The country’s new Auditor General told Cayman 27 she’s ready to take on the challenge of looking over the country’s public purse. She’s been on the job for less than a week, but new Auditor General Sue Winspear is already settling into her new role as watchdog of the public purse.
“We will be looking at the big infrastructure projects, we will be looking at health, we will be looking at the various public services that will interest every single person that lives here and visits here,” said Ms. Winspear.
Ms. Winspear said her years of experience as a senior financial executive in UK government will be an asset when carrying out her job responsibilities.
“I’ve got the understanding and the empathy with those that are working on the other side, I’ve had years and years of working alongside politicians, so I hope with that, it’s not just about beating people up with sticks, it’s about constructively bringing about improvement and change,” said Ms. Winspear.
As a newcomer to the Cayman Islands, she lists coming to the post without any pre-assumptions is an advantage.
“I’ve got no held views on anything, but I’ve got a lot of insight into public service, and I’m here to make public services better and work with civil service and government to do that with my office,” said Ms. Winspear.
On the other side of the coin, she admits there will be challenges as she adjusts to her surroundings.
“There’s lots of things I’ve got to learn, and I’ll be incredibly respectful and understanding about the deficiencies I’ve got while I’m on that steep learning curve,” said Ms. Winspear.
She said the scale of operations here in Cayman is quite the change from what she’s used to in the UK, but says that doesn’t diminish the importance of the AGO’s duties….
“With finite resources it’s going to be really important that we focus those on the right things in the right order,” said Ms. Winspear.
She said she’s looking forward to a constructive relationship with the Public Accounts Committee, and moving the country further down a path of openness and transparency.