Transport for the North has named Merseytravel’s chief executive and director general David Brown as its new chief executive.
The appointment comes as Transport for the North works towards the publication in March 2016 of its updated strategy for transforming the Northern economy through significantly enhanced connectivity between the city regions. A report will also be published in the autumn highlighting progress to date.
The process to appoint an independent chairman before the end of 2015 is underway, with plans in place to develop TfN into a statutory body by 2017.
Prior to his appointment as chief executive and director general at Merseytravel, Brown headed up South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive. He also led on the successful establishment of Rail North, which, similarly to TfN, brings together the Northern authorities into a single organisation.
As TfN chief executive Brown will take a leading role in the development of the future blueprint for TfN as it builds towards statutory status from 2017 onwards.
Brown will start at TfN within the next few weeks.
He said: “TfN will be at the forefront of delivering an integrated and holistic approach to transport in the North and I relish the opportunity to help shape and drive that forward.”
Sir Richard Leese, interim chairman of TfN and leader of Manchester City Council, said: “We’re delighted to welcome David into the post of CEO. His experience to date speaks for itself and there’s no doubt that David will play a key role in bringing together authorities across the North of England to allow the North to speak with a single voice on the big decisions to benefit the region as a whole.
“We look forward to working with David to drive the way forward for TfN to play its part in delivering the vision for a Northern Powerhouse, by enabling the organisation and, as a result, the region to reach its full potential through strategic collaboration across national transport agencies and the city regions.”