Next auditor general announced

Cayman’s next auditor general will
be Alastair Swarbrick, the governor announced on Monday.

Governor Duncan Taylor said in a
press release that Mr. Swarbrick will take up his position in July 2010.

The new auditor general replaces Dan
Duguay whose contract ends on 7 May.

Mr. Swarbrick assistant director of
audit at Audit Scotland, which is responsible for managing and delivering
public auditing in Scotland, covering the Scottish government and its agencies,
the National Health Service, further education colleges and local government. It
has a staff of more than 300.

He has held that post since
December 2007.

He replaces Mr. Duguay who was
auditor general for the Cayman Islands for six years. It was announced earlier
this month that Mr. Duguay’s contract would not be renewed. It had been
extended by three months in February this year.

Between Mr. Duguay’s departure and
Mr. Swarbrick’s arrival, Deputy Auditor General Garnet Harrison will assume the
acting role of auditor general.

According to the press release, Mr.
Swarbrick is responsible for leading several teams consisting of 13 auditors
working on a portfolio of audits, including Transport Scotland, the Scottish
Courts Service and the Scottish Public Pensions Agency.

“He also leads the Business
Improvement Unit, which is responsible for developing and managing projects to
improve the way that Audit Scotland delivers its work,” the statement read.

Mr. Swarbrick was hired following
an interview process that began late last year, which attracted 58 applicants.
Four individuals were shortlisted for the post, including Mr. Duguay.

The outgoing auditor general said
he was pleased that an individual who had worked in a national audit office had
been chosen for the job.

“I think that will be useful going
forward,” Mr. Duguay said, adding that he would be happy to speak with Mr.
Swarbrick about lessons he had learned since becoming auditor general and
“things that are important to understand about the Cayman Islands”.

The GIS release said Mr. Swarbrick
was an advocate for continuous training and development of staff and has
developed a range of training programmes including governance, accountability
and audit in Scottish Central Government and electronic audit documentation.

It stated that he also has
experience of working in small islands as he audited the National Health
Service on the Western Isles and the Shetland Isles, off the north coast of
Scotland.

Prior to his current role, he was a
senior audit manager at Audit Scotland and led the audit of the Scottish
government, as well as a number of its agencies and health service bodies.

Before joining Audit Scotland, Mr.
Swarbrick was principal and senior auditor for the National Audit Office in
London where he worked mainly in the health financial area, responsible for
managing audits at the Department of Health and some of its agencies. 

He also led on quality and
performance improvement for the health financial area and spent some time as
part of the Pan American Health Organisation audit team working at its headquarters
in Washington, DC.

Mr. Swarbrick obtained his Master
of Arts, Honours Degree in Economics at the University of Dundee and was
awarded the Bowie Memorial Prize for the Most Distinguished Student in
Economics. He is a qualified accountant and is a member of the Chartered
Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.

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Mr. Swarbrick
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