A COMPANY that finds jobs for disabled people has a new chairman.
Former Scottish Power chief Ian Russell has taken the reins at Government- funded Remploy, which has a factory in Huddersfield.
The move was welcomed by unions campaigning to secure the future of 83 Remploy factories.
They include the one on the Tandem Industrial Estate at Waterloo, which employs 77 people and makes car headrests.
Phil Davies, national secretary of the GMB general union, said Mr Russell's appointment provided an opportunity to reinforce the unions' determination to save the factories and enlarge Remploy.
The campaign was launched after a review of Remploy's operations to find ways of getting better value for taxpayers' money.
Last summer, Remploy was told to modernise its operations by ministers who agreed to give it extra cash, but only if changes were made to `significantly' help more disabled people into jobs.
Mr Davies said: "We look forward to working very closely with Ian Russell."
Mr Russell was chief executive of Scottish Power for five years until 2006. He has also worked for other firms, including HSBC and Mars.
He has also chaired a commission to develop a new framework for youth volunteering.