DVSA appoints new Chief Executive

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Gareth Llewellyn has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

Department for Transport Permanent Secretary Philip Rutnam said: “I am very pleased to welcome Gareth Llewellyn to the department in his role as Chief Executive of the DVSA.

“The work of DVSA and its dedicated staff is essential in delivering a safe road network for users right across Great Britain.

“I am confident that Gareth will provide excellent leadership to the organisation as it moves forward in a busy and challenging period ahead.

“I would like to express my personal thanks to Paul Satoor for the outstanding commitment he has shown during this period as Acting Chief Executive.”

Gareth brings leadership experience across a range of national and international safety-critical industries. He has held senior global roles with both National Grid plc and Anglo American plc and has led businesses through a number of mergers and acquisitions.

As Group Safety, Technical and Engineering Director for Network Rail, he led the drive to improve both the organisation’s culture and safety performance. He is currently one of the DfT’s nominated Non-Executive Directors on the Board of the Harwich Haven Authority and has also held Board roles at Biffa plc and the Renewable Fuels Agency.

Gareth said: “The services DVSA provides touch the lives of everyone in Great Britain, whether it be through enabling people to drive or ensuring vehicles are safe to take to the road.

“The professionalism of everyone at the DVSA will enable us to respond to the ever changing expectations of our customers, helping them travel safely every day.”

Gareth will join DVSA on Monday, March 14, 2016, before formally taking over from the acting Chief Executive Paul Satoor on Friday, April 1, 2016. Paul will remain as Deputy Chief Executive.