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Regional Development Agency

Volume 491: debated on Thursday 30 April 2009

I am pleased to announce that I have decided to appoint two new business position RDA board members to East of England Development Agency and East Midlands Development Agency.

RDA

Board Member New Appointees

East of England Development Agency

Dr Robert Swann

East Midlands Development Agency

Mr Michael Bryant

The appointments will start on 1 May 2009 and will be for a period of two years and three months ending on 13 December 2011.

I am also pleased to announce that I have decided to reappoint 15 existing RDA board members who between them serve on seven of our Regional Development Agencies; listed below.

RDA

Board Member Re-appointees

Period of Re-appointment -From 14 December 2009

Advantage West Midlands

Brendan Connor

3 years

East of England Development Agency

Peter McCarthy Ward

3 years

William Pope

3 years

Lord Edward Iveagh

3 years

East Midlands Development Agency

Tricia Pedlar

3 years

Haydn Biddle

3 years

ONENorth-East

Ruth Thompson

3 years

Paul Callghan

3 years

Cllr Peter Jackson

3 years

South-East England Development Agency

Alexander Pratt

3 years

Robert Goldfield

3 years

Pamela Charlwood

3 years

The South-West of England Regional Development Agency

John Savage

3 years

Yorkshire Forward

Professor M Arthur

2 years

Cllr John Weighell

3 years

I have agreed to extend the appointment of Joe Dwek at North-West Regional Development Agency, following agreement of the Commissioner for Public Appointments, for a further year expiring in December 2010.

The RDAs play a vital role in spreading economic prosperity and opportunity to everyone. All the re-appointees have bought a wealth of experience to their RDA adding a vast amount of value.

I have placed further details of these appointments, including biographies, in the Libraries of both Houses. I can confirm that the appointments were made in accordance with the code of practice of the Commissioner for Public Appointments.