At the Annual Council Meeting the Independent Examiners for the Region’s accounts are appointed. This year the meeting decided that, in the interests of good governance, it would be appropriate to seek tenders for the role from registered auditors. The Region’s financial year runs from 1 April to 31 March but we are looking to change to it being a calendar year. The Region uses Sage Accounts Essentials to manage its finances. The Region’s accounts are usually prepared within a month of the year end and the Management Board look to sign them off in July. If the financial year changes we would expect the elapsed time before sign off to be similar. To express an interest and find out more detail about the region’s accounts please email email@example.com by 31 October 2019. We will then aim to discuss details and processes with those interested in tendering so that the Board can make a decision at its meeting on 15 December 2019.