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Rail Freight Group (RFG) has appointed Ken Russell (pictured) as its chair, one of a host of new appointments following the retirement of Tony Berkeley this month.

Mr Russell is director of Russell Logistics and has been a member of the RFG’s board since 2015 and a group member since it launched.

He said: “I am delighted to be taking up this role. It has never been more important to promote the benefits of switching goods to rail and I look forward to helping grow the RFG’s membership and strengthening our community across the sector.”

Among the other new appointments are Neil Sime as vice chair, Chris Swan as a director and Maggie Simpson as director general.

Ms Simpson said: “I am delighted to welcome both Ken and Neil to the new roles. They both bring with them years of experience in the rail freight and logistics sector and I very much look forward to working them.”

Mr Sime is managing director of Victa Railfreight, and like Mr Russell, has been a long-time member of the RFG, joining its board in 2003.

Mr Russell and Mr Sime will hold their roles for a 12-month period.

Following Lord Berkeley’s retirement, the board agreed to a new process for electing a chair and vice chair, involving an annual vote in which all board members are eligible for election.

Lord Berkeley is expected to continue working for the RFG in an advisory role for Europe until the second half of next year.

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