The Auditor General for Wales held a series of seminars to share the learning from organisations that have produced their accounts to earlier deadlines.
Over the next few years, local government, national parks, police and fire bodies in Wales are likely to be required to close their accounts faster.
The focus of this first seminar was to share the learning of how organisations started on their journey. This was done through practitioners and auditors sharing their approaches and the lessons learnt from achieving earlier closure of accounts.
Walking away from this seminar, delegates had an insight into cultural and procedural changes that others have achieved to enable them to start the journey of changing the way they work.
Who the event was aimed at
This seminar was aimed at staff within local authorities, national parks, fire and rescue and police authorities. Attendees should be:
- Section 151 Officer or equivalent
- Chief Accountant
- Cabinet Member with Finance Portfolio or Audit Committee Chair
- How faster closure of accounts can benefit public services [PDF 385KB Opens in new window] - Steven Mair, Westminster City Council
- The science behind hearts and minds [PDF 560KB Opens in new window] - Peter Worth and Steven Muldoon, Westminster City Council
- The Welsh way [PDF 395 KB Opens in new window] - Nigel Aurelius, David Lilly and Suzanne Williams, Torfaen County Borough Council, and Barrie Morris and Julie Masci, Grant Thornton UK LLP
- The band aid approach [PDF 270KB Opens in new window] - Emma Feakins, Kent County Council and Elizabeth Olive, Grant Thornton UK LLP
- Quick wins and work arounds [PDF 1MB Opens in new window] - Jonathan Davies, Oldham Council and Marianne Dixon, Grant Thornton UK LLP