executive leader, local services, National Audit Office
Abdool Kara took up the role of executive leader, local services at the National Audit Office in February 2017. This followed over seven years as chief executive at Swale BC, and four years as assistant chief executive at LB Merton. Abdool previously worked for the Audit Commission in a variety of roles, including housing inspectorate operations manger, head of comprehensive performance assessment policy, and on placement as special adviser to the cabinet office. Prior to the Audit Commission he had spent ten years in London local government, at LB Ealing specialising in homelessness and housing strategy, and the Corporation of London, leading on performance management. Abdool has a BSc in political economy from University College, London; an MSc in development studies from Bath University; and an MSc in housing from the London School of Economics. He is currently the Solace (Society of Local Authority Chief Executives) policy spokesperson on evidence based policy, and a member of the ESRC Capability Committee. He is married, and has two daughters and a step-son.