ransport for London’s chief has been re-appointed to his job on a everlasting foundation – and has additionally seen his wage rise by some £40,000.
Andy Lord had been serving as TfL’s interim commissioner since October 2022, however on Wednesday the organisation’s board stated he had been given the function completely, in a course of involving greater than 200 candidates.
The job’s wage has in the meantime elevated this yr from £355,000 to £395,000 – an increase of 11 per cent.
It had been set at round £355,000 yearly since 2015/16, that means that the rise is considerably beneath inflation since that point.
TfL stated the commissioner’s pay remains to be “lower than the common base salaries of benchmarked comparator roles”.
Mr Lord had been within the job on an interim foundation following the departure of the previous commissioner Andy Byford.
Since then, Mr Lord has overseen the completion of the Elizabeth line and the Financial institution station improve, in addition to the event of plans for brand new bus provision in outer London, the supply of latest cycleways, and TfL’s work to help the coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla.
With a view to discover a everlasting substitute for Mr Byford, TfL stated they appointed the agency Spencer Stuart to “undertake an intensive search of the market and help a complete, honest, and clear recruitment course of”.
The corporate actively approached candidates from throughout the globe who met the necessities of the function, with over 213 people “recognized” as appropriate for it. 10 candidates had been then long-listed and 4 candidates shortlisted.
Members of TfL’s board, together with Mayor Sadiq Khan, interviewed candidates and led the evaluation and choice selections, earlier than deciding on the choice to maintain Mr Lord within the submit.
Mr Khan stated he was “delighted” to verify Mr Lord’s re-appointment.
“Andy brings with him a wealth of expertise and experience to steer TfL as we work to ship probably the most reasonably priced, accessible and sustainable transport community doable,” he stated.
“I’ve seen first-hand Andy’s dedication to rebuilding TfL’s funds following the devastating influence of the pandemic and his dedication to delivering higher companies for Londoners and extra sustainable journey throughout the capital, in addition to selling strolling and biking.
“I stay up for working with Andy as we proceed constructing a safer, greener and extra affluent London for everybody – and a transport system that continues to be the envy of the world.”
Mr Lord stated he was “massively honoured and proud to do that job and to have the chance to proceed to steer TfL as we transfer ahead with the work of supporting London’s restoration from the pandemic, guaranteeing TfL higher displays the varied metropolis we serve while changing into the inexperienced heartbeat of the capital”.
He added that certainly one of his key focuses shall be to safe extra long-term Authorities funding.
“With transport authorities throughout the UK now having long-term ‘London-style’ funding agreements in place, London is now mockingly the outlier,” he stated.
“With the wonderful financial driver that’s the Elizabeth line, and with our companions and provide chain throughout the nation, we’ve confirmed that funding in transport in London can profit all the UK. We should now transfer ahead and work collectively to offer the companies and infrastructure that can profit everybody.”
Mr Lord joined TfL in November 2019 as managing director of the London Underground and have become chief working officer for all of TfL’s operations in 2022.
Earlier than TfL, he spent almost 30 years within the business aviation sector, together with 26 years at British Airways that culminated as director of operations for simply over seven years. He’s additionally a non-executive director for the UK MoD’s Defence Gear and Assist Company.