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East of England Regional Development Agency

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 22 November 2007

I have decided to appoint the new Board Members listed below.

Stuart Evans

Beverley Hurley

The new appointments will all be for a period of three years.

I have also decided to re-appoint Marco Cereste for a further period of three years

The appointments will begin on 14 December 2007 and will expire on 13 December 2010.

I have placed further details of the new appointments in the Libraries of both Houses. They were all made in accordance with the code of practice of the Commissioner for Public Appointments.


Marco Cereste

Marco is currently coming to the end of his second term as an EEDA Business Board Member. He has built a very successful and diverse group of family business operating in the UK and Italy which he now chairs. Marco was elected for a second time earlier this year to the Peterborough council after a five year gap. He has also worked in the NHS for 22 years and is Chair of the Peterborough Primary Care NHS Trust and Anglia Support Partnership. He is Deputy Chair of the Greater Peterborough Partnership and holds a number of other non-executive directorships including Standard Life Healthcare and the Peterborough Urban Regeneration Company. He has been an elected member of the C.G.I.E; this council meets at the Italian Foreign Office in Rome and represents all the Italians not resident in Italy. In 2002 he was awarded the title of Grand Ufficiale, the highest honour in Italy’s oldest order. Marco was previously appointed to the EEDA Board by a Minister. He has obtained office as a local councillor, has held office as chair, treasurer and secretary of the local branch of the Conservative Party and canvassed on behalf of the party.

Stuart Evans

Stuart Evans is an entrepreneur and Chartered Director. He was the founding CEO of Plastic Logic Ltd. a highly successful Cambridge University spin out that has won £75 million investment in potentially world-changing plastic electronics technology, initially for flexible displays in electronic books and newspapers. He has a Cambridge BA/MA, Harvard MBA and a twenty year international career of successful venture capital backed technology start-ups. His business skills include:-fund raising, building teams, spin-outs, exits and acquisitions, sales and marketing, corporate governance and turnarounds. He is a non-executive director of Huntingdon-based Pursuit Dynamics plc. and a Trustee of the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity in Cambridge. Stuart holds no other ministerial appointment and has not undertaken any political activity in the last five years.

Beverley Hurley

Beverly started out in social housing and regeneration in inner city London. Her career then took her to Canada, where she helped pioneer a major change management project for a global gold mine. On returning to the UK, Bev established two more successful businesses prior to joining YTKO, a thriving consultancy specialising in the commercialisation of science and technology innovation. Becoming CEO in 1999, she has led the company’s expansion into Europe, adding strategic marketing and investment services for high-growth start-ups, and increasing the company’s business support services for the public sector. She created the Norfolk Network to stimulate greater enterprise and innovation in the county, and leads the Enterprising Women programme across the East of England. Bev holds a number of public positions including Prowess and the Norfolk Exchange, and is an Enterprise Fellow at the UEA’s Business School. Beverly holds no other ministerial appointment and has not undertaken any political activity in the last five years.