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Trade and Industry Secretary Patricia Hewitt today announced the ...
Trade and Industry Secretary Patricia Hewitt today announced the

appointment of four new members to the ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation

and Arbitration Service) Council.

The new members are Dave Prentis, general secretary of Unison, Sarah

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

October 2006.

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

local elections.

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


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