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The Rules We Follow

Governance documents

The downloadable pdf documents on this page explain how the Commission and its advisory committees and panels operate.

Code of practice

The Commissioners have adopted a voluntary Code of Conduct based on the Code of Best Practice issued by HM Treasury for Board Members of NDPBs (Non-Departmental Public Bodies).

The Code includes the following:

  • Public Service Values
  • Relationship with DCMS
  • Role of the Chairman
  • Corporate and individual responsibilities of Commissioners
  • Personal liabilities and conflicts of interest
  • Delegation and strategic planning/control
  • Openness and accountability for public funds
  • Annual reporting and accounts
  • The role of the Chief Executive (including role of NDPB accounting officers)
  • The Commission as employer

Standing orders

The Standing Orders of the Commission and its committees and panels are a guide which give procedural advice on how formal meetings are arranged and organised.

Scheme of delegations

The Scheme of Delegations gives guidance from the Commission to staff on matters that should be reported to the Commission and its advisory committees and panels. It also sets out what matters Commission must authorise and what decisions and actions are delegated to staff.

Terms of reference

The Commission has established a series of non-executive advisory committees and panels which offer expert advice to staff and Commission on various aspects of Historic England's work. The Terms of Reference set out in broad terms what each of these bodies do. The latest Terms of Reference can be found on the individual Commission/advisory committee pages.

Declarations of interest

All Commissioners and members of the advisory committees are required to provide written declarations of interest twice annually. In addition, the Chair invites those present at each meeting to make a declaration in respect of any issues on the agenda in which they have an interest.

The Commission’s Audit and Risk Assurance Committee reviews all declarations of interest twice a year. For further information see paragraphs 17 to 27 of the Commissioners' Code of Practice which also applies to committee and panel members.

The latest declarations of interest for Commission and the advisory committees can be found on the individual Commission/advisory committee pages.

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