The Prime Minister has appointed Baroness Angela Browning as the new Chair of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments (ACoBA). The appointment will be for a single non-renewable term of 5 years, and will be effective from 1 January 2015.
Baroness Browning will take over from Sir Hugh Stevenson, who has been Interim Chair of the Advisory Committee since April 2014. The Prime Minister is very grateful to Sir Hugh for stepping in to lead the Committee during this interim period.
Angela has been a Member of ACoBA since June 2014 (Conservative Party nominee). She is a highly experienced senior Parliamentarian. She was MP for Tiverton from 1992 to 1997, and for Tiverton and Honiton from 1997 to 2010. She was Parliamentary Private Secretary to Michael Forsyth as Minister of State, Department of Employment, from 1993 to 1994; and Parliamentary Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food from 1994 to 1997. She was made a life peer in 2010. She has been Government Spokesperson for the Home Office in the House of Lords, and Minister of State for Crime Prevention and Anti-Social Behaviour Reduction, Home Office (2011). She was an Electoral Commissioner from 2010 to 2012. She is a member of the Lords Select Committee on the Arctic and Liaison Committee
Before entering Parliament, Angela was a teacher; auxiliary nurse; and management consultant. She was also Director of the Small Business Bureau from 1985 to 1994; Chair of Women into Business from 1988 to 1992; and a Member of the Department of Employment Advisory Committee for Women’s Employment from 1989 to 1992.
She is a Fellow and Vice President of the Institute of Sales and Marketing Management. She is also Vice President of the National Autistic Society and the Alzheimer’s Society, and a Patron of Research Autism and Action Against Elder Abuse.
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The appointment is for 5 years and will be effective from 1 January 2015.
The Chairman of the Advisory Committee receives a non-pensionable honorarium of £8,000 per annum and is expected to commit an average of 2-3 days a month to the role.
The appointment process for this role was in full accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments’ Code of Practice.
The Public Administration Select Committee held a pre-appointment hearing on 9 December, and has published a report on the appointment which says:
We are satisfied that Baroness Browning has the professional competence and personal independence required for the post of Chair of the Advisory
Committee on Business Appointments as it is currently constituted.
The Advisory Committee on Business Appointments is an advisory non-departmental public body (NDPB) sponsored by the Cabinet Office. The Chair and Members are appointed by the Prime Minister.
Additional information about the Advisory Committee and its work is available on its website