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14.11.16

RSSB appoints new chief executive officer

The Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) has appointed Mark Phillips as Chief Executive Officer with the appointment taking effect today (14 November).

Phillips joined RSSB in February of last year as director of research and standards and was appointed as its interim managing director in May 2016. He has held various positions across rail since joining the industry, first entering the industry as a graduate trainee for British Rail. 

RSSB chairman Anna Bradley said: “Following a thorough and comprehensive recruitment process, I am delighted Mark has agreed to be our new chief executive officer.

“Over the last 6 months, I have enjoyed working with him, as we have sought to redefine RSSB’s role, purpose and priorities alongside the review of RSSB by ORR. I look forward to developing this work, as we ensure RSSB continues to provide the insight, expert guidance and tools to support our members.”

Phillips said that he was “extremely proud” to have been appointed CEO of RSSB, and to lead its dedicated staff in delivering a “safer, more efficient and sustainable” rail system.

He added: “RSSB has played a central role in enabling and supporting the industry and I am excited to have been given the opportunity to build on this working with colleagues from across the industry to help them deliver a rail system fit for the future.”

Paul Plummer, chief executive of the Rail Delivery Group, welcomed the appointment, stating that during his time as interim managing director, “Mark has worked hard to maintain the RSSB’s vital independent role in ensuring that Britain continues to operate Europe’s safest major railway, and worked with the RDG and Rail Supply Group to bring greater clarity to the relationships between each organisation”.

“The RSSB’s valuable research and analysis and its processes for agreeing and developing industry safety standards help everyone in the railway to keep raising their performance and improve services for the benefit of all,” he noted.

(Image: c. RSSB)

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