CRT appoints new CE

The Canal & River Trust has appointed appoints new chief executive to replace Robin Evans.

Richard Parry is to swap trains for boats as he takes up the role of chief executive of the Canal & River Trust starting this summer.

Joining the Trust after more than a decade in senior roles managing large complex transport and infrastructure organisations, Richard comments: “I am really excited to be joining the Canal & River Trust at such an important phase in the future of the nation’s magnificent waterways.  The scale of the opportunity is huge as what we and our supporters do in the next five years will help shape the waterways for the next century.

“I bring a track-record of managing similarly complex and challenging networks, together with experience of working closely with a wide range of interested and passionate people.  I’ve got bags of enthusiasm for the waterways and have seen first-hand the shot in the arm that canals provide to the communities they flow through.  Out on the towpath I have witnessed the hugely committed staff, volunteers, boaters and other supporters, and I look forward to the challenge ahead."

Currently at FirstGroup, Richard headed up First's bid in 2012 for the InterCity West Coast line and more recently has been leading First's highly-regarded Hull Trains company as well as other wider development programmes across First's rail businesses.  Before that he spent 19 years at London Underground (LU) and Transport for London (TfL) where he had a range of senior roles, spending eight years as a director of LU, including a year as interim LU managing director (2009-10), and then a further 18 months as deputy managing director, TfL Rail and Underground (2010-11).

NABO Chairman David Fletcher said "I welcome the appointment of the new CE fom the world of business. In the coming years teamwork, efficient use of resources and a good business process will all be key to successful operation  of the waterways. Richard's wide experience in operation of rail systems will bring valuable knowledge to to top of CRT."