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.
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.