Will Quince appointed as the new Chair of East’s sub-national transport body

Will Quince

Following a competitive selection process, Will Quince has been announced as the new Chair of Transport East.

He succeeds Cllr Kevin Bentley, Leader of Essex County Council who has been Chair of Transport East since the organisation launched in 2018.

The new Chair will oversee the continued growth of Transport East and our role to support local authority members and partners to improve transport connections for people and businesses across the region.

Will Quince, new chair of Transport East, said:

“It’s a privilege to be selected as Chair of Transport East. Since 2018, the organisation grown in impact and has several notable successes including receiving endorsement from Government for its regional transport strategy, making the case for much-needed investment in the East’s rail and road networks and advocating the region’s role in the nation’s prosperity.

“I look forward to working with the Transport East Forum and team to continue driving the fantastic progress made so far. There’s much to celebrate about the East and the people who live and work here, and ensuring they are well-connected through sustainable transport is vital to the long-term success of the region.”

Andrew Summers, Chief Executive of Transport East, said:

“I’d like to welcome Will to Transport East. His knowledge and passion for the region will be instrumental to supporting Transport East and our partners improve transport connections and investment in local areas.

Will was selected by a wide range of Transport East’s committed partners in a competitive process. I am grateful for their support and insight.

“Transport East has demonstrated its value regionally and nationally since launching in 2018 by advocating for investment, providing tools and evidence to local authorities and being a national centre of excellence in rural mobility. I look forward to working with Will to further enhance our role as the East’s sub-national transport body.”

Will Quince was the previous MP for Colchester and has now stood down as a Member of Parliament. He has held previous Ministerial positions at the Department of Health and Social Care, Department for Education and Department of Work and Pensions. His appointment was reviewed by the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments.