HC Deb 12 March 1996 vol 273 cc524-5W
Mr. Patrick Thompson

To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will make a statement on the chairmanship and composition of the boards of AEA Technology plc and the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority. [20718]

Mr. Lang

AEA Technology plc will be vested with the property, rights and liabilities of the commercial activities of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority on 31 March. On that date, Sir Anthony Cleaver will relinquish his appointment as chairman of the authority and become chairman of AEA Technology plc. Admiral Sir Kenneth Eaton will succeed Sir Anthony as chairman of the authority. Sir Kenneth's leadership qualities and his extensive experience of nuclear planning and procurement will be of particular value in this role.

In addition to Sir Anthony, the board of AEA Technology plc will comprise the following:

Executive directors

  • Dr. Peter Watson (Chief Executive)
  • Mr. Ray Proctor
  • Mr. Mike Watson

Non-executive directors

  • Dr. Brian Eyre (Deputy Chairman)
  • Professor Mike Brady
  • Mr. Gordon Campbell
  • Mr. Colin Sharman
  • Mrs. Steve Shirley

The non-executive directors currently serve as members of UKAEA and will relinquish their appointment at vesting.

From 31 March, the members of the authority will be:

  • Chairman:
    • Admiral Sir Kenneth Eaton
  • Executive members:
    • Dr. Derek Pooley (Chief Executive)
    • Mr. John Baxter
    • Mr. James Bretherton
    • Dr. Roy Nelson
    • Mr. Paul White
  • Non-executive members:
    • Mr. Chris Appleton
    • Dr. Rex Gaisford
    • Mr. Trevor Harrison
    • Mr. Neil Hirst
    • Mr. Clive Pickford

All currently serve as members of the management board of UKAEA Government division.