Who we are

As an independent regulator, ORR operates within the framework set by UK and EU legislation and is accountable through Parliament and the courts. We are an independent statutory body, with powers vested by Parliament in our board. All members of the board are appointed by the Secretary of State for Transport, for a fixed term of up to five years.

ORR is a non-ministerial government department with around 280 staff and a budget of about £30m each year. We are funded by the rail industry for our Rail Regulation role and our Highways function is funded by the Department for Transport. Our staff work from six offices across Britain, giving us the flexibility and coverage we need to perform our functions efficiently. Many of our people work  away from the office, for example by conducting on-site inspections across the rail network.

Executive directors

Our staff are organised into nine directorates and led by a team of executive directors.

The directorates are:

  • Chief executive's office
  • Corporate operations
  • Communications
  • Legal services
  • Strategy and policy
  • Railway markets and economics
  • Railway planning and performance
  • Railway safety
  • Highways

Read more about our executive directors

The board

We are governed by a board responsible for setting strategy and overseeing its delivery. Board members are appointed by the Secretary of State for Transport for a fixed term of up to five years.

Read out more about our board

Who we are and what we do

Who we are and what we do