New Rail and Roads Director – Darren Oldham, via TfN

Transport for the North announce trio of new directors

The Transport for the North (TfN) has appointed its new Rail and Roads Director – Darren Oldham, who will also be coming into the organisation as deputy CEO. Two other directors have also been announced in the recent weeks, seeing Katie Day becoming the Strategy, Policy and Communications Director, and Paul Kelly announced as Finance Director.

Lord McLoughlin, Chair of Transport for the North, said:

“These are crucial leadership roles for the North of England, and I am more than confident that they will rise to the challenge. All of them have extensive professional experience coupled with the drive to make move TfN forward at a challenging time for our region and the transport sector.”

Darren Oldham has a plethora of experience within planning, regeneration within the transport sector, whilst also being a qualified Chartered Transport Planner. His 30 years of experience is hoped to help him provide clear and cohesive leadership that can improve standards in North’s transport sector. He will be joining the TfN from WSP, where he is currently an Executive Director, having also held the roles of Head of Planning and Head of Transport Planning for the organisation.

Speaking on this appointment, Darren said:

“It is a privilege to be appointed to this crucial role for the North. The region’s road and rail network is facing huge challenges, and I look forward to working with the North’s leaders to drive real change in the region.”

Following agreement from the TfN Board, the new Finance Director will formally take up his role on 14 December; and both the new Rail Director and Strategy Director should be in place by February 2023.

Martin Tugwell, CEO of Transport for the North, said:

“I am delighted at these appointments. They’ll work with our Board to respond to the immediate challenges and opportunities facing the North. They’ll add to what is an already strong team and help continue the great work TfN has consistently delivered since it was established.”

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