Interim transport responsibilities for SCR Chief Executive
From Monday 13 May, Sheffield City Region (SCR) Executive Team Chief Executive Ben Still will take on some additional responsibilities to his SCR Chief Executive role to manage the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE).
Ben will take on the role of interim Director General at SYPTE, and will have responsibility for strategy, with specific responsibility for high speed rail and rail franchising.
SYPTE Director David Young will become deputy Director General, leading on operational activities of the SYPTE. Alongside his interim responsibilities at SYPTE, Ben will continue as Chief Executive of the SCR Executive Team.
This news follows a meeting on Thursday 9 May of the Integrated Transport Authority (ITA). Following the ITA’s decision, Ben Still said:
“I am looking forward to working across both the LEP and SYPTE whilst arrangements to support the City Region Authority are developed by the SCR Leaders Board and the Integrated Transport Authority.
“It is important, during this period, that SYPTE continues to focus on delivering public transport projects and services for the benefit of people of South Yorkshire. I look forward to working with David Young and the staff at the SYPTE.
“I will continue to support the LEP Board and its Local Authority partners in their key projects to drive economic growth and create jobs in the Sheffield City Region.”
James Newman, Chairman of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), said:
“On behalf of the LEP Board, I welcome news that, for an interim period only, Ben will be extending his strategic role at SYPTE, whilst continuing to lead the work of the Sheffield City Region Executive Team.
“The next few months will be critical as the LEP develops and agrees its five year plan for economic growth with Government.
“Ben’s role as Interim Director General will be very helpful to the LEP as it develops its plans to deliver growth and prosperity for businesses and local people.”
“His new responsibilities will especially help the LEP to co-ordinate the Sheffield City Region Growth Strategy, for which transport is a key economic priority.”
Ben’s interim post at SYPTE is expected to last for 11 months – at which point arrangements for a combined authority will be known and finalised.