Magazine article Public Finance

Colman Resigns Post as Welsh Auditor General

Magazine article Public Finance

Colman Resigns Post as Welsh Auditor General

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The Wales Audit Office was left with a vacancy at the top this week after its auditor general stepped down suddenly and with little explanation.

Jeremy Colman, who has held the post since 2005, handed his resignation to the National Assembly for Wales' Public Accounts Committee on February 3.

This will take immediate effect once it has been accepted by the Queen.

The reason for the departure is unclear, but was described as a 'private matter' by one source at the WAO.

Colman's five-year appointment was extended last year for a further three years and the sudden resignation comes as a surprise.

A ground-breaking peer review into the WAO, carried out last year, raised concerns about how the organisation was managed.

In an interview in November, Colman told Public Finance that turbulence from the creation of the WAO had not settled down as quickly as it should have. …

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