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Lynda Sharp-Woods


Torbay Council, Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, Teignbridge District Council, Peninsula Pensions, Devon Pension Fund and Avon Pension Fund

Lynda effectively supports the Head of the Devon Audit Partnership in providing a consistently high quality service to our clients and partners. Her skilled team undertakes audits across a wide and diverse range of functions and services and also provides the core financial systems audit work that is integral to the client’s external audit managed audit approach.

Lynda has worked in the local government internal audit field for over 25 years, the majority of which managing various audit services including IT Audit, and prior to this worked within Finance in local government and in private practice undertaking external audit across a range of clients; she uses this breadth and wealth of experience, exceptional knowledge of the core financial systems, former computer audit experience and knowledge of project management to provide a robust and valued audit service. Combining these elements with knowledge and experience of various advances in auditing approaches, for example risk based auditing, compliance with internal audit standards, lean auditing, Lynda delivers an effective and efficient audit service, whilst also actively developing the team and thereby ensuring that the service provision is one of continuous improvement which has consistently met and exceeded client expectations helping to maintain the customer service excellence accreditation for the Partnership.

Lynda is also instrumental in developing new business opportunities within the Partnership, and in relation to internal audit processes as shown in her work in combining and aligning working practices during the formation of the Devon Audit Partnership and her active involvement in the selection, implementation and development of the Partnership’s audit management software. Always innovative, Lynda continues to work with the other managers to further develop and share good auditing practices and new approaches across all the partners and clients of the Devon Audit Partnership.

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