Ethical Standards and Member Development Committee - appointment of independent persons

We are looking to appoint two Independent Persons to sit on the Council’s Ethical Standards and Member Development Committee to assist the Council to promote and maintain high standards of conduct amongst its elected members and co-opted members. 

The Council is required under the Localism Act 2011 to appoint at least one Independent Person to assist the Council to deal with complaints made against elected members and co-opted members. The Council already has one Independent Person appointed and is looking to appoint an additional two Independent Persons.

The role of the Independent Person is detailed within the Job Description. One of the primary functions of the role is provide views on a complaint against a member before the Council takes a decision on allegations made and whether it ought to be investigated.  The Independent Person may also be consulted on other standards matters, including by a councillor who is subject to an allegation; how the council can promote and maintain high standards of conduct and how member training and development can be enhanced for members.  

The Independent Person may also be required to sit on the Chief Officers Terms and Conditions Committee in the event that disciplinary action is required in respect of a chief officer (in accordance with the Local Authorities (Standing Orders) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2015.

Relevant training will be provided for and out of pocket expenses are payable.


For more information and an application pack telephone Trisha Newton, Democratic Services Unit on 0121 569 3193, e-mail trisha_newton@sandwell.gov.uk.  You can also download an application pack.

The closing date for submission of applications is 12 noon on 31 January 2020.