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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Ian Lucas Announces Appointments to the Regulatory Policy Committee

Press Release   •   Dec 08, 2009 10:52 GMT

Business Minister Ian Lucas announced today the appointment of the members of new independent scrutiny body the Regulatory Policy Committee.

The Committee members are:

·                    Dr David Parker – Emeritus Professor of economics, Cranfield University

·                    Dr Ian Peters – Chief Executive of the Institute of Internal Auditors

·                    Philip Cullum – Deputy Chief Executive of Consumer Focus

·                    Mark Boleat – independent consultant specialising in trade association strategy and management and the handling of public policy issues

·                    Sarah Veale – head of equality and employment rights at the TUC

The Regulatory Policy Committee is chaired by Michael Gibbons OBE.

Ian Lucas said:

“I am very pleased to announce these appointments.  I am confident that the Regulatory Policy Committee with its focus on strong and effective independent scrutiny will make an excellent contribution to our important work on improving regulatory decision making across Government.”

Michael Gibbons said:

I welcome these appointments.  I am delighted to be able to contribute to this important agenda and am looking forward to working with my Committee colleagues to bring independent and external scrutiny to the policymaking process.  We want to see the bar raised and achieve a further improvement in the quality of regulation.”

Notes to editors

1.                  This appointment of members follows the announcement on 15 October of the appointment of Michael Gibbons as the first Chair of the new independent scrutiny body, the Regulatory Policy Committee.  The announcement was part of a package of measures following on from the 2 April statement made by Business Secretary Peter Mandelson setting out the way forward for the Government’s better regulation agenda.  The Committee will help ensure Government proposals are challenged and underpinned by robust evidence and analysis and that benefits justify the costs.

2.                  More information on the Regulatory Policy Committee including full terms of reference and a biography of Michael Gibbons can be found at

3.                  Membership of the Regulatory Policy Committee has been expanded from the originally planned 3 to 5 in order to bring an added breadth of perspective to the Committee’s work.

4.                  The appointments are part time and unpaid and will run to December 2010.

David Parker

David is an Emeritus Professor of Cranfield University having been Dean of the Faculty of Management from November 2007 to September 2009. He was also Co-Director of the Centre for Research in Economics and Finance and a member of the UK Competition Commission between 1999 and 2007.  He has advised government and business on privatisation, regulation and competition issues in many parts of the world. He was senior lecturer in economics at Cranfield School of Management between 1989 and1992. David has published in leading international journals over a number of years. He is Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the British Academy of Management.  David was appointed the UK Government’s Official Historian of Privatisation in September 2004. Volume One of the Official History was published in February 2009.

Ian Peters

Ian has occupied his current position as Chief Executive of the Institute of Internal Auditors since June 2009.  He was previously Director of External Affairs at the Engineering Employers Federation (EEF) from 2001 and before that Deputy Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce with specific responsibility for policy, lobbying and communications.  Prior to that he spent five years as a Deputy Director at the CBI where he was head of the Small and Medium Enterprise Unit.  He has also worked in public relations for the international PR agency Burson-Marsteller.

Ian was previously a member of the Chancellor’s EMU business advisory group and chaired the Treasury EMU Working Group on the information and education needs of business.  He was also a member of the Government’s Better Regulation Task Force.

Philip Cullum

Philip is currently acting Chief Executive of Consumer Focus, the independent statutory champion for consumers; he is usually Deputy Chief Executive. He chairs the Food Standards Agency's advisory committee for consumer engagement and was a member of the Risk and Regulation Advisory Council and the Better Regulation Commission. He is also a member of the Department for Transport expert panel on airport regulation. Before the establishment of Consumer Focus, Philip was Deputy then Acting Chief Executive of the National Consumer Council, and he has also worked at Accenture, Opinion Leader Research and Which?.

Philip has been a board member of a leading housing association and Chair of a not-for-profit organisation providing mental health services. He is a regular conference speaker on regulation and his publications include 'Consumers and regulation' and 'Better regulation: the consumer contribution.'

Mark Boleat

In 1999, Mark established Boleat Consulting, a consultancy business specialising in trade association strategy and management, regulation, consumer policy and housing finance.

Prior to this, Mark spent 25 years working for major national, European and international trade associations. He joined the Building Societies Association in 1974, holding a number of positions before being appointed Director General in 1986. He also became Director General of the Council of Mortgage Lenders when that organisation was created in 1989. In addition, between 1986 and 1989 he held the positions of Managing Director of the European Federation of Building Societies and Secretary General of the International Housing Finance Union.  Between 1993 and 1999 he was Director General of the Association of British Insurers.

Mark is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and holds numerous non-executive positions including Chairman of the Association of Labour Providers, non-executive director of the Travelers Insurance Company, Deputy Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee of the City of London and Director of the City of London Citizens Advice Bureau.

Sarah Veale CBE

Sarah Veale is Head of the Equality and Employment Rights Department at the TUC, where she has worked since 1985.

Before becoming Head of Equality and Employment Rights, Sarah was Senior Employment Rights Officer, in which role she was responsible for the development of TUC policy on employment law. She co-ordinated TUC activities in relation to the introduction of the Employment Relations Act 1999 and wrote the TUC Guide to the Act. She was also responsible for various TUC submissions to the Government, and was a member of the TUC team which negotiated the agreement with the CBI and the Government that formed the basis of the Temporary Agency Work Directive. She regularly briefs senior union officers on developments in employment and equality law. She is co-author of "Your Rights at Work", the TUC's book on employment rights.

Sarah is a member of the ACAS Council, the Women’s National Commission and the Employment Tribunals System Steering Board. She was also a member of the Government's Better Regulation Commission and the Risk and Regulation Advisory Council.

She was awarded the CBE for services to diversity in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in June 2006.

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