The Auditor General is appointed by the Crown, on the recommendation of the Scottish Parliament. The independent post was created under the Scotland Act 1998, prior to devolution in 2000, to help ensure that public money is spent properly, efficiently and effectively.
Caroline Gardner is the current Auditor General, and Accountable Officer for Audit Scotland, and she started her term in July 2012. She has more than 25 years’ experience in audit, governance and financial management. In March 2016, she was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.