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Welcome to Yorkshire Independent Investigations

As you may have seen from our recent announcements and in the press, Welcome to Yorkshire has appointed two independent professional services businesses to undertake separate investigations into expenses and the culture, governance procedures and management of the organisation following the departure of CEO Sir Gary Verity.

The investigation into expenses will be undertaken by independent forensic accountants BDO and external lawyers Clarion will investigate the culture, governance, procedures and management. It is hoped that both investigations will be completed by the end of June 2019. A report outlining the key themes, findings and recommendations will be made publicly available.

The terms of reference for the financial investigation include looking back at all expenses claimed by current and recent members of the senior management team and board and will review the policies, procedures and governance in relation to expenses with recommendations for improvement where necessary.

The behavioural and procedures investigation will examine the culture and governance procedures, management, and custom and practice in the company. As required, it will also look to make recommendations for possible improvements to our procedures moving forwards to ensure that our operations reflect best practice in future.

As part of the process, interviews will be held for past and present employees to share confidentially any experiences or views regarding the organisation and leadership team that they may wish to.

If you feel able to contribute to the investigations and would like to do so, please contact Clarion and BDO directly using the email addresses below. You’ll need to provide your details, an overview of your relationship to Welcome to Yorkshire and the nature of your proposed contribution to the investigations. 

To contact BDO please email wty@bdo.co.uk

To contact Clarion please email wty@clarionsolicitors.com

Representatives from Clarion and/or BDO will then contact you to discuss the next steps. Given the nature of the investigations, you will have the option to decide what level of detail to provide and whether to do so on an open basis or anonymously.

In the meantime, Welcome to Yorkshire would like to thank you for your interest and support.


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