OBE for red tape advisor Michael

PUBLISHED: 12:00 09 January 2008 | UPDATED: 22:07 26 October 2009

Michael Gibbons

Michael Gibbons

A GRANDFATHER who advises the Government on easing the burden of official regulation has been made an OBE, writes Naiomi Madden. Michael Gibbons was recognised in the New Year s Honours List for his work with the Better Regulation Commission (formerly the

A GRANDFATHER who advises the Government on easing the burden of official regulation has been made an OBE, writes Naiomi Madden.

Michael Gibbons was recognised in the New Year's Honours List for his work with the Better Regulation Commission (formerly the Better Regulation Taskforce).

This is a voluntary body, supervised by the Cabinet Office, which keeps a lid on rules and regulations in businesses.

The 59-year-old, of Cowpers Way, Tewin Wood, who has been a member of the body since 2002, is also chairman of the Hertfordshire Family Mediation Service.

He will collect his honour, which is for services to regulatory reform, from the Queen at an unconfirmed date later this year.

The delighted grandfather-of-two said: "I'm very pleased to have been awarded the OBE and I know most people would say that, but I can confirm that it is definitely true.

"I have no idea who I am going to invite to come along to the ceremony. That decision will be made a little closer to the date!"

Having recently researched how employment tribunals can be reformed, he has completed the independent three-step Gibbons Review of dispute, resolution and regulations.

He hopes employees and employers will be encouraged to resolve their disputes informally and will realise just how important having regulations is.

A background in the energy sector, Mr Gibbons added: "I hope that by receiving the OBE I will draw attention to the importance of better regulation and that people only regulate when it is necessary to do so.

"I'd like people to recognise that simple regulations are nearly always more effective that the more complicated ones.

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