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Edinburgh Tram Project Appoints new CEO

posted 2 Apr 2009, 07:36 by myEdinburgh Admin   [ updated 2 Apr 2009, 07:41 ]
The Edinburgh Tram Project today announced the appointment of a new  Chief Executive for tie Limited, the arms-length company of the City of Edinburgh Council, which is project managing Edinburgh's tram construction.

Richard Jeffrey will take up the post in May 2009 and will be tasked with management of the project through the construction phase until operation. He will also have a major influence in the development of the arrangements needed to ensure the development of Edinburgh's integrated public transport network.

Richard Jeffrey is the former Managing Director of Edinburgh Airport, one of several senior management positions he held at BAA plc both in Europe and the USA. He is the current President of the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce.

A Chartered civil engineer, Richard has a strong track record in construction and project management. At BAA he chaired the project board responsible for delivering the company's multi million pound capital projects portfolio.   He also has substantial operational management experience at a senior level.

This appointment follows a targeted recruitment process which attracted keen interest from leading professionals involved in a wide range of transport projects throughout the United Kingdom and Europe.

Richard Jeffrey said: "This is a fantastic job. I join the Edinburgh Tram Project at a crucial stage in its progress. I believe that the introduction of trams and their integration with Lothian Buses will make a real and positive difference to the lives of those that live in, work in and visit Edinburgh.

"The opportunity to play a key role in shaping and building the future of Edinburgh's public transport is an exciting one. I am thoroughly looking forward to meeting and working with everybody at tie and getting to work on this world class tram system which will be the envy of cities across the UK."

Councillor Jenny Dawe, Leader of City of Edinburgh Council said: "The trams are crucial to the economic development of Edinburgh and it was critical that we attracted a person with the strategic vision to see this project through to completion.  It is a major coup for Edinburgh to attract such a talented pool of applicants from across Europe for this post. In Richard, we have identified someone with a proven commitment to the city as well as the management and engineering credentials to see the project through to delivery."

Tom Aitchison, Chief Executive, City of Edinburgh Council said: "I look forward to working with Richard on this critical project for the city. It is essential that tie and the Council work closely together to capitalise on the strengths in both organisations to deliver a first class integrated transport system for Edinburgh."

David Mackay, Chairman, tie Limited, said: "Richard was the outstanding candidate from a pool of highly talented applicants. The calibre of the competition and the eventual appointment reflects very well on the City of Edinburgh and the importance of the project to the Capital and indeed Scotland as whole."

"We all welcome Richard to tie and look forward to working with him and I have full confidence that he will deliver a world class tram for the City."

Source: The City of Edinburgh Council