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Appointment of Steve Wilson as non-executive director of the Coal Authority

Steven Wilson has been appointed for 3 years as a non-executive board member of the Coal Authority.

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Baroness Neville-Rolfe, Minister of State for Energy and Intellectual Property at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, has approved the appointment of Steven Wilson for 3 years as a non-executive board member of the Coal Authority.

Mr Wilson is the Managing Director of Wastewater Service at Dwr Cymru Welsh Water and is responsible for the operational management and strategic development of the Wastewater Service including 840 sewage works, around 2,000 pumping stations and 35,000 kilometres of sewers. He leads for the company on maintenance, transport, energy and environmental regulation.

Mr Wilson will form part of the leadership team of the Coal Authority, which manages the impact of around £3 billion of environmental and safety liabilities associated with coal mining.

He will take up the role on 1 April 2017 as a replacement for the outgoing Tricia Henton.

Steven Wilson’s appointment has been made in accordance with the requirements of the Commissioner for Public Appointments. The appointment is for a 3 year period and he will assume office on 1 April 2017. He will receive a remuneration of £11,666 per annum. Mr Wilson holds no other ministerial appointments. He has not undertaken any political activity. He is currently the Managing Director of Wastewater Service at Dwr Cymru Welsh Water.

The Coal Authority was established by Parliament in 1994 with specific statutory responsibilities associated with: licensing coal mining operations in the UK, handling coal mining subsidence damage claims, property and historic liability issues such as treatment of minewater discharges, providing public access to information on past and present coal mining operations, and, the provision of emergency call-out service for reported surface hazards.

Published 6 December 2016