12 Oct 2001 12:00 AM

Members of the fifth Advisory Committee on Business and the Environment (ACBE) were announced today by Environment Minister Michael Meacher on behalf of the Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry.

Chris Fay CBE, formerly Chairman and Chief Executive of Shell UK Ltd, has been reappointed as chairman of the new committee. Nine other existing members who had indicated they were willing to serve another term have also been reappointed. They are: Gerry Acher CBE (Senior Partner, KPMG), Robin Bidwell CBE (Chairman, ERM), Vic Cocker CBE (Chief Executive, WRAP), Roy Gardner (Chief Executive, Centrica PLC), Richard Haythornthwaite (Chief Executive Officer, Invensys), Ian McAllister CBE (Chairman and Chief Executive, Ford Motor Company Ltd), Dee Razdan (Director, Bombardier Transportation), Harry Skidmore (Chairman, Easi-Bind International Ltd), Ian Stephenson (Director of IT, EHS and Personnel, Johnson Matthey), Alan Tillotson (Chief Executive, ARENA Network: Wales Environment Centre).

In addition, ten new members have been appointed to the Committee, they are: Nick Baldwin (Chief Executive, Powergen), Tony Bastock OBE (Group Managing Director, Contract Chemicals), Colin Drummond (Chief Executive, Viridor Ltd), Linda McGoldrick (Senior Vice President, Marsh-MMC), Chris Mellor (Chief Executive, Anglian Water Plc), Lynne Meredith, (Group Planning and Environment Director, BAA), Sir Nigel Mobbs (Chairman, Slough Estates plc), Paul Morgan, (Managing Director, Roseberry Recycling Ltd), Peter Morgan (Chairman, Baltimore Technologies plc) and Ken Vowles OBE (Executive Director International, Scottish Power).

The following existing members have decided to stand down from ACBE: Rodney Chase (Deputy Group Chief Executive, BP Amoco plc), Professor Gordon Edge (CEO, Generics Group Ltd), Sheila Hamilton (Director, Teknek Electronics Ltd) and Rob Margetts (Chairman, Europe, Huntsman Corporation).

Mr Meacher said:

''ACBE has played a key role in the development of major initiatives such as emissions trading and the establishment of the Carbon Trust. It has also produced clear and thought provoking briefing for businesses. I wish to express my thanks to outgoing members for their contribution to the work of the committee. We now look forward to its future work, particularly on issues such as resource productivity and climate change adaptation.''


1. Biographical details -

Chris Fay has been chairman of ACBE since June 1999, and was formerly Chairman and Chief Executive of Shell UK Ltd. He is currently Non-Executive Chairman of Expro International Group plc, Non-Executive Director of BAA plc, Anglo-American plc, Stena Drilling Ltd, Deputy Chairman of Stena International b.v. and Non-Executive Director of the Weir Group plc. He was awarded a CBE in 1999 for services to the gas and oil industry.

Gerry Acher is a member of the Board of KPMG and the Senior Partner of its London office. He has been with KPMG for most of his career as a chartered accountant and was until 1998 UK Head of Audit and Accounting and Chairman of the world-wide Audit and Accounting Committee. He is Chairman of the Audit Faculty of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He became aware of sustainable development as a priority issue in 1998 through the Prince of Wales'' Business and Environment Programme and was instrumental in the creation of a Sustainability Unit within KPMG. He was awarded a CBE in 1999 for his charitable work with disabled people.

Nick Baldwin became Powergen''s Chief Executive in February 2001. He is also Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Climate Change Projects Office, Chairman of Powergen CHP Ltd and a Director of Midlands Excellence. He is also the UK represenative on the IEA''s Coal Industry Advisory Board.

Dr Tony W. Bastock is Group Managing Director of Contract Chemicals Ltd. He is Vice-President of the Chemical Industries Association, a CIA Council Member and Chairman of the Business and Trade Board. He is the past Chairman of the International Business Promotion Committee of the Chemical Industries Association.

He has considerable research interests and under his Chairmanship, the research team working on new environmentally-friendly catalysts, Envirocats, in collaboration with the University of York, won the Better Environment Award for Technology and been a finalist in the Prince of Wales Award for Innovation. In 1994 he was awarded the Royal Society of Arts Howarth Medal for Enterprise and Innovation in the North West. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and in 1998 he was awarded the OBE for Services to the Chemical Industry.

