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RAIL CHIEF APPOINTED TO WATERWAYS BODY

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Strategic Rail Authority chief executive Richard Bowker has been appointed as a ...
Strategic Rail Authority chief executive Richard Bowker has been appointed as a

part-time non-executive member of the board of British Waterways.

Waterways minister Alun Michael said:

'I believe this appointment will enhance the board's expertise and

make an excellent contribution to its work. Richard Bowker has

invaluable experience of transport networks and is a keen boater with

a strong interest in steering the future of the waterways.'

The ministerial public appointment was made in accordance with the

Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies issued

by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments. The

process started with public advertisements in newspapers in April.

The appointment will be for three years and will run from 1 September

2004 to 31 August 2007. The post is part time and attracts a

remuneration of£10,733 per annum for a time commitment of 3-1/2 days

per month.

NOTES

1. Richard Bowker has considerable knowledge and practical experience

of transport policy and delivery, and the work of both public and

private bodies. Since 2001, he has been chair and chief executive of

the Strategic Rail Authority, and on leaving the SRA in September

this year he will have amongst other things successfully rescued

major railway projects notably the£7.5bn modernising of the

West Coast Main Line. Prior to joining the SRA in 2001, Mr Bowker was

commercial director for the Virgin group of companies, with specific

responsibility for the transport sector of the group. Mr Bowker has a

life long interest in the Inland Waterways and owns his own

narrowboat on which he has travelled extensively through the

waterways of England and Wales.

2. British Waterways is the public corporation responsible for the

care and enhancement of the nation's 2000-mile two centuries old

network of canals and rivers, working in partnerships with public,

private and voluntary organisations to develop and improve the

waterways in a sustainable manner.

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