New auditor general takes office

Auditor General Sue Winspear
Auditor General Sue Winspear

Sue Winspear took over as Cayman’s new auditor general on Friday, succeeding former Auditor General Alastair Swarbrick, who held the post between July 2010 and October 2015.

Ms. Winspear, a former deputy in the U.K.’s National Audit Office, said Monday that she is “very familiar” with operating in the political environment and providing briefings to the U.K. Public Accounts Committee previously.

Prior to her work at the National Audit Office, she spent her career as a senior finance executive in various government departments in the U.K.

Ms. Winspear said in a press release issued Monday that she considered it to be a “privilege” to be appointed as auditor general for Cayman.

“This office plays a critical role in the governance framework of the Cayman Islands and while I know the main job we have is to hold government to account, I also look forward to helping the government manage public resources and deliver effective programs and services,” she said.

She said she would have a lot to learn in a very short time and “looks forward to engaging with senior government officials in the coming weeks to get up to speed as quickly as possible.”

Since Mr. Swarbrick departed in October, Garnet Harrison has been the acting auditor general. Ms. Winspear has been given a three-year contract.

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