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1. How are RDAs structured?

2. Who do they report to?

3. Is London Different?

4. What do they actually do?

5. What is in a Regional Economic Strategy?

6. So what does it look like on the ground?

7. Who is in charge of the RDAs?

8. How are these leaders appointed?

9. How do the RDAs work together?

10. Where does the money for the RDAs come from?

11. What is the total budget of the RDAs?

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8. How are these leaders appointed?

With the exception of London, where appointments are made by the Mayor, board members, including the Chairs are appointed by Ministers. All appointments, including those in London, are made subject to the principles of open competition introduced by Lord Nolan. Chairs are normally appointed for a 3 year term with the option of this being extended for a further 3 years without the need for re-advertisement. Within the London Development Agency the Chair is appointed by the Mayor and the appointment is for 4 years.

Chairs are committed to working for their RDA for 2 or 3 days per week are paid for this work.

Board members are appointed on a 2-days per month basis and as with Chairs, the members can claim a fixed salary. Vacancies for Board Members, including Chairs, are advertised by the DTI (or by the Mayor in London) in both the national and regional press as they arise and are open to any one who feels they have the relevant skills.

The biographies of Chairs and of board members can be found on the relevant RDA's web site.

Ministers made the initial appointments of Chief Executives for the RDAs outside of London. Since then, apointments have been the responsibilty of the RDA board, with Ministerial approval/endorsement. The Chief Executive for London was appointed by the Mayor and future appointments will also be within his/her responsibility.

Biographies of all the Chief Executives can be found on the relevant RDA web site.

Chief Executives are, above all, responsible for the day-to-day management of the RDA, its staffing, its spend, the implementation of programmes and the co-ordination of activities with regional partners. They are also the accounting officers for the RDAs.

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