Five new members appointed to the board of the British Transport Police Authority

Published on Monday, 29 July 2013 12:48
Written by Vicki Mitchem

The appointment of 5 new board members to the British Transport Police Authority (BTPA) was announced by Transport Minister Simon Burns today (29 July 2013), strengthening the effectiveness of the authority.

The new board members will take up their appointments from September for an initial term of 4 years, representing the interests of railway service providers, those travelling by rail and passengers in Wales.

The BTPA was established in 2004 to enhance the public accountability of the British Transport Police, by setting its targets and allocating funding for its budget.

Rail Minister Simon Burns said:

The calibre of these new appointments is extremely high and I look forward to seeing them bolster the work of the authority, particularly when representing those rail passengers.

Stella Thomas, who will represent the interests of passengers in Wales, is currently co-opted by the Welsh government Transport Minister to the Public Transport Users Committee for Wales. She is an experienced rail passenger representative and professional bilingual (English and Welsh) trainer in customer service.

Catherine Crawford, who will represent the interests of those travelling by rail, is a former Chief Executive of the Metropolitan Police Authority, a post she held for 10 years. She is currently retired and has over 12 years experience in the transport industry.

Andrew Pollins, Dominic Booth and Mark Phillips will represent the interests of service providers. Andrew has several years of experience in the transport industry and is currently the Director of Finance for London Underground and rail.

Dominic has been the Managing Director of Abellio Transportation Group since 2007 and has several years of experience in the transport industry. He has fulfilled several roles as Chairman and Managing Director at a number of train companies and possesses a successful track record in both public and private sector environments.

Mark is currently the Bid Director for National Express's Crossrail bid. He has 26 years experience in the rail industry including being a Deputy Managing Director and Operations Director for National Express East Anglia.

Source: DfT

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