Lara Taylor-Pearce is auditor general of Sierra Leone and has more than 27 years of experience in public- and private-sector financial and administrative management and oversight. As the government’s chief external auditor since 2011, she has won praise for helping change Sierra Leone’s public-sector accountability landscape, including her work in developing its 2016 Public Financial Management Act and other public-sector oversight acts. Among other honors, she received the 2015 National Integrity Award from the Sierra Leone Anti-Corruption Commission.
Other achievements include increasing citizen awareness and use of Audit Service outputs to hold the government accountable; developing and retaining high-quality staff who have become part of training teams in the international public-sector audit world; increasing audit coverage from 60% in 2011 to 85%, including all public corporations and projects funded by the World Bank, African Development Bank, and International Fund for Agricultural Development; and introducing special audits such as the real-time audit of the use of Ebola funds.
She has also served as principal finance manager and head of administration for the Institutional Reform and Capacity Building Project, finance and administrative manager for the Public Sector Management Support Project, technical assistant in the Accountant General’s Department of the Ministry of Finance, and supervisory senior for KPMG Peat Marwick.
An honors graduate in economics of the University of Sierra Leone, she is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA), U.K, and of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sierra Leone (FCASL). She is vice chair of the INTOSAI Development Initiative (IDI) board, chair of the governing board of the African Region of Supreme Audit Institutions-English Speaking (AFROSAI-E), and a Grand Officer of the Order of the Rokel (GOOR) President’s National Award.
Among her interests are women’s and youth empowerment and community development.