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APPOINTMENTS TO THE AUDIT COMMISSION

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Judy Curson has been appointed as a new member of the Audit ...
Judy Curson has been appointed as a new member of the Audit

Commission, local government minister Hilary Armstrong has announced. In addition Richard Arthur and Adrienne Fresko have

been reappointed as members.

The appointments, which take effect from 1 October, have been made

jointly by environment secretary John Prescott, health secretary

Frank Dobson and Welsh secretary Ron Davies. This follows

consultation with the LGA, the TUC, the CBI, the Consultative

Committee of Accountancy Bodies, the National Association of Local

Councils, the NHS Confederation, the Healthcare Financial Management

Association and the Institute of Health Services Management.

Judy Curson is a medical doctor and is currently director of

public health and acute care in North and Mid Hampshire Health

Authority. She was formerly a consultant in public health at South

Bedfordshire Health Authority and honorary senior lecturer at the

Health Services Research Unit at the London School of Hygiene and

Tropical Medicine.

Richard Arthur is leader of Camden LBC.

He is a member of the policy and strategy committee of the Local

Government Association. He was head of operations for the

Commonwealth Development Finance Company and director of a venture

capital company. He is now a consultant specialising in investment

and corporate finance. He is currently a member of the commission's

district audit and best value & VFM panels.

Ms Fresko is chairman of Croydon Health Authority. She was

formerly a non-executive director of the London Ambulance Service and

was director of human resource for a European subsidiary of Citibank.

An independent human resources consultant and occupational

psychologist, she is currently chair of the commission's district

audit panel and a member of its best value & VFM, commission advisory

and strategy panels.

The post attracts a salary of£3,260 per year on the basis of a time

commitment of one day per month. This may be increased pro rata up to

a maximum time input of two days per month.

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