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Auditor General for Wales: Statement from the Chair of the Finance Committee


Following the decision by the current Auditor General for Wales, Huw Vaughan Thomas, to retire in July 2018, a process has been underway to establish a successor as required by the Public Audit Wales Act and the Standing Orders of the National Assembly for Wales.

Chair of the Finance Committee​, Simon Thomas AM, chaired a selection panel which has proposed Adrian Crompton, currently Director of Assembly Business at the National Assembly for Wales, as the preferred candidate.

The selection panel comprised of Simon Thomas AM, Chair, Nick Ramsay AM, Isobel Garner​, Chair of the WAO Board, and Caroline Gardner, Auditor General for Scotland, plus Manon Antoniazzi​ Chief Executive and Clerk of the National Assembly for Wales as an independent advisor.  ​

Mr Thomas said:

"We were looking for an exceptional individual and we attracted a strong field of candidates.

"Adrian has had an impressive career and brings a wealth of leadership experience at a time of new challenges and opportunities.

"The panel are in no doubt that Adrian will approach the role with great skill and enthusiasm, and a passionate commitment to the success of the role of the Auditor General for Wales."

Adrian Crompton has spent over 30 years of his career supporting parliamentary institutions in the UK and abroad. He is currently the Director of Assembly Business at the National Assembly for Wales, where he leads teams providing parliamentary services to support the formal business of the Assembly in plenary and committees.  He is the senior procedural and constitutional adviser to the Presiding Officer and, having held senior roles in the Assembly since its establishment, has been integral to its development as an effective parliamentary institution. 

He is also the senior advisor to the National Assembly for Wales Remuneration Board, an independent statutory body responsible for setting the pay, pension and financial support arrangements for Assembly Members. Before joining the National Assembly in 1998, Adrian spent 10 years in the Research Service of the House of Commons.

In recent years, Adrian has also worked to strengthen political institutions and improve the quality of political representation in countries in the Middle East and North Africa. In this capacity he has worked with politicians, academics and civil servants in Egypt, Sudan, Iraq and Jordan to support the development of their political and parliamentary systems.

The next stage of the process will see Mr Crompton appear before the Finance Committee at a date to be confirmed.

Should the Finance Committee endorse Mr Crompton, his nomination will be voted upon by the National Assembly for Wales, before being sent to Her Majesty the Queen for approval.

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