appointments and two re-appointments to the Health and Safety
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.
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
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
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
Employers: Judith Donovan, Judith Hackitt, John Longworth
Employees: George Brumwell, Maureen Rooney and Owen Tudor
Other: Margaret Burns, Abdul Chowdry and Joyce Edmond-Smith.