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BECBC welcomes Hazel Blears’ appointment as the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s Social Value Specialist

Hazel Blears has been a special advisor to BECBC over the past two years and has generously given of her time in support of the business community local to NDA Nuclear licenced sites.

BECBC’s Patron, Marcia Reid Fotheringham, commented: “Over the past months, I have had the true pleasure of working closely with Hazel on a BECBC sub-committee. It’s clear that her knowledge and abilities are vast. Hazel has demonstrated her leadership skills and expertise in numerous ways across many organisations supporting many causes. However, Hazel also seems to have an exceptional skill of being totally humane as she conducts her work. She cares about people. She cares about communities. And she cares about our environment. The NDA has chosen a superb expert as its Social Value Specialist. We (BECBC) congratulate them for making such a terrific, bold choice. We congratulate Hazel for becoming part of the NDA.”

Ivan Baldwin, BECBC Chair, in response to the appointment said: “This is recognition of the importance of the NDA’s mission in the sustainability of its communities as well as cleaning up the legacy sites. Hazel will be uniquely positioned to help drive continued, purposeful dialogue between the NDA, businesses and the wider community on issues which concern us all.”

BECBC looks forward to engaging in these conversations and to continuing to represent the voice of the supply chain, along with partner clusters across the U.K. in delivering positive outcomes for businesses and local communities. Many of BECBC’s members are very involved in the area of Social Value through BECBC’s Social Value Delivery Group, in particular the award-winning Business and Schools Collaboration Project. The BECBC Social Value Delivery Group is open to any organisation who is interested in delivering social value in West Cumbria, registration for meetings is via the website.

BECBC is a private sector-led membership organisation that is deeply rooted in its local community. At the forefront of its ethos is a deliberate focus on collaboration of businesses for the benefit of the wider business community. As such, BECBC members are also heavily involved in social economic causes and take part in BECBC’s award-winning Business and Schools Collaboration Project.