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Bryan Gray re-appointed for second term for £348M Development Agency

Bryan Gray, the current Chair of North West Regional Development Agency (NWDA), has been reappointed for a second term, the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry Patricia Hewitt announced today.

Bryan Gray first took up post as Chair of NWDA on 1 April 2002. His reappointment will take effect on 1 April 2005 and will run until 13 December 2008. His time commitment and salary will remain unchanged at £74,781 (£76,875 with effect from 1 April 2005, following annual revalorisation) for a time commitment of 3 days per week. Bryan is a member of the National Learning and Skills Council and is currently Pro-Chancellor of the University of Lancaster. He has a considerable amount of experience working in industry, through his time at Baxi Technologies, where he is currently Chairman, and at ICI. He has been recongnised for his commitment to the region when he was awarded an MBE in 2001, for services to regeneration in Preston.

Patricia Hewitt said:

“I am pleased to be able to reappoint Bryan as Chair of NWDA. He has done much to drive forward change in the Agency and has delivered a Regional Economic Strategy that is fresh and clear and focused on the action needed to deliver prosperity across the region for the future. I know that he will continue to do so in the coming years.”

Bryan Gray said:

“Over the last three years the North West region has seen many positive developments. I am proud of the Regional Development Agencys contribution to sustainable economic development and delighted to be reappointed to lead the agency for another term.”

The North West Regional Development Agency (NWDA) provides strategic leadership, programmes and funding to ensure the sustainable economic development and regeneration of one of the UKs largest regions. The Agency provides support for a variety of projects and initiatives such as the Lowry Centre and Imperial War Museum North, both of which are helping to restore once-redundant dock areas by way of increased tourism and by providing much needed employment opportunities.

Government funding for NWDAs 2005-06 budget is £384m.

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