Three new directors have been appointed to the board of the North West Development Agency, the region's most powerful economic development quango.
Clive Elphick is a former chairman of the CBI in the North West and has worked for ICI, Deloitte and Touche, and United Utilities. He is currently a non-executive director of the Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation, a member of the strategy group of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and a senior adviser to Cambridge Economic Policy Associates.
David Goldie is a director of the Talk Talk Group and chairman of Talk Talk's subsidiary, Opal Telecom. He is also chairman of governors at the Fulwood Academy in Preston. He was formerly CEO of Martin Dawes Telecommunications, director of both Carphone Warehouse Group and The Cheshire Building Society between 2005 and 2008.
Frank Hont takes up a designated union place at the NWDA board table. He has held the position of North West Regional Secretary of the public service trade union UNISON since 2003.
The three will take up their appointments on 1 March 2010 until 13 December 2012. Regional Development Agency board members receive remuneration of £8,666 a year for a time commitment of a minimum of 2 days a month.