Transport for the North has started its search for a new chief executive, following the June announcement that David Brown is to leave the transport body in September.
The organisation, set to become the first statutory sub-national transport body in England, has had clearance from the Department for Transport to begin the recruitment process.
TfN is tasked with developing a strategic transport plan to prioritise infrastructure investment in the North and drive economic growth. Once statutory status is secured, Rail North, the organisation managing the Northern and TransPennine rail franchises in partnership with the Department for Transport, will be incorporated into the organisation.
TfN’s chairman John Cridland said: “This is an exciting opportunity for TfN as it embarks on the next stage of its journey towards statutory status. David has been instrumental in building and establishing TfN, which is now equipped with the skills, expertise and shared enthusiasm to achieve the organisation’s vision.
“We’re now looking for an inspirational and dynamic individual to take the organisation to new heights, building on these solid foundations to capitalise on the opportunities and navigate the organisation’s challenges ahead. This includes securing statutory status for the organisation and overseeing the merging of Rail North with Transport for the North.”
Brown is to become managing director of Arriva Rail North, operator of the Northern Rail franchise.