Posts Tagged ‘Sutton’

Fouls Within

Nothing about the 19th January Audit meeting could be described as a caper. On the contrary, I found it a bruising and quite stressful affair. Reading a thick wodge of committee papers had eaten into much of Sunday afternoon and I noted cynically that what I felt was the most important item had been “strategically buried” at the back of the agenda. “Surely sheer coincidence!”). My cynicism seemed well placed when I read that this final report was strongly recommending members to dispense with the services of our “external” legal auditors, who fulfilled the crucial internal audit function; and instead; go back to using Flintshire’s staff. Having served in the era of Andy Sutton, the internal auditor who fell foul of his masters when he allegedly delved too deeply into financial affairs and thus the files needed to do his job, were withheld. He commenced legal action but left Flintshire’s employment with no clear victory for either side. Having met him, at his request whilst the legal battle still raged, it seemed he was already a broken man, shocked by treatment from officers and it was alleged that his health was in shreds. The Chief Financial Officer, Sutton’s boss: a …..