ORR appoints new Director, Railway Planning and Performance

7 November 2016

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has appointed Graham Richards substantively as Director, Railway Performance and Planning. Graham was previously acting as interim in the role following the departure of the previous incumbent.

ORR Chief Executive, Joanna Whittington, said:

Graham will continue to play a vital role in helping to shape the future of the railways for which he is very well qualified - supporting reform while ensuring the sector provides value for money for customers and taxpayers.

Graham RichardsGraham is a chartered transport planner with experience working on a range of different aspects, including: the delivery of road and rail projects; integrating major developments with existing transport networks; planning operational and maintenance budgets; and most recently the regulation of Network Rail.

He was previously Deputy Director, Railway Planning and Performance, having joined ORR in 2009.

Graham’s appointment concludes a rigorous external recruitment process.

Notes to Editors

  1. The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) is the UK’s rail regulator and highways monitor for England. ORR protects the interests of rail and road users; improving the safety, value and performance of railways and roads, today and in the future. Follow us @railandroad.