Office of Rail and Road - Non Executive Board Members

Body: Department for Transport
Appointing Department: Department for Transport
Sectors: Regulation, Transport
Location: London
Skills required: IT / Digital, Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 2-3
Remuneration: £22,429 per annum
Time Requirements: An average of 3.5 days per month


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

The Transport Secretary has appointed Madeleine Hallward as a non-executive director of the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) following an open competition. The five-year appointment is until 12 April 2025. With expertise in strategic communications and government relations, her specialism is advising consumer-facing highly-regulated sectors. Madeleine Hallward has recently been appointed as Group Head of Strategic Communications for Associated British Ports (from 13th July 2020), and was previously Director for Government Affairs for Ford of Britain, where she served for six years on the UK Board. Prior to Ford she worked at Diageo, Bloomberg, Energy UK and NESTA.
The appointment process was run according to the Governance Code for Public Appointments, overseen by the independent Commissioner for Public Appointments.
The Transport Secretary has also reappointed Professor Stephen Glaister as a non-executive director of the ORR until 31 March 2022.
ORR is the UK’s independent rail regulator and strategic roads monitor for England. Accountable to Parliament, it protects the interests of rail and road customers through its regulation of railway safety, and the performance and value for money of the rail and road networks.

Date: 09/07/2020

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    24/06/2019 at 09:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) is seeking up to three additional Non Executive Members to the board.

Transport networks that are affordable, safe and reliable are the backbone of a thriving economy and are vital to bringing our country together. ORR is the independent regulator for Britain’s railways and the independent monitor of Highways England. We are here to ensure the two networks operate safely, reliably, meet the needs of users, and provide value for taxpayers and customers by making best possible use of their capacity and their funding, and support economic growth across our country.

A role on the ORR board provides an opportunity to use your skills and experience to contribute to the development of the sectors and the delivery of a strategy that would help shape the future of rail and road in the UK. Both of these sectors touch fundamentally on the ability of the UK’s economy to grow and prosper and are likely to change significantly in the next few years as opportunities emerge through innovation in technology and changing user behaviour.

Our Board sets our strategic direction and approves policy approaches to support that direction. Within that, non-executive directors play a particularly important scrutiny and challenge role in holding our executive to account for delivery against the strategy and agreed business plan. The Board also takes important regulatory decisions. It works through sub-committees, to which all members are expected to contribute, to supply particular expertise or focus when that is necessary.

Person Specification

Board members need a strategic outlook – able to identify, debate and oversee long term plans and monitor progress while being realistic about short-term pressures and industry concerns. They should also demonstrate an objective approach to sensitive or complex issues and a commitment to evidence based decision making. Our existing board members are drawn from a range of disciplines and sectors.

We wish to further develop the board’s experience and perspective primarily in the following areas:

  • digital technology, IT and innovation
  • customer service delivery/management (putting customers at the heart of the industry)

Whilst not essential, current or previous executive level experience in one or more of these areas would also be very attractive:

  • rail, road or other transport infrastructure operations;
  • economic regulation of public bodies;
  • organisational capability (both ORR’s and measures to improve regulatees’).

The final selection will be made by the Minister from among the candidates who can apply their knowledge to the issues and back it up with good skills as a board member.

How to Apply

For further information about the role and details about how to apply, please download the application pack. For an initial discussion about the role, email or call ORR’s Board Secretary, Tess Sanford or +44 (0) 20 7282 2175 (during office hours). Applications should be received by 9am on Monday 24th June 2019.

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