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16.07.14

ORR strengthens rail oversight with appointments

Three new non-executive directors have been appointed to the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR).

Michael Luger and Justin McCracken will take up their roles on 1 August and Bob Holland will start on 1 January 2015.

The DfT wants the appointments to strengthen oversight of Network Rail as it rolls out its £38bn programme to maintain and enhance the railways over the next five years.

The new non-executive directors were chosen for their expertise in key areas, including health and safety, rail operations and asset management and regulation and strategy.

Chair of the ORR Anna Walker said: “All three are proven leaders in their fields and will bring real expertise to the ORR Board.

“Bob’s in-depth knowledge of complex funding and business models in the industry, the UK and across Europe, will help us develop more effective regulatory tools to improve industry performance.

“Justin’s extensive and unique experience in both health and safety regulation will considerably strengthen the board’s expertise in this very important area of our work.

“Michael’s leadership and management experience at Manchester Business School and his considerable practical and academic experience of transport economics and infrastructure will bring a wide range of skills to the board.”

All three appointments are subject to the provisions of the Commissioner for Public Appointments’ (OCPA) Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies. The OCPA Code requires that any declared political activity be published. However, all three of the appointees have not undertaken any political activity.

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