Our history and ethos

When we were formed in 2009, shared services were relatively uncommon among local authorities. After close collaboration between their two internal audit teams, North Yorkshire County Council and City of York Council came together to create Veritau Limited.

This was an innovative partnership between the two councils allowing for economies of scale in a key corporate service. We expanded further in 2012 when four more local authorities joined us to create the Veritau group.

As counter fraud and information governance provide a natural fit with audit and assurance, these teams also formed part of Veritau. More recently we’ve developed additional services in risk management and data analytics.

In 2020, we took on a further three member councils. Today we have nine partner councils, three group companies and over 75 members of staff.

The name Veritau comes from the Latin for “truth”. We pronounce it “Veri-toe”.

Veritau’s member councils

We are owned by nine local authorities and are always open to taking on new members. Our current group partnership includes:

Outside of our member clients we also work with:
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Experienced assurance professionals

Effective assurance relies on a combination of professional expertise and successful working relationships. It’s our belief that interpersonal skills are just as important as technical knowledge.

With over 70 assurance specialists, we match your specific needs to the skills and experience of our staff. They have a wide range of backgrounds and expertise in many areas of public sector delivery.

Max Thomas, Chief Executive of Veritau

Max Thomas

Chief Executive

Max has over 25 years of audit experience within the private and local government sectors. He is the Head of Internal Audit for a number of local authorities and other public bodies. Max is also treasurer for the Local Authority Chief Auditors' Network and a member of the North Yorkshire Police Joint Independent Audit Committee.

Richard Smith, Deputy Chief Executive

Richard Smith

Deputy Chief Executive

Richard is our Deputy Chief Executive and has a wealth of experience in 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.

The Veritau group has been recognised as an Investor in People since 2011. Our main offices are in York and Northallerton. We also have people based in Middlesbrough, Malton, Scarborough, and as home workers.

What can we do for you?

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