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.
The re-appointments were approved by Public Services Minister Andy Kerr who said:
'I am very pleased to announce that Brian Wilson, Hugh Begg and Ann Glen are all continuing in their role as members of the Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland.
'The Local Government Boundary Commission makes 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. All three have made and, I am sure will continue to make, an effective contribution to the work of the Commission.'
The re-appointments have been made in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments' Code of Practice on Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies, and arose due to their current appointments ending on September 30, 2003. The reappointments run for four years from October 1, 2003 until September 30, 2007.
The re-appointed members are:
Brian Wilson OBE (Deputy Chair)
Brian Wilson has spent 29 years in local government service prior to retirement in 1998 as Depute Chief Executive of the Highland Council. Before that he had been Chief Executive of Inverness District Council for 17 years and Secretary of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives Scotland for nine years. He was also an advisor to the convention of Scottish Local Authorities from 1982 to 1995. He is a member of the Ness District Salmon Fishery Board. Mr Wilson has declared no p olitical activity in the past five years.
Professor Hugh MacKemmie Begg
Formerly Dean of the Faculty of Environmental Studies and Head of the School of Town and Regional Planning at Dundee University, Hugh Begg is an economist and land use planner with particular experience in local economic development, urban and regional planning, impact assessment and monitoring and evaluation. As an independent consultant and Visiting Professor in Economics at Abertay University, he has directed major projects for international and national public bodies and many local authorities. As a Reporter in the Scottish Executive Inquiry Reporters Unit and as a Parliamentary Commissioner, he has undertaken a variety of major public inquiries. Professor Begg has declared no political activity in the past five years.
Dr Ann Glen
A geographer by profession, Ann Glen has taught at school, college and university levels. She also has a research background in economics and economic history. A supporter of 'grass roots' democracy, she chairs a community council and is a representative on the Airdrie Area Forum in North Lanarkshire. As a consequence, she has been involved in several environmental and planning issues. She is a member of the council of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society and heads its Lanarkshire section. She has a special interest in the geography of Scotland and Scandinavia, and in maps and mapping. Dr Glen has declared no political activity in the past five years.
The posts are part-time and currently attract a daily fee of £241 for the post of Deputy Chair and £206 for members plus expenses for an average of 14 days a year. Those re-appointed do not hold any other Ministerial appointments.