Paul Plummer is to succeed Michael Roberts as the chief executive of the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) and the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC).
Network Rail’s group strategy director, Paul will take over from Michael Roberts when he steps down in November.
Paul joined Network Rail in 2002 and has been a member of RDG since its inception.
Says Paul Plummer, ‘I am really pleased to have been asked to build on Michael Roberts’ work and develop the RDG to lead the industry. With government and other stakeholders, the RDG has been working successfully to improve the day-to-day operation of the railway and plan better for the future. During this important period we will need to focus more than ever on delivering ever better value to passengers, freight users and taxpayers.
‘I am also very pleased to be running ATOC. Along with other rail organisations, ATOC is crucial in supporting rail’s strategic leadership by delivering for passengers and the industry.
‘It has been a huge privilege to have been able to play a part in the development of Network Rail for 13 years but the opportunity to represent the whole industry at the RDG and ATOC was too good to miss.’