Simon Warburton will join the Combined Authority as Executive Director of Transport in May and will oversee activity across three transport directorates, bringing his experience of mass transit development and delivery, in addition to the case for bus franchising.
In his current role as Director of Strategy at Transport for Greater Manchester, Simon has also led on government liaison to secure devolution deals, transport funding, including leading the Greater Manchester City Region Sustainable Transport Settlement programme.
Mayor of West Yorkshire, Tracy Brabin said: “I’m thrilled that Simon will be joining our senior team. His extensive experience and understanding of the opportunities and challenges we face will be invaluable as we strive to cement a stronger future for our region.
“I look forward to working closely with him to deliver my vital pledges, which will benefit communities and businesses throughout West Yorkshire and beyond.”
Chief Executive of West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Ben Still said:
“Simon’s expertise will be invaluable in driving forward the ambitions we have for growth and prosperity across the region.
“I’m delighted to welcome him to the team as we enter the next phase of our journey.”