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Out of retirement: Webster back as Auditor General

Sonia Webster

Former Auditor General for the British Virgin Islands, Sonia Webster has been reappointed to the post.

Government made the announcement today, January 22.

The Auditor General is responsible for monitoring the financial activities of government departments and statutory bodies to ensure accountability of public funds and compliance with financial regulations and budgetary constraints.

The Auditor General also acts as an advisory member on the Public Accounts Committee and will report annually on the accounts of the House of Assembly and government departments.

Webster served a number of years as Auditor General for the BVI before retiring in 2015.

No annual financial reports or audits had been produced in the territory from 2007 up to the year Webster retired.

Qualifications

She holds a Bachelors degree in Accounting, a Bachelors of Law, a Diploma in Financial Crime Prevention, and CPE training in management, accounting, auditing and other areas of relevance locally, regionally, in the United States, and the United Kingdom.

Webster served in the Office of Auditor General in the BVI at various periods from July 1988 to November 2015 having served in the roles of Assistant Auditor, Senior Auditor, Deputy Chief Auditor, and Auditor General where she managed the BVI government’s Audit Office.

She also served as Chief Executive Officer with the Alliance Accounting BVI & Alliance Management Consultants, from July 2016 to January 2018.

Her reappointment follows United Kingdom National, Phil Sharman’s short stint as Auditor General.

Incidentally, the post was left vacant for nearly a year after Webster retired and was not filled until Sharman was appointed last August.

He left shortly after the September 2017 hurricanes. Government is yet to make a formal announcement on Sharman’s departure.

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  1. Albion says:

    I don’t know the lady, but if no audited accounts were delivered for the last EIGHT YEATS when she was in charge, then I have to wonder why the Government is so keen to get her back. Maybe they like it that way.

    • when u dont know says:

      when you don’t know processes and procedures, you should not blog. She does not deliver, she audits. If the reports were not delivered, how can she audit them. Stop blogging on things you don’t know. Stop being like the majority of bloggers.

      • true says:

        she can ask for the audit to be done as she was in charge for many years, she choose to follow the political pasture and did none, that is why she is being rehired and will be replaced by the UK as soon as an audit is ready to be seen/

      • Albion says:

        I know that the job of the Auditor General (as mandated by the Constitution) is to track and monitor Government finances. The auditor who sits back and says “well, no accounts landing on my desk today, so I guess I have nothing to do” isn’t doing the job very well.

        Anyone who allows that state of affairs to persist for eight years is not doing their job well. The job is to make sure that Government expenditure is held accountable. If an auditor is unable to do so because of the failings of others, it is the auditor’s duty to root it out and resolve it, not to sit back and cash a paycheque whilst passing the blame onto others.

    • The real Boo says:

      lol She is to Audit the accounts that the Government produces

    • To Albion says:

      The Auditor General can only do the audited accounts when the Ministry of Finance turns them over. Learn what the law says before talking piddle. Blame the ndp for hiding the accounts

  2. watcher says:

    Are there any other well paid government jobs going where you don’t have to do what you are paid to do? Can I have one please?

  3. Hmmm says:

    Strange isn’t it.

  4. . says:

    I Guess he wasn’t needed afterall

  5. Sam the man says:

    so what exactly is she supposed to Audit? Dr Smith has presided over a shambolic financial mess and if I was him I would continue to refuse to publish accounts for audit-able purposes – I don’t agree with his stance but he continues to get away with it…..

  6. Expected says:

    The negative blogs on this lady are expected from the ndp and their supporters because of the audit that she did on the cruise pier project that initially exposed the many questionable acts.

  7. ReX FeRaL says:

    All ill gotten gains needs to be invesgigated

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