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Audit and Risk Committee

The aim of the committee is to advise the Accounting Officer on the strategic processes concerning risk management and governance.
Click on the link on the right to read about the committee’s remit.
The Audit and Risk Committee holds at least three meetings a year. The members are Dr Ian Rees (Chair), Rheon Tomos (Chair), Iorwen Brooks-Jones and Liz Aitken.
Dr Ian Rees
He is a former Principal of Coleg Menai and senior director with responsibility for external Affairs with Grŵp Llandrillo Menai. Prior to this he was Principal/Chief Executive of Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor and Head of Ysgol y Moelwyn, Blaenau Ffestiniog.
Over the years he has also been a director on a number of bodies, including Nant Gwrtheyrn Language Centre, Fforwm and the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol. He has also been a member of ELWa’s Mid Wales Regional Committee.
Between 2006 and 2012 he was a member of the Arts Council of Wales. He was Vice-Chair of the Council, and chair of the audit and risk Committee between 2009 and 2012
Rheon Tomos
He is an accountant and member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy. He started his career in local government and then became a senior manager with the Audit Commission. He worked for a period as a Director for Deloitte & Touche LLP. He now runs his own consultancy. He is a Member of TDE Associates and specialises in corporate management and governance in general, including providing training.
He is Vice-Chair of the S4C Authority and chairs its audit and risk committee. He is a non-executive director at ESTYN as well as a member of National Museum Wales’s risk committee.
Iorwen Brooks-Jones
A solicitor with 37 years experience specialising in commercial property.  She worked for over 15 years at Capital Law LLP as a consultant solicitor and previously was a partner at two law firms in south Wales.
Since 2017, she is a board member of the Cadarn Housing Group Ltd, who have over 3,000 homes operating in the Vale of Glamorgan and Rhondda Cynon Taf.  She is a member of the Implementation Group for Cadarn’s new In-house Contractor. Over the years, she has represented organisations such as Ladbroke Racing, Associated British Ports, Newydd Housing Association, Inmarsat Plc and the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales and has been a guest lecturer at Cardiff’s Metropolitan University.
Liz Aitken
Liz has 38 years experience in public sector finance. She has been the accountant for, and adviser to, a police authority, fire brigade, magistrates courts service, probation service, trading standards service, coroners service and an emergency planning service. She spent 15 years at a county council, responsible for the funding, monitoring and coordination of the capital programme, European grants including liaising with Wales European Funding Office and European auditors, the Treasury Management Policy and operations, the investment arm of the Dyfed Pension Fund and corporate funding. This involved working extensively with Welsh Government and the Welsh Local Government Association. For some years she also managed the insurance and risk management sections of the county council.
For 11 years she was a Director, Treasurer and for a period of 9 months was Acting Deputy Chief Officer at a fire authority, was the Accountable Officer for Finance and Governance, sat on the Risk Management Group producing and updating the Risk Register and for a time held a position on the Audit and Risk Committee of the UK National Chief Fire Officers Association. Liz has for many years been the lead officer for Internal and External Audit services and has extensive experience of annual financial and performance audits - both with private companies and the Wales Audit Office.
How to become a member
If you are interested in becoming a member, and are experienced in either financial auditing or corporate risk, the Commissioner would be pleased to hear from you. The Committee’s Remit can be found by following this link.
Expressions of interest should initially be made via e-mail to  For an informal discussion about the role, you may contact the Senior Finance and Resources Officer on 0345 6033 221.

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