New man appointed to set standards at South Tyneside Council

Prof Grahame Wright, Standards Committee independent chairman.
Prof Grahame Wright, Standards Committee independent chairman.

A new man has been appointed to head up a council standards watchdog group.

Professor Grahame Wright has been appointed as the independent chairman of South Tyneside Council’s Standards Committee.

The committee is responsible for promoting, maintaining and providing advice on high standards of conduct within the council as well as regularly reviewing how it handles complaints.

Professor Wright, a former pupil of the town’s Mortimer Road School, said: “I am delighted and honoured to have been appointed as the Independent Chair of South Tyneside Council’s Standards Committee – a post previously held by the late Bill Darling, who was highly respected in his field of pharmacy.

“Having spent fifteen years in the family musical instrument retailing and manufacturing business and nearly twenty years as a senior manager of a Scottish university in Dundee, it was great to return to my home town of South Shields when I retired a few years ago.

“The role also gives me the chance to give something back to the town through the application of my business and academic skills.”

Professor Wright is also a musician and composer and chair of the Customs House Trust Board.

Coun Alan Kerr, deputy leader of South Tyneside Council, said: “We are delighted to welcome Professor Wright to the committee. Residents of South Tyneside expect the council to operate and adhere to a code of conduct.

“It is important that the public continues to have confidence in the work of the standards committee.”

The standards committee is an established part of the council’s constitution and meets quarterly - made up of seven councillors and at least one independent representative.