Jeff Halliwell will take up the position of chair at Passenger Focus in February 2015.
Passenger Focus is the independent public body set up by the Government to represent the interests of rail, bus and tram passengers. Subject to Parliamentary approval, its remit will broaden next year to also represent the interests of users of the strategic road network.
Jeff Halliwell holds a number of non-executive roles across different sectors and is also vice-chair of governors at the University of Bedfordshire.
He will take up his new post as chair of Passenger Focus from 9 February following a short handover from the existing chair, Colin Foxall, whose term is coming to an end after nearly 10 years of service in the role.
Patrick McLoughlin, transport secretary, said: “Passenger Focus has a hugely important role in making sure passengers have a strong voice in the development of our infrastructure.
“Jeff Halliwell will lead Passenger Focus forward during a period that will hopefully see an increasing focus on the needs of transport users.”
Jeff Halliwell said: “Passenger Focus has developed an excellent reputation in representing the interest of transport users. It has achieved credibility with stakeholders through the use of thorough, evidence-based research, and I’m looking forward very much to supporting its important work.