The board


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

Our board has oversight of safety regulation, economic regulatory delivery and is the competition and consumer authority for the industry, in line with our legal duties.

Board members are appointed by the Secretary of State for Transport for a fixed term of up to five years.

Declan Collier, Chair

Declan is a non-executive member of the board.

Previously, Declan was CEO of London City Airport, a role which he held since 2012, and prior to that he was CEO of Dublin Airports Authority for seven years. He is currently a non-executive board member of The Royal Schiphol Group and TCR International N.V. He has broad experience in transport and business and has served as President of the World Association of Airports, Airports Council International (ACI); Deputy Chair of the Airport Operators Association (UK); and as Director of London First; Allied Irish Banks Ltd, and The Dublin Theatre Festival.

Appointed as non-executive member of the board from 19 November 2018, Declan started his role as ORR Chair on 1 January 2019.

John Larkinson, Chief Executive

John was confirmed as Chief Executive at the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) in March 2021, having held the interim position since October 2018.  

He has more than 20 years' experience working within the rail industry, working as Director of Network Regulation & Affordability at the Strategic Rail Authority before joining ORR in 2005. 

John's previous roles at ORR include Director of Railway Markets & Economics and Director of Planning & Performance. As Chief Executive, he leads ORR in its role to protect the interests of rail and road users.

He has been an executive member of the ORR Board since March 2017.

Stephen Glaister CBE

Stephen is a non-executive member of the board.

Stephen is Emeritus Professor of Transport and Infrastructure at the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Imperial College London where he has also been director of the Railway and Transport Strategy Centre which facilitates international public transport benchmarking. He has recently retired as Director of the RAC Foundation, a research body with a special interest in roads and the road user. Stephen was the ORR Chair from 2016 to 2018.

He was educated as an economist, and is a fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers.  He has been an advisor to many transport-related organisations and committees, including the former rail regulator. He has served as a member of a number of high-level transport boards including the board of Transport for London and advised government and the Transport Select Committee.

He has written on a wide range of transport subjects including roads, railways and the London Underground, as well as regulation in the telecommunications, water and gas industries.

Stephen chairs the highways committee and is a member of the health and safety regulation committee.

Madeleine Hallward

Madeleine is a non-executive member of the board.

With expertise in strategic communications and government relations, she specialises in advising consumer-facing highly-regulated sectors. Madeleine is Group Head of Strategic Communications for Associated British Ports, she was previously Director for Government Affairs for Ford of Britain, where she served for six years on the UK Board.  Prior to Ford she worked at Diageo, Bloomberg, Energy UK and NESTA.

Madeleine is a Trustee for the Baker Dearing Educational Trust, which sits at the centre of the University Technical Colleges network, promoting and supporting new and existing UTCs. She is also a Mentor through the Girls Network, which works to secure unlimited futures for all young women.

Appointed from 13 April 2020 for five years.

Anne Heal

Anne is a non-executive member of the board.

She chairs the Thames Water Customer Challenge Group, is a board member of ELEXON, the electricity settlement body, a lay member of the General Dental Council, and an independent member of the Bank of England Enforcement Decision Making Committee.

Anne was previously Director of Regulatory Affairs for BT Group, leading the regulatory negotiations that led to the creation of Openreach, where she then became MD, Strategy.

She has also been a board member of Ofqual, the qualifications regulator. Anne chairs a charity, Volunteering Matters, is a trustee of NCVO and BalletBoyz, sits on the Governance and Nominations Committee of Diabetes UK and is a director of the London Design and Engineering UTC.

Anne is a member of the remuneration and nominations committee.

Appointed from 1 October 2016 for five years.

Bob Holland

Bob is a non-executive member of the board.

After starting his career in the National Bus Company, Bob Holland built around 40 years' experience in transport delivery – both bus and rail industries - including six years developing Arriva's mainland European business which now has a presence in fourteen countries. Bob served as the Managing Director of UK Rail at Arriva plc from 2007, increasing the number of businesses to eight and a turnover of £1bn. He later took over responsibility for all UK operations (bus and rail) until retiring from the industry in May 2014. His rail experience includes responsibility for different types of business models including franchises, concessions, open access and rail maintenance businesses with all the associated operational and safety issues.

Bob was an active member of the Rail Delivery Group, including their working group looking at access planning and asset management.

Bob chairs the audit and risk committee.

Appointed from 1 January 2015 for five years and reappointed until 2024.

Michael Luger

Michael is a non-executive member of the board.

Michael was Dean of Manchester Business School between 2007 and 2013, securing significant growth and doubling student numbers; he is now professor emeritus at the University of Manchester. He founded the University's Centre for Infrastructure Development and has a particular interest in infrastructure and asset management.

He is a PhD public sector economist who has taught and written widely on utility regulation and economics. He was founding director of the University of North Carolina's Centre for Competitive Economies.

Michael has served on the boards of several major public sector and not-for-profit organisations, including as chairman of a regional transportation authority in North Carolina, as well as on many state and national boards and commissions. He has been a consultant and adviser to national, state, regional and local governments throughout the world, and to major multi-national corporations.

