As lead manager, Andrew's responsibility will span all of District Audit and the Audit Commission's work in Wales. He will lead the commission's response to the NHS Plan in Wales, and on further developing an improvement framework for Welsh local government. He retains his post as director of District Audit.
Andrew has headed District Audit in Wales since November 1998, having operational responsibility for the audit of more than 50 major public bodies in Wales, between them spending more than 70 per cent of the National Assembly block.
Before that he was the head of health financial management at the Welsh Office, responsible for the financial oversight of health authorities and NHS trusts with a budget of£2.4bn. Prior to that, Andrew was head of local government reorganisation at the Welsh Office, charged with implementing the reorganisation of Welsh councils, from 37 district and eight county councils to 22 unitaries. Earlier, as part of the reorganisation team, he was also involved in drafting the white paper.
Andrew is originally a Londoner but has lived and worked in Wales for 16 years.
Commenting on his appointment, Andrew Wood said:
'Public services in Wales are subject to significant change and increasing scrutiny. I'm looking forward to leading the commission's work in responding to those changes and working with the public sector here to secure improvement. Our most recent work indicates that best value is helping councils to start improving. Local government in Wales is now beginning to tackle some of the more difficult issues and show signs of improvement.'
Andrew Foster, the controller of the Audit Commission said:
'I'm delighted that Andrew Wood will be leading the commission's work in Wales. There is a very heavy agenda in coming months, including the review of how we work with Welsh local authorities to help them improve. We are piloting a new integrated approach to audit and inspection, which Andrew will oversee. There is also much work to be done in response to the NHS Plan in Wales. It is a challenging role and Andrew has the track record to implement significant change in as smooth a way as possible.'