Issue date: 16th May 2013
Richard Parry is to swap trains for boats as he takes up the role of chief executive of Canal & River Trust starting this summer.
Currently at FirstGroup, Richard headed up First's bid in 2012 for the InterCity West Coast line and more recently has been leading First's Hull Trains company as well as other wider development programmes across First's rail businesses. Before that he spent 19 years at London Underground and Transport for London where he had a range of senior roles.
Richard is also a trustee of People 1st – the sector skills council for hospitality, passenger transport, travel and tourism – which works to transform skills in the sector, particularly in the areas of management and leadership, customer service and craft and technical skills.
Richard, 46, married with two teenage daughters, lives in the West Midlands.