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 the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, and Wandsworth Councils.

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.

Payment

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

Please read the full information pack (pdf, 227 KB) before submitting your application (MS Word, 124 KB).

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 29 May 2018. Interviews will take place in June.

Contact

For more information, contact:

Paul Evans, Monitoring Officer for Richmond Council and Head of the South London Legal Partnership

Phone: 020 8545 3338
Email: paul.evans@merton.gov.uk

Jon Evans, Assistant Chief Executive (Policy and Performance) & Monitoring Officer for Wandsworth Council

Phone: 020 8871 7815
Email: jon.evans@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk

Updated: 11 May 2018