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Rail boss steps down to devote time to Government role


Rail boss steps down to devote time to Government role

Friday, May 17, 2013

Derby Telegraph at http://www.thisisderbyshire.co.uk/Rail-boss-steps-devote-time-Government-role/story-19013645-detail/story.html#axzz2TlFA7DeQ

AN influential rail boss from Derby has announced he is to step down from his position as chairman of Eurostar.

Richard Brown, who lives in Littleover, has decided to leave the board of the cross-channel rail operator when his current three-year term as chairman comes to an end on June 30

?Richard Brown is stepping down as chairman of Eurostar.

Mr Brown joined Eurostar as chief executive in 2002 and over seven years led the business through the launch of high-speed passenger rail services in the UK.

His decision to step down from the Eurostar board will allow him to devote more of his time to his position as chairman of the Department for Transport's Franchise Advisory Panel – a role which he took up in March.

Last year, Mr Brown was approached by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin to conduct a review into the DfT's rail franchising programme, in the wake of the West Coast Main Line debacle.

Mr Brown, who became a CBE in 2007, said: "It has been a great privilege to be at the heart of Eurostar's growth and expansion over the last decade but the time is right for me to hand over the reins.

"Eurostar is now an internationally respected brand and I have every confidence that it will go from strength to strength in the future."

Mr Brown first settled in Derby in the 1990s when he helped set up train operator Midland Mainline as a subsidiary of British Rail.

Over the years he has been a staunch supporter of Derby's rail industry – and the city itself. He has spoken at Derby Embassy events organised by Marketing Derby.

Earlier this year, he was a keynote speaker at the Derby and Derbyshire Rail Forum's annual conference.

Eurostar has already announced Mr Brown's replacement.

Clare Hollingsworth, who joined the company's board as an independent non- executive director in 2010, will become chairman on July 1.

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