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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 Convener Appointed

28th November 2016

The Standards Commission for Scotland is pleased to announce that Professor Kevin Dunion OBE has been appointed by the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body to be the new Convener of the Standards Commission as of 1 February 2017.

Professor Dunion commenced his appointment as a Member of the Standards Commission on 1 September 2015.  As well as having chaired and participated in a number of Hearings of the Standards Commission since his appointment as a Member, Professor Dunion also brings to his Convenership experience of disputes and appeals, as well as a high level of integrity and discretion and a strong commitment to encouraging high ethical standards in public life.

Professor Dunion is Honorary Professor in the Dundee Law School, University of Dundee, where he is also Director of the Centre for Freedom of Information. During his time in post as the first Scottish Information Commissioner, Professor Dunion issued over 1,500 formal determinations on appeals made under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. In 2014 he was appointed by the President of the World Bank as a member of the Bank's Access to Information Appeals Board. He also continues to serve as a Board Member of the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission.

The term of office of the current Convener, Mr Ian A. Gordon OBE QPM LL.B (Hons), ends on 31 January 2017.  The Standards Commission is grateful to Mr Gordon for his leadership, hard work and commitment over the past seven years.


28 November 2016