• Tue. Nov 29th, 2022

A former convener joins the Audit Committee

ByChad J. Johnson

Nov 4, 2022

The former head of the SIC, Malcolm Bell, has been appointed as the new member of the Audit Committee.

Mr Bell, who stepped down as an elected member in this year’s local authority elections, is one of four people to be appointed by local government minister Ben Macpherson as part of the office’s watchdog public.

The former Lerwick councilor, who before being elected was Shetland Police Area Commander, was appointed alongside three other new recruits.

Audit Scotland says the appointments follow an extensive recruitment exercise.

The Board of Accounts is independent of government and is responsible for reporting on the performance and spending of the 32 Scottish Councils, 30 Joint Integration Boards and other joint local authority boards.

Board Chairman William Moyes said: “I welcome the appointment of four new members of the Board of Auditors.

“We now have a full complement of Commissioners, with a wealth of talent, experience and knowledge of delivering vital local public services.

“These appointments have been confirmed at a time of significant change for the commission.

“As Scottish councils continue to recover from the impacts of Covid-19 and deal with the consequences of inflation and the cost of living on their local communities, the commission is focused on ensuring that the audit and l Local Government Review helps councils provide and improve services for citizens and our communities.

New members will serve for an initial period of four years.