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Acas appoints new Chief Executive

Vince Cable said: “Strengthening the relationship between the employer and the employee is a key element in this Government’s approach to…

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Vince Cable said:

“Strengthening the relationship between the employer and the employee is a key element in this Government’s approach to labour relations and helping Britain’s workplaces be as effective as possible.

“I welcome Anne Sharp’s appointment, she has the skills and experience to make a valuable contribution to this vital role.

“I would also like to thank John Taylor for his contribution over the past 11 years.”

Ms Sharp will take up her role in January and will replace current Chief Executive John Taylor who has been in post since 2001.

Notes to Editors

  1. Anne Sharp biography:

Anne Sharp began her civil service career in the Health and Safety Executive, where she worked on risk management policy in industries including railways, nuclear weapons, construction and offshore oil and gas. She then moved to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) where she led fisheries management policy before becoming Director of National Climate Change and Energy. She has been at The Judicial Offices as Chief Executive Officer since 2009.

  1. Acas aims to improve organisations and working life through better employment relations. They provide up-to-date information, independent advice, high-quality training and work with employers and employees to solve workplace problems and improve performance. It is an independent statutory body governed by a Council of 12 consisting of the Acas Chair, employer, trade union and independent members. More information can be found at**

**3. The Government’s economic policy objective is to achieve ‘strong, sustainable and balanced growth that is more evenly shared across the country and between industries’. It set four ambitions in the ‘Plan for Growth’ (PDF 1.7MB), published at Budget 2011:

  • To create the most competitive tax system in the G20

  • To make the UK the best place in Europe to start, finance and grow a business

  • To encourage investment and exports as a route to a more balanced economy

  • To create a more educated workforce that is the most flexible in Europe.

Work is underway across Government to achieve these ambitions, including progress on more than 250 measures as part of the Growth Review. Developing an Industrial Strategy gives new impetus to this work by providing businesses, investors and the public with more clarity about the long-term direction in which the Government wants the economy to travel.

  1. BIS’s online newsroom contains the latest press notices and speeches, as well as video and images for download. It also features an up to date list of BIS press office contacts. See []( for more information.

Notes to Editors

Contact Information

Name BIS Press Office Job Title

Division Department for Business, Innovation & Skills Phone




Name Sandra White Job Title

Division Department for Business, Innovation and Skills Phone 020 7215 5937 Fax



Published 13 November 2012