John Larkinson has returned to head up the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) in an interim capacity following the departure of Joanna Whittington.

Joanna is leaving the ORR on 5 October to become director general for energy and security at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

John, who is currently director of railway markets and economics, will take over as CEO while a permanant replacement is found. John has been a member of ORR’s board since March 2017 and has held a number of senior roles since joining from the Strategic Rail Authority.

Stephen Glaister, ORR chair, said: “I thank Joanna for her accomplished leadership over nearly three years and wish her all the best success in the future.

“I am pleased to welcome John as the Interim Chief Executive. He has a wealth of rail knowledge and experience and is well equipped to deliver the role to the high standard we have all come to expect.”


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