Brighton & Hove City Council is looking to recruit an ‘Independent Person’ to support the work of its Audit and Standards Committee in promoting and maintaining high standards of conduct amongst its elected and co-opted members and parish councillors. Independent Persons are appointed under the Localism Act 2011 and are required to act objectively and with impartiality, maintaining confidentiality at all times.
The role involves being a non-voting member of the Council’s Audit and Standards Committee, which provides reassurance on the Council’s financial governance and stewardship and its risk management and audit functions.
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The Council’s Independent Persons are consulted when allegations are made against councillors and help promote high standards of conduct among elected members. On the rare occasions when a complaint is referred for formal investigation, one of the Council’s Independent Persons will chair the panel that makes the final decision.
This role attracts an annual allowance of £1,030.00 plus reasonable expenses. It would particularly suit someone with a keen interest in the Council, and an enthusiasm for maintaining high standards in public life. The ability to formulate an impartial and evidence-based view is important, as is the ability to exercise discretion and professional judgement in a context which may be complex.
The law prevents the Council from appointing as an Independent Person any member, co-opted member or officer of Brighton & Hove City Council or of Rottingdean Parish Council. The same restriction applies to potential applicants who may have as a relative or close friend a person who holds any of the above posts.
Applications may be made by curriculum vitae and detailed covering letter outlining how you meet the selection criteria and describing why you are interested in this role.
For further details and to apply, please contact:
Victoria Simpson, Senior Lawyer
Brighton & Hove City Council
Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, Hove BN3 3BQ | DX59286 Hove 1
Tel: 01273 294687
The closing date is Sunday 10th February 2019. Interviews will be held week commencing 4th March 2019.