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2010-10-22 ORR-001
Office of Rail Regulation


Bill Emery stepping down as ORR chief executive

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Office of Rail Regulation

Bill Emery stepping down as ORR chief executive

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22 October 2010
source Office of Rail Regulation
type Press release


Bill Emery has announced his intention to step down as chief executive of the Office of Rail Regulation in June 2011.

Commenting on his decision, Bill Emery said:

“I have had a great five years at ORR and it has been a privilege to lead it through a period of significant change. During this time the rail industry has achieved best ever levels of performance and safety and we have made substantial improvements to the regulatory regime to enable Network Rail and its industry partners rise to the challenges that lie ahead.
“There is never a ‘right’ time to move on, but after much reflection I felt that next summer would be a good point to pass the mantle on to somebody else after nearly six years at the helm. In the meantime, it is business as usual.
“I will continue to lead ORR and ensure that we deliver on our plans and give every assistance to governments and others to help them reach the right decisions on the future of the industry – for passengers, freight customers and taxpayers as well as those who work in and for the industry.”
On behalf of the ORR Board, chair, Anna Walker said:

“The Board and I would like to congratulate Bill on his very successful time at ORR.
“There are a number of achievements of which he can feel rightly proud. I would particularly highlight his leadership of the merger of economic and safety regulation; lifting ORR out of micro-regulation so that the industry could take more responsibility for itself; and leading a periodic review that changed the whole approach to exposing efficiency gaps and setting challenging targets for improvement. We are also very grateful to Bill for giving us time to find his replacement.”
Recruitment for a new chief executive will be through open competition.

Notes to editors
Bill Emery was appointed chief executive of the Office of Rail Regulation on 19 September 2005.
Dr Emery was previously director of costs and performance and chief engineer at Ofwat, joining in 1990. Before then he worked for Yorkshire Water.
He is a chartered civil engineer, has an engineering degree, a doctorate in public health engineering and an MBA.
Married with two children, he lives in Sheffield.

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