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High-profile light rail leader appointed LRSSB Chair

25 Jan 2024

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A leading figure in the transport industry has been appointed Chair of the organisation responsible for driving up tramway safety standards.

George Lowder MBE, Chief Executive of Transport for Edinburgh (TfE), has been selected for the role at the Light Rail Safety and Standards Board as it continues to deliver a series of ambitious projects aimed at further reducing the risk of harm or injury on UK networks.


Already a well-known and highly respected leader within the light rail sector, George brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the non-executive position.


His appointment has been welcomed by the organisation’s Chief Executive, Carl Williams, who said: “We’re delighted to have George on board as we prepare to build on the organisation’s many successes to date and embark on a new era of even closer collaboration with the regulator and other key stakeholders.


“His guidance and support for the board will prove invaluable as the LRSSB continues to grow and evolve, leading in all areas of light rail safety.”


As Chief Executive of TfE, George has been instrumental in the development and delivery of a successful integrated transport network, including the city’s acclaimed tramway, which saw the successful launch of services to Newhaven and other areas of the city in 2023.


A previous Chair of the light rail sector’s representative body, UKTram, the former army officer is also a non-executive director of Transform Scotland, Vice President of Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce, Chairs the Boards of two Scottish charities, and is a Trustee of a third.


Following his latest appointment, George said: “Within a few short years, the LRSSB has made impressive progress in its mission to reduce risks to as low as practicably possible.


“I’m now looking forward to working with Carl and members of the board to ensure we remain on track to deliver even more support for the sector as it strives to deliver even safer networks for employees and the travelling public.”


George’s appointment was confirmed at an LRSSB board meeting this week that also saw Colin Kerr stand down as the organisation’s Interim Chair. Following Colin’s retirement from Edinburgh Trams, where he served as Head of Safety and Projects, he will continue to work for the LRSSB on a part-time basis, assisting on the delivery of future initiatives.


“I would also like to thank Colin for all his hard work as Interim Chair, while recognising his continued dedication to light rail safety and the work of the LRSSB,” George added.

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