INNOVATION, UNIVERSITIES, SCIENCE AND SKILLS COMMITTEE

Select Committee Press Release
19 May 2009

Committee publishes report of pre-appointment hearing with Chair-elect of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

The appointment of Professor Sir Tom Blundell as the new Chair of the BBSRC 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 Professor Blundell 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 hearing took place on 13 May 2009, and the Committee subsequently approved the appointment. Professor Blundell will succeed current Chair Dr Peter Ringrose.

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