Wednesday, 13 June 2007 20:00

Rural advocate wins second term

Written by  Ruralcity Media
ImageStuart Burgess has been reappointed as chairman of the Commission for Rural Communities for three more years.

He will start his second term in office on 13 September, being paid £68,407 a year for a four-day week.

Dr Burgess has served as chairman of the commission and its predecessor, the Countryside Agency, since 2004.

His reappointment was announced by rural affairs minister Barry Gardiner on Wednesday (13 June).

The commission has three functions. It acts as the government's rural advocate, expert advisor and rural watchdog.

Its role as rural advocate requires the commission to be the voice for rural people, businesses and communities.

As expert rural advisor and watchdog, the commission provides advice to ministers while monitoring the way the government's rural policies are delivered.

Before joining the commission, Dr Burgess was a regional, national and international leader in the Methodist Church.

He serviced as President of the Methodist Church of Great Britain in the millennium year and has represented the Church at national level with government and ecumenical partners.

Dr Burgess has no political affiliations.

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