appointment of four new members to the ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation
and Arbitration Service) Council.
Veale, head of equality and employment rights at the TUC, Sarah
Anderson, member of the Small Business Council and a small business
owner, and John McMullen, national head of employment law at
Pinsents, a former law lecturer at Girton College and part-time
professor of Labour Law at University of Leeds.
Rita Donaghy's appointment as chair of ACAS has been extended to 8
Welcoming the four new appointments and re-appointment of Ms Donaghy,
Ms Hewitt said: 'Both Mr Prentis and Ms Veale have a strong record of
achievement in employment relations. They are both currently involved
in the union movement and have great knowledge of the concerns of
'Ms Anderson is a small business owner with a wealth of experience.
The interests of small businesses are most important to the council
as shown by the recent Acas publicity campaign aimed at alerting
small business employers to the range of services Acas offers them to
prevent problems in the workplace.
'Mr McMullen is one of the country's leading experts on Transfer of
Undertaking (Protection of Employment) Regulations (TUPE).
'Rita Donaghy has excelled as chair of the council. She has been
able to reach out and improve relationships with other organisations,
and has strengthened ACAS's role as a leading expert in employment
relations. I am sure that she and the four new members will be
extremely valuable to ACAS.'
1. ACAS' aim is to improve organisations and working life through
better employment relations. It provides information, advice,
training and a range of services working with employers and employees
to prevent or resolve problems and improve performance. It is an
i ndependent statutory body governed by a council of twelve consisting
of the ACAS chair and employer, trade union and independent members.
2. The new appointments were made by the secretary of state,
following an open selection process conducted in accordance with the
guidance issued by the Office of Commissioner for Public
Appointments, and in conformity with section 248 of the Trade Union
and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992. This places a
requirement on the Secretary of State to consult organisations
representing employers and organisations representing workers on
certain appointments. In this case the secretary of state consulted
the Trades Union Congress and Confederation of British I.
3. Ms Anderson, Dr McMullen, Mr Prentis and Ms Veale have been
appointed from 1 May 2004 until 30 April 2007. They will each
receive an annual payment of£1,505 and in addition,£153 for each
day they work on council business.
Ms Donaghy receives an annual salary of£63,470 for her role as the
chair in the council.
4. Political Activities: Mr Prentis has spoken at trade union and
other meetings, campaigning on behalf of the Labour Party, and has
canvassed on behalf of the Labour Party for general and local
Ms Veale has canvassed on behalf of the Labour Party for general and
Neither Ms Anderson nor Mr McMullen has undertaken any political
Ministerial Appointments: None of the appointees currently holds any
other ministerial appointments
5. The existing members of the ACAS Council are
Rita Donaghy , chair;
Simon Auerbach, partner, Pattinson & Brewer, Solicitors;
William Coupar, director of the Involvement and Participation
John Cridland, deputy director general, CBI;
Su Jenkins, former head of employment law, Sainsburys;
Veronica (Ronnie) McDonald, deputy general secretary of the Sco ttish
John Steele, formally group personnel director for British Telecom