Stephen Boyle was appointed Auditor General in July 2020 by Her Majesty the Queen, and is responsible for auditing around £40bn of taxpayers’ money. He audits all public bodies except local authorities, including the Scottish Government, NHS bodies, police and fire, further education colleges and most non-departmental public bodies.
He is the accountable officer for Audit Scotland and works closely with the Accounts Commission. Stephen previously led Audit Scotland’s central government external audit work. As Audit Director, he was the engagement lead on the audits of the Scottish Government’s consolidated accounts, the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body and the European Agricultural Funds Account. He was also the appointed auditor of the Scottish Police Authority, the Scottish Public Pension Agency and Registers of Scotland. Stephen has wide experience of auditing the public sector, including local authorities and the NHS.
Before joining Audit Scotland in 2013, Stephen was the Assistant Director of finance at Glasgow Housing Association and before that, the Head of Finance and Corporate Services at Cube Housing Association, both now part of the Wheatley Group, Scotland’s largest Registered Social Landlord group.
He previously worked for the Scottish Housing Regulator, where he oversaw the financial viability assessments of all housing associations in Scotland. Stephen is committed to public services that improve the lives of Scotland’s people. He has over 20 years’ of experience in audit, governance and financial management, and is a qualified accountant and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.