Kevin Thomas was born in Bramhall near Manchester. Kevin attended Eirias High School in Colwyn Bay before going on to study at the University College of Wales in Aberystwyth. On Graduation in 1988 with a degree in Pure Mathematics and Accountancy, Kevin worked as a trainee accountant for Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council for two years before moving to Clwyd County Council. While there Kevin completed his CIPFA training becoming the only student in the Council’s history to pass CIPFA first time. Kevin is a member of the CIPFA CPD scheme and has been since its inception.
Kevin joined District Audit in 1992 and carried out a number of roles with portfolios that included financial audit work in local government, NHS, police and national parks. He also delivered value for money work on topics including environmental management and efficiency savings.
Following his promotion to Engagement Partner, Kevin was responsible for the audit of a Unitary Authority, three NHS trusts, a local health board and Estyn. He was also heavily involved with the WAO’s Good Practice Exchange project working on topics such as Making the Connections and a CIPFA award winning project on asset management.
Kevin was appointed Director of Corporate Resources at the Wales Audit Office in 2014. A member of the WAO Board and Management Committee, and Chair of the Corporate Enablers Leadership Team, Health and Safety Committee and Equality Steering Group, his role involves overseeing the development and delivery of the WAO’s corporate strategy, as well as running the organisation’s enabling functions: Board Support, Business Services, Communications, ICT, Law & Ethics, and Planning & Reporting.
Married with two children, Kevin lives with his family in North Wales. A keep fit enthusiast, Kevin has completed a number of 10k races and half marathons. Kevin’s most satisfying achievement was completing the 2006 London Marathon in under 3 and a half hours. But, he now spends most of his exercise time either cycling or in the gym.
A keen film buff, Kevin is also an avid collector of music, and goes to see live music as often as he can, and in particular, Indigo Girls.