Appointment of an Independent Person for Standards

Would you like to play an important role by contributing towards maintaining high ethical standards at North Kesteven District Council?

The Council is looking to appoint an Independent Person to help the Monitoring Officer in assessing complaints of alleged misconduct by members of the Council and Town and Parish Councils within the District.

The Independent Person is a statutory position which is designed to provide a further level of independence and objectivity to the assessment and consideration of complaints made against elected members working closely with the Monitoring Officer and the Council’s Standards Committee. 

Each Council must have a code of conduct setting out the standards of behaviour expected of its Members. If a complaint is made, the Independent Person is consulted for an independent and impartial view before a decision is made on what to do. We are looking for someone with the experience and knowledge that the public would recognise and respect as bringing an impartial and informed perspective.

To ensure your voice is independent, there are restrictions on who can apply; you must not have been a Member or an officer of the Council or any Town or Parish Council within the District within the last five years, or be a relative or a close friend of such a Member or officer.

If you are interested in playing an important role in promoting and maintaining high standards of ethical conduct in North Kesteven, you are invited to apply for the positions of Independent Person or Reserve Independent Person, the latter to act in the absence of the Independent Person.

The appointment will come into effect on 1 June 2020 for an initial period of two years, with the possibility that the period may be extended. The Council currently pays a modest allowance and will reimburse necessary travel expenses. Appropriate training will be given.

For further details, including an information pack and eligibility criteria, please visit the Council’s website or contact:

Kim Robertson
Monitoring Officer
North Kesteven District Council
Council Offices
Kesteven Street
NG34 7EF

Tel: 01529 414155

Closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Friday 28th February 2020.

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 10th March 2020.