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NHBC appoints Sir Muir Russell as Scottish Committee Chairman

NHBC today announced the appointment of Sir Muir Russell KCB FRSE to its main Board as Chairman of the NHBC Scottish Committee.

Sir Muir Russell

Sir Muir, who takes over from Dr. David Smith OBE, has over 30 years' experience working within the civil service and has held a number of senior positions in Scotland and Whitehall. He was the first Permanent Secretary to the Scottish Executive, following the establishment of the Scottish Parliament in 1999. Notable roles include serving as Principal Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Scotland, George Younger, as well as a period as Head of the Home Affairs Secretariat of the Cabinet Office in London (1990-92). He left the civil service in 2003 on appointment as Principal and Vice- Chancellor of the University of Glasgow, where he served for 6 years.

Sir Muir has extensive experience in the formulation of Scottish housing policy, in particular as the former Under Secretary for Housing in the Scottish Office Environment Department.

NHBC's executive chairman Isabel Hudson said: "Sir Muir's wealth of experience will bring undoubted benefits to NHBC. His previous roles and extensive civil service career in Scotland mean he is extremely well-placed to help NHBC address the specific needs of the Scottish housing market."

On his appointment Sir Muir said: "I am delighted to be joining the NHBC Board as chairman of the Scottish Committee to contribute to its important work during these interesting and challenging times. The challenges are particularly intense in Scotland, and I am looking forward to further developing NHBC's constructive role in helping to influence housing policy for the benefit of both homeowners and homebuilders."

Malcolm MacLeod, NHBC Director for Scotland, said: "We are very pleased to have such a well respected and highly qualified figure as Sir Muir representing our operations in Scotland. His expertise and knowledge of the sector will certainly help to reinforce our position as an expert authority, contributing to all aspects of the housing agenda in Scotland and the rest of the UK."

Sir Muir takes up his new role on 15 May 2012.

News Date: 15/05/12