New chief executive to join DVSA

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency has appointed a new Chief Executive in preparation for a challenging period.

Gareth Llewellyn has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), the body that plays a critical role in improving road safety in Great Britain by setting standards for driving and motorcycling, and making sure drivers, vehicle operators and MOT garages follow roadworthiness standards.

Welcoming Gareth Llewellyn into his new role, the Department for Transport’s Permanent Secretary Philip Rutnam said, “The work of the DVSA and its dedicated staff is essential in delivering a safe road network for users right across Great Britain and I am confident that Gareth will provide excellent leadership to the organisation as it moves forward in a busy and challenging period ahead.”

Gareth brings substantial leadership experience across a range of national and international safety-critical industries. He has held senior global roles with National Grid and Anglo American 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 culture and safety performance.

Commenting on his new role and the importance of the DVSA, 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 14th March 2016, before formally taking over from the acting Chief Executive Paul Satoor on Friday 1st April 2016.

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