Press release

Rail Accident Investigation Branch has a new Chief

Simon French has been appointed as the new Chief Inspector of Rail Accidents.

Simon joined RAIB as one of its initial recruits in 2004, and became Deputy Chief Inspector in 2009. He has been acting in the role of Chief following the departure of Carolyn Griffiths in May 2015.

Following the announcement, Simon said:

“I am delighted to have been given this golden opportunity to lead the organisation that I helped to build and that has become such an important part of my life.

“I am determined that the RAIB will preserve its reputation for expertise and independence in the field of railway accident investigation.

“I am looking forward to working with my excellent team, and stakeholders in the railway industry, to continue the development of the Branch, particularly in the following key areas:

  • identification of new ways of disseminating vital safety learning, in addition to the detailed reports that RAIB is already well known for

  • a review of our methods and styles of communication with the railway industry, the press and the general public

  • active engagement with all key stakeholders, listening to views and opinions on the work we do and current railway safety issues

  • the active promotion of good practice in railway accident investigation

  • continued cooperation with other railway accident investigation bodies in Europe and further afield.”