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Department for Transport

Members appointed to the Railway Heritage Committee
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date
20 Nov 2007 09:45
source Department for Transport
type Press release



Transport Minister, Tom Harris, today announced the appointment of six members to the Railway Heritage Committee.

Chris Austin - currently the Director of Public Policy at the Association of Train Operating Companies;

Ian Brown - currently the managing Director of London Rail at Transport for London and Chairman of the Docklands Light Railway;

Christopher Fildes - is a financial journalist whose work has been widely recognised with public and academic honours;

Sir Howard Newby - currently Vice Chancellor of the University of the West of England and is due to take on the same post with Liverpool University shortly;

Peter Ovenstone - a solicitor by training but has dedicated himself to largely voluntary positions delivering the protection of industrial heritage;

Catherine Wilson - a museum professional for over 40 years and retired as the Director of the Norfolk Country Council museums service.

Tom Harris said:

"The Railway Heritage Committee continues to ensure that our important railway legacy is not lost to the nation. The members' range of experience and knowledge will enable them to be strong champions of our rail heritage and help drive forward the work and profile of the Committee."

Lord Faulkner, Chair of the Railway Heritage Committee said:

"We have been through an exhaustive appointment process, and interviewed a number of outstanding candidates for appointment to the Committee. I warmly welcome our new members, and the reappointment of Andrew Scott and Dr John Gough, who have contributed so much to our deliberations since the committee started its work, and will give us both strength and continuity."

Notes for Editors

The Railway Heritage Committee (RHC)

1. The Department for Transport has sponsored the Railway Heritage Committee since November 2005 when it became an executive Non-Departmental Public Body.

2. The RHC was originally established in 1994 within the privatisation legislation of the Railways Act 1993, and then in 1997 after the passage of the Railway Heritage Act 1996. It was previously sponsored by BRB (Residuary) Ltd, a subsidiary of the Strategic Rail Authority (SRA).

3. The role of the RHC is to identify those railway records and railway artefacts of future value to the nation, in the general interest of the public and for research and scholarship, and to ensure that they ultimately reside in good condition in appropriate locations. Once identified, the RHC has the function of designating those records and artefacts (or classes of record or artefact) which are historically significant and should be permanently preserved. Designation has the effect of ensuring that the owner of such artefacts and records may dispose of them only having sought the permission of the RHC.

4. The six public appointments have all been made on behalf of the Secretary of State for Transport and are for three years, commencing on 20th November 2007. RHC members are unremunerated, although all members are reimbursed for any out-of-pocket expenses duly incurred in the performance of their functions.

5. Four of the six members appointed have previously been members of the RHC - Christopher Fildes, Sir Howard Newby, Peter Ovenstone and Catherine Wilson had appointments to the RHC which expired on 19th November 2007. They were then successful in the recent open, public appointments campaign, which was regulated by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments (OCPA). Due to the length of time that they have previously spent on the RHC, this is the last term of appointment for these members.

6. Biographical details of appointees.

Chris Austin is the Director of Public Policy at the Association of Train Operating Companies. He has over 40 years' experience in the rail sector and has held a variety of Director posts.

Ian Brown is currently the managing Director of London Rail at Transport for London and Chairman of the Docklands Light Railway and Rail for London Limited. He has 40 years' experience in the rail sector and has held a variety of Director and Chief Executive posts.

Christopher Fildes is a financial journalist whose work has been widely recognised with public and academic honours. He is currently a Member of RHC and has focused on improving accountability and the visibility of the RHC.

Sir Howard Newby is currently Vice Chancellor of the University of the West of England but due to take up the same post at Liverpool University shortly. He has held varied senior posts in academic institutions and Committees over the last 20 years, including the Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England. He is currently a Member of RHC and chairs the Artefacts Sub-committee.

Peter Ovenstone is a solicitor by training but has dedicated himself to largely voluntary positions delivering the protection of industrial heritage. Accordingly he has a broad and thorough understanding of committee work and the RHC Chairman has confirmed that he makes an extremely valuable contribution to the work of the Committee and would continue to do so in what would be his last appointment. He currently chairs the Scottish Sub-committee.

Catherine Wilson has worked as a museum professional for over 40 years and retired as the Director of the Norfolk Country Council museums service. She provides an extensive knowledge of museum collections and has excellent relationships with these staff that is extremely helpful in finding homes for artefacts and records that RHC have designated but are looking for homes.

7. 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. No appointees declared any political activity.

8. In addition, the Committee is hoping to announce a seventh appointment, an archivist, in the near future.

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Department for Transport Website: http://www.dft.gov.uk


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