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New chief exec for Edinburgh Tram Project

The Edinburgh Tram Project has appointed a new chief executive for Transport Initiatives Edinburgh, the arms-length company of the City of Edinburgh Council, which is project managing Edinburgh’s tram construction.

Richard Jeffrey will take up the post in May 2009 and will be tasked with management of the project through the construction phase until operation. 

He will also have a major influence in the development of the arrangements needed to ensure the development of Edinburgh’s integrated public transport network.

Richard Jeffrey is the former managing director of Edinburgh Airport, one of several senior management positions he held at BAA both in Europe and the USA. He is also the current President of the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce.

At BAA he chaired the project board responsible for delivering the company’s multi-million pound capital projects portfolio.

Mr Jeffrey said: “This is a fantastic job. I join the Edinburgh Tram Project at a crucial stage in its progress.  I believe that the introduction of trams and their integration with Lothian Buses will make a real and positive difference to the lives of those that live in, work in and visit Edinburgh.”