Audit & Risk Assurance Committee
In January 2009, The Commissioner appointed her first
Audit Committee. The role of the committee is to support the
Commissioner by reviewing the comprehensiveness of the systems of
assurances put in place to meet her Accounting Officer needs and
reviewing the reliability and integrity of these systems.
The Audit Committee will contribute at a strategic
level providing an external, informed, support and challenge function
for the work of the Commissioner and her office. This valuable input
will help ensure that the Older People’s Commissioner develops a modern
public sector organisation.
Members of the Audit Committee are:
Steve Harford (Chair)
Steve Harford has over 40 years experience of working in both the public and private sectors in Wales. He has an MBA from Cardiff University, is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and an affiliate member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.
Steve spent the last 18 years of his working career with Careers Wales from where he has recently retired from the role of Director of Corporate Services. During his time at Careers Wales he advised and led on the merger of the previous six local Careers Companies to form one all Wales organisation. He then worked with the Welsh Government to transfer the ownership of Careers Wales to become a wholly owned subsidiary of the Welsh Government.
Steve is a Director/Trustee of Carers Trust South East Wales and is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors. He previously spent eight years as a member of the Gwent Community Health Council. Since retiring Steve has been appointed as a member of the Greater Gwent (Torfaen) Pensions Fund Local Pension Board.
Mutale Merrill has spent many years in a wide variety of roles within the public and voluntary sectors in Wales following completion of her MBA at Cardiff University. She is the founding Chief executive of Bawso, the leading third sector provider in Wales for black minority ethnic women and children facing domestic and all other forms of abuse and violence.
She was the first Chair of the Care Council for Wales and first Vice-Chair of Cardiff and the Vale University Health Board. She is Chair of the Sub Sahara Advisory Panel, working with African diaspora groups in Wales to improve the impact of international development interventions, has received a number of awards including Welsh Woman of the year in 1997, for work in the community, and the OBE in 2008, for her work in Social care and the voluntary sector.
Steve was a career civil servant in Welsh Government/Office covering 39 years, reaching the Senior Civil Service as Deputy Director for Adult Social Services. Steve worked in various senior posts in Social Services Policy for 16 years. He led the development of many new policies and had a significant role in the development of Social Services Strategies and legislation. He led the development and implementation of the Strategy for Older People in Wales.
Steve is qualified at post graduate level with a Masters in Ageing Studies and a Diploma in Management Studies – both at Merit level. He is studying part time for a PhD in Gerontology at Swansea University. Since retirement in October 2013 Steve has become an Associate Consultant with Practice Solutions Ltd. He was an Advisory Group member and Rapporteur for the Commissioner’s Review of Quality of Life and Care in Care Homes in Wales (2014) and undertook an evaluation of a Quality of Life Enrichment Programme in 6 care homes in N Wales (2015). He is a member of the Commissioner for Older People’s Expert Panel on Human Rights for Older People. Steve is also vice chair of Caerphilly 50+Forum.
Phil Davy qualified as a town planner. He held posts in Gloucestershire, Reading and Devon, before becoming Chief Planning Officer with Islwyn Borough Council. He joined Caerphilly County Borough Council when the new local authority was formed in 1996.
Phil was Head of Economic Development for 10 years, managing a service area that covered business development, tourism, and regeneration. Most recently he developed the implementation strategy for a £220m investment programme to improve Caerphilly Council’s housing stock of 11,000 homes to ensure the homes meet the Welsh Housing Quality Standard.
Phil has a track record of successful development projects notably the Tredomen Business Park including Caerphilly Council’s corporate headquarters, the redevelopment of the former Oakdale Colliery site, and two secondary schools under the Private Finance Initiative.
Phil has held a number of non-executive director roles with Careers Wales, Groundwork Caerphilly and Planning Aid Wales. After 43 years in local government service, Phil has retired from full-time employment.
Phil is currently a Trustee with Torfaen Citizens Advice Bureau.
Audit and Risk Assurance Committee: Annual Reports
Annual Report 2016-17
Annual Report 2015-16
Annual Report 2014-15
Annual Report 2013-14