Restructuring continues at GEC, Britain’s biggest manufacturer, with the departure of chairman Lord Prior who retires in March next year. The former Conservative MP and holder of several heavyweight cabinet posts, joined the board in 1984. A successor has yet to be announced.
Joining Lord Prior in taking retirement is fellow peer Lord Rees-Mogg, who gives up his non-executive post as chairman of the remuneration committee at this year’s AGM. Also retiring from the board in September are Sebastian de Ferranti, non-executive director and former head of Ferranti; John Lippitt, who since 1980 has been responsible for promoting the group’s exports; and Sara Morrison, who has been looking after the group’s community relations.
Picking up yet another non-executive post is Dr Alan Rudge, who joins GEC in November. Joining him as non-executive director is Baroness Lydia Dunn, an executive director of engineering firm John Swire and deputy chairman of banking group HSBC.
* Bill Cockburn is to join BT as group managing director of its main UK business after completion of its merger with MCI to form Concert. Cockburn will vacate his present position as chief executive of WH Smith in October.
Tony Burnip, Vauxhall’s director reliability, supply and manufacturing liaison, retires at the end of this month after almost 43 years with the company. John Gildea, also of Vauxhall, will replace him.
Rodney Chase becomes deputy group chief executive of BP with effect from 1 January 1998. Chase, formerly head of BP’s exploration and production operations, will assume responsibility for refining and marketing in his new role.
Richard Olver, deputy chief executive of BP Exploration, will take over Chase’s former duties.
Dr Robert Hawley, the first chief executive of British Energy, which was privatised last July, leaves the company at the end of June. Hawley was formerly chief executive officer of Nuclear Electric, the English arm of the now Scottish nuclear power group which also comprises Scottish Nuclear.
Hawley was largely responsible for the turnaround of Nuclear Electric and also for the privatisation of Scottish Nuclear.
John Robb, currently non-executive chairman of the group, will assume responsibility for Hawley’s duties until a new chief executive is named, expected to be before the end of the year.
The Engineering Council has appointed Andrew Ramsey as its director for engineers’ regulation. Ramsey is secretary of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers and takes over in September from Professor Jack Levy who continues as a consultant to the council.