Coldstream’s Gerald is appointed to council’s audit committee

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SCOTTISH Borders Council’s Audit Committee had its first meeting of the new year on Monday and among those in attendance was Coldstream’s Gerald Tait.

He is one of two new committee members with David Gwyther from Town Yetholm the other.

Gerald and David take up their positions alongside six councillors. The presence of two external, non-voting members helps to ensure the robustness and independence of the Audit Committee’s operations.

Gerald has lived in Coldstream since 1979 having relocated from the north east of England. For many years he has been involved in local community initiatives, including his current role as a steering committee member of the Flodden Ecomuseum project.

He has considerable experience of local government in accountancy, internal audit and risk management roles and has knowledge and experience of public sector finance, internal control, governance, risk management and audit committees.

The Audit Committee reviews and scrutinises SBC’s framework of corporate governance, risk management systems and associated internal control environment - and makes reports and recommendations as required.

Councillor Michelle Ballantyne, chairman of the Audit Committee said: “I’m delighted to welcome Gerald and David on board. I think they will be assets to the Committee, bringing a wealth of experience.

“We were looking for people who are inquiring and independent-minded, and preferably with a personal knowledge and experience relating to the financial and operational management and internal control of large organisations.

“Both certainly ticked these boxes, and the elected members on the Audit Committee look forward to working with them.”