Regional Development Agencies Board Appointments

Business, Innovation and Skills written statement – made on 30th November 2009.

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Photo of Rosie Winterton Rosie Winterton Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (Yorkshire and the Humber), Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Local Government) (also in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), Minister of State (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Regional Economic Development and Co-ordination); (also in the Department for Communities and Local Government)

I am pleased to announce that I have decided to appoint fourteen RDA board members, who between them will serve four of our regional development agencies, and my right hon. Friend the Minister for Business, Innovations and Skills, 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 in the following table.

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