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15th March 2008

Leading UK businessman Sir Anthony Cleaver has been appointed chairman of the Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership (CNSRP) executive board. The CNSRP was formed last year by key agencies charged with driving ahead initiatives to ameliorate the economic and social consequences of the run-down and eventual closure of the Dounreay nuclear plant. Currently the site supports around 2000 jobs in Caithness and North Sutherland.

The partnership has already published a 50-point action plan specifying a range of projects which it intends to deliver within proposed timescales.

The partnership's executive board to be chaired by Sir Anthony, comprises the chief executives of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and The Highland Council, the regional director of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) and a senior representative of the Scottish Government. The board meets quarterly.

Sir Anthony enjoyed a 30-year career with IBM, latterly as its chairman and chief executive. Following his retirement from IBM he became chairman of UKAEA leading the formation and flotation of AEA Technology. As well as chairing numerous other companies and contributing to Government panels, he was chairman of the NDA for a three year term which concluded in July 2007.

Sir Anthony said: "I am very much looking forward to contributing to this vital initiative and trust that my experience of the nuclear industry coupled with my previous career in international business will equip me well for the challenges ahead." His appointment marks the end of the work of the Strategy Group chaired by John Thurso MP, for the last two years.

Speaking on behalf of the CNSRP Executive Board, Sandy Cumming, chief executive of HIE said: "We are delighted that Sir Anthony Cleaver has accepted this post. The partnership has already made good progress on preparing the way forward and Sir Anthony's contribution will, without doubt, contribute significantly to the successful delivery of our agreed action plan."

Chairman of the CNSRP Executive Board is a non-remunerative role.
Born in 1938, Sir Anthony graduated from Trinity College, Oxford, in Literae Humaniores in 1962.

Regeneration Pages at

About Sir Anthony Cleaver
Sir Anthony joined IBM in 1962. His two overseas assignments were to the United States and to the IBM European Headquarters in Paris. On his return to the United Kingdom, Sir Anthony was named General Manager in 1983, Chief Executive in 1986 and Chairman and Chief Executive in 1990. Sir Anthony retired from IBM in 1994.
Sir Anthony became Chairman of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority in 1993. In 1996 he led the privatisation and subsequent flotation of UKAEA's commercial activities, becoming Chairman of AEA Technology plc - a position he held until the end of 2001.
During his career, Sir Anthony has held an extensive number of positions as Chairman and Director of a variety of international and national companies and institutions, including IX Europe Plc, S Three and Working Links (Employment) Limited, the Medical Research Council, UK eUniversities Worldwide Limited, General Cable Plc and The Strategic Partnership Limited, General Accident Plc, Lockheed Martin UK Limited and Smith & Nephew Plc, the Government's Asia Pacific Advisers, Trade Partners UK, the Government's Industrial Development Advisory Board. He has been a member of the British Government Panel on Sustainable Development, the Committee on Standards in Public Life (Wicks Committee), the Singapore British Business Council, the British Overseas Trade Board
He is an Honorary Fellow, LLD, DSc and DUniv of a long list of universities and institutes. Sir Anthony is President of Business Commitment to the Environment. He was a Director of the UK Centre for Economic and Environmental Development, founding Chairman of Business in the Environment, a member of the first Advisory Committee on Business and the Environment, the Chairman of the working party of the Departments of Environment and Trade and Industry on environmental management. In 1990 Sir Anthony was named a member of the United Nations Environment Programme's Global 500 Roll of Honour.
Sir Anthony is closely involved in the arts. He was Chairman of the Royal College of Music until 2007 and was Deputy Chairman of the English National Opera until November 2000 (Director since 1988) and has also been a Director of the Association for Business Sponsorship of the Arts. Sir Anthony was knighted in 1992.

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