Robin Bidwell is Executive Chairman of Environmental Resources Management; the company provides environmental consulting services in 34 countries around the world. His external interests include council membership of NERC (Natural Environment Research Council), Director of The Green Alliance, council member of WBCSD (World Business Council on Sustainable Development), Director of NU Morley''s Quarterly High Income Investment Trust. He was awarded a CBE in 1999 for services to the environment.

Vic Cocker is Chairman of WRAP the company established with DETR/DTI support to develop markets in recycled resources and Chaired ACBE''s Waste Working Group. He is a non executive Director of Railtrack Plc and AGA Foodservice Plc. He was formally Group Chief Executive of Severn Trent PLC and was awarded the CBE in 2000 for services to the Water Industry.

Colin Drummond is Executive Director, Pennon Group Plc and Chief Executive, Viridor Ltd, Pennon''s waste management and environmental instrumentation business. Prior to joining Pennon he was divisional chief executive of Coats Viyella plc, and executive director of Reynold plc, a strategy consultant with the Boston Consulting Group and an official with the Bank of England. He is a member of the CBI''s Environmental Affairs Committee and South West Regional Council. He holds an MA from Oxford University and an MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.

Roy Gardner had extensive experience in the electronic, engineering and telecommunications sectors before joining British Gas in 1994 as Finance Director. He became Chief Executive of Centrica plc in 1997 when that company was formed from the demerger of British Gas. He has recently become a Companion of the Institute of Management, is President of the Carers'' National Association and Chairman of the Employers Forum on Disability. He has a keen interest in environmental and climate change issues.

Richard Haythornthwaite became Chief Executive Officer of Invensys on 1st October 2001. Rick began his career with BP in 1978 as a geologist. After nearly twenty years in the oil industry with BP and Premier Oil plc, Rick joined Blue Circle Industries PLC in October 1997, and became Chief Executive Officer in 1999. He is currently a non-executive Director with Cookson Group plc, ICI plc and Lafarge. He is Chairman of the British American Arts Association and Centre for Creative Communities. He is also a Sloan Fellow of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Ian McAllister has been Chairman and Chief Executive of Ford Motor Company Ltd since 1992 and Managing Director since 1991. He is Chairman of The Carbon Trust (2001-) and was Co-Chairman of the Cleaner Vehicles Task Force (1998-2000).

He is also Non-Executive Director, Scottish & Newcastle plc (1996-), Deputy Chairman, Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (2000-), Vice President SMMT (1998-) a Member of the Advisory Body on Victim Support (1993-), Trustee Nat. Motor Museum, Beaulieu (1992-) and Vice President, Institute of the Motor Industry (1992-). He was awarded the CBE in 1996.

Linda McGoldrick is Senior Vice President of Marsh MMC. She is Founder and Non- Executive Chairman of Financial Health Associates International, combining 22 years of healthcare management and consultancy experience with 4 years in investment banking. She has served as a Board Director and as International Operations and Marketing Director of Veos Plc, a European medical devices company and serves on the Boards of CraneWare Ltd, a UK healthcare software company and Health Alliance/, a US medical devices and distribution company. Previously Ms McGoldrick was Managing Director Europe for Kaiser Permanente International.

Chris Mellor IPFA was appointed Chief Executive of Anglian Water Plc in August 2000. Prior to that he was Group Managing Director from 1998 - 2000, Group Finance Director from 1990 - 1998 and previously Head of Finance and Planning Anglian Water Plc and Anglian Water Authority. He has also served as a Non-Executive Director of the Addenbrookes NHS Trust 1994 - 1998 and is a member of the Council of Cranfield University. He is also Chairman of Business in the Community (East Anglia) and a Member of the CBI Economic Affairs Committee.

Lynne Meredith is Group Planning and Environment Director of the airports group, BAA plc. She has worked in the air transport industry for 16 years, initially as a lawyer. In BAA she is responsible for shaping the company''s environment policies, and the development of sustainable future airport growth strategies. Lynne has been air transport adviser to the South East of England Regional Development Agency Infrastructure Committee since its inception.

Sir Nigel Mobbs is Chairman of Slough Estates plc and Bovis Homes Group plc. He is also a non-executive director of Barclays plc. He is a former chairman of the Groundwork Foundation and is currently Lord-Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire.

