The Department for Transport (DfT) has appointed Tricia Hayes to the new role of director general of roads, devolution and motoring.
Ms Hayes, who was previously the DfT’s aviation director, will take up the post in March.
She will replace John Dowie, who has held the role of acting director general of roads, traffic and local group since May 2015.
Tricia Hayes: previously the DfT’s aviation director
The appointment of Ms Hayes represents the first time that a DfT director has had devolution in a job title and follows the passage of the Cities and Local Government Devolution Act 2016.
The DfT’s advertisement for the role described it as ‘a broad remit that includes the country’s road network, the government’s role in relation to motoring and motorists, and reshaping our relationship with local communities through devolution.’
Tricia Hayes said: ‘This is an exciting time to be taking up this key role, with the government delivering the biggest investment in roads for a generation. I’m looking forward to working with partners across the country to ensure that our roads and local transport networks, which help shape the day to day quality of life of all our citizens, are safe, modern and reliable. I can’t wait to get started.’