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Anna Walker to chair Office of Rail Regulation

Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon today announced the appointment of Anna Walker as the new Chairman elect of the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) - the independent safety and economic regulator for Britain’s railways.

Anna Walker, currently the Chief Executive of the Healthcare Commission, will take up her new duties at the ORR on 5 July 2009 subject to pre-appointment scrutiny by the Transport Select Committee.

Making the appointment, Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon, said:

“I am delighted to be able to announce this appointment. Anna has wide-ranging experience in the regulatory and public sectors and is an excellent candidate to lead the ORR over the coming years.”

Anna Walker said:

“Subject to the Select Committee process, I am looking forward to this exciting role. The railways are very important to people in this country and are facing some significant challenges in the 21st century.”

Anna’s previous roles include Deputy Director General at the Office of Telecommunications (OFTEL) during the mid-1990s; Director General at the Department for Trade and Industry, responsible for the Government’s energy policy during the late 1990s; and Director General for Land Use and Rural Affairs at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from 2001 to 2004. She is also a member of the board of Consumer Focus.

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