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WELSH DEVELOPMENT AGENCY CHAIR TO RESIGN AND REAPPLY

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David Rowe-Beddoe, chair of the Welsh Development Agency, is to resign and re-apply for his own job in the run up t...
David Rowe-Beddoe, chair of the Welsh Development Agency, is to resign and re-apply for his own job in the run up to the creation of the Welsh national assembly, reported the Financial Times (May 2, p5).

Mr Rowe-Beddoe's resignation will take effect in the autumn when an

enlarged WDA is created via a merger with the Development Board for Rural Wales and the Land Authority for Wales to make a so-called 'economic powerhouse'.

Labour MP Rhodri Morgan welcomed the decision, saying: 'The original

announcement in February that Mr Rowe-Beddoe was to be appointed chairman of 'Newco' WDA, or economic powerhouse agency, without advertisement and competition has been greeted with dismay.

'It was seen as contrary to the spirit of Nolan. This U-turn rights that wrong.'

The paper said that there was likely to be competition for Mr Rowe-Beddoe's post when he resigns it.

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