Northern Ireland Hospice
Review Team for the N.I Department of Health.
8. Elizabeth Filkin was previously the parliamentary commissioner for
standards; and the former Adjudicator for Inland Revenue, Customs and
Excise, DSS Contributions Agency and Contributions Unit Northern
Ireland; and the former chief executive of NACAB and non-executive
director of Logica plc and the Brittania Building Society. She is
currently chairman of Stanelco plc, and a member of the Regulatory
Decisions Committee of the Financial Services Authority.