Members of the British Transport Police Authority

Body: Department for Transport
Appointing Department: Department for Transport
Sectors: Prison & Policing, Transport
Location: London
Skills required: Business / Commercial, Legal / Judicial, Transformation
Number of Vacancies: 4
Remuneration: £16,497 per annum
Time Requirements: 30 days per year


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

Sir Craig Mackey, Andy Cooper, Graham Evans, and Kenna Kintrea were appointed to these roles.

Former Deputy Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service is among 4 new board members appointed to the authority that oversees the British Transport Police.

Published 21 May 2019

From: Department for Transport, British Transport Police Authority, and The Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP

•new members bring wide range of experience and expertise to BTPA board
•backgrounds include rail industry, police force, parliament and nuclear industry
•authority plays vital role in overseeing effective and efficient police coverage on rail network

Four new members have been appointed to the board of the British Transport Police Authority (BTPA), Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has announced today (21 May 2019).

Sir Craig Mackey, previously Deputy Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service is appointed alongside Andy Cooper, soon-to-retire as Managing Director of Cross Country Trains, former MP and parliamentary private secretary Graham Evans, and former member of the Civil Nuclear Police Authority Kenna Kintrea.

They officially joined the body that oversees the British Transport Police (BTP) on 20 May and will work with Chair Ron Barclay-Smith who took on the role in March last year.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said:

“The BTPA prides itself on having the expertise and experience to guide British Transport Police performance and objectives, and the new board members will bolster these vital qualities.

“With passenger numbers at record levels, it is vital that we ensure an effective and efficient network police force continues to maintain exceptional safety standards, guided by a skilled and adept board.”

BTPA chair Ron Barclay-Smith said:

“I am delighted to welcome our 4 new members – Graham, Craig, Andy and Kenna. They bring a wealth of experience from across policing, industry and the public sector and I look forward to their contributions towards the work of the authority.”

The BTP is a specialist, national force that provides a service to rail operators, their staff and passengers. It also polices other networks – the London Underground, Docklands Light Railway, Croydon Tramlink, Tyne and Wear Metro and Glasgow Subway. It has around 3,000 police officers and around 600 PCSOs and special constables.

The BTPA was established in 2004 to improve the public accountability of the BTP. It is responsible for setting objectives, strategic direction and performance standards for the BTP. It works closely with train and freight operators to ensure adequate policing levels across the network on trains, at stations and other railway property.

Date: 21/05/2019

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

Members of the BTPA play an active role in working towards ensuring that an effective and efficient police service is provided on the railways. Collectively, the BTPA will be accountable for the discharge of the responsibilities set out in the legislation. Members’ primary responsibility will be to the work of the BTPA as a whole rather than as a representative of any area from which they may come.

In order to fulfil this role, the Secretary of State expects that a Member will be required to commit 30 days a year to BTPA business, although this may not necessarily arise in a regular pattern. Whilst the majority of the work will take place in Camden in London, where both the BTPA and BTP Force headquarters are based, there may be some requirement to travel to other parts of the country where the BTP operates.

This current recruitment exercise is to find up to four new Members of the BTPA with knowledge and experience in one or more of the areas listed below to join the BTPA from early 2019:

  • The interests of persons providing railway services or the interests of railway passengers; and
  • Experience in operating at a senior level in complex organisations; and/or
  • Organisational performance management.

We would also encourage applications from candidates from a broader background with other relevant skills. We would be particularly interested in hearing from applicants who can additionally demonstrate knowledge and experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • legal;
  • policing governance;
  • business planning; or
  • commercial contracting.

In appointing members of the BTPA, the Secretary of State will also have regard to the desirability of appointing persons who have experience of and have shown capacity in relation to matters relevant to the policing of railways or policing more generally.


