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The Charles Smith Memorial Lecture: Effective Environmental Standards, Law and Governance

The sun shines through blossom trees on a lovely day at the meadows.


Usha Kasera Lecture Theatre

Edinburgh Law School, Old College



Wed 15 March 2023
17:30 - 19:30 (GMT)

Brodies LLP in partnership with Edinburgh Law School presents the Charles Smith Memorial Lecture:

Effective Environmental Standards, Law and Governance

Speaker: James Martin, Chair, Environmental Standards Scotland

About the Speaker:

James (Jim) Martin 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, James 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. James now sits as chair of Environmental Standards Scotland (ESS), a new independent body set up to ensure the effectiveness of environmental law, and prevent enforcement gaps arising from the UK leaving the European Union.

James 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.

About the Event:

The event will begin with a lecture and Q&A delivered by James Martin from 5:30pm-6:30pm, followed by a reception in the MacLaren Stuart Room.

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