About the Ethical Standards Commissioner

The Commissioner and his team work within his remit to encourage fairness, good conduct and transparency in public life in Scotland. We investigate complaints about the behaviour of MSPs, local authority councillors, and board members of public bodies and about lobbyists, and look into how people are appointed to the boards of public bodies in Scotland.

Promoting high ethical standards in public life

The Ethical Standards Commissioner is an independent regulator appointed by the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, approved by MSPs and underpinned by legislation. The full-time post was created in 2013 and is currently held by Bill Thomson, a solicitor who was previously Assistant Chief Executive of the Scottish Parliament.

Our powers Meet the Team

Investigating complaints

We investigate complaints about the behaviour of MSPs, local authority councillors, and board members of public bodies and about lobbyists.

Making a complaintHow we investigate

Regulating public appointments

We regulate and monitor how people are appointed to the boards of public bodies in Scotland, and promote diversity.
 

Public appointmentsGood practice case studies

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