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Professor John Purcell joins Acas

Friday 16 March 2007
West Midlands  East Midlands  National 

Professor John Purcell, a leading authority on people management and employment relations, has recently joined Acas' strategy team as an academic adviser.

Working with the strategy team, John will be helping Acas to develop its future plans and to ensure that Acas' good practice expertise continues to play an active part in national and international public policy formulation.

John Purcell said:

"I am very pleased to be joining Acas at this time. People are now recognising the importance of good employment relations in raising organisational efficiency and effectiveness. How people work together is the key to business success and Acas, with its wealth of experience in the field, has a vital contribution to make to raising productivity and improving working lives throughout Great Britain."

Jan Dixon, Head of Acas' Knowledge Directorate said:

"I am delighted that John has agreed to join us at Acas. He is a major figure in the world of employment relations and his knowledge and expertise will play a big part in helping Acas remain at the centre of policy debate, both within Great Britain and the wider European community. John will also be helping Acas to set its priorities as it looks to meet the employment relations challenges of the 21st Century."

Prior to joining Acas, John Purcell was Professor of Human Resource Management at the University of Bath and Director of the Work and Employment Research Centre. He worked for the Commission on Industrial Relations (CIR) from 1969 to 1974. While at Templeton College Oxford, he and Ian Kessler undertook a study of Acas' advisory mediation role. John is well known for his work establishing the link between people management and organisational effectiveness.

John Purcell is also a deputy Chairman of the Central Arbitration committee and a Research Professor at Warwick University.

Notes to editors

1. Acas' aim is to improve organisations and working life through better employment relations. It provides information, advice, training and a range of services working with employers and employees to prevent or resolve problems and improve performance. It is an independent statutory body governed by a Council consisting of the Acas Chair and employer, trade union and independent members.

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