The Board supports and advises the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG) in meeting his statutory responsibilities, and oversees how we manage and use resources. The Executive Team is responsible for supporting the C&AG in running the NAO. For more details about the Board see the links below. Terms of reference (pdf – 151KB) Minutes of […]
February 28, 2013
The Board supports and advises the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG) in meeting his statutory responsibilities, and oversees how we manage and use resources. The Executive Team is responsible for supporting the C&AG in running the NAO.
For more details about the Board see the links below.
Lord Bichard KCB
Michael Bichard was appointed as chair of the NAO in January 2015 following confirmation by Parliament and HM The Queen. His first term ended in January 2018 when he was reappointed as chair for a final three-year term of office.
He has worked at senior levels in local government and was the chief executive at both Brent and Gloucestershire. He moved to central government as chief executive of the Benefits Agency and then as permanent secretary at the Department for Education and Employment.
Since his retirement from the civil service in 2001, he has held a variety of positions including vice chancellor of the University of the Arts London, chair of the Legal Services Commission, founder director of the Institute for Government, and chaired an inquiry into the Soham murders in 2004. Michael was also chair of the Design Council from 2008-2013 and chair of the Social Care Institute for excellence from 2011-2017.
Michael is currently a non-executive director of The Key (an education support company).
He received a knighthood in 1999 and became a cross-bench member of the House of Lords in 2010.
Ray Shostak was appointed by the Public Accounts Commission as a non-executive member of the Board in January 2015 and was re-appointed to the role in January 2018 for a final three-year term. He chaired the Renumeration and Nominations Committee until January 2018.
Ray has held a number of positions in local and central government, including head of the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit, director of public services in Her Majesty’s Treasury and director of Hertfordshire’s children, schools and families department.
In addition to working internationally with other governments on performance and reform issues, Ray is currently the chair of trustees of the Consortium of Voluntary Adoption Agencies, a member of the Public Policy Committee of the British Academy and is an Honorary Norham Fellow at Oxford University.
Robert Sykes was appointed by the Public Accounts Commission as a non-executive member of the Board in January 2015 and was re-appointed to the role in January 2018 for a final three-year term. He is the NAO’s senior independent director. Rob has significant experience of working in local government and served as chief executive of Worcestershire County Council for 10 years. He has non-executive experience in the public and private sectors and has wide experience of coaching and leadership training.
In 2012, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government appointed him as lead commissioner at Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council. He stepped down in the summer of 2014 when the intervention successfully ended.
Janet Eilbeck was appointed by the Public Accounts Commission as a non-executive member of the Board in October 2016 and was re-appointed to the role in October 2019 for a final three-year term. She has chaired the Audit Committee since October 2016.
Janet is a chartered accountant with more than 40 years’ experience. She was an assurance partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) until 2011, specialising in government and the broader public sector, including wide experience of external and internal audit, financial accounting advice and risk management. Janet also has an expertise in pensions. She chaired PwC’s two legacy staff pension schemes for 9 years until December 2019 and following her retirement from the firm she became the first chair of the Internal Audit Standards Advisory Board (IASAB), and the independent financial expert for the Department for Education, until December 2016.
Dame Clare Tickell
Clare Tickell was appointed by the Public Accounts Commission as a non-executive member of the Board in January 2018 and is the chair of the Remuneration and Nominations Committee.
She has extensive experience at board level, having led a variety of organisations across the charitable and public housing sectors. Clare was appointed as Independent Director of the John Lewis Partnership in October 2019. Prior to this, she was chief executive officer of Hanover Housing Association until its merger with Anchor Trust in November 2018, having previously been chief executive of Action for Children.
Until February 2020 Clare was the chair of the Early Intervention Foundation. She was also a commissioner on the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) 2020 Commission into Public Services; chair of the Community and Voluntary Services Honours Committee from 2011 to 2018 and a former board member of The Guinness Partnership. She is a fellow of the RSA.
She received a Damehood in 2010 for services to young people.
Comptroller & Auditor General (C&AG)
Gareth Davies was appointed C&AG on 1 June 2019. Before his appointment as C&AG, he was Head of Public Services at Mazars, a global accountancy firm specialising in audit, tax and advisory services. Prior to this, he was managing director of the Audit Commission’s Audit Practice. He’s also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Daniel joined the NAO in 2009 as a performance measurement expert and helped to establish our local government value-for-money team. Before his appointment to the Executive Team, he led the development of the NAO’s value‑for-money workstream. Daniel is the Executive Director with responsibility for Strategy and Resources. He is also the NAO’s Chief Information Officer and Senior Information Responsible Owner (SIRO). Before joining the NAO, Daniel worked in a range of sectors, including academia, management consultancy and the civil service.
Max is responsible for the NAO’s work with departments that sit at the centre of government. He also leads the NAO’s work on making better use of our knowledge. Max joined the NAO in 2011. For five years, he led the NAO’s value for money audit of the Department for Work & Pensions, and more recently has been responsible for the NAO’s approach to digital transformation in government. Before joining the NAO, Max worked as a consultant with McKinsey & Co. He has worked in the UK and overseas in a range of sectors, including logistics, regulatory strategy, retail, climate finance and health.
Rebecca is responsible for the NAO’s work with departments focused on the UK’s infrastructure as well as climate change and environment. She also provides leadership to the NAO’s value for money and investigations specialists. Rebecca Sheeran has worked at the NAO since 2004. She is a chartered accountant with many years’ experience in both financial and value-for-money audit of a range of public sector bodies.
Elaine is responsible for the NAO’s work with departments focused on home affairs, defence and overseas matters. She is also the Executive Team lead on audit quality. She has had experience across a range of portfolios throughout her NAO career, including defence, international, and culture, media and sport.
Abdool is responsible for the NAO’s work with departments focused on local services, including local government, education and health. He also leads on our wider people agenda including culture and values, staff development and diversity and inclusion. Before joining the NAO in 2017, he had been chief executive of Swale Borough Council since 2009.
Kate is responsible for the NAO’s work with departments focused on culture, justice and welfare. She also provides leadership to our financial audit specialists. Kate joined the NAO in 2000. Kate is a chartered accountant with many years’ experience auditing a wide range of public sector bodies. She held senior management positions in finance and operations while working on secondment at the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority and sits on the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales’ (ICAEW’s) Council.