HC Deb 15 January 1998 vol 304 c295W
Mr. Ancram

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what criteria determined the appointment of the chairpersons of the three Scottish water authorities. [22042]

Mr. Dewar

The new Chairmen of the East and North water authorities, who take up those positions on 1 April 1998, were appointed to the respective authorities in accordance with the procedures laid down by the Commissioner for Public Appointments' Code of Practice. All candidates were firstly assessed against a list of the knowledge, experience and personal qualities desirable for a Board member. In selecting Chairmen from the membership, I then considered the field in the light of the following desirable attributes:

  • substantial public or private sector experience, preferably at Chairman level;
  • effective ambassadorial skills;
  • ability to develop a clear vision of the future of the public utilities;
  • proven leadership qualities;
  • ability to command respect, inspire and motivate both within the Board and within the organisation as a whole;
  • possess knowledge of management practices in the public sector.