Michael chairs the remuneration and nominations committee and is a member of the audit and risk committee.

Appointed from 1 July 2014 for five years and reappointed until 2021.

Graham Mather CBE

Graham is a non-executive member of the board.

He has experience in consumer, competition and economic regulatory issues. He is Chairman of the European Policy Forum’s Regulatory Best Practice Group and President of EPF and its associated body, The Infrastructure Forum.

Graham is a lawyer by training and was educated at New College, Oxford where he was Burnet Law Scholar and subsequently a visiting fellow of Nuffield College.

He became a Non- Executive member of the Board of Ofcom in June 2014 having previously served as a member of Ofcom’s Consumer Panel.

Graham was a member of the Monopolies and Mergers Commission and then between 2000 to 2012 served as a member of the Competition Appeal Tribunal, the body that deals with appeals from the UK regulators.

Appointed from 1 October 2016 for five years.

Justin McCracken

Justin is a non-executive member of the board.

Justin was Chief Executive of the UK Health Protection Agency (HPA) from 2008-2013, a body bringing together a wide range of activities protecting public health.  Before that he was Deputy Chief Executive of the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) where he was responsible for all of HSE's operational work, including the rail safety inspectorate (then part of HSE).

A physicist by background, Justin worked as a research scientist in ICI. His later posts in ICI took him into marketing and business management in the UK and overseas, including Managing Director of ICI Katalco, a catalyst and technology licensing business. In 1998, he joined the Environment Agency as North West Regional Director where he was responsible for all the activities of the agency in North West England, and promoted enhanced partnership working across many local organisations.

He currently serves on the Boards of Ombudsman Services, a not-for-profit company offering alternative dispute resolution services, and of ENTRUST, the regulator of the Landfill Communities Fund.

Justin acts as Deputy Chair and this internal appointment will be reviewed at the end of 2018. He chairs the health and safety regulation committee and is a member of the remuneration and nominations committee.

Appointed from 1 July 2014 for five years and reappointed until 2024.

Ian Prosser CBE

Ian is the chief inspector of railways and director, railway safety, and an executive member of the board.

He is responsible for the work of the Railway Safety Directorate, which strives to ensure dutyholders in the railway industry manage health and safety risks effectively and thus comply with their statutory duties.

The Secretary of State appointed him to the board with effect from 26 September 2008. Ian was educated at Imperial College where he attained a first class honours degree in chemical engineering, followed by a Master of Philosophy in control engineering and operations research at Cambridge University. He has worked in safety critical industries for more than 34 years: originally in the chemical pharmaceutical and automotive industries, where the roles performed spanned a wide spectrum from works/production management to project and technology management, delivering improvements in safety and quality.

Prior to joining ORR, he worked at ICI for 17 years then he spent eight years in the rail industry, working for Amey Rail and Amey Operations as both technical director and Quensh director and then Metronet Rail, where he had the leading role in safety management; he was a director of both infraco companies.

Ian was honored by IOSH as an Honory Vice President in 2011 for contribution to improving Railway Safety.

Ian is a member of the health and safety regulation committee.

Graham Richards

Graham is director of planning & performance and an executive member of the board.

The Secretary of State appointed him to the board with effect from 1 December 2016.  An experienced transport planner across a range of modes, Graham is familiar with both the rail industry and the strategic roads sector. He has worked on the construction of major rail projects as well as integrating major developments with operational road and rail networks. Prior to joining ORR he held posts in Transport for London, the London Borough of Southwark, the Strategic Rail Authority and Rail Link Engineering.

Graham is a member of the highways and health and safety regulation committees.

Rodney Norman CBE - Independent member of the Audit and Risk Committee

The Audit and Risk Committee includes an independent member who must be a qualified accountant.

Rodney has a degree in Economics and Econometrics from the University of Nottingham. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PwC and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He worked in industry and then for many years in financial services, becoming Finance Director of the banking arm of Close Brothers Group.

Rodney moved to HM Treasury in 2007 where he was responsible for funding the public sector: co-ordinating the Exchequer’s tax receipts and borrowings to meet government spending needs and managing a £1tn balance sheet. He also worked extensively on schemes to provide large-scale support to the banking sector and economy during the financial crisis. He was a non-executive board member of the Government Banking Service.

Rodney joined the board of National Savings and Investments (“NS&I”) as Finance Director in 2012. NS&I manages over £150bn of deposits on behalf of 25m retail customers and has undergone a major digital transformation. He chaired the Pricing Committee and Investment Committee. He retired from NS&I in April 2018.

Appointed from 1 October 2018.

Non-executive board members' and independent committee member's pay

  • The chair is contracted to work two days a week and is paid £80,000 per annum.
  • Non-executive directors are paid £22,429 per annum for an average commitment of 3.5 days a month.
  • The independent member of the audit committee is paid £4,000 per annum for an average commitment of four meetings per year.