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Board members appointed to the new Rail Passengers Council
type Press release
The Secretary of State for Transport, Alistair Darling, today announced his appointments to the Board of the new Rail Passengers Council (RPC).
Following a recent recruitment campaign, 12 members have been appointed by the Secretary of State to the new RPC:
Jessica Barrow is currently Director of Communications at Age Concern Scotland.
David Burton was Managing Director of West Anglia Great Northern Railway from 1996 -1999.
Philip Davis has been Chairman of the Rail Passengers Committee for the Midlands since 1999 and was leader of Telford and Wrekin Unitary Council from 2000-2004.
Colin Foxall is currently Chairman of the Rail Passengers Committee in Wales and has experience in both the public and private sectors. Kate Gordon has been a Member of the Rail Passengers Committee for Eastern England since 2004 and was previously a senior civil servant at the Health and Safety Executive.
Christine Knights is Chairman of the Rail Passengers Committee for North East England and has experience as a consultant specialising in consumer affairs.
Dr Derek Langslow has been Chairman of the Rail Passengers Committee for Eastern England since 2000 and was previously Chief Executive of English Nature.
Deryk Mead was Chief Executive of the NCH, the leading children's charity, from 1996 to 2004 after a career as a chief officer in local government.
Bill Samuel has been a Member of the Rail Passengers Committee for Eastern England from 2004, having previously had a successful career in local government.
Barbara Saunders is an independent consumer consultant with experience of public policy in the UK and European Union. Marc Seale is currently the Chief Executive and Registrar of the Health Professions Council and was previously Public Interest Director for the Centre for Rail Skills.
Nigel Walmsley was Chief Executive of Capital Radio Group in the 1980s and then Chief Executive and Chairman of Carlton Television and Deputy Chief Executive of Carlton Communications in the 1990s.
Alistair Darling said:
"The RPC now has a great opportunity to raise its profile and represent passengers on a national scale. These members are all regular rail users and bring a range of experiences and knowledge which I am sure will help them to be strong champions for rail passengers"
"This selection of candidates provides the balance of skills, experience and personality that will drive forward the work of the RPC in the future and build up the RPC's standing and reputation amongst passengers and the rail industry. These appointees include Members of the existing RPC Network, and representatives of passengers and business. The new Board will also have important experience of accessibility issues and campaigning and represents rail users from across the country."
Following the recent resignation of Stewart Francis, as Chairman of the existing and new RPC, due to ill health, a recruitment campaign to identify a new Chair for the new organisation started on 12th June and a temporary Acting Chair for both the existing and new RPC will be announced shortly.
Notes for Editors
1. The current RPC consists of 9 Chairmen (8 from the Committees and one from the London Transport Users Committee) and 6 Independent Members. There are 6 English regional Rail Passenger Committees and one each for Scotland and Wales. In London, LTUC is responsible for representing the needs of rail passengers.
2. Proposals to reform the RPC were contained in the Government's White Paper 'The Future of Rail' published in July 2004 and the Railways Act 2005, which received Royal Assent on 7th April, put in place the legislation necessary for this reform. The provisions in the Act abolish the current RPC and the regional committees and replace them with a single, GB wide organisation, also called the Rail Passengers Council. We are still expecting the new RPC to come into existence in July, at which point sponsorship of the RPC will transfer from the Strategic Rail Authority to the Department for Transport.
3. The new RPC will be a body corporate, executive Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB). The duties of the Rail Passengers Council are principally set out in the Railways Act 1993 and the Transport Act 1962. Further provisions which are relevant to the new RPC only are set out in the Railways Act 2005. More details about the RPC can be found at: http://www.railpassengers.org.uk/Council/About_Us
4. In order to ensure that the new RPC Board is well prepared before taking on its role of representing rail passengers, the Secretary of State has made these appointments in anticipation of the commencement of the provisions of the 2005 Act establishing the new RPC in July, as permitted under the Interpretation Act 1978. There are another 3 appointments that need to be made to the new RPC by the Scottish Ministers, the National Assembly for Wales and the London Assembly (the latter appointment to be taken from the existing membership of LTUC): processes for making these appointments are already underway.
5. The board member appointments have been made in accordance with the OCPA Code of Practice. The 12 members will receive remuneration of up to £15,000 pa based on up to 6 days contribution a month.
6. To ensure that all the Board member appointments do not end at the same time, impacting on continuity, the duration of the appointments are staggered in line with good practice guidance. The terms are for either 3 or 4 years.
7. The resignation of Stewart Francis was announced on 26th May via a Written Statement and a Press Notice.
8. Biographical details of appointees:
Jessica Barrow is currently Director of Communications at Age Concern Scotland. She has worked in various roles for Age Concern Scotland as well as Edinburgh University Student Accommodation Services and the Link Housing Association. Three year appointment to the new RPC.
