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.
Members of the Standards and Appeals Committee elected at the Authority’s Annual Meeting in September 2020 are: Ms Pippa Ross, Ms Liz Ellis, Ms Fiona Gough, Cllr Alan Sharp, Cllr Mark Purvis and Cllr Val Gibson (updated June 2021 as Cllr Glen Sanderson no longer a member).
The current Chair is Ms Pippa Ross and Vice Chair Cllr Alan Sharp who were elected at the S &AC meeting held on 9 November 2019. The Standards and Appeals Committee did not meet in 2020.
The Standards and Appeals Committee will meet on 8 June 2021. The meeting will comprise of training for members at 1400 followed by a short meeting at 1530.
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 Seth Maber (appointed Spring 2021).