chair of the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management, the
independent body set up to advise the UK government and the devolved
administrations on the options for dealing with much of the UK's
This follows the resignation of Katharine Bryan who is taking up the
post of chief executive of the Water Service, Department for Regional
Development (Northern Ireland). Mrs Bryan was appointed to CoRWM in
July 2003. Mr MacKerron is already a member of CoRWM following his
own appointment on 17 November 2003.
Elliot Morley, minister for the environment, said: 'I am naturally
sorry that Katharine Bryan will not be able to lead CoRWM in carrying
out the very challenging job that it has been given by the government.
She has set the committee on very much the right lines and I wish her
every success in her new post.
Together with my environment minister colleagues in Northern Ireland,
Scotland and Wales, I invited Gordon MacKerron to succeed Katharine
and I am pleased to say that he has accepted. He is another
exceptionally able candidate who will, we are confident, build on the
sound beginning to CoRWM's work. The good progress will be
Gordon MacKerron is 56, married, and lives in Brighton. He is an
economist who worked for many years in the Science and Technology
Policy Research unit at the University of Sussex. He is now an
associate director of NERA Economic Consulting, specialising in
energy policy. He holds no other ministerial appointment and has not
undertaken any political activity in the past five years.
Mr MacKerron's appointment was made in accordance with the Code of
Practice for appointments to public bodies.
Following a consultation exercise Managing radioactive waste safely
which ran from September 2001 to March 2002, Margaret Beckett
announced on 29 July 2002 that the government and the devolved
administrations for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland would be
setting up CoRWM. The committee's remit is to review the options for
safely managing the UK's higher activity wastes, effectively those
for which no long-term management route currently exists, and
recommend to the UK government and the devolved administrations the
option, or options, that will ensure the safety of people and protect
Mrs Beckett stressed that the new body must win public confidence and
operate in an open, transparent and inclusive manner.
Copies of Managing Radioactive Waste Safely - proposals for
developing a policy for managing solid radioactive waste in the UK,
and the Secretary of State's 29 July 2002 announcement about CoRWM,
www.corwm.org.uk - provides details of its terms of reference,
membership and work to date.