The Auditor General for Wales is Huw Vaughan Thomas. His role is totally independent of government. He is not a civil servant and is appointed by the Queen.
The Auditor General is the statutory external auditor of most of the Welsh public sector. This means that he will be responsible for checking and ‘signing off’ the financial accounts of local councils, police, probation, fire and rescue authorities, national parks and community councils, as well as Welsh Government, its sponsored and related public bodies, the Assembly Commission and National Health Service.
The Auditor General’s role is also to examine how public bodies manage and spend public money, including achieving value in the delivery of public services. Every year he reports on how well individual local authorities are planning for improvement and delivering their services.
He also issues reports on various topics - called value for money studies – relating to central government or health as well as on issues that may be of relevance to the entire public sector. These are called cross-cutting studies.
The Office of Auditor General for Wales was created in 2005 and the current incumbent, Huw Vaughan Thomas, has been in the role since October 2010. The post can be held by an individual for a maximum of eight years