Charity the Railway Benefit Fund (RBF) is seeking a new Chief Executive to lead the organisation through its next stage of growth and development.

Claire Houghton, the charity’s current CEO, announced her retirement earlier this year after successfully leading RBF for the past three years. Claire’s departure provides an opportunity for an individual with vision, drive, and passion to take on this role and progress the charity’s objectives and goals in line with its overall strategy.

The successful candidate will be an exceptional communicator with the ability to engage effectively with partners, stakeholders and funders within the rail industry and the wider community. They will have a keen understanding of how to maximise a range of income streams and be able to support an experienced management team in delivering crucial services to rail industry people.

Tim Shoveller, Managing Director of Network Rail’s North West and Central region and incoming CEO at Genesee & Wyoming has been Chairman of the RBF since 2015. He said:

“Having been involved with the charity for the past 8 years, I have seen first-hand the incredible work that RBF do with railway staff past and present. The CEO role is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced rail professional to support and give something back to the industry.”

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