Controller of Audit

Controller of Audit

William Moyes, Chair of the Accounts Commission


This is an exciting opportunity for an outstanding professional to help shape the future of the audit of Scottish local government and develop the role of the Accounts Commission in the recovery of Scotland’s public services.

The Accounts Commission secures the audit of Scottish local government. The Controller of Audit has a key role in helping the Commission deliver its statutory responsibilities, at a crucial time for Scottish councils and the other public bodies with whom they work.

About the Accounts Commission

The Accounts Commission hold councils and other local government bodies in Scotland to account and help them improve by reporting to the public on their performance. We are appointed by Scottish ministers but operate impartially and independently of councils and the Scottish Government.

Read our Strategy 2021-26 which sets out our aims, the priorities we will use in fulfilling these aims, and the principles and approaches used to shape our reporting.

Read more about the Accounts Commission

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Controller of Audit

The Controller of Audit has a statutory responsibility for reporting to the Accounts Commission on the accounts of local authorities and matters arising from those accounts, including local authorities’ performance against their statutory duty of Best Value and community planning and empowerment.

The Controller is the prime professional role in reporting to the Accounts Commission on the audit of Scottish local government and is a senior member of staff of Audit Scotland. The Controller is expected to play a core role in shaping the audit of local government and in developing a culture of excellence in public audit in Scotland.

The role draws upon the work of appointed auditors. It also requires close collaboration with Audit Scotland’s Executive Team in delivering Audit Scotland’s responsibilities to the Commission and in providing leadership in Audit Scotland itself.

The Controller represents the Commission and public audit in Scotland externally and on external professional bodies, at seminars and forums.

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How to apply

This appointment will be made based on the quality of your written application evaluation and interview, which will include a presentation.

For an informal discussion about the role, contact our recruitment partners, GatenbySanderson. Duncan Ewart on 07471 037071 or Stephanie Wilson on 07880 382745.

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