Who we are

Who we are

Environmental Standards Scotland (ESS) is a public sector body, set up as a non-ministerial office, independent of Scottish Government, and accountable to the Scottish Parliament.

We’re led by a Chair and Board, have a Chief Executive and specialised team, and a main office based in Edinburgh. Our Board Members have significant experience in leading independent scrutiny organisations and particular expertise in European environmental law.

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?

    If you want to raise a formal concern over how environmental law is being applied by a public authority in Scotland, please see our pages on How to raise a concern.

    To make a Subject Access Request for access to personal data, please download and complete a Subject Access Request and email it to dataprotection@environmentalstandards.scot. To make a Freedom of Information request, please see our Freedom of Information page.

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