Brian Wilson, once Labour's energy minister, now director of several energy companies, has been appointed chairman of West Cumbria Vision, the new Government quango for regeneration in the boroughs of Copeland and Allerdale.
A former journalist, Wilson left Parliament in 2005 and became a director of Amec Nuclear, Scottish Resources Group, Greenrock Energy and chairs his own consultancy company.
As a non-executive director of Amec Nuclear he was closely involved in formulating Nuclear Management Partner's commitment to West Cumbria as part of their successful bid to manage Sellafield. He will be officially introduced at an event to celebrate the launch of West Cumbria Vision, which takes place at Sellafield Visitor Centre on Monday 27 April 27.
The event will also give further details of an agreement between the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Nuclear Management Partners and Sellafield to join as funding partners to support West Cumbria Vision in delivering the Britain's Energy Coast Masterplan, a package of regeneration projects aimed at establishing West Cumbria as a major national centre for low carbon and renewable energy generation.
West Cumbria Vision will replace West Lakes Renaissance as part of reshuffle of Cumbria's quangos.