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2002-11-28 DfT-001
Department for Transport


New members strengthen SRA board

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Department for Transport

New members strengthen SRA board

28 Nov 2002 00:00
source Department for Transport
type Press release

Authority board.

Today, Alistair Darling confirmed the following appointments:

- Urmila Banerjee, a former senior vice president in BT who has experience of delivering large-scale projects;

- Janet Lewis-Jones, a former barrister and senior water industry professional appointed after consultation with the National Assembly for Wales; and

- David Norgrove, an Executive Director at Marks & Spencer and former senior civil servant.

Together, these appointments bring additional expertise on consumer issues and financial management to the SRA. All three new members also have practical experience of the interface between government and industry.

Notes For Editors

Biographical details

1. Urmila (Millie) Banerjee holds several non-executive appointments. Her current public appoints, with remuneration indicated, are:

- member of the Management Board of the Cabinet Office (no remuneration)
- non-executive director of the Office of Communications (£30,000 per annum)
- non-executive director of Sector Skills Development Agency (£300 per day worked)
- Commissioner for Judicial Appointments (£300 per day worked)

Previously she spent twenty-five years with BT (1970 to 1995) culminating at Director level in BT Products and Services Division, followed by Senior Vice President ICO Global Communications (1995 to 2000). She has been a non- executive director of Channel 4 TV (2000 to 2002), the Prisons Board (1990 to 1995), a board member of Focus (1994 to 1998) and a member of governing body of Southbank University (1993 to 1997).

Ms Banerjee has not undertaken any relevant political activity in the last 5 years.

2. Janet Lewis-Jones was called to the Bar. She spent many years as a civil servant before moving to work in the water industry when it was being privatised. Now self employed, she does some advisory work and acts as the independent Chairman of the Membership Selection Panel for Glas Cymru Cyf. She is Vice President of the British Board of Film Classification. Her ministerial appointments, with remuneration indicated, are as follows:

- until end December 2002: Board Member, Welsh Fourth Channel Authority, S4C TV (£8,000 per annum)
- Commissioner, Postal Services Commission (£15,000 per annum) - Board Member, British Waterways (£10,200 per annum)

Ms Lewis-Jones is a regular rail user, who is keen to see improvements in rail services. She is Welsh and lives in Wales, and is therefore familiar with the special requirements and circumstances of Wales in relation to the railways. Her appointment is in accordance with sections 202(3) and 202(5) of the Transport Act 2000. Ms. Lewis-Jones has not undertaken any relevant political activity in the last 5 years.

3. David Norgrove worked for sixteen years in the Civil Service, mainly in HM Treasury, before taking up a series of key executive positions at Marks & Spencer.

His roles at the Treasury included a review of public expenditure accounting, and being responsible for the Treasury interest in defence spending. This was followed by a three-year spell as Private Secretary to the Prime Minister, Mrs. Thatcher.

Within Marks & Spencer, Mr. Norgrove has been responsible for businesses in Europe and for Menswear. He is now one of 5 Executive Directors who are planning, communicating and leading the recovery of Marks & Spencer, with responsibility for clothing and international. He currently holds no other public appointments.

Mr. Norgrove has previously made two small donations to a constituency branch of the Labour Party, but has otherwise undertaken no further relevant political activity in the last 5 years.

4. Terms of Appointment

All new members of the SRA board will be appointed on December 1st, 2002 and appointments will be for 4 years. Their remuneration will be £14,190 per annum. The appointments are not pensionable.

5. The Strategic Rail Authority

The Strategic Rail Authority is a non-departmental public body, established under the Transport Act 2000. It is responsible for:

- promoting the use of the railway network for the carriage of passengers and goods;
- securing the development of the railway network; and
- contributing to the development of an integrated system of transport for passengers and goods.

Public Enquiries: 020 7944 8300
Department for Transport Website: http://www.dft.gov.uk

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