WMCA appoints independent audit & standards chair

West Midlands Combined Authority Board (WMCA) has approved the appointment of David Lane as chair of its Audit and Standards Committee.

Mr Lane will fulfil the role for the next four years, following an open and competitive recruitment process.

The audit and standards committee’s job is to provide assurance that the combined authority’s finances, processes, programmes and risks are managed to a high standard of accountability, transparency and integrity.

It must also ensure that the combined authority’s objectives of being a wise and successful place to make infrastructure investments can be independently verified.

As agreed within the terms of reference for the post – which is unpaid – he is an independent person, neither an elected member, officer of any constituent council, nor affiliated with any political party.

WMCA chair Cllr Bob Sleigh said:

“David is highly qualified and experienced in this field and we are fortunate to have him on board in such an important role for the combined authority.

“He has a strong track record of leading and influencing multi-disciplinary teams in both public and private sector organisations and is a strong and persuasive advocate of the need for good governance.”

Mr Lane’s previous roles have included senior change programme leadership positions at DEFRA / Rural Payments Agency, the NHS Purchasing and Supplies Agency and the Department of Health.

He also has experience of delivering delayed and financially challenged PFI projects and has held senior executive positions in the BBC and Royal Mail.

He has also held senior executive positions within the BBC and Royal Mail.

Mr Lane, who has just moved into the area from London, said:

“I am very much looking forward to working with the WMCA to help shape future governance in the region, as well as work with the WMCA to help it meet its investment and delivery aims through constructive challenge and scrutiny.”

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