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Department for Transport makes new appointment to ORR board


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Department for Transport

Department for Transport makes new appointment to ORR board
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date
17 Aug 2006 00:00
source Department for Transport
type Press release



The Department for Transport has today announced the appointment of Richard Goldson OBE to the board of the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) as a non-executive director. He will take up his post on 2 October.

Richard Goldson is retiring from his current role as Director of National Express Group responsible for regulatory affairs, competition issues and new rail business monitoring, and has been appointed for four years. His appointment fills the vacancy created when Chris Stokes decided not to seek reappointment at the end of his original term.

Chris Bolt, Chairman of ORR, warmly welcomed the appointment:

"I look forward to working with Richard. I know he will bring with him a wealth of railway knowledge which will add to the breadth of experience already reflected in the Board. He is well placed to take over from Chris Stokes, who we thank for his contribution over the past two years."

Richard Goldson said:

"I am looking forward to joining the ORR Board at a particularly important time, and hope that my wide industry experience will be of value as we tackle the issues ahead."

NOTES TO EDITORS

1. The Office for Rail Regulation is led by a Board appointed by the Secretary of State for Transport. The Board is responsible for setting ORR's strategy and oversight of its efficient, effective and economic delivery. The Board of the Office of Rail Regulation currently comprises five non-executives two executive members including the Chief Executive and the Chairman. Appointments to the Board are for a fixed term of up to five years.

2. Richard Goldson brings considerable experience and expertise to the ORR Board, following a long and diverse career in railways spanning over thirty five years with British Railways Board and with National Express Group where he is Rail Development Director. He was awarded the OBE in 1996 for services to the railway industry. He has been appointed for a term of four years and will be paid £20,200 p.a.

3. This appointment has been made in accordance with the OCPA Code of Practice. All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees' political activity (if any declared) to be made public. Richard Goldson has declared he has no involvement in political activity.

Public Enquiries: 020 7944 8300
Department for Transport Website: http://www.dft.gov.uk



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