The body that oversees the specialist rail policing force in Britain has been further strengthened by the appointment of a new deputy chairman and five new Board members, the Department for Transport has announced.
Mark Phillips, who has been a Board member of the British Transport Police Authority (BTPA) since 2013, has been appointed as the organisation’s new deputy chairman. He’s also currently CEO at the Rail Safety and Standards Board and has previously served at Network Rail as regional director for Anglia and as deputy managing director for the Greater Anglia franchise.
In addition, experienced businessman William Gallagher, chartered accountant Shrinivas Honap, strategist Jeremy Mayhew, retired chief constable Martin Richards and Human Resources expert Beverley Shears have been appointed as new members of the BTPA Board.
Commenting on the appointments, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: “We’re delivering the biggest rail modernisation programme for more than a century to improve services and provide passengers with faster and more comfortable trains. Going forward, the British Transport Police will play a major role in delivering our vision for a growing and sustainable railway. I’m confident the newly-refreshed team at the BTPA will provide the strategic direction the force needs in order to offer even better value to the rail industry and the taxpayer while fighting crime, reducing disruption and keeping the network safe for passengers and rail staff alike.”
Esther McVey, chairman of the BTPA, added: “I’m delighted to welcome the new Board members to the BTPA. Each of them brings their own area of specific and essential expertise, as well as fresh insight, to what is an established Authority. I look forward to working with them at this busy and exciting time for the Authority, when the rail sector is not only growing, but also facing a range of new and developing policing pressures.”
The new deputy chairman took up his role just prior to Christmas, while the new Board members assumed their roles earlier this month.
Andrew Figgures retired as CEO of the BTPA at the end of December after nearly seven years in the role following his 41-year career in the Army. Figgures handed the reins to Charlotte Vitty, the organisation’s deputy CEO and treasurer, who’s presently acting as interim CEO while the Authority recruits a permanent replacement.