Local politicians join Midas board

Inward investment agency Midas has appointed three Greater Manchester councillors to its board.

Former deputy leader of Bolton Council Cllr Guy Harkin, Cllr Dave Sweeton, cabinet member for economic services in Tameside and Stockport leader Cllr Dave Goddard were appointed for 2010/11 following recent elections.

The new board members replaced Cllr Barbara Ronson from Bolton, Cllr Kieran Quinn, Tameside and Salford leader Cllr John Merry.

The Midas board is led by chairman Michael Oglesby, founder of Bruntwood. Others on the board are Keith Alderson, Co-operative Bank; Andrew Cliffe, Manchester Airports Group; Malcolm Edge, chairman of Northern Business Area, KPMG; Mike Blackburn, BT; John Clarke, Tesco; Prof Rod Coombs, University of Manchester; Paul Horrocks, Essential Communications and former Manchester Evening News editor; Gerry Yeung, Yang Sing Group of restaurants, Cllr Sue Murphy, Manchester, and Cllr Michael Cornes, Trafford.

Michael Oglesby commented: "I'd like to welcome the new members of the Midas board. In these challenging times the work of our board in providing the very best private and public sector leadership for attracting inward and foreign investment projects to the Manchester city region and its ten boroughs has never been more important.

"I hope that the councillors will play an important and active role in continuing the good work of MIDAS as we seek to build on last year's record results."

Midas recently replaced Colin Sinclair with Angie Robinson as chief executive. Sinclair left to join Bruntwood. Robinson joined from Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce.

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