Non-executive directors bring new expertise to Defra

Two new non-executive directors have been appointed to the Department for Environment and Rural Affairs.

Paul Rew and Sir Tony Hawhead have been appointed as part of the changes announced by the government in May 2010 to bring external business expertise into government departments.

Both directors have a strong background in environmental field, including renewable energy, utilities and climate change.

Paul Rew is a non-executive director of Northumbrian Water Group plc, the Met Office and the Sustainable Development Commission and chairs their audit committees.

He was formerly a partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers and led the PwC Sustainability and Climate Change Assurance business.

Sir Tony Hawkhead is Chief Executive of Groundwork UK, the environmental regeneration charity.

In 2003 he was awarded the CBE for services to the environment. In 2011 he was further honoured with a Knighthood for services to environmental regeneration.

The non-executives will provide advice; supporting as well as challenging the ministerial and management teams on issues such as performance, the operational or delivery implications of policy proposals, and on the effective management of the department. Alison Brown



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