Corporate Governance Framework
Declaration of interests
36. Commissioners must declare any involvement in any personal or business interests which may conflict with his/her responsibilities as Commissioners of the Commission and ensure that he/she complies with the Commission’s rules on: links with individuals or organisations with which the Commission conducts business; shareholdings and other private investments; and gaming club membership and gambling.
37. Commissioners must declare any such interests to the Head of Governance (who will maintain the register of interests) as soon as he/she is aware of them (and in any event within 14 days of becoming so aware) and discuss any concerns about potential conflicts with the Chair or Chief Executive.
38. A Commissioner should also disclose any such interests of which he/she is aware of close family members (which includes partners and dependants). He/she should also consider whether there is a need to disclose relevant interests, known to them, of any other persons or organisations which members of the public might reasonably think could influence his/her judgement.
39. Commissioners should not participate in the discussion or determination of any matters in which he/she has a direct significant pecuniary interest. When an interest is not of a direct pecuniary kind, he/she should consider whether his/her participation in the discussion or determination of a matter might reasonably be considered to suggest any risk of bias, in the sense that Commissioners might, unwittingly or otherwise, unfairly regard with favour or disfavour the case of a party to the matter under consideration.
40. In considering whether any danger of bias might be perceived to exist, Commissioners should assess whether he/she, a close family member, a firm, business or organisation with which he/she is connected is likely to be affected more than the generality of those affected by the decision in question. Where a Commissioner declares a possible conflict arising from an indirect interest, it will be for the Commissioners at the meeting to determine whether that conflict is sufficient to require the Commissioner to withdraw from the meeting for that item.
41. Where, in accordance with the above, a Commissioner does not participate in a discussion, he/she will normally withdraw from that part of the meeting. This is because the continued presence of someone who has declared a direct interest, or who was deemed to have an indirect interest, might be thought likely to influence the judgement of the other Commissioners.Previous section
Last updated: 27 February 2023
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