Jim Knight, Minister of State for Schools and Learners, today announced the reappointment of Graham Badman and the appointment of the following three new members to the Becta board:
Welcoming the appointments Jim Knight said:
"The new board members bring with them a wide range of experience from the industry and I am delighted that they are joining the other high calibre individuals on the Becta board, the Chair and CEO to ensure that Becta continues in the strategic direction that we are seeking. These new appointments together with the reappointment of Graham Badman will strengthen the Becta Board, putting it in a stronger position to deliver on the Government's priorities to use ICT to support its progress towards creating a world-class education system for this country.
"The new Becta board appointments come at a time of great importance for both Becta, a UK wide organisation, and the Department - with Becta driving the implementation of the e-Strategy system-wide and implementing the Department's priorities in education through harnessing the potential of technology for all children and learners. By providing strategic advice and support at all levels, from government departments and agencies through to schools and colleges, Becta is putting ICT at the heart of our reforms."
Summary biographies of the new board members
John Roberts joined the board of the Post Office (now the Royal Mail Group plc) in 1985 and had board responsibility, at different times, for Counter Services (the high street retail network) and group wide services such as IT, purchasing and management development and training. He became Chief Executive in 1995 and saw the organisation through major organisational and cultural changes related to the ending of monopoly, the emergence of competition and regulation and various mergers and acquisitions.
During this time he was also a member of the CBI's President's Committee; Chairman of the CBI's Education & Training Affairs Committee; Member of the Government's National Employment Panel; Governor of Henley Management College and President of the Institute of Employment Studies.
After retiring from Royal Mail in 2004, he worked as an Adviser to Deloitte for two years and now is a board member of Ofsted; member of the Royal Mail Stamp Advisory Board; and a member of the Home Office Risk Committee. He was made a CBE in 1991. John has previously served two terms on the Becta board including a period as Interim Chair.
John Newbigin is a freelance consultant and cultural entrepreneur. His portfolio ranges from Channel 4 and DCMS to the UK Film Council, Arts Council England and environmental projects in the UK and Bangladesh. It includes extensive writing and editing of documents, reports and speeches, including drafting speeches for senior Ministers. From 2000 until the summer of 2005 he was Head of Corporate Relations for Channel 4. From 1997 until 2000 he was Special Advisor to the Rt Hon Chris Smith, MP, the then Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport. Prior to that, he worked as executive assistant to Lord Puttnam, then the Chairman of Enigma Productions Ltd. From 1986 until 1992 John worked as a policy advisor and speech writer to the Rt Hon Neil Kinnock, MP, Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition, with responsibility in the Leader of the Opposition's office for environmental policy, local government issues and cultural policy. He was Director of the London Youth Festival for International Youth Year in 1985. Before that he worked variously as a youth worker in Brixton and Brick Lane, and as a journalist, writer, cartoonist and manager of a training workshop specialising in furniture making.
John is chairman of Culture 24 (previously the 24 Hour Museum), a Trustee of the Whitechapel Art Gallery, and a Board member of Theatre Royal Stratford East, the Whitechapel-based Keen Students School and the Birmingham-based film project First Light Movies Ltd. He is also a Board member of CIDA, (the East London Creative Industries Development Agency), a Trustee of Channel 4's Big Art Project, a member of the Advisory Board of the John Smith Trust and a member of the Advisory Board of BT's heritage collection `Connected Earth'. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of East London. He recently served as a specialist advisor to the Parliamentary Joint Scrutiny Committee on the Climate Change Bill.
Lopa is Managing Director of DMS DIRECT Ltd - a business-to-business database management, mailing, storage & fulfilment and response handling company - which she founded with her husband and co-director Amit Patel in 1991. Before this she was on ICI's fast-track graduate training scheme gaining experience in export sales, product management and marketing communications. She joined ICI after attaining a joint honours degree in Biochemistry & Applied Molecular Biology from the University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology (UMIST) in 1986.
Her professional skills lie in marketing; direct marketing, database management, IT, and e-commerce. Apart from now being a Fellow of the Institute of Direct Marketing (IDM), she is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), the Institute of Directors (IOD) and The Marketing Society. She has attained a Diploma in Marketing (1991), a Diploma in Direct Marketing (1994) and is one of the few Chartered Marketers in the UK (1998).
Lopa is the founder and editor of award-winning Asian Lifestyle portal Redhotcurry.com, a celebration of Asian life in the UK with an informative collection of in-depth articles on race, culture, entertainment, religion, food, curry, ethnic fashion and beauty, all written with a South Asian perspective. The site covers news, views, money, business, entertainment, food and drink, health, style, sports and travel with interactive discussion groups, on-line chat, and web based email and a comprehensive searchable UK South Asian restaurant directory.
The appointments of all three new Board Members run from 1 May 2008 and Graham Badman has been reappointed until March 2011.
This press notice relates to 'England'
1.The new Board Members have been selected for their ability to guide the strategic direction of Becta. In May 2006 the Secretary of State reconstituted the Board as a smaller body with eight Members. The new Board, with Andrew Pinder as the chair, has a much stronger and more senior industry representation and more senior education representatives covering LEA, school and learning and skills sector interests.
2.The recruitment process was conducted in accordance with guidelines produced by the Office of the Commissioner on Public Appointments (OCPA).
3.Members are not paid for their time and their expenses are paid by Becta.
4.All three appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. None of the newly appointed Board members have declared any political activity during the past five years.
5.Becta is a UK agency and supports all four UK education departments in their strategic ICT developments. Its mission is to exploit the power of ICT to support learning. Its strategic objectives are to: improve learning and teaching through the effective and embedded use of ICT; increase the number of educational organisations making effective, innovative and sustainable use of ICT; improve the availability and use of high quality educational content; develop a coherent, sustainable and dependable ICT infrastructure for education; and continuously improve Becta's ability to achieve its aims.
6.The Becta Board membership is:
Andrew Pinder - Chair
Ralph Taberrer - DCSF Assessor.
Stephen Gill - Board Member - Industry
Graham Badman - Board Member - Local Authority
Rosemary Luckin - Board Member - Higher Education
Derek Wise - Board Member - Schools
Graham Moore - Board Member - Further Education
John Roberts CBE - Board member - Industry
John Newbigin - Board Member - Industry
Lopa Patel - Board Member - Industry
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