Independent inquiry

Inquiry into complaints about the late Sean Bell

The Council has also commissioned an independent inquiry into complaints about the conduct of the late Sean Bell, a former senior manager in our Communities and Families team, who passed away in August. Mr Bell was due to stand trial for charges of non-recent sexual offences but Police Scotland’s criminal investigation was brought to a close following his death.

The inquiry is being carried out by a specialist team from Pinsent Masons’ Manchester office, and will also be overseen by Independent Chair Susanne Tanner QC. All those involved have considerable experience in conducting investigations into similar complaints.

The purpose of the inquiry is to establish, amongst other things, whether or not any steps were taken by the Council to respond to any past allegations or suspicions of abuse or inappropriate behaviour by Mr Bell.

How to contribute

Andrew Kerr, Chief Executive, and independent chair Susanne Tanner QC, have recorded a joint video message to provide more information on each inquiry, Susanne’s role, and how you can contribute.

Pinsent Masons’ Manchester team is currently gathering evidence and is keen to speak to anyone who may have information which will help the inquiry.

If you would like to contribute please email [email protected] and they will contact you to explain the process.

If you would like to speak to someone rather than email, please call Julian Diaz-Rainey from the Pinsent Masons team (during office hours) on 07876 542 797

Please leave a message and contact telephone number if he is not available.

Due to the nature of the allegations and the distress that they may have caused, the Council is committed to ensuring that specialist support is available to anyone engaging with this inquiry who needs it. If you feel you would benefit from such support, please mention this to Pinsent Masons when you contact them.