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Gareth Powell joined TfL in 2003 from infrastructure consultancy WS Atkins where he spent 2 years as a Senior Consultant before taking the role of Head of Business Performance at TfL.
He then took up a number of Director roles including: Director of Business Planning & Performance (3 years), Director of Transformation (1 year) and four years as Director of Strategy & Service Development (S&SD) for London Underground & Chief Operating Officer for London Rail.
He held a number of roles in Group Business Planning and Performance before moving to co-lead Project Horizon prior to joining London Underground as Director of Strategy and Service Development. Most recently he has done an outstanding job as Director of Public Transport & TfL Strategy driving significant improvements while we modernise our organisation.
As Director of S&SD, Gareth had a wide-ranging brief which included the planning and specification of the organisation’s £billion investment programme, defining the organisation’s strategy, and planning services to ensure they meet the needs of the millions of customers who rely on TfL’s Tube and rail networks every day. In 2013 Gareth’s portfolio was extended to include operational responsibility for London Overground, the Docklands Light Railway, London Trams and the Emirates Air Line.
In April 2016 Gareth joined the TfL Executive Committee with responsibility for TfL’s overall strategy. This role was expanded to include responsibility for TfL’s bus network alongside its commuter and light rail networks.
Gareth Powell was appointed as Managing Director, Surface Transport in December 2017.

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