North Ayrshire’s former council boss will monitor local authority spending across Scotland after landing a new job on the government watchdog.

Elma Murray, who served as NAC chief executive from 2009 to 2018, was announced as the new deputy chair of Scotland’s Accounts Commission last week by Local Government Minister Kevin Stewart MSP.

And Ms Murray OBE said she ‘relished the opportunity’ to join the independent local government spending watchdog – which holds North Ayrshire Council and others across Scotland to account and tries to help them improve. 

She said: “It is an immense honour to be appointed to the role of Deputy Chair of the Accounts Commission. 

“This is an important responsibility and I relish the opportunity to continue to contribute to public services in Scotland.”

The four-year part-time appointment has a time commitment of 4.5 days per month until July 31 2023 and pays out £279.18 per day.

Elma left North Ayrshire Council in 2018 after a career in local government spanning around 35 years.