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ORR appoints interim CEO as Whittington departs

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After three years at the helm of the Office of Rail and Road (ORR), Joanna Whittington is stepping down as chief executive.  

Whittington, who is leaving to take on the role of director general, energy and security at the department for business, energy and industrial strategy – will be replaced by John Larkinson who will act in an interim role as the ORR holds an open competition for a new chief executive.  

ORR chair Stephen Glaister praised Whittington’s leadership, as well as Larkinson’s experience going forward.

He said: “I thank Joanna for her accomplished leadership over nearly three years and wish her all the best success in the future. 

“I am pleased to welcome John as the Interim Chief Executive. He has a wealth of rail knowledge and experience and is well equipped to deliver the role to the high standard we have all come to expect.” 

An economist by background, and currently ORR’s director of railway markets and economics - John Larkinson is an industry expert and has been an executive member of the ORR board since March 2017.

He has a long standing history with the ORR, formerly serving as director of planning and performance and director of economic regulation.   

Larkin is set to start after Whittington’s departure on October 5.

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