The board

Our board has oversight of safety regulation, economic regulatory delivery and is the competition and consumer authority for the industry, in line with our legal duties.

Board members are appointed by the Secretary of State for Transport for a fixed term of up to five years.

Stephen Glaister, Board member - Chair

Stephen is a non-executive director of the board. He has agreed to a request from the Secretary of State to continue in role for a further 12 months, to the end of 2018.

Stephen is Emeritus Professor of Transport and Infrastructure at the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Imperial College London where he has also been director of the Railway and Transport Strategy Centre which facilitates international public transport benchmarking. He has recently retired as Director of the RAC Foundation, a research body with a special interest in roads and the road user.

He was educated as an economist, and is a fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers.  He has been an advisor to many transport-related organisations and committees, including the former rail regulator. He has served as a member of a number of high-level transport boards including the board of Transport for London and advised government and the Transport Select Committee.

He has written on a wide range of transport subjects including roads, railways and the London Underground, as well as regulation in the telecommunications, water and gas industries.

Stephen chairs the Highways Committee and is a member of the health and safety regulation committee.

Joanna Whittington, Board member - chief executive

Joanna is an executive member of the board and was appointed chief executive on 20 February 2017.

Joanna joined the ORR board in March 2014 as executive director of railway markets and economics and was responsible for ORR's longer term economic regulatory role including planning for the next funding period. She served  as interim chief executive from January 2016 until the completion of the recruitment competition for the permanent post.

As an economic consultant specialising in transport, she is well acquainted with the rail industry and has also served as ORR's director of economics and finance leading on the periodic review in 1998.  She subsequently joined the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) in 1999. In her last role as partner in the markets division at Ofgem, she was responsible for regulation of the wholesale gas and electricity markets.

Prior to that, Joanna held a number of senior posts including director of strategy and director of gas distribution. She has also spearheaded many vital projects to improve information and reporting standards of the industry as well as significant legislative changes.

Tracey Barlow

Tracey is a non-executive member of the board.

Tracey is an independent consultant specialising in business development and capital programme management, mainly working in energy and complex infrastructure markets. She was previously chairman of a waste to energy technology company and a non-executive director of Highways Agency, where she chaired the investment delivery programme board committee. She is currently non-executive director UK Coal Ltd.

Previously, Tracey was responsible for the delivery of Scotland's £2.3bn water and wastewater capital infrastructure programmes. She managed this delivery programme through a seven-partner joint venture organisation with Scottish Water. The unique nature and success of the joint venture was recognised through numerous industry, customer, stakeholder and environmental awards.

She also has extensive operations and customers services experience, culminating as general manager, networks for multi utility services in the North West of England. Tracey was transition manager for the first water industry operations outsourcing contract involving Welsh Water and United Utilities Plc.

Tracey is a member of the highways committee. She acted as Deputy Chair from 2011 to 2016.

Appointed from 1 February 2010 to 31 January 2015 and reappointed until 30 April 2019.

Anne Heal

Anne is a non-executive member of the board.

With a twenty year track record of strategic delivery at Board level both in the UK and globally, she has experience in both practice and theory of regulation from strategic and policy perspective.

Anne has spent many years in the world of strategy and regulation. Her experience includes being group regulatory affairs director of BT, when she led the negotiation with Ofcom that resulted in the creation of Openreach, BT’s network infrastructure business.

She then became Openreach’s first managing director of strategy, among other roles. Anne now chairs the Thames Water Customer Challenge Group, monitoring Thames Water's performance against its regulatory commitments to customers and ensuring that Thames's future plans and investments reflect what customers say they really want.

Anne is a board member of Ofqual, the qualifications regulator; she chairs the charity Volunteering Matters, and is a trustee of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and Ballet Boyz. She is also a lay advisor to the Royal College of Pathologists.

Anne is a member of the remuneration and nominations committee.

Appointed from 1 October 2016 for 5 years.

Bob Holland

Bob is a non-executive director of the board.

After starting his career in the National Bus Company, Bob Holland built around 40 years' experience in transport delivery – both bus and rail industries - including six years developing Arriva's mainland European business which now has a presence in fourteen countries. Bob served as the Managing Director of UK Rail at Arriva plc from 2007, increasing the number of businesses to eight and a turnover of £1bn. He later took over responsibility for all UK operations (bus and rail) until retiring from the industry in May 2014. His rail experience includes responsibility for different types of business models including franchises, concessions, open access and rail maintenance businesses with all the associated operational and safety issues.

Bob was an active member of the Rail Delivery Group, including their working group looking at access planning and asset management.

Bob chairs the audit and risk committee.

Appointed from 1 January 2015 for five years.

Michael Luger

Michael is a non-executive member of the board.

Michael was Dean of Manchester Business School between 2007 and 2013, securing significant growth and doubling student numbers; he is now professor emeritus at the University of Manchester. He founded the University's Centre for Infrastructure Development and has a particular interest in infrastructure and asset management.

He is a PhD public sector economist who has taught and written widely on utility regulation and economics. He was founding director of the University of North Carolina's Centre for Competitive Economies.

Michael has served on the boards of several major public sector and not-for-profit organisations, including as chairman of a regional transportation authority in North Carolina, as well as on many state and national boards and commissions. He has been a consultant and adviser to national, state, regional and local governments throughout the world, and to major multi-national corporations.

