Veritau was originally established in 2009 as a local authority shared service company. The group expanded with the creation of Veritau North Yorkshire in 2012 but continues to operate as a single trading entity.  The Veritau member councils are:

The member councils regard this shared service as a long term partnership. 


Public sector service delivery has never been more challenging.  The combination of increasing demand, reduced resources, technological change and the ongoing redesign of services mean the need for effective governance has never been greater. Veritau provides independent and impartial assurance designed to help you to manage your business and address those challenges.

Our aim is to provide a range of services which are highly regarded, add value for our clients and are competitive in price. 


Our mission is:

To deliver efficient, effective and professional assurance services which are responsive to the needs of our customers and which are held in high esteem.


Our Leadership Team                                                                           

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  Max Thomas FCA   Richard Smith CPFA  
Max is the Chief Executive of Veritau and has over 25 years of audit experience gained within the private and local government sectors, providing services to a range of clients.  Max is currently the Head of Internal Audit for North Yorkshire County Council and City of York Council.  He is also the Treasurer for the Local Authority Chief Auditors' Network and a member of the North Yorkshire Police Joint Independent Audit Committee.
Richard is the Deputy Chief Executive and has considerable experience of undertaking and managing internal audit and counter fraud work in the public sector. This encompasses a range of clients including local authorities, charitable companies, and other publicly funded bodies.

Our Assurance Team

Effective assurance depends on a combination of professional expertise and successful working relationships. It is the inter-personal, as well as professional skills, which our team members bring to bear that make the difference to our clients. Veritau employs over 50 specialist professionals who can support you.  We will match your specific needs to the skills and experience of our staff.  We also recognise the importance of continuity and for a number of clients we therefore have staff based permanently on site.   Veritau has been recognised as an Investor in People since June 2011.




Veritau North Yorkshire

The directors of the company are: The directors of the company are:
Ian Floyd Louise Branford-White
Councillor Gareth Dadd Karen Iveson
Councillor Ian Gillies Anton Hodge
Gary Fielding - Chair Sian Moore - Chair
Max Thomas Max Thomas
Richard Smith (also company secretary) Richard Smith (also company secretary)

Veritau Limited and Veritau North Yorkshire Limited are both registered in England as limited companies.  The company registration number for Veritau Limited is 6794890.  The company registration number for Veritau North Yorkshire Limited is 0791990.  The registered office for both companies is West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA.


Please click here for copies of board meeting minutes and agendas for the last 12 months.

Contact Us

York: 01904 552943
Northallerton: 01609 535034

For schools' DPO enquiries, call tel: 01609 532526

Email: contact us here

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