Four new Accounts Commission members appointed

04 November 2022

Four new members of the Accounts Commission have been confirmed by Ben Macpherson MSP, Minister for Social Security and Local Government. The new members are: Malcolm Bell, Nichola Brown, Jennifer Henderson and Ruth MacLeod. The appointments follow an extensive recruitment exercise.

These four appointments strengthen the Commission in several critical areas – communications, engaging with stakeholders, experience of using vital services and an in-depth understanding of local and national government. Their collective knowledge and expertise are significant and complements the skills and experience of existing members.

The Accounts Commission is independent of government and is responsible for reporting on performance and spending within Scotland’s 32 councils, 30 Integration Joint Boards and other local government joint boards.

William Moyes, Chair of the Accounts Commission said:

I am delighted at the appointment of four new Accounts Commission members. We now have a full complement of Commissioners, with a wealth of talent, experience and knowledge of the delivery of vital local public services.

These appointments have been confirmed at a time of important change for the Commission. As Scotland’s councils continue to recover from the impacts of Covid-19 and address the consequences of inflation and the cost of living on their local communities, the Commission is focused on ensuring the audit and scrutiny of local government helps councils deliver and improve services for citizens and our communities.

The new members will take up their appointment from 1 November, for an initial period of four years.