David Burton was Managing Director of West Anglia Great Northern Railway from 1996-1999. He is currently a Senior Associate for First Class partnerships, a transport consultancy, and Non-Executive Director of Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire Strategic Health Authority, for which he receives remuneration of £5673. Three year appointment to the new RPC.
Philip Davis has been Chairman of the Rail Passengers Committee for the Midlands since 1999, an appointment he receives remuneration for of £18,764 pa. He was Leader of Telford and Wrekin Unitary Council from 2000 to 2004 and also Chair of the West Midlands Regional Assembly from 2001 to 2003. He is currently a member of Employment Tribunals for which he receives £157 per day sitting. Three year appointment to the new RPC.
Colin Foxall is a non-executive director at Radian Asset Assurance Ltd and a member of the British Transport Police Authority, an appointment for which he receives £14,000 pa. He has previously held posts as deputy chairman of the former NCM Group in Amsterdam, as CEO of its Cardiff based UK company and as under-Secretary at the Export Credits Guarantee Department (ECGD). He is a former Dutch Consul in Wales and in 1995 was appointed CBE. He is currently Chairman of the Rail Passenger Committee Wales and receives remuneration of £18,764 pa for this appointment. Four year appointment to the new RPC.
Kate Gordon CB joined the Rail Passengers Committee for Eastern England in 2004, with a remuneration of £4415 pa. Kate was previously a senior civil servant in the Ministry of Agriculture and the Health and Safety Executive. She is currently a Board member of the West Norfolk Primary Care Trust (for which she receives remuneration of £5673 pa), the Basic Skills Agency and the Peddars Way Housing Association. Four year appointment to the new RPC.
Christine Knights is Chairman of the Rail Passengers Committee for North Eastern England receiving remuneration of £18,764 pa. In her professional career she worked for Consumers International and as a consultant specialising in consumer affairs. She is currently a Member of the British Transport Police Authority for which she receives remuneration of £14,000 pa. Three year appointment to the new RPC.
Dr Derek Langslow has been Chairman of the Rail Passengers Committee for Eastern England since 2000, for which he receives remuneration of £18,764 pa. He was Chief Executive of English Nature from 1990 to 2000. He is currently a Non-Executive Director for British Waterways and a Non-Executive Director of Harwich Haven Authority. He is also a Trustee of the National Heritage Memorial Fund. He was awarded the CBE for services to nature conservation in 2000. Three year appointment to the new RPC.
Deryk Mead was Chief Executive of the NCH, the leading children's charity, from 1996 to 2004 after a career as a Chief Officer in Local Government. He was a Board Member of the National Care Standards Commission from 2002-2004. He was awarded CBE for services to children in 2003. Four year appointment to the new RPC.
Bill Samuel has been a Member of the Rail Passengers Committee for Eastern England since 2004, for which he receives remuneration of £4,415pa. He has had a successful career in local government and was Chief Executive of Peterborough City Council from 1990 to 1999 during which time he led the City's campaign for Unitary status. He was appointed as the first Chief Executive of the East of England Regional Development Agency in 1999 a post he held prior to retirement in 2004. He is currently a Non-Executive Director of the Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire Strategic Health Authority and a Board Member of the Thurrock Thames Gateway Urban Development Corporation, for which he receives remuneration of £5,631pa and £11,484pa respectively. Four year appointment.
Barbara Saunders is an independent consumer consultant with experience of public policy in the UK and European Union. She was the Deputy General Secretary of the National Federation of Women's Institutes from 1976-85. The founder Chairman of the Financial Services Consumer Panel, she has been a Non-Executive Director of the Personal Investment Authority and West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust. She is currently a Member of the Council of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, a Member of the Standards Board of the Law Society, a Member of the Independent Advisory Group on testing over thirty month cattle for BSE , and is involved in the professional conduct work of the Architects Registration Board, and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. All these current appointments are paid on a daily basis plus expenses except for the Law Society Standards Board for which an Honorarium of £3000 per year is paid to lay members. Four year appointment.
Marc Seale is currently the Chief Executive and Registrar of the Health Professions Council. He was a Public Interest Director for the Centre for Rail Skills. He was also a Non-Executive Director for the West London NHS Mental Health Trust. Three year appointment to the new RPC.
Nigel Walmsley brings significant media experience to the new RPC. He was Chief Executive of Capital Radio Group from 1982 to 1991. He was then Chief Executive and Chairman of Carlton Television and Deputy Chief Executive of Carlton Communications from 1991 to 2001. He is currently a Member of the Board of the Advertising Standards Authority, Chair of Tourism South East, Chair of the Broadcasters' Audience Research Board and a Director of the De Vere Hotel Group. Four year appointment to the new RPC.
9. 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. Of the 12 member appointments, 11 members declared no political activity, with only Philip Davis declaring that he has stood for and obtained office as a local councillor for the Labour Party. He has also spoken and canvassed on behalf of the Labour Party, acted as a political agent and held office in a local branch of the party.
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