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New Board of Directors for the Gangmasters Licensing Authority appointed

A new Board of Directors has been appointed to the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA).

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Karen Bradley

Following an open selection process six new appointments have been made to the new Board:

  • Simon Allbutt, a human resources specialist, with extensive experience of the food industry, human resources, organisational development and governance;
  • Bill Butler, the outgoing chief executive of the Security Industry Authority. He has enforcement, compliance, regulation and change management experience;
  • Angela Coleshill, the employment, skills and corporate director at the Food and Drink Federation, was a previous Board member chairing the GLA Finance and General Purposes Committee. She is an HR specialist with significant experience of both the food industry and the GLA;
  • Professor Linda Dickens, an Emeritus Professor of Industrial Relations at the University of Warwick and and an Independent Member of the Council of Acas. She has expertise in employment law, labour relations and human resource management;
  • Marshall Evans, a previous Board member representing labour providers. He was previously group operations director of Staffline and is a non-executive director of the Recruitment and Employment Federation. He has a substantial commercial background as well as significant experience of the GLA; and
  • Paul Williams, chief executive of the Sea Fish Industry and a council member of the Shellfish Association of Great Britain. In addition to the seafood industry he has broad commercial and regulatory experience.

Appointments are subject to the necessary security clearances being obtained. The remaining two Board positions will be recruited later in the year.

Home Office Minister for Modern Slavery and Organised Crime Karen Bradley said:

I am very pleased to announce the appointment of a new Board of non-executive Directors for the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA).

The new Board has a wide range of background and experience to draw upon that will be invaluable in taking forward the GLA’s work to protect vulnerable and exploited workers and tackling unlicensed and criminal activity.

I would also like to thank the outgoing Board members for their significant contribution over the past few years.

Key priorities for the year ahead include implementing the GLA Licensing Standards to ensure that they best support the authority’s strategic aim, priorities and outcomes and presenting alternative sustainable funding models for consideration by the Home Office.

The new Board’s term will be staggered over two and three years until 19 March 2018.

Published 27 March 2015