Independent inquiry

Whistleblowing and organisational culture

Susanne Tanner QC, supported by law firm Pinsent Masons LLP, has concluded both:

  • the Review of the Whistleblowing and Organisational Culture of the City of Edinburgh Council
  • the independent inquiry into conduct of former Council employee Sean Bell.

The report on Review of the Whistleblowing and Organisational Culture is available on the Council's committee papers online website. The report was presented to full Council on 16 December 2021. 

On the inquiry into the conduct of former Council employee Sean Bell, an open report outlining the Inquiry Team’s findings and recommendations was presented to a meeting of the City of Edinburgh Council on 28 October 2021. The Council has committed to implement all recommendations in the report. Readers may find details contained within the open report distressing.

Andrew Kerr, Chief Executive, has now set out details of the actions being taken to ensure that all the recommendations are progressed. These are the initial steps and many of the actions, particularly around policy development and training, will be taken forward in conjunction with the wider culture inquiry findings and recommendations, which we expect to receive next month.