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Transport for the North announces senior appointments

Written by: Prithvi Pandya
Published on: 29 Jul 2021

Martin Tugwell  [square]Transport for the North (TfN) has made two senior appointments.

Martin Tugwell joins as chief executive on 2 August 2021. He has more than 20 years of experience in transport and investment senior leadership roles in the public sector and will join from England’s Economic Heartland where he is a programme director.  

Louise Gittins has been appointed as the acting chair of TfN. She is the leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council,.

Tugwell and Gittins will lead the sub-national transport body and its board through a number of opportunities and key activities in the coming months, including the upcoming spending review; development of Northern Powerhouse Rail to the next business case stage; and the publication of TfN’s decarbonisation strategy and freight and logistics strategy.

They will also move forward the Northern Transport Charter, which sets out a roadmap towards further, long-term devolution for the region.

Gittins said: “Transport for the North’s mission is more important than ever as we seek to build back greener and fairer, and secure investment in our region.

“The Transport for the North board champions a '“one voice' approach, bringing our region’s political and business leaders together to speak out on the key issues and help bring about changes that benefit our region.

“Working in partnership to foster collaboration and move forward with our shared goals is vital, and together we will build on achievements over the past few years and take our region forward with great ambition and determination.”

Pictured: Martin Tugwell

Thumbnail: Louise Gittins

Image credit | Transport for the North (TfN)