Peer who was top aid to Prime Minister Gordon Brown to step down from United Utilities board

A prominent business figure, who also served as a top aid to then-Prime Minister Gordon Brown, is to step down from the board of United Utilities.

Lord Stephen Carter, who has been an independent non-executive director since 2014, will not seek reappointment at the company’s annual general meeting on July 22.

Lord Carter has previously held the roles of CEO at J Walter Thompson UK & Ireland and COO of NTL UK & Ireland (now Virgin Media).

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In 2003 he became the founding CEO of Ofcom and was the group CEO of Brunswick Group from 2007 until 2008, when he stepped down to join the administration of Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

He initially served in 2008 as Mr Brown’s chief of strategy, principal advisor ,and the acting Downing Street chief of staff.

He was the minister for communications, technology and broadcasting from 2008 to 2009. In 2013 he became the group CEO of Informa, an information and events company.

It has also been announced that former Barrett Developments chief executive Mark Clare, will also not seek reappointment as a senior independent non-executive director. He will be succeed in the role by Alison Goligher.

United Utilities chairman Sir David Higgins said: “I would like to extend the board’s thanks to Mark and Stephen for their commitment, support and significant contribution throughout their tenure on the board, and we wish them both all the best for the future.”

Lord Carter will be succeeded as chair of the corporate responsibility committee by Paulette Rowe, who will step down from the audit committee

Alison Goligher will be succeeded as chair of the remuneration committee by Kath Cates, although she will remain as a member of the committee. Kath Cates will also join the audit committee and Liam Butterworth will join the corporate responsibility committee.

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