Desmond Wildin has been appointed the director of the Audit Office. SUPPLIED/22120512
Desmond Wildin has stepped into the role as director of the Audit Office after more than a decade in public service in the Cook Islands.
A media release
from the Public Service Commission (PSC) says that Wildin was issued his Warrant
of Appointment by the King’s Representative Sir Tom Marsters on November 22.
Wildin told Cook
Islands News on Monday that he was looking forward to improving and developing
the office’s functions “for the benefit of all Cook Islanders”.
independence is key. Our role is to ensure proper stewardship of government
funds, along with transparency and accountability in the public office,” Wildin
Wildin said in the
past, the office had produced good audit reports on organisations, but did not
necessarily have the resources to chase up those organisations to see whether
they were adopting their recommendations.
providing a solid foundation for the organisations to build on, and if, there
are issues that need to be addressed, then ensuring that this is done so.”
Wildin said the
organisation needed to “leverage” its good relationship with the Public Service
Commission, the Office of the Ombudsman and Crown Law, along with Audit New
Zealand, to ensure it has the resources to improve public accountability.
“We’ve got a real
opportunity here to make some great strides,” he said.
Wildin has been
working for the Audit Office since 2010. He replaces Allen Parker,
who stood down for family reasons earlier this year. Wildin has been in acting
capacity as audit director.
“Allen’s ability to make people feel at ease and feel
open during discussions was noticeable. He was very good at fostering
relationships,” Wildin said.
“I’ve been exposed
to offices within the Pacific region, it’s allowed us to progress and adapt
Minister for the
Audit Office, Vaine (Mac) Mokoroa says in the media release that “Wildin has
demonstrated a commitment to address the challenges inherent in meeting the
Audit Office’s strategic targets”.
“He is an
excellent communicator and is very driven and ambitious, hardworking and
experienced. His willingness to be pragmatic where appropriate is apparent,” Makiroa
process was led by the Public Service Commissioner, Carl Hunter, who commented
that: “Wildin is passionate about forging excellent relationships across
Government. He is supportive of and committed to promoting the profile of the
Audit Office through a strategic advocacy approach”.
The Audit Office
can receive complaints in relation to public expenditure and public revenues as
well as any alleged incorrect implementation of the policies and procedures
required under their jurisdiction.
The nature of
complaints can relate to: misuse of public funds and resources by public
officials, purchasing and tender irregularities, financial mismanagement,
conflicts of interest and misuse of Government assets.
Wildin will lead a
team of 12 staff.
In the media
statement, Minister Mokoroa also said that Wildin “offers the opportunity for a
seamless transition as a result of his many years of service and dedication to
the Audit Office”.
“He has an astute
appreciation of the existing and future challenges of the Cook Islands and is
ready for and committed to this new challenge.”