An apology has been issued by Welcome to Yorkshire after two independent investigations concluded.

Keith Stewart, interim Chairman of Welcome to Yorkshire, acknowledged the need for continued improvements, saying “where we have let people down, we are truly sorry.”

One investigation was being held into the organisation's culture and management, which suggested greater focus needs to be put on employee wellbeing. In response, various measures have been introduced, including employing a head of HR. The other investigation looked into expenses claims of past and present senior managers and board members over the last six years.

The report identified issues of expenses being used for personal rather than business use. A full audit and a refresh of the board's membership will take place by April 2020.

In his statement, Mr Stewart also committed to “provide counselling for any team member who require this level of support.”

It comes after its former boss Sir Gary Verity resigned in March on health grounds, but later faced complaints about his behaviour and expenses.

the two reports were commissioned in the aftermath of his departure.