The managing director (MD) of Nottingham Trams Ltd, Paul Robinson, has been appointed as the new chairman of Rail Forum Midlands (RFM)

Paul Robinson has been MD of Nottingham Trams since 2012, overseeing the award-winning Nottingham Express Transit (NET) tram network. In his new role, he joins the executive board of RFM, which represents 170 organisations across the Midlands and beyond. RFM is the UK’s only regionally-focused trade association for the rail supply chain.

Paul has over 35 years’ experience in the rail sector and is also a board director for two Keolis-operated rail franchises in Manchester and Wales.

Keolis is the world’s largest operator of tram and light rail systems. In the UK, its operations include the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), Manchester’s Metrolink tram network and Transport for Wales Rail Services.

Alistair Gordon, chief executive of Keolis UK, said: “We would like to congratulate Paul on his new role.  He continues to lead and oversee the excellent performance of Nottingham’s tram network, which has achieved consistently high levels of customer satisfaction and impressive passenger growth in recent years.

“Keolis is committed to supporting the communities in which we operate and, at a time when regional influence over transport policy is of growing importance, we’re pleased that the RFM membership will benefit from Paul’s many years of expertise.”

Paul Robinson added: “I’m looking forward to taking on the role of chair of RFM, working with the board and the wider team. RFM punches way above its weight on the regional and national stage, with a clear focus on doing what’s best for its members. I’m keen to understand member companies’ key issues and opportunities and I’m looking forward to meeting as many members as possible over the coming months.”

Nottingham Trams Ltd is a joint venture of Keolis UK (80%) and Wellglade (20%). Keolis is also a founding member of the Tramlink Nottingham Consortium.