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Lord Macdonald brings the shadow Strategic Rail Authority to full strength


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Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions

Lord Macdonald brings the shadow Strategic Rail Authority to full strength
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date
13 April 2000
source Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions
type Press release



The shadow Strategic Rail Authority has been strengthened by Minister for Transport, Lord Macdonald who has made seven new appointments to the British Railways Board, including a member to represent passenger interests.

The new members are: Willie Gallagher, David Grayson CBE, Ann Hemingway, Jeremy Mayhew, Adrian Montague, Janet Rubin, and Kevin Small who will represent passenger interests.

Lord Macdonald said:

"I am pleased to announce these new appointments which brings the BR Board up to its full complement. The new members further strengthen the shadow Strategic Rail Authority by broadening the experience and diversity of the Board - in particular they ensure the interests of passengers, including people with disabilities, are strongly represented. The Board will also have wider geographical representation with a member from Scotland and Wales.
"It is my intention, subject to Parliament approving the legislation, that the BR Board members should become members of the SRA when it is established later this year."
Notes to editors
1. These appointments are to the BR Board, which is a participant of the shadow SRA. The BR Board also discharges its duties in respect of BR's remaining functions, including employment of the British Transport Police, property matters and pre-privatisation claims. Pending Parliament's approval of legislation to establish the SRA itself, the shadow Strategic Rail Authority will use existing powers of the British Railways Board and the Franchising Director to pave the way for changes to the way the industry is planned and regulated. It will produce a strategic plan including rail freight, drive up standards and help deliver a growing railway as part of an integrated transport system. Subject to Parliamentary approval, BR Board members will become members of the Strategic Rail Authority.

2. The appointments have been made in accordance with the Guidance of the Commissioner for Public Appointments to Public Bodies. The appointments take effect from 1 May 2000 and are for two years. The members will be paid £8700 per annum for two days commitment per month.

3. Biographical details:

Willie Gallagher was previously Director of Customer Services for the ScottishPower group and was the former ScottishPower Director responsible for managing the introduction of competition into the supply of electricity for all customers. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Member of the Institute of Electrical Engineers. Mr Gallagher has recently been appointed as Board Member to the Scottish Legal Aid Board for which he receives remuneration of £7,200 per annum for 3.5 days per month. He has not been involved in any political activity over the last 5 years.

David Grayson is a director of Business in the Community (BITC) and since 1987 has held a number of key positions with BITC including joint Managing Director, and MD of the Business Strategy Group. He is Chairman of the Business Links Accreditation Advisory Board and chaired the Taskforce which set up the national network of Business Links to help small firms. Mr Grayson is Chairman of the National Disability Council and was a member of the Government's Disability Rights Taskforce. He was awarded the OBE in 1994 for services to industry, and the CBE in June 1999 for services to disability. Mr Grayson has not been involved in any political activity over the last 5 years.

Ann Hemingway has recently retired as Head of Sales for British Gas Trading Ltd after completing a long career with British Gas where she was deeply involved in managing the major strategic changes required to transform the organisation from a public utility to a private sector company. Mrs Hemingway has recently been appointed to the Food Standards Agency as member for Wales for which she receives remuneration of £8,000 per annum for 3 days per month. She is a non-executive member of the DVLA Advisory Board, a former member of the Council of the CBI in Wales, and is an Independent Assessor for Welsh Assembly appointments. Mrs Hemingway has not been involved in any political activity over the last 5 years.

Jeremy Mayhew is a Board Director of BBC Worldwide Ltd, the BBC's Commercial Directorate, and a former Head of Strategy Development at the BBC. Mr Mayhew is a member of the Board of the Further Education Development Agency, a Governor of the City Literary Institute, and a Trustee of the British Friends of Harvard Business School. He was a Conservative candidate in last year's European elections and is a non-Party Local Councillor in the City of London.

Adrian Montague is an experienced financier with a legal background. He is currently Chief Executive of the Treasury Taskforce responsible for revitalising the Private Finance Initiative. In this capacity he has recently advised Ministers on CTRL financing and LUL Public Private Partnership. He is Deputy Chairman-designate of Partnerships UK - which is being set up to encourage and develop further opportunities for involving the private sector in improving the quality of public services. Mr Montague holds 4,500 units in Eurotunnel plc and SA, and 1,800 shares in BAA. He has not been involved in any political activity over the last 5 years.

Janet Rubin runs her own human resource consultancy business and has wide experience of managing organisational/cultural change. She is the former Group Human Resources Director for the Littlewoods Organisation and Head of Group Personnel for WH Smith. She is a former Civil Service Commissioner and Equal Opportunities Commissioner and holds a non-executive director post with SHL plc. She is a member of the Diplomatic Service Appeal Board and the Civil Service Arbitration Tribunal. Ms Rubin has not been involved in any political activity over the last 5 years.

Kevin Small, a former railwayman, is currently Chairman of the Rail Users Consultative Committee for Western England. He will be resigning this post in order to avoid potential bias on the Board towards a specific region, although he will maintain links with the RUCCs to help bring an informed consumer view to the SRA Board. He is a Labour Councillor on Swindon Borough Council and former Joint Leader of Wiltshire County Council. Mr Small is also Chairman of the Wiltshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust.

4. Present members of the Board are:

Sir Alastair Morton - Chairman
James Jerram CBE - Vice Chairman
Mike Grant - Franchising Director
David Begg - Chair, Commission for Integrated Transport
Lew Adams OBE - former General Secretary of ASLEF
Lord Bradshaw - former General Manager of BR Western Region
David Jefferies CBE - former Chairman of the National Grid
Pen Kent CBE - former Director of the Bank of England
David Quarmby - currently Chairman of the British Tourist Authority, Chairman of the Docklands Light Railway Ltd, and Ministerial Adviser on "Transport for London"


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