Board members have a wide range of expertise including business, local government, rural affairs, education, trade unions and the voluntary sectors.
In answer to a parliamentary question yesterday, Mr Prescott said:
'The board members of the eight regional development agencies outside London will be as follows:
Vincent Watts - (Chairman)
EAST MIDLANDS RDA
NORTH EAST RDA
NORTH WEST RDA
Terry Thomas of Macclesfield - (Chairman).
SOUTH EAST RDA
Allan Willet - (Chairman)
Professor Clive Booth
SOUTH WEST RDA
Sir Michael Lickiss - (Chairman)
WEST MIDLANDS RDA
Alex Stephenson - (Chairman)
Professor Kumar Bhattacharyya
YORKSHIRE AND THE HUMBER RDA
Graham Hall - (Chairman)
Sir Gareth Roberts
'These boards fulfil the commitment we gave in our White Paper 'Building Partnerships for Prosperity' to reflect an appropriate balance of regional interests. We have already announced that the boards will be led by chairmen with solid business backgrounds.
'As regards the main regional stakeholders, within each board business experience dominates; four members are drawn from local government reflecting a balance between type and size of authority, geographical spread and party balance; and at least one member on each board can offer a strong rural perspective together with others who have relevant rural experience.
'Each board also offers expertise from the field of education and the trades union movement and, acrossthe country as a whole, the boards offer significant experience of the voluntary sector. The White Paper had envisaged boards of twelve but, while it has proved possible to constrain the potential size of the board by choosing members who can offer a range of expertise, we have decided that the full range of expertise necessary can only be achieved, at this stage, with boards of thirteen.
'All boards will have at least three women - women represent about a quarter of the membership overall. This compares well with other business focused NDPBs. Ethnic minorities make up about 5% of the board membership.
'I have today published a Departmental press release which gives biographical details of the board members. Copies ha ve been placed in the Library.'
Formal appointments to the boards of RDAs can now be made and the chairmen designate, identified in July, are now appointed formally
together with their Boards.
Welcoming the announcement of the RDA board members, Peter Mandelson, secretary of state for trade and industry, said:
'Today we have announced the appointment of talented board members who will provide strong and dynamic leadership in each region. The board members - and their chairmen - will drive forward a new co-ordinated regional approach to economic renewal.
'My forthcoming White Paper on Competitiveness, to be published later this week, draws upon discussions I have already had with the RDA chairmen. I now look forward to working closely with all the board members in putting the White Paper into action: encouraging enterprise, innovation, business collaboration and exploitation of knowledge in the regions.'
Secretary of state for education and employment David Blunkett said:
'My department welcomes the appointment of RDA board members. We look forward to working with the RDA boards in tackling the major
educational and employment challenges facing the country.'
1. The board members were chosen from a high calibre of candidates in all regions. Candidates were sought from a wide range of sources, including a public advertisement, nominations from regional and national stakeholders, and from people who had previously expressed an interest in public service. Independent assessors participated in the short listing process and in the interviews. All appointments have been made on merit, and in accordance with guidance issued by the Commissioner for Public Appointments.
2. Board members and chairmen are appointed for a three year term. Board members will be paid£7,000 pa. for two days a month and chairmen will be paid£44,000 pa. for two days a week.
3. Regional development agencies will be new business-led bodies in each of the regions of England. The intention to es tablish RDAs was announced in the government's White Paper 'Building Partnerships For Prosperity' on 3 December 1997. They will be the lead bodies at regional level for co-ordinating inward investment, raising people's skills, improving the competitiveness of business, and social and physical regeneration. They will develop and promote a regional economic strategy for their region and they will also have an important role in advising government. The Regional Development Agencies Bill received Royal Assent on 19 November 1998.
3. The creation of the London Development Agency will take account of the new arrangements for the government of London, including the way that appointments are made.
4. The chief executives of the RDAs are:
Eastern RDA Bill Samuel
East Midlands RDA Martin Briggs
North East RDA Michael Collier
North West RDA Mike Shields
South East RDA Anthony Dunnett
South West RDA Jill Barrow
West Midlands RDA Anthony Cassidy
Yorkshire and Humber RDA Martin Havenhand
5. Biographical details of the RDA board members and chairmen follow.
Chairman - Vincent Watts
Vincent Watts, 57, has been the Vice-Chancellor of the University of
East Anglia since 1997. Previously a partner at Andersen Consulting
(1976-1997), he has also had secondments to the Department of Health,
the Treasury and Cabinet Office. No political activities nor other
Ministerial appointments exist.
