This item was published during the term of a previous administration that ended in April 2007
Reappointments to SIDAB
The Chair and three Members have been reappointed to the Scottish Industrial Development Advisory Board (SIDAB).
They are :
Mr Vikram Lall (Chair) is Director of Heriot Services Ltd and is a non-executive Director of a number of companies including Brewin Dolphin Holdings plc, Ramco Energy plc, ISIS Property Trust plc, Malcolm Group plc, Murray VCT plc and Murray VCT 2 plc. Mr Lall was formerly Head of Group - Corporate Finance with Brewin Dolphin Holdings plc. He has been involved in Corporate Finance in Scotland since 1972 and was a member of the Renewing Local Democracy Working Group.
Professor Brian Ashcroft is Policy Director of the Fraser of Allander Institute, University of Strathclyde, Editor of the Quarterly Economic Commentary and Co-Director of the Scottish Economic Policy Network. His major interests relate to Scottish and UK regional economics. He is a Member of the Scottish Executive Economic Consultants' Group.
Mrs Lynne Cadenhead is Chief Executive Officer of 1745 Trading Company Ltd and Amoebics Ltd, and is also Chair of Touch EMAS and Connect Scotland Ltd. She was previously a Director of Far Blue Scotland Ltd, Fund Manager of the Scottish Technology Fund and a Marketing Director with the Scottish Biomedical Foundation.
Dr Brendan McGuckin is Head of IP Commercialisation at Napier University. Directorships include Cardio Digital Ltd, Stirling University Innovation Park Ltd and Freelight Systems Ltd. He is a former Member of the Institute of Physics and the EPSRC Physics College.
These reappointments will be for three years and will run from 1 January 2005 to 31 December 2007.
The posts are part-time and Members receive no remuneration for a time commitment of 1 day per month. None of the appointees holds any other Ministerial Appointment.
The Scottish Industrial Development Advisory Board (SIDAB) advises Scottish Ministers on the exercise of their devolved powers under Section 7 of the Industrial Development Act 1982, specifically in relation to the Regional Selective Assistance scheme. In practice, SIDAB provides advice to officials on larger RSA cases, where grants of over £250,000 are under consideration.
SIDAB comprises 10 Members including a Chair and, in accordance with statutory requirements, represents a cross section of experience at senior level in industry, commerce, finance and workers' representatives.
Further information on the RSA scheme is available on the internet at www.rsascotland.gov.uk
These Ministerial public appointments were made in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments in Scotland's Code of Practice.
All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees' political activity (if any to be declared) to be made public. None of these Members, except Professor Ashcroft, have been involved in political activity in the last five years. Professor Ashcroft has declared attending party political events in the company of his wife, an MSP.