INNOVATION, UNIVERSITIES,SCIENCE & SKILLS PRESS NOTICE

INNOVATION, UNIVERSITIES, SCIENCE & SKILLS COMMITTEE
Select Committee Press Release  Media enquiries: Tel. No. 020 7219 5693 Email: [email protected]


INNOVATION, UNIVERSITIES, SCIENCE & SKILLS COMMITTEE
Select Committee Press Release  Media enquiries: Tel. No. 020 7219 5693 Email: [email protected]

12 May 2009

Committee publishes report of pre-appointment hearing with Chair-elect of the Economic and Social Research Council

The appointment of Dr Alan Gillespie CBE as the new Chair of the ESRC has been endorsed in a report published today by the Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Committee.

The Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills announced that Dr Gillespie was the Government’s preferred candidate for the role on 6 April 2009. The Committee was invited to hold a pre-appointment hearing, a process introduced following Government proposals to enhance parliamentary scrutiny of appointments to key public offices. The Committee held the hearing on 5 May 2009 and subsequently endorsed Dr Gillespie’s appointment, noting his “preparation, openness and awareness of the issues”.

Chairman of the Committee, Phil Willis MP said “This was the first pre-appointment hearing our Committee has held, and we found it a very constructive process. We were impressed with
Dr Gillespie’s insight and plans for the ESRC, and look forward to scrutinising the work of the Council under his Chairmanship”.

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