Sal Brinton, 43, is a Liberal Democrat County Councillor, Group
Leader and education spokeswoman. She has helped to develop new
County Council initiatives on anti-bullying, drugs education, health,
and equal opportunities policies for schools. She is currently
employed as Bursar at Selwyn College, Cambridge and was the 1997
winner of East Anglian Entrepreneurial Businesswoman of the Year. No
other Ministerial appointments exist.
Alan Cherry, 65, is the Chairman of Countryside Properties Plc. He
was a founder partner and Managing Director of the estate agency firm
of Bairstow Eves and is a member of the Board of the Teesside
Development Corporation, Chairman of the CBI Eastern Regional
Council, a member of the Bank Of England Property Forum, Chairman of
the Housing Policy Committee of The House Builders' Federation, and
Chairman of Anglia Polytechnic University Higher Education
Corporation. He supports and is a member of a number of charitable
and community organisations in the region. He was awarded an MBE in
the 1984 New Year's Honours List, and in 1991 was elected an Honorary
Member of The Royal Town Planning Institute. No political activities
nor other Ministerial appointments exist.
Peter Dawe, 43, is an entrepreneurial East of England businessman
with a diverse range of commercial enterprises in the region,
including media, telecommunications, a small manufacturing interest
and a 1500 acre arable farm. He founded Unipalm and is a sponsor of
'Cambridge Futures'. He is also an adviser to, and supporter of a
number of charities including Wintercomfort, Princes Trust, Rowan
Foundation, Cambridge Drug Action trust, and Emmaus. No political
activities nor other Ministerial appointments exist.
Greg Grant, 47, is the Regional Secretary for UNISON. He has been a
full-time union official since 1980 and has extensive experience of
advising, representing and negotiating. He is a Labour Party member.
No other Ministerial appointments exist.
Ken Lewis, 60, is the founder and Managing Director of an established
engineering company. He has been the Chairman of Business Link Beds
since 1995 and Bedfordshire TEC since 1997. He was awarded the OBE in
1998 for services to business in East Anglia and was the recent
winner of DTI's Wedgwood award fo r business excellence and DTI's best
SME (Small and Medium Sized Enterprises). He is also a Commissioner
for St. John Ambulance Brigade. No political activities nor other
Ministerial appointments exist.
Peter Martin, 54, has been an Essex County Councillor (Conservative)
since 1989, was Group Leader 1990-1993, and has been Chairman of
Eastern Area Conservative Association for last 2 years. He has
considerable experience as a managing director and chairman of
several privately owned companies. A former Managing Director of
Martin The Newsagent, he has been the Chairman of the Institute of
Directors Essex Branch since 1993. No other Ministerial appointments
Chris Mole, 40, is the Labour Group Leader of Suffolk County Council.
He is a member of the Local Government Association participating on
the Europe and International Affairs Committee. He is a member of the
University of Suffolk Task Group who work in partnership with local
government and the TEC. He is also involved in developing the
council's Lowestoft Partnership aimed at promoting social and
economic regeneration. No other Ministerial appointments exist.
Richard Powell, 39, is the Regional Manager of the RSPB. He has
experience of sustainable development, conservation, land management,
and business and rural affairs and tourism. He is also a member of
the Broads Authority. No political activities nor other Ministerial
Neville Reyner, 53, is the Chairman of TEC since 1997 and of Business
Link Herts. Board Director of East of England Investment Agency since
1997. He has worked for Mitsubishi since 1983, was appointed
Executive Vice President of Mitsubishi Electric in Jan 1996 and is
taking up an advisory role starting in 1999. No political activities
nor other Ministerial appointments exist.
Jacqueline Russell, 56, is the Labour Leader of Welwyn and Hatfield
District Council. She works as a freelance staff consultant after a
career in Social Services and has carried out extensive voluntary and
counselling work in the community - in particular working with victim
support, women's refuge, and for people with mental health problems.
She established one of the first probity committees on 'Nolan' lines
in the UK and is the Chair of the council's businessforum which has
close links with the TEC, University of Hertfordshire, and Business
Links. No other Ministerial appointments exist.
