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New Transport for the North Chief Executive announced
The appointment of Martin Tugwell as the next Chief Executive of Transport for the North (TfN) has been approved by the North’s leaders.
Succeeding Barry White, who is due to step down this month, Tugwell will lead the region’s statutory transport body, which speaks on behalf of the North’s civic and business leaders on transport investment.
With more than 20 years’ experience in transport and investment senior leadership roles in the public sector, Tugwell will join TfN from England’s Economic Heartland, the Sub-national Transport Body for the region including Oxfordshire and Cambridgeshire. He is also the current President of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT).
“This is a crucial leadership role for the North of England and Martin fits the bill,” said John Cridland, Chairman of TfN, “His extensive professional experience coupled with his drive to make tomorrow better than today means he’s perfectly placed to lead TfN. He’ll work with our Board to take on the immediate challenges and opportunities facing the North and continue the great work TfN has consistently delivered since it was established.”
Commenting on his appointment, Tugwell said: “It’s an honour to take up leadership of Transport for the North at this critical moment for the levelling-up agenda. I’ve always been a passionate advocate for the ability of better transport connections to change lives and create more opportunities. That belief is the central mission of Transport for the North, one that’s more important today than ever.
“I can’t wait to work with the North’s ambitious leaders to drive real change in the region, making transport more accessible, inclusive and sustainable for future generations.”
Tim Wood, TfN’s current Northern Powerhouse Rail Director, will become Interim Chief Executive until Martin officially joins TfN this summer.
Published On: 22/04/2021 17:00:10