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.
Appointment will commence on 5 March 2007
RDA Name One NorthEast Peter Jackson
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.