Annual report 2015/16 - Accountable Officer's report

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Caroline Gardner

Like all public bodies we need to continue to change, improve and become more efficient in what we do.

Our strategy for doing exactly that is captured in a series of development projects under the banner becoming world class. I believe we are making good progress in many areas, while also recognising we have more to do. We have now updated our corporate plan to ensure we continue to perform well.

At the same time as driving change in the organisation, we have successfully carried out our core work – producing over 300 annual audit reports, 17 national and local performance audits and all the accompanying media and engagement work that we do, not least with the Scottish Parliament and the Public Audit Committee in particular.

I would also like to draw attention to some of the themes highlighted in this report: working with the new financial powers; managing public sector reform and transforming public services.

Audit Scotland is fortunate to be full of talented people. I am grateful to my colleagues for all their hard work and continued support in what has been a testing year. We know there are challenges ahead but we’re ready to meet them and play our part in the wider shared ambition to improve the lives of the Scottish people.

Caroline Gardner
Accountable Officer