Councillors - Complaints Process

Designated Independent Persons

'Designated Independent Persons' are new roles required by the Localism Act 2011. The people in these roles may be consulted by councillors on the Isle of Wight Council and the 33 Parish/Town Councils on the Island and senior council officers on matters relating to complaints that have been received about the conduct of councillors.

Active Designated Independent Persons - Membership details:

Alistair Drain, appointed December 2012

Alistair Drain is a retired Local Government Officer with over 33 years’ experience. He has held several senior and a Chief Officer post in departments ranging from Management Services to Head of Scrutiny at the Isle of Wight Council. Since retiring in 2005, he has worked for a charity taking disabled and vulnerable adults to Lourdes, in France. Recently moved to the West Wight, Alistair enjoys a variety of outdoor activities and sports with his family and grandchildren.


Telephone: 01983 752852

Kenneth Hicks, appointed September 2013

Kenneth Hicks, appointed September 2013, is a former regular army officer, educated at Sandown Grammar School and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.  Since retiring he has served as Chairman of the IW Family Health Authority, and as a Director and Trustee of several charities, including the IW Credit Union; the Treloar Trust for Disabled Children and Brading Roman Villa.  He is interested in Island History, serving as Chairman of the Island Branch of the Historical Association for many years.  He lives with his wife, Deirdre, in Bembridge and is a director of a financial investment company and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.


Telephone: 01983 872610


To view the Registers of Interests for Designated Independent Persons, please click here.