Dyan Crowther, the chief executive of High Speed One (the Channel Tunnel Rail Link between St Pancras and the tunnel near Folkestone), has been named as the new chairman of NSAR – the National Skills Academy for Rail.
NSAR will be looking for Dyan’s senior industry experience, together with her commitment to skills and productivity, to guide it through the COVID recovery period and beyond.
Dyan takes over from Transport Commissioner for London Mike Brown, who has chaired NSAR for over four years. Mike is leaving the railway industry and his role with Transport for London to become chairman of the Palace of Westminster redevelopment.
During Mike’s time with NSAR, skills and apprenticeships became a core part of the railway story, with new standards, improved quality and increases in apprentices in both infrastructure and operations.
Dyan Crowther said of her appointment: “I am delighted to be joining the board of NSAR as chair. As we begin to recover from this period of uncertainty, now more than ever the support for trainers, employers and organisations, to sustain a skilled workforce, is crucial to the delivery of a first-class rail.
“I look forward to working with our members to help them continue to develop the skills they need to keep Britain on track.”
Mike looked back at his time with NSAR and commented: “I have been honoured to have chaired NSAR for over four years, supporting it and its members to address their skills challenges. The roles we offer in transport are high economic value, and we must make sure that all communities benefit from these opportunities.
“I wish Dyan well and I know that NSAR is in safe hands. I shall watch progress with interest.”