Malcolm Gaston reports directly to the auditor general as the Strategic Priorities Advisor. Prior to this current role, he was Assistant Auditor General leading much of the office’s performance audit and related work.
Malcolm joined the office in 2005. A CPA, his professional career includes developing and delivering performance audits in Canada, as well as financial audits, internal audits and advisory services in the United Kingdom covering United Nations, national, provincial and municipal government. Malcolm has strategic and financial management experience from his years as chief finance officer of a Scottish Crown agency. He also has the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Before moving to Victoria, Malcolm was with Audit Scotland. He started his career with the U.K.'s National Audit Office where he obtained a U.K. designation. He has worked for two of the "Big Four" accountancy firms, delivering external audit, internal audit and advisory services to a wide range of public sector and not-for-profit clients.
Malcolm is a board member of the Canadian Audit and Accountability Foundation. He also represents the office on the executive committee of a U.S.-based organization that promotes effective and efficient government in the northwest U.S.
Malcolm is a keen cyclist and has completed many multi-day charity rides. He spends much of his free time gardening and is a member of a large choir where he sings bass.