Yorkshire Forward Board members are asked to stay until closure


Mark Prisk, Minister for Business, has announced continued terms of appointment to the Board of Yorkshire Forward.
Barry Dodd OBE, Cllr Kath Pinnock, Mr Bill Adams, Mr Ajaz Ahmed and Mr John Vincent have been asked to stay on the Regional Development Agency’s Board, for a period of no more than one year, in order that Yorkshire Forward’s Board can remain quorate up until its closure in March 2012.
Julie Kenny, Chair of Yorkshire Forward, welcomed the news: 
“I am pleased to welcome our Board members continued service throughout our transition and closure in March 2012.
“Their skills and experience continue to be an asset to the organisation and they will be invaluable as we continue to fulfil our legal and operational obligations, whilst supporting our staff through this challenging time.”
The appointments were made in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments Code of Practice.
Barry Dodd OBE
Barry Dodd founded and is a Director of  the award winning GSM Group, which runs 4 manufacturing plants and a software house.
A typical serial entrepreneur, Barry is also Director of Addpower Technologies a high tech start up which has developed an instantly rechargeable battery and Varlink a fast growing distributor of mobile computing solutions. In 2008 Barry set up a GSM Employees charity using the ‘John Lewis Partnership’ model of employee ownership.
Barry was awarded an OBE in 2006 for services to UK business. He is Chair of  the Yorkshire Universities Proof of Commercial Concept Fund and CO2 Sense, helping businesses to prosper in the low carbon economy.
John Vincent
John Vincent is a director of AECOM, a global planning and advisory service for the built environment. John has over 30 years’ public- and private-sector experience of delivering transportation projects from feasibility through to implementation. As managing director for transportation in UK and Europe, he is responsible for over 1,100 AECOM staff in the road, rail and aviation sectors. He is a graduate of the University of Leeds; founded AECOM’s business in Yorkshire; and is a resident of York.
Ajaz Ahmed
Ajaz Ahmed founded Freeserve, once the UK’s largest internet service provider (ISP) and now part of Orange. After becoming the UK’s largest ISP, quickly going public at £1.5bn and entering the FT100 soon after with a market cap of £9bn, Freeserve was later sold to Wanadoo for £1.6bn. Ajaz was business development director there until April 2001, when he left to pursue other business interests.
Ajaz now holds several board positions and is actively involved with a number of investments. He also sits on the governing council at the University of Huddersfield. 
Cllr Kath Pinnock
Councillor Kath Pinnock is an elected member of Kirklees Council. She is a member of LGA Councillor Forum and a trustee of Kirklees Council Mayor’s Charity Appeal Fund. Kath also chairs Yorkshire Forward’s Scrutiny Panel.
Bill Adams
Bill Adams is currently regional secretary of the Yorkshire and Humber TUC, having previously served five years as its education officer. Bill has been a trades union activist for most of his working life, in both the public and private sectors.
Bill is also on the executive of the ACAS Employee Relations Forum, the Work and Skills Board in Sheffield, and the board which promotes ESF funding in the region. He is a governor of his former University of Central Lancashire.