Marie Skinner, 46, is a Norfolk farmer and freelance journalist,
columnist and feature writer. She was appointed by MAFF as Director
of Home Grown Cereals Authority (HGCA)*, and since 1997 has been a
member of National Audit Office (NAO) advisory panel. From 1992 '1997
she was the HQ Council Delegate for the NFU and has in recent years
provided training for East Anglian businesses. No political
[* paid at£3,671 per annum]
Stelio Stefanou, 46, is the Chairman and Group Chief Executive of
John Doyle PLC and its subsidiary companies. He is a Non-Executive
Director of East of England Investment Agency and has been a
Non-Executive Director of Business Link Hertfordshire since 1995. A
member of the CBI National Council since 1994 he was also the Chair
of the CBI Eastern Region 1995-1997. He was at the forefront of the
establishment of the East of England Investment Agency in 1997. No
political activities nor other Ministerial appointments exist.
Chairman - Derek Mapp
Up until May this year Derek Mapp, 48, was the Chairman of Tom
Cobleigh Plc. He is currently a part-time Executive Chairman of
Leapfrog Day Nurseries and owns a small hotel in Padstow and a farm
in Chesterfield. He is a non-executive director of Taylor and Francis
Plc and also a non- executive director of Churchill China plc. He is a
participant in North Nottinghamshire TEC and a former member of
Mansfield 2010. In 1971 he was a Councillor in Cheshire County
Council. He holds no othe Ministerial posts and has no political
Jane Bradford, 52, is the Regional Managing Director of the National
Westminster Bank plc and is currently a Rural Development
Commissioner*, and on the University of Derby Council. She is active
in the local initiatives 'Race for Opportunity' and 'New Deal'. Prior
to taking up her present appointment she was Head of Small Business
Services within National Westminster Bank's Head Office. She is not
involved in any political activity.
[* paid at£5,815 per annum]
Ted Cassidy, 52, is a Labour Councillor at Leicester City Council. He
Chairs the Environment and Development Committee and represents the
Council on a number of key organisations and partnerships in the
arts. He is the Vice-chair of the East Midlands Region Local
Government Association Planning Forum. He is also on the Boards of
the Leicester, and Leicestershire Development Agency and East
Midlands Development Company. Mr Cassidy was previously a lecturer
and now works part- time as a manager at De Montfort University. He
holds no Ministerial appointments. He is active in local Labour Party
Graham Chapman, 47, is the Labour Leader of Nottingham City Council
and is the Principal Accountant in the Resources Department at
Leicester City Council. He is currently a Director of Nottingham
Rapid Transit Board, Nottingham Energy Partnership and the Nottingham
Enviroenergy Company. He has also chaired the Housing Committee, and
overseen the transition of Nottingham to Unitary Status. He has a PhD
in Regional Development. He has no Ministerial appointments. He is
active in local Labour politics.
Martin Doughty, 49, is the Labour Leader of Derbyshire County Council
and Chair of the Peak District National Park Authority. He nationally
chairs the Association of National Park Authorities, is Vice-chair of
the Local Government Association Transport Committee and has been
heavily involved in the coalfield campaign. He is a fellow of the
Royal Society for Arts, Manufacture and Commerce and has strong
interests in sustainable development, tourism and rural transport. He
was previously a lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University. He is
Director of Derbyshire Ambulance Trust*, a Ministerial appointment,
and a Director of ENTRUST, the landfill regulator (non-ministerial).
He is an active member of the Labour Party.
[* paid at£5,000 per annum]
Peter Gadsby, 50, is the Chair of Birch plc and is a founder member
and Director of the East Midlands Development Company. He has worked
in close partnership with agencies such as local authorities and
English Partnerships to regenerate areas in the region, and is Vice
Chairman of Derby County Football Club. He is not involved in any
political activity and holds no Ministerial appointments.
Gillian Gardiner, 48, is a Liberal Democrat member of Leicestershire
County Council and Harborough District Council. She is the County
Council Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Planning and Environmental
Protection. She is a member of the East Midlands Region Local
Government Association Planning Forum, and was previously a lecturer
in land use studies. She holds no Ministerial appointments and is
active in Liberal Democrat politics.
Len Jackson, 49, is the Managing Director of Pork Farms Bowyers
(Northern Foods plc). He is Chair of the 'Race for Opportunity'
initiative in the East Midlands, a member of the Race Employment and
Education Forum, an unpaid Ministerial appointment, and the Chair o f
Common Purpose in Nottingham. Mr Jackson is the Chair of the Greater
Nottingham Employer Coalition supporting 'New Deal'. He is also a
member of the East Midlands Business Leadership Team of Business in
the Community. He is not involved in any political activities.
