TRANSPORT for London (TfL) has created a new executive team designed to help the local government body that manages public transport in the British capital recover from impact of Covid-19.

The reorganisation comes into effect from February 1 and reduces the number of executives from 11 to seven. This is ahead of the expiry of the latest round of Department for Transport (DfT) support for TfL on February 4.

TfL is responsible not only for the London Underground (LU) network, but also London Overground heavy rail services, London Trams, Docklands Light Railway (DLR), the bus network, and, since October 2020, Crossrail. Its funding must cover all these operations, and 72% of its income is provided by fares.

Following the reorganisation, Mr Gareth Powell, currently surface transport managing director, will become chief customer and strategy officer for all of TfL. He will also serve as the nominated deputy commissioner.

Mr Stuart Harvey, currently director of major projects, will become chief capital officer, while Mr Andy Lord, the current LU MD will become TfL chief operating officer.

Elsewhere, Mr Mark Wild remains as Crossrail chief executive officer, Ms Tricia Wright retains her role as chief people officer, Ms Lilli Matson stays in her role as chief safety, health and environment officer and Mr Howard Carter will remain as TfL general counsel.

TfL chief finance officer Mr Simon Kilonback will leave the organisation in April, and will be replaced on an interim basis by current Crossrail CFO and finance director for LU and engineering Ms Rachel McLean.

Also leaving TfL is Mr Vernon Everitt, current managing director for customers, communication and technology.

An interview with Lord was published in the January 2022 edition of IRJ. Digital subscribers can read it here.

An interview with Wild was published in the July 2021 edition of IRJ. Digital subscribers can read it here.