Regional Development Agencies: Board Appointments

House of Lords written statement – made on 30th November 2009.

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Photo of Lord Davies of Abersoch Lord Davies of Abersoch Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Minister of State (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Trade, Investment and Small Business) (also in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (UK Trade and Investment) (also in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills)

My right honourable friend the Minister for Regional Economic Co-Ordination (Rosie Winterton) has today made the following Statement.

I am pleased to announce that I have decided to appoint 14 RDA board members, who between them will serve four of our regional development agencies and Pat McFadden has agreed to appoint two new members to the Board of Yorkshire Forward. I have also agreed, following approval from the Commissioner for Public Appointments, to extend for a further year the trade union position on the Board of East of England Development Agency while the vacancy is being filled. The names of the successful candidates are listed below.

RDA Board member appointees Position appointed
Advantage West Midlands Kumar Muthalagappan OBE Business
Edward Turpie Business
Cllr Roger Phillips Local Authority
Prof Madeleine Atkins Education
East of England Development Agency Colin Riordan Education
Karen Livingstone Trade Union
South East England Development Agency Cllr Keith House Local Authority
Andrew Finney Local Authority
Richard Ascough Trade Union
Prof Julian Crampton Education
South West Regional Development Agency David Fursdon Business
Peter (Joseph) Moore Business
Christopher Lewis Local Authority
Cllr Philip Young Local Authority
Catherine Bakewell MBE Local Authority
Yorkshire Forward Heidi Mottram Business
Sharon Allen Voluntary/Community

The RDAs are playing a crucial role in supporting the national and regional economies through these tough economic conditions and providing help to businesses and individuals in order that the regions are in the strongest possible position for the future. All the appointees bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to their RDA which will be extremely important in adding value to the contribution that the board can make.

The appointments will commence on the 14 December 2009 for a period of three years, expiring in December 2012.

I have placed further details of these appointments, including biographies, in the Libraries of both Houses. I can confirm that the appointments were made in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments code of practice.