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Recent non executive appointments to Department of Health public bodies

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A number of non executive appointments and re-appointments have recently been confirmed in relation to the following Department of Health public…

A number of non executive appointments and re-appointments have recently been confirmed in relation to the following Department of Health public bodies:

Care Quality Commission

Stephen Hitchins was appointed as non executive director with effect from 9 July 2012 for three years. The offer of appointment is for a time commitment of between two to three days per month and remuneration of £7,883 per annum.

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

Six non executive members were re-appointed up to 31 December 2012. These include:

  • Hossam Abdalla (from 29 September 2012)
  • Professor David Archard (from 31 October 2012)
  • Ruth Fasht (from 31 October 2012)
  • Sally Cheshire (from 6 November 2012)
  • Dr Andrew Greenfield (from 8 November 2012)
  • Dr Alan Thornfield (from 8 November 2012)

The offer of appointment will continue to be for a time commitment of approximately three days per month and remuneration of £7,883 per annum. Sally Cheshire also holds another ministerial appointment as a non executive director of the Health Research Authority.

Administration of Radioactive Substances Advisory Committee

Dr Catherine Coyle has been appointed as non executive member for four years. David Wyn Jones, Dr Lorenzo Biassoni and Dr Wai Lup Wong were re-appointed as non executive directors for three years with effect from 1 July 2012.

There is no remuneration for these posts but expenses are paid in line with Department of Health policy. The offer of appointment is for a time commitment of two meetings a year and about one and a half hours commitment per week.

National Information Governance Board

Sir Rodney Brooke and Sylvia Rothschild’s terms as non executive members have been extended with effect from 1 October 2012 for a further six months or until the board is abolished. The offer of appointment will continue to be for a time commitment of approximately six meetings per year and remuneration of £175 per meeting.

Expert Advisory Group on Aids

Dr Jeremy Hawker, Sir Nick Partridge and Dr Alison Rimmer’s terms have been extended as non executive members for a further two months with effect from 1 September 2012. Expenses will continue to be paid in line with Health Protection Agency policy.

Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants

Dr Paul Cullinan, Professor Stephen Holgate, John Stedman, Professor Hugh Ross Anderson and Dr Richard Atkinson have been re-appointed as non executive members for three years.

Professor Dick Derwent and Professor Duncan Laxen have been re-appointed as non executive members for one year with effect from 1 September 2012.

The offer of appointment will continue to be for a time commitment of up to 10 days per year and remuneration of £153 per meeting.

Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens

Professor George Griffin has been re-appointed as chair until 5 September 2014 with effect from 1 November 2012. The offer of appointment will continue to be for a time commitment of three meetings per year and any sub group meetings as applicable, plus email correspondence.

Professor Armine Sefton and Karen Jones have been re-appointed as non executive members for three years with effect from 1 January 2013.

The offer of appointment will continue to be for a time commitment of three meetings per year plus email correspondence

Professor Colin Howard, Professor Will Irving, Dr Phil Minor, Gordon Sutehall and Dr John Keddie terms have been extended for a further fout months as non executive members with effect from 1 November 2012. There is no remuneration for these posts but expenses are paid in line with Department of Health policy.

Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infections

Professor Alison Holmes has been re-appointed as non executive member for two years with effect from 1 September 2012. This offer will continue to be for a time commitment of three meetings per year and contributions to sub-groups as appropriate. There is no remuneration for this post but expenses will continue to be paid in line with Department of Health policy.

Independent Review Panel for Advertising Medicines and Independent Review Panel for Borderline Substances

Kevin Mooney’s term as chair of both panels has been extended until 31 December 2012 with effect from 1 September 2012. The offer of appointment will continue to be for a time commitment of approximately six meetings per year and remuneration of £325 per meeting.

These appointments are made in accordance with the code of practice for ministerial appointments to public bodies, issued by the commissioner for public appointments.  All appointments are made on merit and political activity played no part in the process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity (if any declared) to be made public. Stephen Hitchins has acted as a political agent, canvassed on behalf of his party and has made a recordable donation for the Liberal Democrats. Professor Will Irving has canvassed at local and general elections for the Labour party.