Paul Morgan is Managing Director of Roseberry Recycling Ltd, a Tees Valley based recycling collection business formed in 1995. He is a member of the `Small Business Council` a non - departmental public body advising the Secretary of State for Trade & Industry and Chief Executive of the Small Business Service on Small Business issues. He is also heavily involved in the promotion of Entrepreneurship in young people & a significant interest in Environmental issues

Peter Morgan was educated at Llandovery College and Trinity Hall Cambridge. He is a member of the Council of Lloyd''s and a director of the Association of Lloyd''s Members. He is chairman of Baltimore Technologies plc, and a former chairman of South Wales Electricity plc, NPI, Pace Micro Technology plc and KSCL Ltd.

He is a director of Oxford Instruments plc and Firth Holdings plc, and a former director of Freedom Foods Ltd. He is also a former director of IBM UK and IBM Europe, and a former director general of the Institute of Directors.

Dee Razdan is Director of Bombardier Transportation, the largest Railway Manufacturing and Supply Company in the world. Bombardier Transportation have major manufacturing and maintenance sites in the UK. Born in Lucknow, northern India, he obtained a degree in maths and physics before arriving in Lincoln at the age of 19 to take-up an apprenticeship at Ruston and Hornby''s diesel works. He has high standing both as a first-class professional engineer and as a manager and brings to the Committee the perspective of large-scale manufacturing in a traditonal but rapidly modernising engineering industry which has a major stake in a more sustainable future.

Harry Skidmore is the founder and Chairman of Easi-bind International Ltd, a Derbyshire-based company producing document presentation materials. He has been heavily involved in promoting environmental and sustainable development best practice in the East Midlands. At the national level, he has recently participated in the Prince of Wales'' Business and Environment Programme.

Ian Stephenson is Director of Information Technology, Environmental Health and Safety, Personnel and Pensions for the Johnson Matthey Group. Beginning his career as an electrical and systems engineer, Ian has wide business experience, having worked also for Unilever and the chemical industry. He chaired ACBE''s Climate Change working group, which produced ACBE recommendations on the establishment of the Carbon Trust.

Alan Tillotson has for 8 years been Chief Executive of ARENA Network, an independent organisation that provides guidance, information and practical support on the whole range of environmental issues to companies and other organisations in Wales. Prior to this, and over some 20 years, he held a range of posts in Welsh Water plc and Hyder plc at both group and subsidiary level in water resources, marketing and business development. He has extensive experience of engaging Welsh business on environmental improvement as a route to greater business efficiency and a particular understanding of SMEs and sustainability issues. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and is a panel member of the Forum for Environmental and Sustainable Development Awards.

Ken Vowles, 58, is ScottishPower''s Executive Director, International, with direct responsibility for managing acquisitions and developing international opportunities. He also reports to the Board on the Company''s Safety and Environmental activities with responsibility for developing a strategy to ensure continuous improvement. He chairs the largest Utility portal in Europe, whose founder members are the 12 largest utilities in Europe and which has a projected turnover of 40bn euro. This year, Ken Vowles is Past President of Scottish Engineering and, is an Honorary Professor of Heriot-Watt University. He is a Chartered Engineer (CEng), a Fellow of the Institution of Electrical Engineers (FIEE), a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE) and a Companion of the British Institute of Management (MBIM). In June 2001 he was honoured with an OBE in The Queen''s Birthday Honours List.

2. The Advisory Committee on Business and the Environment (ACBE) was established in May 1991 in response to a commitment in the 1990 Environment White Paper, This Common Inheritance, to engage in a strategic dialogue with business on environmental issues. The members are senior business people jointly appointed by the Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and serve in a personal capacity.

3. ACBE''s most recent progress report was published in October 2000, and covered its work on Climate Change, Resource Productivity and the production of guidance on Internalising Sustainability into business practices. The Carbon Trust was launched in March 2001 with the help of recommendations and input made by ACBE and the committee also produced recommendations on the establishment of a Kyoto Mechanisms Office, to promote business awareness and participation in Joint Implementation and the Clean Development Mechanism. Most recently, ACBE has produced a report on resource productivity and the level of the landfill tax.

4. For business, ACBE recently produced a briefing paper, Value, Growth, Success - how sustainable is your business?, aimed specifically at company Directors and distributed to the Chairmen of the UK''s top 10,000 companies. This paper has been followed up with the development Better Returns - how sustainable is your investment?, guidance for pension and investment fund managers. An exposure draft of this document has been circulated for consultation, with a final version due to be published later this year.

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