Richard George is taking over as managing director of Interfleet Technology following the retirement of David Rollin after almost 20 years at the helm.
Mr George will take up the position at the end of February 2013, fresh from his recent role as Director of Transport at the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).
Richard George has had a long and distinguished career at a senior level in the transport industry. As Director of Transport for LOCOG, the organisers of the London Olympics, Mr George was responsible for the planning and delivery of transport services in support of the Games. Prior to his LOCOG role he had been Head of Public Transport for the Olympic Delivery Authority.
Before the London Olympics he was a director of the strategic rail consultancy firm, First Class Partnerships. George spent three years as the
High Speed 1 Project Director for Eurostar. Other roles with FCP included: Corporate re-structuring of Eurostar; ‘Operator of Last Resort’ at South Eastern Trains when the Connex franchise was withdrawn by the DfT and an advisory role to the DfT on the creation of Network Rail on the demise of Railtrack.
Richard started work with Freightliner Ltd in 1977 and undertook numerous management roles in the passenger, freight and engineering divisions of British Rail until becoming the Business Strategy and Planning Director for InterCity in 1990.
He served on the board of FirstGroup plc and as UK Rail Director was Chairman of First Great Western, First Great Eastern and First North Western Trains. As Managing Director of Great Western trains in 1997 he was involved in the aftermath of the Southall train crash and later on the aftermath of the Ladbroke Grove train crash of 1999. At rail privatisation George
led the Management Buyout of the original Great Western franchise in 1996.
Career railway man David Rollin took up his position at Interfleet Technology in 1994, also after a successful management buy-out of the company from British Rail in 1996. The company grew from a 99-employee Derby-based operation to an internationally-operating industry leader with more than 20 offices around the world and over 650 staff.