Four businesspeople have been appointed to the board of regional development agency Advantage West Midlands.
Rosie Winterton, Minister for Regional Economic Development and Coordination, has announced that Professor Madeleine Atkins, Kumar Muthalagappan OBE, Jonnie Turpie and councillor Roger Phillips will all take up three year appointments starting on December 14.
Ms Winterton said: “They bring a real wealth of experience and leadership to the role and the contribution they can make will be extremely valuable to the RDA’s work supporting growth in the region as the UK moves towards economic recovery.”
The four will now earn £8,666 a year for a time commitment of a minimum of two days per month on the board.
West Midlands Regional Minister Ian Austin said they would help the RDA at a challenging time for the local economy.
He said: “The West Midlands faces tough challenges and it is heartening to see people of this calibre joining AWM’s Board at this critical time. I very much look forward to working with them.”
Sir Roy McNulty, chair of Advantage West Midlands, said: “All of the new board members have in-depth knowledge of the West Midlands, as well as their own individual strengths.”
AWM said the appointments were made following open competition in accordance with the requirements set down in the Commissioner for Public Appointments Code of Practice.
It said all appointments are made on merit and political affiliation plays no part in the selection process.
Kumar Muthalagappan has been a board member of the VisitBritain board since 2002 at a remuneration of £9,435 a year, and chairs its audit committee. He has also been a board member of the Olympic Delivery Authority since its creation in 2006 at a remuneration of £15,000 a year.