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29 July 2009

Re-appointment of the Chairman of the David MacBrayne Ltd Board

The Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change, Stewart Stevenson today announced the re-appointment of the Chairman, Peter Timms CBE to the David MacBrayne Ltd Board.

This new three-year part-time appointment is effective from August 1, 2009 and attracts a daily fee rate of 351 pounds for a minimum time commitment of two days per week. Peter Timms has no other public appointments.

Peter Timms is a resident of the Isle of Bute. He is Chairman of several companies in the private sector. He formerly served as a Member of the Highlands and Islands Enterprise Board and is chair of the Board's Remuneration Committee.

Announcing the re-appointment, Stewart Stevenson said:

"I am delighted to announce the re-appointment of Peter Timms, as Chairman of David MacBrayne Ltd. His first term as Chairman has been very successful and I wish him every continued success. The Scottish Government is committed to maintaining Scotland's essential lifeline ferry services and this re-appointment to David MacBrayne Ltd will help CalMac and NorthLink to deliver on that commitment."

David MacBrayne Ltd is wholly owned by Scottish Ministers and is the group holding for CalMac Ferries Ltd and two other ferry operating subsidiaries, NorthLink Ferries Ltd and Cowal Ferries Ltd.

CalMac Ferries Ltd currently provides the Clyde and Hebrides ferry services through the new public service contract which started on 1 October 2007. Cowal Ferries Ltd operates the Gourock-Dunoon service.

NorthLink provides the Northern Isles ferry services through a contract which started on 6 July 2006.

This Ministerial public re-appointment was 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 there is any to be declared) to be made public. Peter Timms undertook no political activity in the past five years.

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