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APPOINTMENTS TO THE AUDIT COMMISSION

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Brian Pomeroy has been appointed chair of the Audit Commission's ...
Brian Pomeroy has been appointed chair of the Audit Commission's

audit committee for a term of three years from 1 May 2003 until 30 April

2006.

The Audit Committee has been established to strengthen the

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

said:

'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.

Notes

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

health service.

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

accountant.

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

are:

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.

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