The British Transport Police Authority (BTPA) has announced the appointment of Esther McVey as its new Chair for a four year term.
McVey appointed Chair of British Transport Police Authority
As Chair of the British Transport Police Authority, McVey, former Member of Parliament (MP) for Wirral West from 2010 until 2015, and a minister in the Department for Work and Pensions between 2012-2015, will play a vital role in setting the strategic direction of the BTPA to ensure that the British Transport Police (BTP) â€“ which polices Britainâ€™s rail network â€“ is an efficient and effective force that provides excellent service, maintains the security of the transport network, and delivers value for money for the taxpayer. As part of her role, Esther McVey will continue to work with the BTP to oversee transport security and to tackle the issue of sexual violence on the rail network.
Esther McVey appointed Chair of British Transport Police Authority for a 4 year term
The appointment was made by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin following an independent selection process. Commenting on McVeyâ€™s new role, the Transport Secretary said: â€œThe security of the travelling public has never been more important and Esther McVey will bring considerable skills to this vital task. Although Britain has one of the safest railways in Europe we face increasing risks that mean there can be no room for complacency. The British Transport Police do a fantastic job keeping passengers safe and secure and I am confident that under Estherâ€™s guidance that record can continue.â€
â€œThe security of the travelling public has never been more importantâ€
Esther McVey said: â€œWith more and more people using the railways, the role of the British Transport Police in allowing people to travel safely is more important than ever. I am delighted to have been appointed Chair of the Police Authority and am honoured to be taking up this role. I look forward to playing my part in building on the excellent work the British Transport Police does.â€