Welcome to Yorkshire confirms TWO independent investigations

Welcome to Yorkshire confirms TWO independent investigations

Published by Lisa Darvill at 3:43pm 2nd April 2019. (Updated at 4:16pm 2nd April 2019)

Welcome to Yorkshire has confirmed two independent investigations will take place following the resignation of Sir Gary Verity. 

  • Sir Gary resigned last month following an investigation which found he had "made errors of judgement regarding his expenses"
  • The tourism organisation said he was leaving on "health grounds" 
  • Today The Board of Welcome to Yorkshire has confirmed the scope of the independent investigations which will look at Sir Gary Verity's behaviour and expenses
  • It's also informed West Yorkshire Police of these investigations.

At a meeting today, The Board of Welcome to Yorkshire has confirmed the scope of the independent investigations that will now be held. 

Sir Gary Verity quite as the organisation's chief executive last month.

Two external, independent organisations will be appointed to carry out these investigations.

One will look into concerns around expenses and the other into behaviour, since Sir Gary’s appointment in 2008.

Board Member Deborah Egan OBE said:

"Welcome to Yorkshire is a responsible organisation which has a duty to be transparent and accountable.

"As soon as the independent organisations have been appointed, anyone who believes they have been affected by these issues will be invited to come forward. They will be fully supported, and all accounts will be treated in the strictest of confidence."

The findings of these investigations will be made public.

The Board adds the investigations will also assess procedures and governance and recommendations for improvements will be made.

It has also written to West Yorkshire Police to inform them of these investigations.

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