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Nationwide CEO named as new Investors in People chairman

Investors in People UK, the public body responsible for the management and promotion of the Investors in People Standard, has announced the appointment of Philip Williamson as chairman.

The appointment was made by Ruth Kelly, secretary of state for Education and Skills. In addition, Roger Hoyle, Steve Kingan and Cyrus Todiwala MBE were appointed to the Investors in People board.

Mr Williamson, who is chief executive of Nationwide Building Society and president of the European Mortgage Federation, replaces Tim Melville Ross, who has held the post since 1999.

Announcing the appointment Skills Minister Phil Hope said, "I am pleased Philip Williamson has been appointed to the position of chairman of Investors in People. With his strong commitment to employee development and the continuous improvement of skills I am sure he will be a valuable addition to the Investors in People board."

Ruth Spellman, chief executive of Investors in People UK, said, "Philip Williamson brings a wealth of experience and skills and will be an outstanding leader and ambassador for Investors in People. I welcome the opportunity to work with him and to continue building on Investors in People's achievements over the last 15 years."

Commenting on his appointment, Philip Williamson said, "I am thrilled to have been given the opportunity to chair Investors in People and hope to build on the considerable success that has already been achieved under Tim Melville Ross and his team. I have a strong commitment to the Investors in People Standard, as witnessed by the fact that Nationwide has held the Standard since 1993 and is an Investors in People Champion.

"I am passionate about the need for continual development of the UK's workforce and look forward to promoting the Investors in People Standard and Profile tool across all types and sizes of organisations across the UK."

Three new board members are also appointed: Roger Hoyle, formerly chief executive of Liverpool Health Authority, Steve Kingan, chairman and chief executive of directory services company Nexor Ltd, and Cyrus Todiwala, a celebrated chef and the proprietor of the Café Spice Namasté restaurant group.

Mr Williamson's appointment will be for three years from 1 June 2006 and Mr Hoyle, Mr Kingan and Professor Todiwala's appointments are all three years from 1 December 2005.

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