(CNS): A long serving British civil servant who has been part of the management team at the UK’s National Audit Office has been appointed as Cayman’s new auditor general. The governor’s office revealed that Sue Winspear has been appointed and has accepted the post following the departure last year of Alastair Swarbrick. Winspear is currently an executive leader at Britain’s public audit office and has 30 years of financial and auditing experience.
In her current job, which she will leave later this year to come to Cayman in July, she has responsibility for about 200 directors and audit staff, leading the financial audit, value for money studies, investigations and other assurance work in the government departments of Health, Education and Local Government. She also had responsibility for external relations and communications.
According to a release from the governor’s office, Winspear previously held director general roles in the department for education and the department for communities and local government, reporting to Sir Bob Kerslake, who was at the time permanent secretary and head of the UK’s civil service. For most of her career Ms Winspear has worked in a political environment and has regularly attended the UK Public Accounts Committee, the release said.
The interview panel comprised Governor Helen Kilpatrick; Dan Scott, Regional Managing Partner for Ernst and Young; Karie Bergstrom, Chief Operating Officer at Maples and Calder; and Martin Sinclair, retired Assistant Auditor General at the UK National Audit Office. The governor said she was pleased that the selection process was complete and Winspear had accepted the position.
“The role of auditor general is critical to ensuring government is held to account and for maintaining public confidence. I am confident that Ms Winspear will bring dynamic leadership to the office and will successfully support the Public Accounts Committee. Winspear’s experience and capabilities will be a great asset to the Cayman Islands,” Kilpatrick added.
Winspear said she was looking forward to working on behalf of the people of the Cayman Islands.
“It is a privilege to be appointed as auditor general for the Cayman Islands and I look forward to leading the auditor general’s office for the next period and taking it from strength to strength as we play our part in helping to improve public services and financial management,” she said.
Winspear, who is a council member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy and a Fellow Member of the Association of Accounting Technicians, was recruited after an open recruitment campaign, officials said.
The job was advertised in the Cayman Islands, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and the Caribbean. During the first phase of the selection process, six candidates were shortlisted to undertake a practical assessment and psychometric testing. Of this total, four candidates went on to the final interview stage.
Garnet Harrison will continue as the acting auditor general until Winspear takes up her role in July.