Todd Beardsworth

Assistant Auditor-General, Audit Quality

Todd Beardsworth.

Todd took on the role of Assistant Auditor-General, Audit Quality in January 2016. He is responsible for the Audit Quality group, which is focused on ensuring that quality audits are carried out on behalf of the Auditor-General. 

The group:

  • appoints auditors and monitors audit fees charged for annual audits of public entities;
  • monitors the independence of auditors;
  • sets the Auditor-General's auditing standards;
  • interprets auditing and accounting standards;
  • develops auditing policies and accounting policies;
  • provides technical advice, training, and assistance;
  • leads work on performance measurement and reporting; and
  • carries out quality assurance reviews of a sample of the products produced by the Office, including annual audits.

Todd was a member of the New Zealand Accounting Standards Board of the External Reporting Board New Zealand from July 2016 to December 2019. He was also a member of the Financial Reporting Standards Board of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants for six years from 2003, and has served on a number of standard-setting working groups.

In May 2018, Todd was appointed as a member of the International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board. He was previously the technical accounting advisor to the former New Zealand member of the International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board during 2015.

Before taking on the role of Assistant Auditor-General, Audit Quality, Todd was the Director of Accounting Standards at the External Reporting Board. Before that, he was the Director of Accounting Policy here at the Office. Todd is a Fellow of the Institute and gained his Business Studies qualification from Massey University.

Page last updated: 24 January 2020