Senior management changes at ORR

24 July 2013

The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) has today announced that Tom Taylor is to join as director of corporate operations and organisation development. It also announced that Cathryn Ross, currently director of rail markets and economics, is to leave the organisation in October to take up the role of chief executive of Ofwat.

Tom joins ORR from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), where he is currently finance director. He led Defra's contribution to the 2010 spending review and also spent time on loan to the Office of Climate Change. He previously worked at the Department for Work and Pensions. He trained as a professional economist and is also a chartered accountant and is expected to join the organisation in October.

Cathryn Ross originally joined ORR from Ofwat in August 2011 and has led the periodic review of Network Rail, working closely with programme director John Larkinson, the draft determination of which was published on 12 June.

Commenting on the changes, ORR chief executive Richard Price said:

Tom is joining us at an important time and will be able to build on the work which we have carried out in the last 12 months to improve our efficiency and cost effectiveness. As a regulator funded largely by the industry we have a responsibility to ensure that we provide excellent value for money. As we enter a new five year regulatory period it is essential that we are structured and organised in a way which will properly equip us for the future. I'm really looking forward to working with Tom to achieve this.

He added:

Cathryn has made a huge contribution to ORR in the last two years and her work in leading the periodic review has been absolutely crucial in helping us to set stretching efficiency and performance challenges to Network Rail over the next five years. Cathryn has also played a big part in helping us to think much more clearly about the position of customers in the rail industry and has given us a much stronger consumer focus. I've really enjoyed working with Cathryn and we are very sad to see her go and wish her well for the future.