Who we are

Who we are

Environmental Standards Scotland (ESS) is currently operating on a non-statutory basis, but will gain the statutory powers set out in the UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Act later in 2021.

Environmental Standards Scotland (ESS) governing Board consists of 5 members including a Chair. The Scottish Parliament approved ESS Board members in December 2020. The Board Members have significant experience in leading independent scrutiny organisations and particular expertise in European environmental law. The Board will be supported by an executive team led by a Chief Executive.

Meet our Chair

Jim has had a wide ranging career in the public and private sectors, serving as the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman for eight years and, before this, as the first Police Complaints Commissioner for Scotland. He is currently Chair of the Scottish Legal Complaints’ Commission.

In his earlier career, among other roles, Jim was General Secretary for the Educational Institute of Scotland; Scottish non-executive Chairman of Logica and ran a management consultancy. Towards the end of 2019, he was asked to bring his strategic investigative, organisational, governance and start up skills to the design and planning for an interim advisory panel. This panel would have been needed to prevent an environmental governance gap had there been a “no deal” Brexit at the beginning of 2020.

Jim brings strong experience of investigating complex and controversial matters of public concern in Scotland; holding public organisations to account, and fostering improvement across public service delivery to improve outcomes.

Meet our Board and Team

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    How can we help you

    Do you have a general query or do you want to raise a concern over how environmental law is being applied by a public authority in Scotland?  If so, please contact us by completing this form.

    If you are unable to send us a message through this form please leave a message on 0808 196 4000.

    Environmental Standards Scotland respects your privacy and will not disclose your personal data to a third party without your consent unless legally required to do so. We will process any personal data that may be collected from you for the purpose of fulfilling your enquiry and maintaining records. To find out more, please view our privacy policy.

    If you have a concern about a suspected breach of environmental law by a public authority in England or Northern Ireland please visit the Interim Environmental Governance Secretariat (IEGS) Website.  Please note you must have been through the public authority’s complaint process first. If your matter relates to Wales please see https://gov.wales/raising-concern-about-functioning-environmental-law

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    Email: ess@3x1.com         Tel: 0141 221 0707