Anna Walker announced as ORR Chairman designate

26 March 2009

The Secretary of State for Transport announced today that Anna Walker has been chosen to succeed Chris Bolt as Chairman of the Office of Rail Regulation, the independent safety and economic regulator of Britain’s railways.

Anna is presently chief executive of the Healthcare Commission. Her previous roles include deputy director at the Office of Telecommunications (OFTEL) during the mid-1990s and director general at the Department for Trade and Industry, responsible for the Government’s energy policy during the late 1990s. She has also had responsibility for land use and rural affairs at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Commenting on the announcement, Chris Bolt said: “My Board colleagues and I are delighted that Anna has been asked to take on this role. Her experience of regulation and of protecting the interests of users of health services will bring valuable experience to ORR. I am sure she will make a real contribution to further improvement in the rail industry as it faces the challenges of the next five years.”

Bill Emery, chief executive of the ORR said: “This is an exciting time for ORR as we embark on our new corporate strategy. I very much look forward to working with Anna to deliver our vision for Britain’s railways which is to promote continuous improvement in both health and safety performance and the value the railways offer to users and funders.” 

The Secretary of State for Transport will be inviting the Transport Select Committee to hold a public scrutiny hearing with Anna Walker, in line with Parliamentary procedures for public appointments.

Notes to Editors

  1. The Secretary of State’s announcement can be found on the Department for Transport website:; and  
  2. Anna Walker will succeed Chris Bolt as ORR Chairman on 5 July 2009 when Chris’s five year term of office expires.

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