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Sir Brendan Barber announced as new Acas Chair

Friday 18 October 2013

Sir Brendan Barber Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser windowSir Brendan Barber has been announced as the new Chair of the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) Council. Sir Brendan was the TUC General Secretary from 2003 to 2012 and received a knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours earlier this year for services to employment relations.

Acas Chief Executive Anne Sharp said:

"I am delighted that Sir Brendan will join Acas as our new Chair. His wealth of experience in employment relations with both employees and employers will be invaluable in our role as independent, impartial and trusted employment relations experts.

"Brendan's energy, drive and commitment will ensure Acas continues to move forward with our major new projects such as the delivery of Early Conciliation in 2014."

Sir Brendan Barber said:

"I am very pleased to be taking on this role. Acas has played a crucial role over many years promoting best practice in employment relations and helping to resolve countless seemingly intractable workplace disputes. Its work will be particularly important to meeting the challenge of building a genuine sustainable recovery with fairness at work at its heart."

Sir Brendan will start in the New Year and will serve a three year term.

Notes to Editors

  1. Sir Brendan is currently member of the Board of Transport for London and a member of the Council of City University London which he graduated from with a BSc in Social Sciences in 1974. His career has been almost exclusively within the TUC where he held the post of General Secretary from 2003 to 2012. Additionally, he sat on the Acas Council from 1995 to 2004, the Board of Sport England from 1999 to 2003 and the Court of the Bank of England from 2003 to 2012. He is a Visiting Fellow at the Said Business School, Oxford University, and a Visiting Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford. In 2007 he received an Honorary Doctorate from the City University. Sir Brendan was knighted in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to employment relations.
  2. Sir Brendan will replace Ed Sweeney who was appointed Chair of the Acas Council on 1 November 2007.
  3. Acas aims to improve organisations and working life through better employment relations. They provide up-to-date information, independent advice, high-quality training and work with employers and employees to solve workplace problems and improve performance. It is an independent statutory body governed by a Council of twelve consisting of the Acas Chair, employer, trade union and independent members.
  4. Early conciliation is a new service from Acas starting next year that will mean that anybody who wants to lodge an employment tribunal claim will have to notify Acas first. Acas will then offer Early Conciliation and if the parties agree, it will have up to a month to find a resolution to the problem.
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