Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has appointed Nick Bitel as Non-Executive Chair of the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).
Mr Bitel has been appointed for a term of 3 years and will play a vital role in the effective strategic and operational leadership of the DVSA.
He will replace Shrinivas Honap, who has served as Non-Executive Chair since he was appointed on a temporary basis in April last year.
Mr Bitel brings a wealth of leadership experience at board level and joins the DVSA from Sport England, where he had served as Chair since April 2013. He has been Chief Executive of the London Marathon since 1995.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said:
I would like to welcome and congratulate Nick, who joins the DVSA at a really exciting time, as we adopt innovative new technologies and ensure the rapidly changing needs of drivers, cyclists and vehicles are upheld.
Nick brings a huge amount of experience to the role and I look forward to working closely with him as we deliver the tech revolution and level-up journeys across the UK.
Nick Bitel said:
I’m delighted to be appointed DVSA’s new Chair.
DVSA’s vital work affects everyone in the country and our committed, professional colleagues make an important contribution to road safety.
I look forward to working with Loveday Ryder and the DVSA Board to develop and shape our future strategy, helping everyone stay safe on Britain’s roads.
DVSA Chief Executive Loveday Ryder said:
I’m so pleased to welcome Nick to the team.
His knowledge and experience will be invaluable as we continue to recover our services and achieve the outcomes set out in our Business Plan.
I look forward to working closely with him as we develop our strategy for the next 5 years.