The RSG SME Council Appoints New Chairman

The RSG SME Council is delighted to announce the appointment of Peter Pollock as its new Chairman. Peter who is currently Chief Executive for LPA Group Plc is a leading industry expert having spent his entire career in the manufacturing industry and we have great confidence that he will enhance the voice of the SME community.

Simon Higgens MBE, Chief Executive Officer of ISS Labour, who is stepping down as the RSG SME Council Chair, said: “The RSG SME Council is pleased to announce Peter as its new chair. His extensive track record together with his understanding of the industry will play a tremendous role in helping to deliver a transformative world-leading transport network. I wish him every success in his new role.”

Peter Pollock added: “I am delighted to join the RSG SME Council and look forward to contributing to its growth, and being an advocate for what is such an important UK industry. The Rail SME sector is vibrant, innovative and poised for growth, providing increased employment opportunities through a transformational UK Railway”.

“I will continue to progress the vital work that has been undertaken by my predecessor Simon who did a great job in establishing the Council, ensuring SMEs have a forum for providing long-term sustainable solutions to benefit the rail sector as well as the wider UK economy.”

Gordon Wakeford, the RSG Industry Chair stated “we are sorry to see Simon leave and are very grateful for all the work he has undertaken to strengthen the voice of SMEs within the rail sector. We are confident Peter will be able to continue to develop on Simon’s work in harnessing the future potential of the rail sector. As a sector, we are all aware of the incredible potential for growth at home and abroad and the SMEs are pivotal to ensuring the future success of the industry. Peter has already set up an SME Sector Deal Team and will be working closely with the RSG Council in the development and implementation of our proposals”.

Paul Plummer, Chief Executive of the Rail Delivery Group which brings together train companies and Network Rail to enable a better railway, said:

“I welcome Peter Pollock’s appointment, whose experience and leadership will be extremely valuable in bringing together SMEs as part of the partnership railway, working together to help us deliver unprecedented improvements as part of a long-term plan for change.

“I also want to thank Simon Higgens for his dedication in helping to establish the council as an important voice for SMEs in the first place.”

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