UK: RDG Appoints New Director of Policy

The Rail Delivery Group, the representative body for train operators and Network Rail, has made Elizabeth de Jong its new Director of Policy. She will start immediately.

Elizabeth started at RDG as Head of Policy in April 2015. She has been Acting Director of Policy since mid-October, after Nick Ellins departed. Since then, and continuing now, she has been responsible for reforming the rail industry, with a focus on equal-access and inclusion, integrated transport and business analysis.

With a background in economics, Elizabeth de Jong has gained experience in the UK rail industry by working as a consultant with and for train operating companies, stakeholder groups and central government.

She started out in transport consultancies MVA and Steer Davies Gleave, before joining Stagecoach Group in a variety of senior roles. Following this, she worked at the Department for Transport, where she was involved in franchise management and franchise procurement, the most notable of which was the East Coast franchise in 2014.

RDG Chief Executive Paul Plummer said:

Elizabeth has made a huge contribution to the RDG and the organisation as a whole already, and I am delighted to confirm her new role. Elizabeths experience in my top team is invaluable as RDG develops.

Elizabeth de Jong said:

Im hugely excited to be taking on this important role leading on policy at such a pivotal time for the railway.
The last 20 years have bought great change to the railway with a doubling of passenger numbers and more than 100 million tonnes of freight carried every year, and a massive ongoing programme of investment to upgrade the network and deliver new trains.
I am honoured to have the opportunity to build on the great work that’s been achieved to date and I look forward to helping create the right business environment to enable the industry to deliver an exceptional experience for passengers and freight users.

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