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Next Auditor General Named

Mr. Alastair Swarbrick

His Excellency the Governor, Duncan Taylor is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Alastair Swarbrick as Auditor General of the Cayman Islands. Mr Swarbrick will take up his position in July 2010.

Mr. Alastair Swarbrick was recruited after an open recruitment process was undertaken as was outlined in the previous press statement from the Governor.

Mr. Swarbrick has 19 years experience in public auditing and is currently Assistant Director of Audit at Audit Scotland. Audit Scotland is responsible for the management and delivery of public sector audit in Scotland covering the Scottish Government and its agencies, the National Health Service, Further Education Colleges and Local Government. It employs over 300 staff.

Mr. Swarbrick is currently 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. In addition to his audit management role 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.

Mr. Swarbrick has led a successful innovative project to procure and implement an Electronic Audit Documentation System for 170 staff. He is also a particular 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.

Mr. Swarbrick has experience of working in small islands as he audited the National Health Service on the Western Isles and the Shetland Isles which are situated off the north coast of Scotland.

Prior to his current role, Mr Swarbrick 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. In these roles he worked mainly in the health financial area where he was responsible for managing audits at the Department of Health and a number of its agencies. In addition he 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 their headquarters in Washington D.C.

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.