New Auditor General takes up post

Monday, July 23, 2018 - 1:00pm

Adrian Crompton has taken over the reins as Auditor General for Wales, succeeding Huw Vaughan Thomas who retired last week.

The role, which carries an eight year term, is a Crown appointment and is totally independent of government. As Auditor General for Wales, Adrian will also be the Chief Executive of the Wales Audit Office. 

The Wales Audit Office works to support the Auditor General as the public sector watchdog for Wales. Our aim is to ensure that the people of Wales know whether public money is being managed wisely and that public bodies in Wales understand how to improve outcomes.

Prior to his appointment, Adrian Crompton was Director of Assembly Business at the National Assembly for Wales and also worked across the Middle East and North Africa to support the development of political institutions and good governance.

Auditor General, Adrian Crompton said: 

“It’s a real honour and privilege to take on this important role in Wales. I have big shoes to fill, in succeeding Huw Vaughan Thomas, but am looking forward to building on his excellent work. 

I know I’ll be supported by talented people at the Wales Audit Office. The public sector is operating in challenging times, so it is more important than ever that we shine a spotlight on what works well and where services need to improve. That’s our contribution to making Wales a better place and I’m looking forward to getting started.”

Wales Audit Office Chair, Isobel Garner, said:

“We look forward to working with Adrian. It is clear that he will bring new perspectives and energy to take the organisation through an exciting period of change, which will further increase the impact of the work of the Wales Audit Office.”