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New chief executive for the Campaign for Better Transport

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Paul Tuohy has been named as the new chief executive of the Campaign for Better Transport.

He will step into the role formerly held by Darren Shirley, who has left the Campaign for Better Transport to lead the Department for Transport’s new Acceleration Unit.

Paul will join the Campaign for Better Transport in November, having worked for six years transforming the former Cyclists’ Touring Club into Cycling UK, an active travel and campaigning charity supporting cycling and influencing government policy. Paul instituted the ‘Big Bike Revival’, which engaged an estimated quarter of a million people back to cycling, in collaboration with the Department of Transport.

He was also instrumental in creating the Walking and Cycling Alliance with like-minded organisations that convinced Government to commit over £2 billion towards more walking and cycling infrastructure and education programmes.

Prior to Cycling UK, Paul worked with YMCA and RNIB and was the CEO of Missing People.

Commenting on his new role, Paul Tuohy said: “The work of Campaign for Better Transport has never been more important than it is today. The pressing need to bring transport’s greenhouse gas emissions in line with net zero targets has been joined by the need to recover and renew transport networks after Covid-19 and reverse the trend of people returning to cars.

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to lead Campaign for Better Transport at this crucial time as it works for a transport system that is sustainable and fair, that connects people with opportunities and improves community life. I want Campaign for Better Transport to work alongside the Government to ensure effective, reliable, sustainable transport systems are in place as soon as possible.”

John Stewart, Chair of the Trustees, said: “We are delighted that Paul is joining us. At what will be a critical time for transport, he will build on the excellent work that our outgoing Chief Executive, Darren Shirley, has done for the organisation.”