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LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOUNDARY COMMISSION APPOINTMENTS

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Two new members have been appointed to the Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland. ...
Two new members have been appointed to the Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland.

They are Kenneth McDonald and Richard Millham.

Mr Millham brings 12 years experience as principal/chief executive of Motherwell College. Mr Millham has a background in strategic planning and of the development and implementation of institutional change and of successful business solutions, nationally and internationally.

Mr McDonald has extensive experience in local government with over 29 years as a town planner dealing with environmental and land use issues in different parts of the country, most recently as a service manager with Stirling Council. Mr McDonald, a part time planning consultant, also has previous experience of electoral boundary reviews with Central RC.

These appointments will be for four years and will run from 24 May 2004 to 23 May 2008. These posts are part-time and attract a remuneration of a daily fee of£210 plus expenses for a time commitment of an average of 24 days per year. The average of 24 days per year will be during the period of the proposed review of electoral boundaries from August 2004 -2006 reverting to 12 days thereafter. This is subject to the approval of the Scottish parliament on the terms of the Local Governance (Scotland) Bill. No other public appointments are held by Mr Millham and Mr McDonald.

The Local Government Boundary Commission is an advisory non-departmental body constituted under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973. Its primary task is to make proposals to ministers for effecting changes in local government administrative and electoral areas, which appear to be desirable in the interests of effective and convenient local government.

These ministerial public appointments were made in accordance with the Code of Practice issued by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees' political activity (if there is any to be declared) to be made public. Neither of the candidates has declared any political activity.

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