New man cracking the business whip in the Midlands

Posted on 25 Feb 2009 by The Manufacturer

Sir Roy McNulty has today been announced as the new chair of government business support body Advantage West Midlands.

McNulty, an Irishman, is also chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), deputy chairman of the Olympic Development Authority and chair of ILEX URC Ltd – the urban regeneration company for Derry, Londonderry. He was managing director of aerospace company Short Brothers before it was bought by Bombardier.

“I am delighted to appoint Sir Roy McNulty as the new chair of Advantage West Midlands. Sir Roy’s experience in business will be vital as AWM takes a lead role in steering the West Midlands economy through this difficult period,” said business secretary, Lord Mandelson.

Mandelson also had kind words for outgoing chair Nick Paul. “Throughout his six years in the role, Nick Paul has worked tirelessly for the benefit of the region helping to steer it through some difficult times, including through his chairmanship of the MG Rover Task Force. His enthusiasm and passion for improving the economic prosperity of the West Midlands region has consistently shone through his work as chair of AWM.”

The official release for the announcement from the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) revealed McNulty’s salary will be £80,510 and that he will work three days per week. He will be contracted until 2012.