Bob Middleton, 51, is the Director of the Nottinghamshire Rural
Community Council. He has 25 years of experience working in the rural
and voluntary sectors. He is a member of various regeneration
agencies in the East Midlands including the Coalfield Partnership and
he is a member of the East Midlands ACRE Network, the East Midlands
Rural Action Group, and a number of other networks. He holds no
Ministerial appointments and is not involved in any political
Peter Moore, 54, is the Managing Director of Center Parcs Ltd.
and a member of the English Tourist Board*, a Ministerial
appointment. He sits on the CBI Tourism Action Group, and the
Ministerial Tourism Advisory Forum, an unpaid Ministerial
appointment. He is actively involved with the East Midlands CBI and
the East Midlands Development Council. He is not involved in any
[* paid at£15,000 per annum]
Pat Morgan-Webb, 55, is the Principal and Chief Executive of the
further education college, New College, Nottingham. She is active in
various local partnerships relevant to college activity. She has two
unpaid Ministerial appointments, a member of the Qualifications and
Curriculum Authority, and a member of the East Midlands Regional
Committee Further Education Funding Council. She is also a Board
Director of the Greater Nottingham TEC. Ms Morgan-Webb has been a
member of the East Midlands Regional Economic Development Steering
Group, as well as a member of the East Midlands Textile and Clothing
Partnership. She is not involved in any political activity.
Chr istine Wood, 56, is the Regional Secretary of the TUC Midlands
Region. She is a member of the East Midlands Development Forum, and a
Director of the East Midlands Development Company. Previously she was
a member of the Regional Advisory Panel on the Single Regeneration
Budget, as well as a Director of Mansfield 2010. She is not involved
in any political activity and holds no Ministerial appointments.
Chairman - John Bridge
Dr Bridge, 55, has been the Chief Executive of Northern Development
Company (NDC) since 1988. He is a member of the European Government
Business Relations Council, a Visiting Professor at Newcastle
Business School and Durham University Business School and an Honorary
Fellow at Sunderland University. He sits on the board of Gateshead
College, Teesside Tomorrow, the Newcastle Initiative, Northern
Informatics Applications Agency, Team General Partnerships
(supervising the Midland Bank Equity Fund for the North) and is a
trustee of the Calvert Trust. He was previously the Chief Executive
of the Yorkshire and Humber Development Association.
Alistair Arkley, 51, is the Managing Director of Century Inns PLC, a
company developed following a management buy-in, with a current
turnover of c.£50m and employing c.1,500 staff. His business
career began in 1972 with a number of sales and marketing posts with
Procter & Gamble. He joined Scottish & Newcastle Breweries in 1979,
and was Sales & Marketing Director for Scottish Breweries from
1981-1985. He joined Cameron's Brewery, a regional brewer based in
Hartlepool, in 1985 as Managing Director, and continued in that role
when the brewery was sold to Brent Walker Group in 1989. Following
the Monopolies & Mergers Commission report on the brewing industry,
in 1991 he led a management team of ex-Brent Walker and Cameron's
colleagues in a purchase of 186 pubs from Bass, w ith a further 100
from Grand Metropolitan, Allied Breweries and Bass in 1992. His wider
experience includes directorships of Teesside TEC, Teesside Business
Link, Tees Valley Development Company and the Northern Business
Forum, as well as brewing industry involvement as a Council member at
the British Institute of Inn keeping and the Brewers and Licensed
Retailers Association. Alistair Arkley holds no other public
appointments and is not involved in political activity.
Kevin Curran, 44, is the Northern Region Secretary of the GMB Union.
A welder by trade, he moved into job training and managed the North
London Training Workshop/Camden Job Train between 1983-1988. Between
1988-1990 he was Health and Safety Officer for the GMB London Region,
developing some joint training initiatives with the private sector.
From 1990-1996 he was Regional Organiser for the GMB Southern Region,
and the Regional Industrial Organiser from 1996-1997. He became GMB
Regional Secretary in the Northern Region in 1977. He established an
independent company GMB Training services in 1995, to work in
partnership with employers to provide direct training services for
employers, supervisors, employees and their representatives. Kevin
Curran is a member of the Labour Party and holds no other public
Barbara Dennis, 37, is the Director of Norcare Limited, a charity
providing housing and services for vulnerable people in
Northumberland, Tyne & Wear and Durham. Her voluntary sector career
began in Birmingham in 1983 where she worked as a Development Officer
for the Copec Housing Trust (1983-1986), Assistant Director of the
Birmingham United Evangelical Project (1986-1987) and Development
Officer for NACRO West Midlands (1987-1990). Between 1990-1993 she
was Regional Manager for the National Federation of Housing
Associations and Development Officer for the North East Black Housing
Development Project in 1993-1994. Barbara Dennis holds no other
public appointments and is not involved in political activity.
