Dr Dolores Byrne and Keith Riley will take up their three-year appointments on 14 December 2007, representing South East business.
Stephen Timms said:
“The RDAs have a crucial role to play as drivers of economic development in their region, working to reduce imbalances within and between regions. The South East of England Development Agency will be able to use the knowledge and expertise these appointments bring to help the region deliver its Regional Economic Strategy to reach its full economic potential, boost productivity and create jobs and prosperity.”
SEEDA Chairman Jim Brathwaite said:
"We are very pleased that Dolores and Keith will be joining our Board next month. Their substantial experience of leadership in business will be invaluable to us. SEEDA’s Board has a vital role to play in driving forward sustainable economic growth and community regeneration in the region and the experience brought by the new board members will enable them to make an immediate impact."
Stephen Timms today also announced the reappointment of two existing members of the Board of the South East England Development Agency, Imtiaz Farookhi and Professor Bill Wakeham. The original appointments were made following open competition in accordance with the requirements set down in the Commissioner for Public Appointments Code of Practice.
The South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) is the Government funded agency set up in 1999 responsible for the economic and social development of the South East of England.
SEEDA’s aim is to create a prosperous, dynamic and inspirational region by helping businesses compete more effectively, training a highly skilled workforce, supporting and enabling the region’s communities, while safeguarding its natural resources and cherishing its rich cultural heritage.
Regional Development Agency board posts attract a remuneration of £8,371 per year for a commitment of two days per month.
These appointments were made following open competition in accordance with the requirements set down in the Commissioner for Public Appointments Code of Practice. All appointments are made on merit and political affiliation plays no part in the selection process.
The individuals detailed above have declared that they have not undertaken any political activities.