New chief executive for the Office of Rail and Road

18 January 2016

Joanna Whittington has been appointed as the new chief executive of the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) from 16 January 2016.

Joanna WhittingtonSince March 2014, Joanna has been ORR’s director of railway markets and economics, as well as a member of the ORR Board.

In this role, she was responsible for ORR's economic regulatory role, including leading planning for the next rail funding period between 2019 and 2024.

Having previously been an economic consultant specialising in transport, and working for ORR between 1995 and 1999 including as the director of economics and finance, Joanna has been acquainted with the rail industry for some considerable time. In 1999 she joined the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) where she was responsible for regulation of the wholesale gas and electricity markets and held a number of senior posts, including Director of Gas Distribution.

ORR’s Chair Stephen Glaister said:

The UK transport sector continues to expand, it’s essential that there is a well-governed regime to enable adequate provision for the needs of a growing economy. In this complex and ever-changing environment, Joanna brings a wealth of experience and expertise in her new role."

Joanna Whittington said:

It’s a huge privilege to be appointed to this position at such a critical time in the development of Britain’s road and rail industries. ORR has an important role to play in protecting the interests of users and funders of rail and road networks now and in the future, and I look forward to leading this work.

Joanna’s appointment is on an interim basis. Recruitment for a permanent chief executive is anticipated to begin in the summer with an appointment to be made for 1 January 2017.