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APPOINTMENTS TO THE HEALTH AND SAFETY COMMISSION

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Health and safety minister Alan Whitehead has announced two new ...
Health and safety minister Alan Whitehead has announced two new

appointments and two re-appointments to the Health and Safety

Commission.

Dr Whitehead has appointed Judith Hackitt, director general of the

Chemical Industries Association, and John Longworth, group trading

law and technical director of Tesco PLC, for a period of three years.

Abdul Chowdry, director of Blackburn/Darwen Racial Equality Council,

and Owen Tudor, senior policy officer at the TUC, are re-appointed to

the commission for a further three years.

Notes

1. Biographical details:

Judith Hackitt trained as a chemical engineer at Imperial College,

London. She has been director of business and responsible care at the

Chemical Industries Association (CIA) since 1998 and was appointed

director general of the CIA from 1 April 2002. Judith was previously

employed as group risk manager at Elementis PLC with world-wide

responsibility for health and safety insurance and litigation. She

also served for three years as a non-executive director of

Oxfordshire Health Authority. She holds no other ministerial

appointments nor is engaged in any political activity.

John Longworth is group trading law and technical director of Tesco

PLC. He is currently accountable for corporate policy on regulatory,

consumer and scientific affairs and for product quality and operating

standards, including environment, safety and operational risk

management. John has been in commerce and industry for almost twenty

years and for the whole of this period he has been involved with UK

and European government. He is currently a member of several British

Retail Consortium policy committees, chairs the Institute of Grocery

Distribution Directors' technical forum and sits on the government's

advisory committee on packaging waste and recycling. He is not

engaged in any political activity.

Abdul Chowdry is the director of Blackburn/Darwen Racial Equality

Council. He gained more than 34 years experience as a health, safety

and environment advisor in the manufacturing sector and has been a

magistrate since 1976. He was a Labour councillor at Rochdale

MBC from 1972 to 1998, where he chaired a number of committees

including housing, policy and economic development. Abdul was also a

member of the Greater Manchester Police Authority from 1986 to 1998.

Since joining the commission, he has helped to highlight issues

involving home, part-time and casual workers and is also involved

with issues of diversity, race equality and stress, as well as

working with the police service at a national level.

Owen Tudor is a senior policy officer at the Trades Union Congress

(TUC) responsible for prevention, rehabilitation and compensation. He

was a member of the HSC advisory committee on toxic substances and

occupational health advisory committee's occupational health services

sub-group. He is a member of the Industrial Injuries Advisory

Council. Owen is a trustee of the British Occupational Health

Research Foundation and the Occupational and Environmental Diseases

Association, and is a member of the management board of the European

Union Agency for Health and Safety.

2. HSC members currently receive an annual salary of£1,408 and a

daily fee of£149 for each day's attendance on HSC business. The

commission usually meets twice each month.

3. The HSC is an independent body set up under the Health and Safety

at Work etc Act 1974. Its operational arm, the Health and Safety

Executive, is a separate statutory body employing just over 3,500

civil servants.

4. The overall purpose of the HSC and HSE is to ensure that risks to

people's health and safety from work activities are properly

controlled. The commission provides advice and information to

ministers and others on health and safety matters, and proposes new

legislation after consultation with interested parties.

5. Under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 the HSC has to

consist of a chairman and not less than six nor more than nine

members. For three of those members the secretary of state has to

consult organisations representing employers; for three others he has

to consult organisations representing employees; and for any others

he has to consult organisations representing local authorities and

other organisations concerned with health and safety.

6. A selection panel consisting of three members (one representing

the Department, one representing HSC and an independent assessor) was

set up to consider other applications and to advise ministers on new

appointments. The re-appointments were made following a full

consultation exercise and the selection was on merit after

consideration of the candidates' abilities, experience and qualities

in relation to the needs of the commission.

Q & A BRIEF FOR ANNOUNCEMENT OF HSC APPOINTMENTS: APRIL 2002

Who is being appointed?

Judith Hackitt and John Longworth.

Who is being re-appointed?

Abdul Chowdry and Owen Tudor.

How long are the appointments/re-appointments for?

Three years is all cases, from 1 April 2002 to 31 March 2005.

Was the post advertised?

Yes. The department advertised in the national and minority press and

on its website.

Was anyone consulted on the appointments?

It is a requirement of the Health and Safety at Work Act that, before

appointing commission members, the secretary of state shall consult

organisations representing employers, employees or others with an

interest in health and safety including local government.

Organisations representing employers, employees and others were

consulted for this round of appointments.

How did the selection process work for the new appointments?

A selection panel was set up to consider applications and to advise

Ministers on the appointments. The members of the panel were Philip

Wood, director general of the local and regional government group,

Bill Callaghan, chair of the HSC and Brenda King (independent

assessor). The panel met to shortlist candidates and to carry out the

interviews. The final decision was made by DTLR ministers. The

appointments have been made in accordance with guidance issued by the

commissioner for public appointments and were made following

selection on merit and after consideration of the candidates'

abilities, experience and qualities in relation to the needs of the

commission.

What does HSC do?

The HSC is an independent body set up under the Health and Safety at

Work etc Act 1974. Its operational arm, the Health and Safety

Executive, is a separate statutory body employing just over 3,500

civil servants. The overall purpose of the HSC and HSE is to ensure

that risks to people's health and safety from work activities are

properly controlled. The commission provides advice and information

to ministers and others on health and safety matters, and proposes

new legislation after consultation with interested parties. The

commission is responsible to the secretary of state for transport,

local government and the regions.

What is the new membership of the commission?

Chair Bill Callaghan

Commissioners

Employers: Judith Donovan, Judith Hackitt, John Longworth

Employees: George Brumwell, Maureen Rooney and Owen Tudor

Other: Margaret Burns, Abdul Chowdry and Joyce Edmond-Smith.

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