Massive recruitment campaign results in five new Audit Commission posts

The appointments follow a massive recruitment campaign in which 250 applications were received for the five director post to leads teams covering the North (Leeds), Central (Leicester), London, Southern (Bristol) and Wales (Cardiff).

Wendy Thomson, director of inspection at the Commission, said: ‘All those appointed have managed public services and have demonstrated ability to translate strategy into real improvements for customers, in short their efforts have made a difference. This experience is key to ensuring that inspection adds value.’

The regional director’s slot for the North will be taken by Darra Singh who joins the Commission from Hexagon Housing Association where he has been chief executive.

The Central region will be headed up by Paul Kirby, who leaves his post as corporate director for highways and planning at Lincolnshire County Council.Andrew Webster, moves from directing the Joint Reviews of Social Services to head up the London region. His appointment will have immediate effect.

The Southern Region comes under the leadership of Peter Wylie who gives up his position as director of education at Knowsley Borough Council.

In Wales best value inspection is now the responsibility of Stephen Nott who leaves his job as chief executive at Wychavon District Council to take up post in Cardiff.

The Commission will shortly appoint lead inspectors for which more than 300 applications have been received.

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