Complaints over Bryce Wilby case 'confidentiality breach'

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Two officers from the Council of the Isles of Scilly are being investigated after complaints they breached confidentiality following the suspension of a head teacher.

The BBC understands the complaints have been made against director of children's services Penny Penn-Howard and the director of finance and resources, Peter Lawrence-Roberts.

They are believed to centre on former Five Islands School head Bryce Wilby.

Inquiries should conclude by 19 June.

'Severe breach'

Mr Wilby was suspended by school governors in May 2012. He later quit his post, but denied any wrongdoing.

The complaint against Ms Penn-Howard concerns emails she is said to have sent to an MP.

The complainant, who lives on St Mary's, said Ms Penn-Howard carried out "a severe breach of confidentiality" as the correspondence allegedly contained information about Mr Wilby and the allegations against him.

The complaint against Mr Lawrence-Roberts concerns a press release last year which discussed the case.

The complainant alleges data protection laws were breached despite Mr Wilby supposedly being under a "neutral suspension" to allow an investigation into his conduct.

The complainant said such suspension meant no information should have been made public, but the press release talked about "an investigation into apparent financial irregularities".

Mr Lawrence-Roberts was responsible for keeping that information confidential and should be investigated because it got into the public domain, then complainant added.

Both complaints are being looked at in one investigation by the interim chief executive of the unitary authority, Barry Keel.

The investigation should be completed within 20 working days.

Neither officer has commented, and the council said it was unable to comment on "any possible currently open complaints".

Mr Wilby is preparing legal action against the authority.

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