How our 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. The full terms of reference are available on this page (July 2018).

Read our Standards and Appeals Terms of Reference. (PDF File)

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. Notice of meetings will be published here.

The next meeting of the Standards & Appeals Committee is Friday 9 November 2018 at 1000 at National Park Offices, Eastburn, Hexham.

Information on the Committee

Standards and Appeals Committee

Membership of the Standards and Appeals Committee

The current Standards and Appeals Committee members, elected at the Authority’s  Annual Meeting on 10 July 2019, are Mr Peter Murray, Mr Pippa Ross, Ms Jeand Davidson, Ms Fiona Gough, Cllr Alan Sharp, Cllr Mark Purvis and Cllr Val Gibson.


15 August 2012

  • Agenda
  • Standards & Appeals Committee Terms of Reference
  • Item 1 – Code of Conduct for Co-opted Members and Partnerships

9 November 2018

The report for this meeting is a confidential report.

Stands and Appeals Committee Agenda 09/11/2018 – PDF File

Standards and Appeals Committee Terms of Reference 2018 – PDF File


For more information

Corporate Support Officer

Telephone: 01434 605555

Fax: 01434 611675

E-mail: [email protected]