CAGTR Business Links seminar: Auditing wellbeing—The Welsh experience

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Presented by Adrian Crompton, Auditor General for Wales

Lectures, talks and seminars

29 Jul 2019 5:30 pm to 29 Jul 2019 7:00 pm

Victoria University of Wellington, Rutherford House, Mezzanine Floor Room MZ03, 23 Lambton Quay, Wellington

The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 has been described as world-leading and innovative. A talk by Adrian Crompton, Auditor General for Wales.

The Act requires all public bodies in Wales to set and publish wellbeing objectives, that are designed to maximise their contribution to achieving the Welsh Government's seven wellbeing goals, and to report annually on their progress. In doing so each public body is required to act in a manner that reflects 'five ways of working'—i.e. a long-term focus, prevention, integration, collaboration and involvement.

The Act also requires the Auditor General for Wales to examine and report on the extent to which each public body has acted in accordance with the above requirements. However, the implementation of this Act comes with no prior models or pre-defined standards. How then can the audit function provide some meaningful assurance about how public bodies are going about their new tasks? To do so, Welsh Audit Office has had to develop a new set of tools and ways of working. Adrian Crompton will discuss these challenges and his office's response to them.

Please let Vanessa Borg know if you will be attending, by email at vanessa.borg@vuw.ac.nz by latest, Wednesday, 24 July 2019.

For more information contact: Vanessa Borg

Speaker Bios

After studying Economics at Bath University, Adrian worked as a Clerk in the House of Commons Library Research Division. He later spent time as a Government Statistician at the Welsh Office before moving to the newly established National Assembly for Wales. Adrian undertook various roles at the National Assembly before becoming Director of Assembly Business in 2007.

Since 2014, Adrian has worked as an Associate for Global Partners Governance, a social purpose company strengthening parliamentary democracy and political institutions in countries around the world. Adrian is a member of the Study of Parliament Group, which brings together senior parliamentary staff and academics studying parliamentary government and political science, and the Political Studies Association, which promotes political engagement and research with politicians, academia, the media and other key opinion formers.

In 2018, Adrian Crompton was recommended by the National Assembly for Wales for appointment as the Auditor General for Wales. As head of the Wales Audit Office, he oversees the annual audit of some £20 billion of taxpayers’ money and is appointed on an eight-year term.