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Sir Brendan Barber welcomes appointment of Michael Clancy onto Acas Council

Wednesday 23 March 2016

The Government has today announced the appointment of Michael Clancy as a new employee representative on the Acas Council.

The Acas Council consists of the Chair and eleven employer, employee and independent members, appointed by the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Acas Chair, Sir Brendan Barber, said:

"I am delighted to welcome Michael Clancy as our new Acas Council member. His wealth of experience and skills in employment relations will be invaluable in our role as independent, impartial and trusted workplace experts.

"The Council sets out Acas' strategic direction, policies and priorities. I look forward to working with Michael to maintain our reputation as Britain's leading advisory service on workplace relations."

Michael Clancy will take up his role from 1 May 2016 and the appointment will last three years.

Notes to editors

  1. Michael has been the General Secretary and Chief Executive of Prospect since 2012. He was the Deputy General Secretary for the previous eight years. Prospect represents 116,000 professional, managerial and technical staff, employed in central government, utilities, defence, telecommunications, nuclear decommissioning, air traffic control and science. He is the chief spokesperson and is responsible for the strategic direction and financial management of the union that employs 200 staff with over 4000 representatives.

    Michael has also been an Employment Tribunal (ET) and then an Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) member continuously since 1994. He was appointed to the EAT in 2002.

    Michael Clancy will be appointed from 1 May 2016 when three Acas Council members are due to step down.
  2. Acas stands for Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service. Acas provides free and impartial information and advice to employers and employees on all aspects of workplace relations and employment law. We support good relationships between employers and employees which underpin business success. We also provide good value, high quality training and tailored advice to employers. Our expertise is based on millions of contacts with employers and employees each year. Acas is an independent and impartial statutory body governed by a Council made up of members from business, trade unions, academia and the law.
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