Michael chairs the remuneration and nominations committee and is a member of the audit and risk committee.

Appointed from 1 August 2014 to 31 July 2019.

Graham Mather

Graham is a non-executive member of the board.

He has experience in consumer, competition and economic regulatory issues. He is Chairman of the European Policy Forum’s Regulatory Best Practice Group and President of EPF and its associated body, The Infrastructure Forum.

Graham is a lawyer by training and was educated at New College, Oxford where he was Burnet Law Scholar and subsequently a visiting fellow of Nuffield College.

He became a Non- Executive member of the Board of Ofcom in June 2014 having previously served as a member of Ofcom’s Consumer Panel.

Graham was a member of the Monopolies and Mergers Commission and then between 2000 to 2012 served as a member of the Competition Appeal Tribunal, the body that deals with appeals from the UK regulators.

Appointed from 1 October 2016 for 5 years.

Justin McCracken

Justin is a non-executive member of the board.

Justin was Chief Executive of the UK Health Protection Agency (HPA) from 2008-2013, a body bringing together a wide range of activities protecting public health.  Before that he was Deputy Chief Executive of the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) where he was responsible for all of HSE's operational work, including the rail safety inspectorate (then part of HSE).

A physicist by background, Justin worked as a research scientist in ICI. His later posts in ICI took him into marketing and business management in the UK and overseas, including Managing Director of ICI Katalco, a catalyst and technology licensing business. In 1998, he joined the Environment Agency as North West Regional Director where he was responsible for all the activities of the agency in North West England, and promoted enhanced partnership working across many local organisations.

He currently serves on the Boards of Ombudsman Services, a not-for-profit company offering alternative dispute resolution services, and of ENTRUST, the regulator of the Landfill Communities Fund.

Justin acts as Deputy Chair and this internal appointment will be reviewed at the end of 2018. He chairs the health and safety regulation committee and is a member of the remuneration and nominations committee.

Appointed from 1 August 2014 to 31 July 2019.

John Larkinson

John is director of railway markets and economics and an executive member of the board.

He is responsible for the 2018 periodic review of Network Rail, the ORR’s consumer role, decisions on track and station access and industry financial analysis. He also leads on policy issues for Scotland and Wales.

The Secretary of State appointed him to the board with effect from 28 March 2017. John has held a number of senior roles at ORR, including Director of Planning and Performance and Director of Economic Regulation.  He joined ORR from the Strategic Rail Authority where his final role was as Director Network Regulation & Affordability. He is an economist by background and has held a range of transport related posts in central government and consultancy.

Ian Prosser CBE

Ian is the chief inspector of railways and director, railway safety, and an executive member of the board.

He is responsible for the work of the Railway Safety Directorate, which strives to ensure dutyholders in the railway industry manage health and safety risks effectively and thus comply with their statutory duties.

The Secretary of State appointed him to the board with effect from 26 September 2008. Ian was educated at Imperial College where he attained a first class honours degree in chemical engineering, followed by a Master of Philosophy in control engineering and operations research at Cambridge University. He has worked in safety critical industries for more than 34 years: originally in the chemical pharmaceutical and automotive industries, where the roles performed spanned a wide spectrum from works/production management to project and technology management, delivering improvements in safety and quality.

Prior to joining ORR, he worked at ICI for 17 years then he spent eight years in the rail industry, working for Amey Rail and Amey Operations as both technical director and Quensh director and then Metronet Rail, where he had the leading role in safety management; he was a director of both infraco companies.

Ian was honored by IOSH as an Honory Vice President in 2011 for contribution to improving Railway Safety.

Ian is a member of the health and safety regulation committee.

Graham Richards

Graham is director of railway planning & performance and an executive member of the board.

The Secretary of State appointed him to the board with effect from 1 December 2016.  An experienced transport planner across a range of modes, Graham is familiar with both the rail industry and the strategic roads sector. He has worked on the construction of major rail projects as well as integrating major developments with operational road and rail networks. Prior to joining ORR he held posts in Transport for London, the London Borough of Southwark, the Strategic Rail Authority and Rail Link Engineering.

Graham is a member of the highways and health and safety regulation committees.

Melvyn Neate - Independent member of the audit committee

The audit committee includes an independent member that must be a qualified accountant.

Melvyn Neate is a qualified accountant. He recently retired as director of Internal Audit at HM Revenue and Customs where he headed a 120-strong internal audit team reporting to the chief executive and chaired the government departments' Head of Internal Audit Group. During his full-time career he has worked in local government and the private sector (Unigate Dairies, TSB and Lloyds) as well as NHS Logistics. Melvyn holds two accounting qualifications and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors.  Melvyn served in 2010-11 as President of the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors and currently sits on their Audit Committee.

Appointed from 1 March 2012 and reappointed until 30 September 2018.

Non-executive board members' and independent committee member's pay

  • The chair is contracted to work three days a week and is paid £120,000 per annum.
  • Non-executive directors are paid £21,776 per annum for an average commitment of three days per month.
  • The independent member of the audit committee is paid £4,000 per annum for an average commitment of four meetings per year.

Board expenses