A former airport CEO is set to replace Stephen Glaister as the chair of the Office of Rail and Road (ORR).
Declan Collier, who recently left London City Airport, has been chosen as the preferred candidate by transport secretary Chris Grayling.
The Transport Select Committee will now hold a public scrutiny hearing with Collier later this year with a final decision to be made subject to the outcome of the hearing.
Should Collier’s appointment be given the go ahead, he is expected to start in his new role on January 1.
Grayling said Collier brings with him a wealth of transport sector knowledge.
Prior to joining London City Airport in 2012, Collier was the CEO of Dublin Airports Authority for seven years. In addition, he has served as president of the World Association of Airports, Airports Council International and deputy chair of the Airport Operators Association.
Glaister will step down at the end of 2018 after three years in the role. He will return to being a non-executive director on the ORR’s board.
Transport secretary Chris Grayling added: “I would like to thank Stephen Glaister for his work, he has played a distinguished role as chair, bringing important leadership during the 2018 periodic review process, which will set the regulatory framework and funding for Network Rail for the next five year control period.”