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. 

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Our Leadership Team

Head of Internal Audit and Deputy Head of Internal Audit

Max Thomas

Chief Executive

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Max Thomas

Chief Executive

FCA | DMS | BSc (Hons)

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.

max.thomas@veritau.co.uk 01904 552940  01609 532143

 

Richard Smith

Deputy Chief Executive

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Richard Smith

Deputy Chief Executive

CPFA

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.

richard.smith@veritau.co.uk 01904 552936
 
 
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Our Aim

Our Mission Statement

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 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.

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Sectors

 

We have considerable experience helping organisations across the public sector to manage their risks and support the effective delivery of services. We work closely with clients across a range of different sectors including local authorities, housing associations, emergency services and school academies. Our staff have an in depth knowledge and understanding of the different issues facing our clients across each sector.  We therefore adapt our approach accordingly whilst using our wider client base to identify best practice and apply comparative data where appropriate. Our clients include:

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Governance

 

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