Upholding reputations, safeguarding standards, addressing concerns

The Commissioner

The Standards Commissioner is an independent and impartial provider of advice on any matter of principle relating to Assembly Members’ conduct, and is an independent investigator of complaints alleging that Members of the Assembly have breached any Code, Protocol or resolution of the Assembly.


About the Standards Commissioner

roderick-evans1Sir Roderick Evans is a retired High Court Judge with over 45 years of legal experience. He was called to the Bar in 1970, practiced in Swansea between 1970-92 and took Silk in 1989.

He was elevated to the judiciary in 1992 before being appointed to the High Court in 2001, retiring in 2013. He is also a Fellow of Aberystwyth, Swansea and Bangor Universities, a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales and was welcomed into the Gorsedd of the Bards in 2002.


The main duties of the Commissioner are to:

  • receive any complaint that the conduct of an Assembly Member has, at a relevant time, failed to comply with a requirement of a relevant provision;
  • investigate any such complaint in accordance with the laid down procedures;
  • report to the Assembly the outcome of any such investigation; and
  • advise Assembly Members and members of the public about the procedures for making and investigating complaints.

Further to the above, the Commissioner may also give advice to the Assembly on:

  • any matter of general principle relating to relevant provisions or to standards of conduct of Assembly Members generally;
  • procedures for investigating complaints that Assembly Members have failed to comply with the requirements of relevant provisions; or
  • any other matter relating to promoting, encouraging and safeguarding high standards of conduct in the public office of Assembly Member.

National Assembly for Wales Commissioner for Standards Measure 2009