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Apply to be an Independent Person

Independent Person wanted to help maintain standards

An Independent Person with political awareness, but without political affiliation, is sought for a unique role at Tunbridge Wells Borough Council.

The Council is looking for someone with an interest in local governance and a commitment to high standards and ethics in public life to act as an 'Independent Person' assisting its Monitoring Officer and the Audit and Governance Committee.

The Council has a duty to promote and maintain high standards of conduct among its elected members. In the event of an allegation of misconduct against a member, including parish/town councillors, the Council will seek the views of the Independent Person as part of its investigation. The Independent Person’s views may also be sought by the person who is subject to the allegation.

Prospective candidates should have:

  • committee experience
  • a high level of integrity
  • the ability to work as part of a team
  • be objective
  • independent and impartial
  • good analytical, communication and interpersonal skills

To ensure independence the post is not open to anyone who is, or has within the last 5 years, been a member of the Borough Council or any of the parish/town councils, or council officer, or who is a close relative or friend of such a person.

An allowance of £800 per annum will be paid to this post holder and training will be provided. The appointment is for a four-year term, which reflects the ordinary term of office of a councillor.

Please click here to view the Job Specification for this post.

For an informal chat please contact the Council’s Monitoring Officer, Claudette Valmond, on 01622 602124.

The closing date for applications is midday on Friday 12 January 2024. Selection will be determined by interview.

How to apply

To apply, please click the 'apply now' button below and complete our online application form.

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If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Emer Moran, Democratic Services Officer, on 01892 554630 or by email to