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Regional Development Agencies: Board Appointments

Volume 715: debated on Monday 30 November 2009

Statement

My right honourable friend the Minister for Regional Economic Co-Ordination (Rosie Winterton) has today made the following Statement.

I am pleased to announce that I have decided to appoint 14 RDA board members, who between them will serve four of our regional development agencies and Pat McFadden has agreed to appoint two new members to the Board of Yorkshire Forward. I have also agreed, following approval from the Commissioner for Public Appointments, to extend for a further year the trade union position on the Board of East of England Development Agency while the vacancy is being filled. The names of the successful candidates are listed below.

RDA

Board member appointees

Position appointed

Advantage West Midlands

Kumar Muthalagappan OBE

Business

Edward Turpie

Business

Cllr Roger Phillips

Local Authority

Prof Madeleine Atkins

Education

East of England Development Agency

Colin Riordan

Education

Karen Livingstone

Trade Union

South East England Development Agency

Cllr Keith House

Local Authority

Andrew Finney

Local Authority

Richard Ascough

Trade Union

Prof Julian Crampton

Education

South West Regional Development Agency

David Fursdon

Business

Peter (Joseph) Moore

Business

Christopher Lewis

Local Authority

Cllr Philip Young

Local Authority

Catherine Bakewell MBE

Local Authority

Yorkshire Forward

Heidi Mottram

Business

Sharon Allen

Voluntary/Community

The RDAs are playing a crucial role in supporting the national and regional economies through these tough economic conditions and providing help to businesses and individuals in order that the regions are in the strongest possible position for the future. All the appointees bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to their RDA which will be extremely important in adding value to the contribution that the board can make.

The appointments will commence on the 14 December 2009 for a period of three years, expiring in December 2012.

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 Commissioner for Public Appointments code of practice.