Philip Taylor has had significant experience both in the public and private sector, working in the engineering industry and holding senior posts in the civil service and in privatised utility businesses. He was formerly chairman and director of a number of power generation and gas transportation businesses both in the UK and overseas. He has particular expertise in management issues including the audit process, managing change and the need to ensure efficient use of resources. He is currently a director of Petroleum Venture Management Limited and board member of the North of Scotland Water Authority.
Accounts Commission chairman Alastair MacNish says:
'Audit Scotland works across all areas of the public sector carrying out work in local government for the Accounts Commission and in other sectors including the NHS and central government for the auditor general and the Scottish parliament. We are delighted to welcome Philip to the board where his experience will be invaluable to us in holding public bodies to account.'
Auditor general for Scotland, Robert Black says:
'The creation of Audit Scotland last year reflects the importance the Scottish parliament gives to scrutiny and accountability under the new audit arrangements. We are pleased to appoint someone with such a wide range of knowledge, who can bring both private and public sector experience to the board, and make a real contribution to the effectiveness of Audit Scotland.'
Audit Scotland is a statutory body set up in April 2000, under the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act, 2000. It provides services to the Accounts Commission and the Auditor General for Scotland.