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Department of Energy and Climate Change: Two new members of Civil Nuclear Police Authority appointed

Press Release   •   Dec 24, 2009 10:12 GMT

Energy and Climate Change Minister Lord Hunt today announced the appointment of Stephen Barrett and Robert Wright as members of the Civil Nuclear Police Authority.

The Civil Nuclear Police Authority is the public body which oversees the Civil Nuclear Constabulary (CNC). The CNC provides a dedicated, on-site armed response capability for designated civil nuclear sites and designated movements of civil nuclear material.

The independent members of the Civil Nuclear Police Authority provide independent scrutiny of the CNC, and are similar to non-executive directors of a company.

Lord Hunt said:

"Stephen Barrett and Robert Wright will bring a wealth of expertise and experience gained at a very high level in their respective fields.  I am confident that they will make a valuable contribution to this important area of work and am delighted to welcome them as members of the Authority."

Notes to Editors

1. These appointments have been made in accordance with the requirements of the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

2. These appointments were made on merit and political activity played no part in the selection process.  However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity (if any declared) to be made public.  In response to the political activity questionnaire to be completed by all applicants for public appointments, Stephen Barrett and Robert Wright have declared that they have undertaken no declarable political activity.

3. Stephen Barrett and Robert Wright will each receive £17,500 per year as members of the Civil Nuclear Police Authority (CNPA).

4. Stephen Barrett has been appointed for three years from 1st April 2010.  He is International Chairman, Corporate Finance at KPMG until his retirement next March.  He is a non executive director of the National Fraud Authority, of the Royal Air Force Board and of the Air Command Operating Board, and is a former non executive director of the Serious Organised Crime Agency.

5. Robert Wright has been appointed for three years from 4th January 2010.  He is a management consultant and former senior civil servant.  He is a member of the Security Vetting Appeals Panel.

6. More details of the CNPA are at http://www.cnpa.police.uk/

7. The Department of Energy and Climate Change is central to the UK Government’s leadership on climate change.  We are pushing hard for an ambitious global deal in Copenhagen in December to avert the most dangerous impacts.  Through our UK Low Carbon Transition Plan we are giving householders and businesses the incentives and advice they need to cut their emissions, we are enabling the energy sector’s shift to the trinity of renewables, new nuclear and clean coal, and we are stepping up the fight against fuel poverty.

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