The fund, launched by trade secretary Steohen Byers last September, is aimed at fostering partnerships in the workplace by supporting projects which address training, development and business issues. It will also encourage the spread of information on best practice.
The panel – which comprises of three trade unionists, three industrialists and three independent experts – will report to ministers who will then make the final decisions on which projects have been successful.
Successful applicants for funding will be announced in Spring 2000.
The nine members of the panel are: Yvonne Bennion, policy specialist at the Industrial Society, David Coats, head of economic and social affairs department at the TUC, Bill Connor, general secretary of USDAW, Willy Coupar (Chairman of the Panel), Director of the IPA, Lesley James, formerly HR director of Tesco, Mike Kinski, group chief executive of Stagecoach Holdings, Clive Morton, business development director at Anglian Water, Margaret Prosser, deputy general secretary of TGWU and John Stevens, director of development and public policy at the IPD.
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