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
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.