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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 Leadership Team is an executive group responsible for supporting the C&AG in running the NAO. For more details about the Board see the links below. Terms of reference (pdf – […]

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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 Leadership Team is an executive group 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 meetings of the Board

Travel and hospitality expenditure

Non-Executive Chairman

Lord Bichard KCB

Michael BichardMichael Bichard worked at senior levels in local government and was the chief executive at both Brent and Gloucestershire. He then moved into central government working 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, chair of Shakespeare’s Globe, chair of the Design Council, and has recently retired as chair of the Social Care Institute for Excellence. He also chaired an inquiry into the Soham murders in 2004.

Michael is currently chair of Bristol Business School advisory board, non-executive director of The Key (an education support company), and trustee of the River and Rowing Museum. He received a knighthood in 1999 and became a cross-bench member of the House of Lords in 2010. He was for five years a deputy speaker of the House.

Non-Executive Members

Ray Shostak

Ray Shostack

Ray Shostak CBE 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 trustee of the Early Intervention Foundation, a member of the Public Policy Committee of the British Academy and is an Honorary Norham Fellow at Oxford University. He has been a non-executive member of the Board since January 2015 and chaired the Remuneration and Nominations Committee until January 2018.

Robert Sykes

Robert Sykes

Robert Sykes 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. Robert is the NAO’s senior independent director. He completed his first three-year term as non-executive member of the Board on 31 December 2017, and his appointment was renewed on 1 January 2018 for a second and final three-year term.

Janet Eilbeck

Janet Elbeck

Janet is a chartered accountant with more than 40 years’ experience. She was an assurance partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers until 2011, specialising in government and the broader public sector, including
wide experience of internal audit, and chairs two legacy staff pension schemes. She was also chair of the Internal Audit Standards Advisory Board (IASAB), and the independent financial expert for the Department for Education. She has been a non-executive member of the Board and the chair of the NAO’s Audit Committee since October 2016.

Dame Clare Tickell

Dame Clare Tickell

Dame Clare Tickell has extensive experience at board level, having led a variety of organisations across the charitable and public housing sectors. 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. In 2014 she became chair of the Early Intervention Foundation, one of the government’s What Works Centres. Dame Clare qualified as a social worker at Bristol University and worked for social care and housing organisations, including Centrepoint and Stonham Housing Association. 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, and chair of the Big Society Trust. From 2011 to 2013, she chaired the Commission on the Future of Hospice Care.

Comptroller & Auditor General (C&AG)

Gareth Davies

Gareth Davies

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.

Executive Members

Daniel Lambauer

Daniel Lambauer

Daniel Lambauer 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 Leadership Team in April 2017, he led the development of the NAO’s value‑for-money workstream. Daniel is the executive leader with responsibility for the NAO’s strategy and operations. He is jointly responsible for the leadership of the NAO’s wider assurance workstream. Before joining the NAO, Daniel worked in a range of sectors, including academia, management consultancy and the civil service.

Abdool Kara

Abdool Kara

Abdool Kara was appointed to the Leadership Team as executive leader with strategic oversight of our work relating to local service delivery in
February 2017. He is jointly responsible for the leadership of the NAO’s wider assurance workstream. Abdool brings significant depth and breadth of experience from senior roles in local government and delivery of local services, as well as from his wider public sector accountability and inspection work. Before joining the NAO, he had been chief executive of
Swale Borough Council since 2009.

Kate Mathers

Kate Mathers

Kate Mathers joined the NAO in 2000 and joined the Leadership Team in April 2017 as executive leader with oversight of financial audit. Before her appointment to the Leadership Team, she led the development of the NAO’s financial audit practice. Kate is jointly responsible for the leadership of the NAO’s financial audit workstream. 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.

Executive Leaders

Rebecca Sheeran

Rebecca Sheeran

Rebecca Sheeran has worked at the NAO since 2004 and joined the Leadership Team in April 2017 as executive leader with oversight for our value-for-money work in a number of areas. She is a chartered accountant with many years’ experience in both financial and value-for-money audit of a range of public sector bodies. Before taking up her post on the Leadership Team, Rebecca directed the NAO’s value-for-money audit of the Department for Transport and Network Rail and continues to oversee much of the NAO’s
work looking at major infrastructure and equipment programmes. Since joining the Leadership Team, she has also overseen the NAO’s response to government’s preparation for EU exit and is jointly responsible for leadership of the NAO’s wider assurance workstream.

Elaine Lewis

Elaine Lewis

Elaine Lewis joined the Leadership Team in October 2019. She has had experience across a range of portfolios throughout her NAO career, including defence, international, and culture, media and sport. As a director, she was responsible for our financial audit of HM Treasury and the Department for Education. Elaine is jointly responsible for the leadership of the NAO’s financial audit workstream.

Stephen Smith

Stephen Smith

Stephen Smith joined the NAO in August 2015 as an executive leader. Before that, he had more than 20 years’ experience as a partner with KPMG, where he led a number of initiatives for the firm, nationally and internationally. His experience ranges across a broad spectrum, including audit, mergers and acquisitions, and business advice, as well as a secondment to HM Treasury Accounting Group. Stephen is jointly responsible for leadership of the NAO’s financial audit workstream, a portfolio of public sector bodies and, more generally, our corporate and financial sector-related work.

Max Tse

Max Tse

Max Tse 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. He is jointly responsible for the leadership of the NAO’s wider assurance work‑stream. 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.