RFG drives forward policy agenda with new appointment

Rail Freight Group (RFG) is delighted to announce the appointment of a new Head of Policy to help drive forward its work in supporting the development of the UK rail freight sector.

Joe O’Donnell comes to the RFG at a time of intense activity and his support is going to add a huge resource to the team as it meets the growing demands of RFG members and the wider sector in 2020.

Maggie Simpson, RFG Director General, said: “I am delighted that Joe is joining our team to focus on the vital policy agenda for rail freight. His appointment will strengthen our team and allow us to better support our members in key topics such as decarbonisation, the Williams Review and regional devolution. His support will be invaluable in helping our members.”

Joe added: “I am looking forward to getting to know the RFG membership and in particular to understand their needs and day-to-day concerns. It’s an exciting time for the rail freight sector right now as more retailers look to take goods off the roads and invest in more environmentally friendly ways of moving their freight. We have a new Government promising significant investment in transport infrastructure and our challenge will be to help hold those promises to account. There’s a real challenge in making sure the voice of all key stakeholders gets heard and I look forward to playing my part in helping that happen.”

He was previously Head of Policy and Communications at the Heritage Alliance, the umbrella organisation for the heritage sector, representing around 130 diverse heritage organisations from the National Trust and English Heritage to small charities. As a result, he has experience of working in a membership body. Prior to working in the heritage sector, Joe wrote about employment law and policy for Thomson Reuters.

Joe has taken up the position with immediate effect and can be contacted at joe@susans86.sg-host.com, 07974 168 922. Please feel free to reach out to him on LinkedIn.