British Transport Policy Authority appoints new Interim Deputy Chair

The British Transport Police Authority (BTPA) has appointed Andy Cooper, former Managing Director of Cross Country Trains, as Interim Deputy Chair.

Mr Cooper, who has been a Member of BTPA since 2019, replaces Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) Chief Executive Mark Phillips who stood down from his role as Deputy Chair and a member of the Authority on 6 November 2020.

BTPA Chair Ron Barclay-Smith said: “After a seven-year tenure at BTPA we were sad to see Mark go but look forward to Andy taking up the position of Interim Deputy Chair. Prior to joining the Authority, Andy had a long career within the rail industry and brings invaluable insight into the needs and priorities of our industry partners.

“We wish Mark Phillips all the best for the future and thank him for the time and guidance he has contributed to the Authority.”

There are currently 12 members of the BTPA, who are appointed by the Secretary of State for Transport. Members are required to have knowledge of a range of views from the rail industry and rail passengers. Vacancies are publicly advertised by the Department for Transport and filled when required.