Anne Shaw has been appointed the interim managing director of Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), following Laura Shoaf's move to interim chief executive of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).
Shaw was previously director of network resilience at TfWM where she was responsible for ensuring residents, businesses and visitors were informed of transport disruption and helped them plan journeys to keep the region moving.
She picked up the Customer/Passenger Award – Leader at last year's Everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards.
Prior to joining TfWM, she worked at Birmingham City Council, joining as a junior technician and then working her way up to assistant director of transportation responsible for policy, strategy and delivery.
Speaking about her appointment, Shaw said: “Our region’s transport network is truly connecting communities both across and outside the West Midlands. It brings our people together and ensures we can share out the benefits brought into the region by improving access to jobs, training courses and the region’s cultural hotspots.
“My focus as I take on this exciting new opportunity will be to ensure our transport networks run smoothly for residents and commuters; and that we are prepared for the Commonwealth Games in 2022, a time when we expect thousands of visitors to flock to the region and to see the very best of the West Midlands.”
As managing director, Shaw will be responsible for delivering a £4 billion transport investment package for the region. She will also lead in delivering connectivity to HS2 including the build and operation of the West Midlands Metro.
Councillor Ian Ward, leader of Birmingham Council and WMCA transport portfolio lead, said: “Anne already has a great many transport successes to her name including the development and operation of the Regional Transport Communication Centre and upgrading traffic signals and delivering new technology to monitor road congestion.
“Our transport network underpins a lot of the region’s ambitions including growing the economy, ensuring those benefits are felt across the region and, of course, running a world class Commonwealth Games that will also be the greenest yet.
"A sophisticated, modern and well-run transport network will help us achieve all of these goals and we all know it’s in safe hands with Anne at the helm.”