PM praises Nottingham Vice-Chancellor for 'absolutely crucial' public service

24 Mar 2010 00:00:00.000

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The Prime Minister has praised Professor David Greenaway for his ‘remarkable work’ and ‘unstinting commitment’ in a key public role over the last 12 years.


Professor Greenaway, Vice-Chancellor of The University of Nottingham, has been Chairman of the Armed Forces Pay Review Body (AFPRB) since 2004 and a member since 1998. The Body provides independent advice to the Prime Minister and the Cabinet on levels of pay, benefits and charges for members of the UK’s armed forces.


The role has taken Professor Greenaway on fact-finding visits to Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and many other countries where service personnel are stationed overseas, so he could see first-hand the conditions under which they work from day to day. His tenure as Chairman came to an end in March 2010.

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In a letter to Professor Greenaway, Prime Minister Gordon Brown said: “I wish to express my gratitude for your unstinting commitment to your public duties over the past 12 years.


“Your role, first as a member of the Review Body and as Chairman for the last six years, has been absolutely crucial, in ensuring not only the efficiency of our Armed Forces but also the morale of our Service personnel. Your work has been even more remarkable given the strategic shift in Defence that has occurred over the last decade, with our Armed Forces heavily committed to operations.


“The manner in which you and the Review Body have addressed your work, visiting Servicemen and women even on the operational front line, has been greatly appreciated.”


Air Chief Marshal Sir Jock Stirrup, Chief of the Defence Staff, said: “On behalf of all our Servicemen and women, past and present, may I express my sincere gratitude for all that you have done for the Armed Forces during your membership of the Armed Forces Pay Review Body.


“That we have Armed Forces that are quite so dedicated, loyal and fearless in the face of great danger is in no small part due to the AFPRB. Under your stewardship it has achieved a status that was perhaps unimaginable when it was first instituted and the fact that the Government has not seen fit to interfere in any way with your recommendations is testament to its judgement.”


The AFPRB is charged with ensuring that the pay of the Armed Forces is broadly comparable with pay levels in civilian life. In reaching its recommendations, the Review Body has to take into account a wide range of factors including the need to recruit, retain and motivate suitably able and qualified people, and Government policies for improving public services.


The AFPRB’s reports and recommendations are submitted jointly to the Secretary of State for Defence and the Prime Minister. 


Professor Greenaway is also a member of the UK Senior Salaries Review Body and has served as a consultant to the World Bank, the European Commission, the United Nations, the Department for Transport and the UK Treasury.


The Rt Hon Bob Ainsworth MP, Secretary of State for Defence, offered his thanks for the ‘outstanding work and dedication’ Professor Greenaway has shown over the past 12 years. He added: “The challenge for the AFPRB has been immense, balancing the competing demands of affordability against the desire to ensure that our men and women are properly recognised in the remuneration that they receive.


“Your expert hand in guiding the AFPRB in this exceptionally difficult endeavour has been obvious to all of us in Government.


“I know that you have been equally committed to your position on the Senior Salaries Review Body and I often wonder how you balance all your public duties with your academic commitments. That you do so, in such a magnificent way, is of incalculable benefit to the nation and I hope that you will continue to offer your service in public duties for many years to come.”


Professor Greenaway became Vice-Chancellor of The University of Nottingham on October 1 2008. 


Before taking up this post he was a Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University and the Director of the Leverhulme Centre for Research on Globalisation and Economic Policy, which he established in 1998. He took up his first position at Nottingham in 1987, as head of the Department of Economics.

His research interests are primarily in international trade, labour market adjustment, cross border investment and trade policy.


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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 100 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and the Times Higher Education-QS World University Rankings.


More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to RAE 2008, with almost 60 per cent of all research defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Research Fortnight analysis of RAE 2008 ranks the University 7th in the UK by research power. In 27 subject areas, the University features in the UK Top Ten, with 14 of those in the Top Five.


The University provides innovative and top quality teaching, undertakes world-changing research, and attracts talented staff and students from 150 nations. Described by The Times as Britain's “only truly global university”, it has invested continuously in award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. Twice since 2003 its research and teaching academics have won Nobel Prizes. The University has won the Queen's Award for Enterprise in both 2006 (International Trade) and 2007 (Innovation — School of Pharmacy), and was named ‘Entrepreneurial University of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2008.


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