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Apply to be an Independent Person, promoting standards in public life
We are looking for Independent Persons to assist in promoting and maintaining high standards of conduct amongst elected councillors and co-opted members of both Wandsworth Council, and the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.
About the councils
Both councils are supported by a single officer team, but remain sovereign with their own members and decision making. We are therefore seeking potential candidates who can serve either one, or potentially both councils.
About the role
The role of the Independent Person is to support the work of the Councils’ Standards Committees and, on occasions, to consider complaints against members and advise members and officers on appropriate action to be taken in respect of the complaints.
The Independent Person may also be involved in disciplinary matters in relation to the dismissal of the councils’ statutory officers.
Attributes and experience
Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate:
- Experience of reviewing information to reach evidence based conclusions
- Strong personal ethics
- High standards of probity
- Good committee skills
- Strong communication skills
Experience of mediation or dispute resolution would be helpful, as would knowledge of public sector ethical governance issues.
Who should not apply
Current and former (within the last 5 years) councillors, co-opted members or employees of Richmond Council and/or Wandsworth Council, or their close relatives, are not eligible to be appointed to these positions.
As this is an independent position, you should not be a member of any political party.
The Independent Person is not a salaried position but an allowance of £300 to £400 per annum is offered to those who wish to claim.
How to apply
The closing date for applications is Tuesday 29 May 2018. Interviews will take place in June.
For more information, contact:
Jon Evans, Assistant Chief Executive (Policy and Performance) & Monitoring Officer for Wandsworth Council
Phone: 020 8871 7815
Paul Evans, Monitoring Officer for Richmond Council and Head of the South London Legal Partnership
Phone: 020 8545 3338