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Reappointments to the Regulatory Policy Committee

Chair and three members reappointed to the Regulatory Policy Committee

We are pleased to announce the re-appointment of Michael Gibbons, Ken Warwick, Sarah Veale and Martin Traynor to the Regulatory Policy Committee. All appointees have substantial experience and expertise, equipping them to play a key role in overseeing the government’s better regulation agenda.

Michael Gibbons OBE

Michael Gibbons OBE was appointed Chair of the Regulatory Policy Committee when it became a public body in 2012; prior to that he led the Committee for two years and served on the Better Regulation Commission from 2002. In 2007 he produced the ‘Gibbons Review’ examining employment dispute resolution regulations and received the OBE for services to regulatory reform in 2008.

Michael’s current roles in business include:

  • Chair, Elexon Ltd and BSC Panel

  • Non Executive Director, 2Co Power (Yorkshire) Ltd.

  • Chair, Carbon Capture Storage Association

  • Member, Advisory Board, Ocean Power Technologies inc.

He is also a member of the High Level Group on Administrative Burdens, European Commission.

Michael Gibbon’s term of appointment has been extended until 31 March 2017. Michael has been a member of RPC since it was established in 2009. At the end of this reappointment, his total service on the Committee will be 7 years. This is in line with the OPCA code guidance that members of public bodies should not serve more than 10 years in the same post.

Michael Gibbons said:

I am honoured to have been asked to continue serving as Chair of the Regulatory Policy Committee, and I am delighted that some of the existing members will also continue in their positions. This recognises the hard work and dedication that has enabled the Committee to review the evidence supporting over 1,600 proposed changes in the law affecting businesses, charities and voluntary groups.

In a relatively new body such as the RPC, a degree of continuity is essential to ensure that the vast body of knowledge acquired through the life of this parliament is not squandered. We believe this expertise, and our independence, has contributed to improving the quality of analysis and evidence used in support of government proposals.

Sarah Veale

Sarah Veale CBE is Head of the Equality and Employment Rights Department at the Trades Union Congress (TUC), where she has worked since 1985. She was a member of the TUC team which negotiated the agreement with the CBI and the Government that formed the basis of the Temporary Agency Work Directive; she is also responsible for the development of TUC policy on employment law. Sarah was awarded the CBE for services to diversity in 2006.

Sarah is currently a member of:

  • the Board of the Health and Safety Executive
  • the Board of the Equality and Human Rights Commission

Her previous memberships include:

  • Better Regulation Commission
  • Risk and Regulation Advisory Council
  • ACAS Board

Sarah Veale’s term of appointment has been extended until 31 March 2017. Sarah has been a member of RPC since it was established in 2009. At the end of this reappointment, her total service on the Committee will be 7 years. This is in line with the OPCA code guidance that members of public bodies should not serve more than 10 years in the same post.

Ken Warwick

Ken Warwick is an independent economics consultant who has undertaken studies for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the World Bank on industrial policy and innovation. He also lectures at the University of Warwick.

Until July 2011 Ken was a senior member of the Government Economic Service and the Director of Analysis in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. He served as Chief Economist and Acting Director General, Economics there during 2010. He has also worked as a senior economist in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the International Monetary Fund in Washington.

Ken Warwick’s term of appointment has been extended until 31 March 2018. Ken has been a member of RPC since 2012. At the end of this reappointment, his total service on the Committee will be 6 years. This is in line with the OPCA code guidance that members of public bodies should not serve more than 10 years in the same post.

Martin Traynor

Martin Traynor is a former Group Chief Executive of the Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce. He has extensive experience in the hospitality industry, having worked in hotel management for 22 years.

Martin Traynor’s term of appointment has been extended until 31 March 2017. Martin has been a member of RPC since 2012. At the end of this reappointment, his total service on the Committee will be 5 years. This is in line with the OPCA code guidance that members of public bodies should not serve more than 10 years in the same post.

Other members

Four other existing members of the Committee will continue in their roles until 31 March 2015.

The Regulatory Policy Committee was established in 2009 and became an independent advisory non-departmental public body in 2012. The RPC provide the government with external, independent scrutiny of new regulatory and deregulatory proposals. Appointments to the RPC are made by the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills in line with the OCPA Code of Practice.