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Ex-Gillingham boss to chair Standards Board

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Ex-Gillingham BC chief executive Dr Robert Chilton has been appointed to chair the Standards Board.

John Healey, minister for local government, has announced that Dr Chilton will replace Sir Anthony Holland as chairman of the Standards Board for England.

Dr Chilton was chief executive of Gillingham from 1986 to 1989, after which he was director of local government studies at the Audit Commission until 1995. He left that role to become chief executive of the Local Government Commission and was subsequently head of transition and interim chief executive of the Greater London Authority when it was first set up.

Dr Chilton will serve for three years and be responsible for promoting and maintaining high standards of conduct for members of local authorities. The board helps local authorities in how they treat allegations of misconduct by councillors.

New role as 'light regulator'

Mr Healey said: “I am very pleased to appoint Dr Chilton as Chair of the Standards Board. I am confident that he has not only the strategic vision to lead the Board in its new role as a light regulator, but also a deep understanding and experience of local government, which will be invaluable in ensuring the Board continues its key work of promoting the highest standards of conduct across local government.”

The outgoing chair, Sir Anthony, served for seven years in the position.

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