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A New Director for the SDC

26 February 2006

ANDREW LEE APPOINTED AS SUSTAINABLE
DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION’S FIRST DIRECTOR




Andrew Lee, currently the Director of Campaigns at WWF UK, has been appointed as Director of the Sustainable Development Commission. He will take up his new post in February 2006.

This is the first time the Commission has appointed a Director at this level, reflecting the enhanced role the Commission will assume in 2006. At that point, its current activities (acting both as advocate for sustainable development and as the Government’s principal adviser on all sustainable development matters, reporting directly to the Prime Minister and the First Ministers in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) will be reinforced by a more substantial ‘watchdog’ and monitoring role.

Jonathon Porritt, Chairman of the Commission, welcomed this important development:

“This post is probably the most important in the burgeoning field of sustainable development in the UK, as reflected in the extraordinary quality and diversity of the candidates it attracted.

Following an open competition, Andrew emerged as the best person for this exceptionally demanding challenge, and I am delighted at the prospect of working with him as the Commission moves into the next phase of its life.”

In formally accepting the post, Andrew Lee acknowledged the importance of this change in the SDC’s role.

“The SDC has already established a strong track record for the quality of its analysis and its advice to government, and I am delighted to be taking up the challenge of further developing its role as ‘official watchdog’, and growing the organisation to create a world class centre of excellence on the policy and practice of sustainable development.”

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