Mr Alberto Parrondo, vice-president of strategy, ground transportation systems, with Thales, has been named president to succeed Professor Andy Doherty, chief technical officer with Network Rail. Parrondo will be supported by deputy chair Ms Carole Desnos, head of research and innovation with French National Railways (SNCF), and Professor Sebastian Stichel, prefect with Sweden’s Royal Institute of Technology (KTH).

In addition, Mr Nicolas Furio, head of the technical affairs unit of the European Rail Industry Association (Unife) temporarily handed over responsibility for the Errac Secretariat to Mr Simon Fletcher, European coordinator with the International Union Railways (UIC), until the arrival of Mr Martin Brennan who will become the future Errac secretary and take up the post of head of innovation at UIC.

In his acceptance statement, Parrando emphasised the importance of teamwork and joined-up thinking not only within the rail sector but with other sectors and looked forward to the ability to define the future of rail transport.