Professor Derek Fraser
Derek Fraser, 58, is currently, Vice-Chancellor of the University of
Teesside. A historian with a wide and varied career as a teacher in
secondary and higher education. He taught at the University of
Bradford between 1965 and 1983 becoming Professor of Modern History
in 1981. He was Professor of English History at the University of
California (Los Angeles) between 1982-1984 and on his return to the
UK worked in central government as an Inspector of Schools and Staff
Inspector for Higher Education. Between 1990-1992, he was Assistant
Principal and Deputy Principal at Sheffield City Polytechnic and
joined the University of Teesside as Vice-Chanellor and Chief
Executive in 1992. In his current post he is responsible for some
1,500 employees and 14,000 students. His wider experience includes
membership of the Board of Teesside TEC and Future Steps, the
Teesside Careers Service. At the University of Teesside, he has also
been involved in the establishment of the European Process Industries
Competitiveness Centre, with emphasis on investment and technology
transfer needs of key regional industries. Derek Fraser is not
involved in political activity and holds no other public
Phillip Hughes, 51, is currently an Independent member of Teesdale
District Council. A part-time hill farmer and manager of Teesdale
Citizens Advice Bureau. Between 1965 and 1978 served in the Royal Air
Force as a pilot in front-line squadrons. After early retirement from
the RAF, took up hill farming and since 1988 has been manager of the
Teesdale Citizens Advice Bureau in Barnard Castle. He was elected to
Teesdale District Council in 1991. His wider interests include
membership of the Durham Rural Community Council, a director of
Groundwork Wes t Durham and member of the North Pennines AONB
Partnership. He holds an unpaid appointment as a member of the Board
of Visitors at HMYOI Deerbolt.
Richard Maudslay, 52, was until December 1997, Managing Director,
Rolls-Royce Industrial Power Group. An electrical engineer whose
business career has been in the capital goods engineering sector,
both in the UK and overseas. In 1985 he became Managing Director of
NEI Parsons, the flagship of the NEI group, with 5,000 employees, and
in 1992 he became Managing Director of the Rolls-Royce Industrial
Power Group employing 17,500 staff world-wide. He oversaw the sale of
the Rolls- Royce large steam power generating business to Siemens in
1997. He is currently on the boards of two engineering companies in
the North East. His wider experience includes appointments as a
member of the Export Guarantees Advisory Council, the Overseas
Projects Board and North East Industrial Development Board, both of
which are unpaid. He is a member of the Council of the University of
Newcastle upon Tyne and on the Board of the Newcastle Education
Business Partnership. Richard Maudslay is not involved in political
John McCormack, 50, is a Labour Councillor, member of Wansbeck
District Council and Leader of the Council between 1987-1994.
Chairman of the North of England Assembly of Local Authorities
1996-1998. A manual worker in the light and electrical engineering
sector between 1964-1981, and AEU Works Convenor at NEI Reyrolle,
Ashington, between 1969-1981. Since 1992, he has been a part-time
lecturer at Northumberland College. His wider experience includes a
significant European dimension, including membership of the Assembly
of European Regions, the North Sea Commission, the Council of
Peripheral and Maritime Regions, and holds an unpaid appointment as a
member of the Interreg ll C Monitoring Committee. He is a director of
the Northern Development Company and Earth Balance Trading.
Hugh Morgan-Williams, 45, is currently Chairman of the Canford Group
plc. A background in radio journalism, starting with Metro Radio in
1974, followed by London Broadcasting, and Independent Radio News,
becoming News Editor at Radio Tees Stockton between 1981 and 1985.
Between 1990-1992 Hugh Morgan-Williams was Treasurer of his local
Conservative Party Branch. He resigned from the Conservative Party in
1995. Between 1996 and 1998 he was Chairman of the Northern Region of
the CBI, and was a founding director of the Northern Business Forum.
He is also a director of Sunderland Training & Enterprise Council,
the Northern Development Company, the French Business Council Ltd and
two other North East businesses. Since 1996 he has been a member of
the Council of the University of Newcastle. In 1998 he was appointed
as an unpaid member of the North East Industrial Development Board,
which advises DTI on Regional Selective Assistance.