BTPA announces new Interim Chief Executive

The BTPA has appointed Ian Pigden-Bennett as its new Interim Chief Executive Officer.

Ian, who started his role today (29 October), will be responsible for supporting the Authority to oversee the finances, strategy and performance of the British Transport Police. The Chief Executive role will work closely with the Chief Constable, and support the 12 members of the Authority.

Ron Barclay-Smith, Chair of the BTPA, said: “The Authority is delighted that Ian is joining the BTPA Executive Team, and we look forward to working with him. Ian brings with him a wealth of experience, which will significantly contribute to providing value for money for railway service providers and passengers.”

Ian has previously worked in a number of Chief Executive roles, as well as in the construction sector, children’s services and more recently, for a coach operator. Ian also spent time working for Serco on rail and policing projects.

Ian said: “I am looking forward to joining the BTPA, and working with the Force to provide specialist policing across the rail network. The rail industry is continually growing and changing to meet the demands of passengers, and in response the BTP must adapt to this growth to protect and serve everybody using the network.”

The BTPA is an executive non-departmental public body of the Department for Transport (DfT) which oversees the work of the British Transport Police. More information can be found on the BTPA website: