Chief Executive

Competitive Salary


As Chief Executive of Transport for the North (TfN), you’ll play a high profile and influential role in shaping the future of the North and the 15 million people who call it home.

You’d join at a pivotal moment, as levelling-up scales the national agenda. With transport infrastructure a central pillar of this mission, never has the need to drive northern economic recovery been more critical.

Reporting to the TfN Board – made up of the North’s mayors, political and business leaders – you’ll know that the North has suffered decades of underinvestment in transport and be passionate about forging change. In doing so, you’ll inspire the organisation to create a prosperous and productive economy in the North, with a focus on continuous improvement and delivery.

In this unique role, leading the UK’s first sub-national transport body, you’ll draw on your understanding of the fabric and culture of the North and in-depth understanding of the role our transport networks play in stimulating economic opportunity. Collaborating with and representing all of our region, you’ll be at the vanguard of providing one voice for the North, as well as pioneering insight and strategy.

You’ll need vision, determination and resilience, combined with a diverse range of business skills as expected for a role of this seniority and importance.

This is a rare opportunity to be a figurehead at the heart of a national agenda to build back better – one fully supported by the North’s most influential leaders and stakeholders.

For further information or a confidential discussion about this exciting role, please contact our colleagues at Penna, Pete John on 07701 305617 or Helen Alwell on 07809 905467.

Closing date: Thursday 11th February 2021 at 12:00noon

Longlist Interviews: Friday 26th February 2021 (All day) / Monday 1st March 2021 (AM only)
Final interviews: Monday 22nd March 2021

*Please note, due to the current on-going Covid-19 pandemic, technical and final interviews may be conducted via video conferencing (Skype / Microsoft Teams)

Candidates wishing to apply for this role on a secondment basis of up to two years are welcomed and will also be considered.

We welcome and encourage applications from everyone regardless of age, disability, gender, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation. We are particularly keen to encourage applications from women, members of ethnic minority groups and people with disabilities who are currently under-represented. As part of our commitment to diversity and inclusion, all applications will be considered on their merit.

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