§ Lord Brougham and Vaux
asked Her Majesty's Government:
When they expect to announce the appointment of a new chairman of the Countryside Commission.42WA
Selection of a new chairman of the Countryside Commission has been made by following a new process, involving advertisement of the post in the national press and the employment of executive search consultants. Over 120 candidates were produced by these methods, from whom we were able, with the advice and assistance of the consultants, to identify a shortlist of names of a high standard meriting serious consideration. Mr. Richard Simmonds clearly emerged from that shortlist as the best candidate and we are pleased to announce his appointment as the new chairman of the countryside Commission to take effect from 1 October.
Richard Simmonds has all the qualities which are needed for this post: in particular, he has wide and relevant experience, a considerable knowledge of countryside matters, leadership skills and the clear vision and sense of purpose required. He will make an excellent chairman.