Mr Blunkett said:
'I am most grateful to Teresa Rees and Joan Stringer for the contribution they have made to the work of the Commission. I am confident that their knowledge and experience will be of continuing benefit to the Commission in the future.'
Teresa Rees is a Professor of Labour Market Studies at the School for Policy Studies at the University of Bristol. She is a consultant to the European Commission on equal opportunities matters and is the author of Women and the Labour Market. She is the Equal Opportunities Commission's Welsh Commissioner.
1. The Sex Discrimination Act 1975, which established the EOC, allows for a body of between eight and fifteen Commissioners, including a Chair (currently Kamlesh Bahl) and one or two Deputy Chairs. These re-appointments maintain the present number at thirteen.
2. Commissioners are appointed by the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, usually for a three year term which can be renewed. (For family reasons,Professor Rees has asked that her re-appointment is for two years only.)