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The Standards Commission is an independent body whose purpose is to encourage high ethical standards in public life through the promotion and enforcement of Codes of Conduct for councillors and those appointed to the boards of devolved public bodies.

New Commission Member

5th June 2024

The Standards Commission is delighted to welcome a new member, Morag Ferguson.

A solicitor for more than 30 years, Ms Ferguson has worked mostly in the public sector in both the NHS Central Legal Office and a number of local authorities. Latterly, she was Head of Corporate Support at East Lothian Council, with responsibility for Governance, People Services, HR and Corporate Communications.

Over her career, Ms Ferguson has gained extensive experience of local government governance and of working with elected members, holding the statutory role of Monitoring Officer at both Fife Council and East Lothian Council. She has also developed and delivered training on governance and the Councillors’ Code of Conduct and was a member of the SOLAR Monitoring Officers Networking Group.