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Two senior appointments at Transport for the North


Transport for the North (TfN) has made two key appointments to its senior leadership team. Martin Tugwell joins as chief executive on Monday 2 August 2021, while Cllr Louise Gittins, Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council, became acting chair on Tuesday 27 July 2021.

Over the coming months, they will lead the sub-national transport body and its board through a number of opportunities and key activities, including the upcoming spending review, development of Northern Powerhouse Rail to the next business case stage, and the publication of TfN’s decarbonisation strategy and freight & logistics strategy.

They will also progress the Northern Transport Charter, which sets out a roadmap towards further, long-term devolution for the region around four key areas:

  • Putting passengers at the heart of the railways;
  • Leading Northern strategic scheme planning and delivery;
  • Managing a long-term Northern funding settlement;
  • Championing an inclusive and sustainable North.

Martin Tugwell, who has over 20 years’ experience in transport and investment senior leadership roles in the public sector, joins TfN from England’s Economic Heartland, the Sub-national Transport Body for the region including Oxfordshire and Cambridgeshire. He is also the immediate past president of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT).

Martin Tugwell, TfN.

Commenting on his appointment, Martin said: “This is a really exciting time to join Transport for the North and it’s an honour to take up the position of chief Executive.

“There are many opportunities in the months and years ahead, and my focus is on ensuring we implement TfN’s vision of a thriving region, with sustainable transport connections that enable growth for our people and businesses, is more important than ever.

“With vital strategic projects already underway, including our pioneering decarbonisation strategy and transformational Northern Powerhouse Rail network, the North is well-placed to meet our ambitions.

“I look forward to working with our regional leaders and government to make transport more accessible, inclusive and sustainable as part of the wider levelling up agenda.”

Cllr Louise Gittins, TfN.

Martin will work closely with Cllr Louise Gittins, who stepped into the role of acting chair of the organisation following the departure of John Cridland. She commented: “Transport for the North’s mission is more important than ever as we seek to build back greener and fairer, and secure investment in our region. I’m delighted to take up the role of acting chair as we enter an exciting period with much potential.

 “The Transport for the North Board champions a “one voice” approach, bringing our region’s political and business leaders together to speak out on the key issues and help bring about changes that benefit our region.

 “Working in partnership to foster collaboration and move forward with our shared goals is vital, and together we will build on achievements over the past few years and take our region forward with great ambition and determination.”


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