Cabinet Office minister Lord Macdonald said that of the 15 appointments announced today, nine are members whose previous tenure expired on 31 March and six are new. All the members have been appointed for two years and are unpaid.
advising government on action to ensure that regulation and its
enforcement accord with the principles of good regulation. Since its
establishment it has produced 20 substantive reports, making well
over 300 recommendations to government. Only nine of these have been
Lord Macdonald said:
'These high calibre appointments are a sign of this government's
continued commitment to the regulatory reform agenda. I look forward
to the task force building on the excellent work undertaken and
successes achieved over the last 4-1/2 years. I am sure that, under
the stewardship of the new chair, David Arculus, the task force will
go from strength to strength.'
Mr Arculus added:
'I am particularly pleased that the task force members - both those
re-appointed and those appointed for the first time - come from such
a wide variety of backgrounds. They will bring an outstanding breadth
of experience and expertise to the work of the task force. I look
forward to working with them all'.
At present, the task force is carrying out reviews of employment law;
local delivery of central policy; higher education; and science and
technology. Mr Arculus is consulting stakeholders about the task
force's next work programme and will make an announcement in the
1. The better regulation task force was established in 1997. It is
an independent body that advises government on action to ensure that
regulation and its enforcement accord with the five principles of good
regulation: transparency, accountability, proportionality,
consistency, and targeting.
2. The appointment of the task force members was made in accordance
with the commissioner for public appointments' Code of Practice and
was subject to independent scrutiny.
3. Nominations for the posts were sought from a wide range of
sources including business representative bodies, trade federations,
the TUC, public and voluntary sector organisations; and women's and
ethnic minority business groups and the public appointments unit.
4. Mr Arculus was appointed chair of the task force on 13 March
2002 and took up his post on 1 April 2002. His appointment is for three
years and is unpaid. David is non-executive chairman of Severn Trent
plc and of Earls Court & Olympia and a non-executive director of
Barclays plc, Geest plc and Oxford University Press. Until last year
he was chairman of consumer magazine publishers, the IPC
5. The task force members appointed for the first time are:
Michael Gibbons was director of UK Communications at PowerGen until
February 2002 and has a background in the energy sector and
experience of related regulated utilities.
Kevin Hawkins is director of communications for Safeway Stores plc
and a director of the British Retail Consortium.
Sukhvinder Stubbs is director of the Barrow Cadbury Trust, a grant
making foundation that seeks to encourage a just, peaceful and
democratic society. She is also a board director of Advantage West
Midlands, the Regional Development Agency, and was formerly chair of
the European Network Against Racism and chief executive of the
Tim Sweeney holds a number of non-executive and voluntary posts. His
background is in banking and, until, 2001, he was Director General of
the British Bankers' Association.
Rex Symons is chairman of Bournemouth Primary Care NHS Trust,
Bournemouth Transport Ltd and Dorset Travel Ltd. He is a member of
the council of Southampton University and was, until earlier this
year, a member of the Health and Safety Commission.
Barbara Thomas is executive chair of Private Equity Investor plc,
deputy chair of Friends' Provident plc, non-executive chair of Axon
Group plc and a non-executive director of Capital Radio plc and
Allders plc. She has a background in company law and financial
6. The re-appointed task force members are:
Matti Alderson is a director of FireHorses Ltd, a management
consultancy specialising in regulatory policy and strategy in the UK
and Europe. She is also a commissioner of the Press Complaints
Commission. Matti was previously director general of the Advertising
Stephen Falder is marketing director of HMG Paints Ltd, a
medium-sized manufacturer of industrial surface coatings. He is a CBI
regional councillor and a member of the CBI SME Council.
Teresa Graham is a partner in Baker Tilly, chartered accountants,
specialising in providing business advice to ambitious, growing SMEs.
She is also a non-executive member of the steering board of the
department of trade and industry's small business service and chair
of their Audit Committee.
Deirdre Hutton is chair of the National Consumer Council. She is
also vice-chair of the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency and a
non-executive director of the Financial Services Authority. Deirdre
was recently appointed chair of the steering group for the Food Chain
Simon Petch is general secretary of Connect, the trade union for
professionals in the communications sector.
Ian Peters is director of external affairs and marketing at the
Engineering Employers' Federation. Ian was previously deputy director
general of the British Chambers of Commerce and deputy director and
head of SME policy at the CBI. Ian is a member of the advisory boards
of Middlesex University Business School and Durham University
Foundation for SME Development.
Dr Penelope Rowlatt
Penelope Rowlatt is a freelance economist trading under the name of
Alexander Economics. She was previously a director of Europe
Economics, a director of the National Economic Research Associates
and senior economic adviser at the department of energy.
Janet Russell is director of environment and transportation at
Kirklees MBC. She is also the LGA representative on the Health and Safety Executive/Local Authority liaison committee and a local government adviser on public
Simon Ward is a self-employed advisor to the hospitality sector. He
is also a non-executive director of the leisure and lifestyle
division of the accountants Robson Rhodes. Simon is a director of the
Consumer Policy Institute and of Greater London Enterprise. Until
last year, he was group strategic affairs director for Whitbread.