How our Standards & Appeals Committee works
The Standards and Appeals Committee came into effect on July 1, 2012, following changes in legislation under the Localism Act 2011 to promote and maintain high standards of conduct by members of the authority, through the adoption and operation of a code of conduct.
The role of this committee, which consists of seven members of the authority (previously five members but increased at the Annual Meeting on 10 July 2019), is to investigate or comment on any matters relating to ethical standards referred to it by the Chief Executive or Monitoring Officer.
Members of the Standards and Appeals Committee who were elected in 2023 are: Cllr Eileen Cartie, Ms Liz Ellis, Ms Marie Fallon, Cllr Val Gibson, Ms Pippa Ross, Cllr Catherine Seymour and Cllr Alan Sharp.
The next Standards and Appeals Committee Meeting will be taking place in early 2024 (date to be confirmed), at Northumberland National Park Authority, Eastburn, Hexham NE46 1BS.
In addition, an Independent Person, who is not a member or co-opted member of the authority, is appointed to provide advice to both the Monitoring Officer and the Standards and Appeals Committee in relation to the adherence to the code of conduct. Meetings of the Standards and Appeals Committee are held as and when required. The current Independent Person is Mr Adam Chaffer (appointed Spring 2023).