Who we are


As an independent regulator, we operate within the framework set by UK legislation and are accountable through Parliament and the courts. We are an independent statutory body, with powers vested by Parliament in our governing board.

Our board is responsible for setting our strategy and overseeing its delivery. Board members are appointed by the Secretary of State for Transport for a fixed term of up to five years. Our team of executive directors is responsible for delivering the board's objectives and business plan, in line with our legal duties.

Our staff work from six offices across Britain, giving us the flexibility and coverage we need to perform our functions efficiently. Many of our people work away from the office, for example by conducting on-site inspections across the rail network.

Who we are and what we do infographic.

The board

We are governed by a board responsible for setting our strategy and overseeing its delivery.

Executive Directors

Details of our Executive Directors leadership team.


The board has four standing committees and their terms of reference are included in the board's rules of procedure.

Register of interests

The register of interests of board members is reviewed annually and updated each time an individual's interests change.

Board meeting minutes

ORR's board meets around ten times a year (monthly except August and December). The minutes are approved at the next meeting and these form our corporate record.