The Board was advised that following a recommendation of the Audit and Governance Board on 7 July, the Council at its meeting on 14 July had agreed that three members this Board would be asked to attend each individual hearing of the Appeal Panel. The Council did not feel that there was a need to make any changes to the terms of reference of the Appeals Panel at this stage, but that would be kept under review.
The Board were requested to consider the Chairing arrangements for future Appeal Panel hearings. It was also proposed that appropriate training could be put in place for members prior to being involved in hearings.
1. Three members of the Board be invited to attend meetings of the Appeals Panel. This would include the Vice Chair of the Board who would sit as Chair of the Appeals Panel. If the Vice Chair was unavailable to attend, a member of the Board would be appointed as Chair of that particular meeting; and
2. appropriate training be put in place for members prior to being involved in hearings.