Annual report 2015/16 - Chair's welcome

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Ian Leitch

It was a privilege for me to take over as board chair in October from my distinguished predecessor John Maclean. We were also pleased to welcome Professor Russel Griggs OBE as our new independent non-executive board member.

Our role as a board is to support Audit Scotland to achieve its key objective: to help ensure public money is spent properly and effectively on the key public services everyone in Scotland relies on.

This annual report makes reference to significant political and economic changes and challenges over the last year for public bodies. These reinforce the need for us to continue to keep a sharp focus and be able to adapt. Looking forward, there are substantial new financial powers for the Scottish Parliament which bring greater policy choices over tax and spending – and additional responsibilities for us.

Our corporate plan sets out how we intend to meet these challenges, for example with a new Code of Audit Practice and a new approach to auditing Best Value in local government. We are also making sure we organise ourselves to be flexible enough to respond to the challenges ahead. We already have a strong organisation to build on and I pay tribute to the staff of Audit Scotland for all their hard work and commitment throughout the year.

Ian Leitch CBE
Chair of the Audit Scotland Board