Finance and Audit Manager vacancy

BTPA is recruiting for a Finance and Audit Manager.

Now is an interesting time to work for BTPA as the rail industry faces a period of significant change in its recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the implementation of rail reforms including the establishment of Great British Railways to oversee rail transport following the Government’s review of the railways. The rail policing landscape is ever-changing, and BTPA’s central role means it is rare for any two days to look the same.

If you are a qualified accountant with experience of audit and knowledge of internal controls, please review the candidate pack below:

Candidate Pack – Finance and Audit Manager Sept 22

Statement on the death of Her Majesty the Queen

The British Transport Police Authority was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday 8th September.

Chair Ron Barclay-Smith said “The power of her quiet and determined dedication to duty throughout her extraordinary life is an example to all of us”.

The thoughts of all Authority Members and staff are with the Royal Family at this difficult time.

God save the King.

BTPA Chair Ron Barclay-Smith reappointed

BTPA Chair Ron Barclay-Smith has been reappointed by the Department for Transport for another four years until March 2026.

Ron joined the BTPA as Chair in 2018, following a career in the Royal Air Force and a number of Chief Executive roles. Since joining, he has overseen the development and delivery of the Force’s 2018-22 Strategy, the recruitment of the Force’s first female Chief Constable and the implementation of the ambitious BTP2021 transformation programme.

As Chair of the Authority, Ron has also overseen a strengthening of the BTP’s Counter Terrorism resource, an overhaul of the Force’s estate with a view to drive down costs and increase efficiency, as well as negotiating Government funding to tackle County Lines criminality across the rail network.

Hugh Ind, Chief Executive of the BTPA, said: “During the four years of Ron’s Chairmanship, the BTP have delivered an ambitious set of objectives around helping to keep the network running, providing value for money and protecting passengers, the public and rail infrastructure from harm. He has also been a critical player in developing the Force’s new strategy for 2022-27, which will build upon the progress made so far.

“Ron has also provided strong leadership during the COVID-19 crisis, supporting Authority members and the BTPA Executive team during a time when we had to quickly adapt to more agile ways of working so that our Committee Meetings and approvals processes could still take place.

“His reappointment will mean another four years of robust leadership for the BTPA and I look forward to working together to achieve more successes in years to come.”

Ron Barclay-Smith is a former RAF officer, and is also a Member of the Regulatory Tribunal for the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. He has extensive experience in various chief executive roles in the legal and health sectors, as well as chair roles in the charity sector. Ron will Chair the BTPA Authority meetings and the BTPA Appointments and Remuneration Committee.

Five new members appointed

Five new members have joined the British Transport Police Authority (BTPA) to oversee the performance and budget of the British Transport Police.

The new members, appointed by the Department for Transport (DfT), bring a wide range of expertise from across different sectors and professions to ensure the accountability and integrity of the BTP.

The new members are:

  • Fiona Brunskill – A HR and employee relations professional, currently working as Director for People and Change at Transport for London (TfL). She has a wealth of experience across big name companies like Coca Cola and Asda.
  • Mike Gallop – Currently the Western Route Director at Network Rail, having been at the organisation for 15 years. Mike has experience in operations, maintenance, engineering asset management and transformational change across the Transport, Water and Power sectors.
  • Emir Feisal – A Chartered Accountant, Chartered Director, Fraud examiner and a specialist in transformational change. He has previously worked as Assistant Managing Editor and Head of Finance at the Sunday Times.
  • Stewart Jackson – A former MP for Peterborough for 12 years, Stewart also worked as a Special Adviser in the Department for Exiting the European Union.
  • Nick Hawkins – A former Chief Crown Prosecutor and Barrister, with a background in criminal justice. He has also worked as Chief Operating Officer of the Independent Police Complaints Commission and has many years’ experience in leadership roles in the Royal Navy.

Chair of the BTP Authority, Ron Barclay-Smith, said: “I am pleased these five new members have been appointed to support the Authority’s critical work.

“Britain’s Railways are facing a period of unprecedented change; recovering from the pandemic and evolving to align with the ambitions of the Williams-Shapps review. The Authority members will play a critical role in ensuring BTP is in fit shape to support the industry through these changes, protecting passengers and keeping rail staff and infrastructure safe from harm.”

You can read the biographies of all our members on the Members section of our website.