Meekings is to take up his post on 5 March and will be responsible for leading the UK’s largest provider of public sector audits.
Commenting on his appointment, Meekings said he was looking forward to heading up District Audit at a time when the work of public sector auditors was changing.
He added: ‘My prime task will be to build on the success of District Audit in assisting audited bodies to make the best use of public money in the rapidly changing environment that we all face.’
Meekings spent 16 years working in local government and held various senior posts in the health service at district and regional level before joining the NHS executive.
Andrew Foster, controller of the Audit Commission expressed his delight at the appointment of Meekings and said: ‘I am sure that with his excellent credentials from the health service, his proven track record and his commitment to the public sector, he will make a major contribution to the work of District Audit.’
District Audit, which operates as an agency of the Audit Commission, has 350 local government clients, a similar number of health bodies and 30 police and fire authorities in England and Wales.
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