  • To carry out collectively all the statutory and locally-determined requirements of a Member of the BTPA, including participation in formulating policy, decision making and contributing to the work of the BTPA in relation to determining the budget and charges to be made to train operators, determining policing priorities, agreeing the annual railways policing plan, best value plan and other issues;
  • BTP has recently launched its strategic transformation programme BTP2021. A key role for Members will be to act as a point of support and challenge to successful implementation of the 2018/21 Strategic Plan.
  • To be involved in the work of the BTPA as directed by the Chair, including membership of any committees, panels or working groups which are established by the BTPA or undertaking a lead role in aspects of work if the BTPA determines that that is an effective way of conducting its business;
  • To take an interest in the regional work of the Force, as agreed by the BTPA; in doing so, members provide strong and effective constructive challenge, as well as support;
  • To comply with all relevant codes of conduct and maintain the highest standards of conduct and ethics, and ensure that the BTPA operates within the legislative, policy and resources framework agreed with the Secretary of State. Members are expected to adhere to the spirit of The Seven Principles of Public Life.

In undertaking this role the Member will be expected to:

  • Maintain an up-to-date knowledge and awareness of issues affecting the policing of the railway network;
  • Monitor, scrutinise and constructively challenge all aspects of BTP performance to hold it to account, in particular to ensure the delivery of planned results against agreed objectives, targets and performance indicators;
  • Participate in consultative arrangements that the BTPA establishes, and actively engage in communication and dialogue with the rail industry, the UK, Scottish and Welsh Governments, passengers and other stakeholders when required;
  • Effectively represent the views of the BTPA with stakeholders as and when required by the BTPA;
  • Promote equality of opportunity in work to eliminate unlawful discrimination, both internally within the BTPA and the BTP and in the provision of policing services;
  • Attend local, regional and national conferences/seminars/briefings if nominated by the BTPA;
  • Participate in inspections and audits of the BTP and BTPA, as appropriate;
  • Assist the Chair in the strategic direction of the BTPA and corporate business plans; and
  • Support the Chair in overseeing the management of the BTP as a whole.

Person Specification

In addition to the knowledge and experience above, and the ability to devote the necessary time to the role, we are looking for candidates who meet the following criteria:

Essential criteria

  • Proven ability to challenge in a constructive fashion to achieve clear outcomes;
  • Strong team-working and interpersonal skills;
  • Sound judgement and ability to make difficult decisions and manage complex situations with a high degree of personal integrity;
  • Strong strategic judgement, and excellent communication and engagement skills;
  • Proven experience of engaging effectively with the commercial world or transport users;
  • Commitment to an equal opportunities and diversity agenda;
  • Understanding of the broader political context in which the BTP operates.

Desirable criteria

  • Previous board experience or working within a corporate environment;
  • Knowledge and experience in relation to matters relevant to the policing of railways or policing more generally;
  • Knowledge or experience in relation to the successful implementation of transformation programmes;
  • Knowledge and experience in one or more of the areas listed below:
    • Legal,
    • Policing governance,
    • Business planning,
    • Commercial contracting.


How to Apply

Details about how to apply, including copies of the relevant documentation, can be found on the BTPA’s website at the following link:

Applications should be sent electronically or in hard copy for the attention of Raquel Cortes, Members’ Engagement Manager.



Raquel Cortes

Member Engagement Manager

British Transport Police Authority

The Forum

5th Floor North

74-80 Camden Street




020 7387 3810

The closing date for applications is Monday 12 November. Applications received after this will not be considered.

Please contact Raquel Cortes if you would like this pack in an alternative format, such as audio, Braille, or large print.

Please enclose with your application:

  • Full curriculum vitae of no more than 3 sides of A4 paper (no smaller than 10- point font) with your educational and professional qualifications and full employment history.
  • A letter of interest of no more than 2 sides of A4 paper (no smaller than 10-point font) which clearly sets out how you meet both the essential and desirable criteria for the role. Decisions about shortlisting will be based on this information.
  • A completed Category/Criteria Form to indicate which one (or more) of the roles you are applying for i.e. the railway industry role or the railway passenger role, and which criteria you meet.
  •  A completed Supporting Information Form. Part A of this form – regarding diversity – is not part of the selection process and will be treated in confidence and used only for statistical purposes. It will be kept separate from your application and will not be seen by the selection panel until after a shortlist has been generated. Part B – political activity – will be provided to the Panel only for those applicants selected for interview; it will enable the Panel to explore such activity with the candidates in the context of their ability to perform their role. Referees you nominate may be contacted prior to interview for shortlisted candidates. Please ensure you complete and e-sign the declaration at part C.
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