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Regional Development Agencies: One NorthEast

Volume 689: debated on Thursday 1 March 2007

My right honourable friend the Minister of State for Industry and the Regions (Margaret Hodge) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

I have decided to appoint the new board member, listed at Annexe A, for a period of two years and nine months. The appointment will begin on 5 March 2007 and will expire on 13 December 2009. This appointment was made in accordance with the code of practice of the Commissioner for Public Appointments. I attach biographical details of the new appointee at Annexe B.

Annexe A

New Appointment

Appointment will commence on 5 March 2007

RDA

Name

One NorthEast

Peter Jackson

Annexe B

Biography of Councillor Peter Jackson

Peter was born in Northumberland and has lived and worked in Northumberland since qualifying in economics at Bristol University. In local government, Peter is a Conservative councillor representing Heddon on the Wall on Castle Morpeth Borough Council. He has been a member of the council for 11 years and currently has the position of leader of the council. He is vice-chairman of the local strategic partnership, a board member of the Northumberland Strategic Partnership and an executive member of the Association of North East Councils. He is also a Northumberland county councillor.

In business, he has built up an arable farming enterprise covering 1,200 hectares in south Northumberland and Durham. He is the vice-chairman of the Tynegrain farmer co-operative, based at the Port of Tyne. He is a director of GrainCo, a grain marketing company covering the north of England and Scotland, and a director of Tees Valley Biofuels, a company formed to build a large rapeseed-crushing facility to feed the emerging biofuel and biomass market.

Peter Jackson’s political activities are detailed above. He holds no other ministerial appointments.