The Auditor General for Wales is Huw Vaughan Thomas. His role is independent of government. He is not a civil servant. He is appointed by the Queen.
The Auditor General is the statutory external auditor of most of the Welsh public sector. This means that he audits the accounts of county and county borough councils, police, fire and rescue authorities, national parks and community councils, as well as the Welsh Government, its sponsored and related public bodies, the Assembly Commission and National Health Service bodies.
The Auditor General’s role includes examining how public bodies manage and spend public money, including how they achieve value in the delivery of public services. The Auditor General publishes reports on that work, some of which are considered by the National Assembly for Wales’ Public Accounts Committee. He also reports every year on how well individual local authorities are planning for improvement.
The Office of Auditor General for Wales was created in 2005 and the current incumbent, Huw Vaughan Thomas, has been in the post since October 2010. The post can be held by an individual for a maximum of eight years.