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The Railway Industry Association’s (RIA) former Director-General Jeremy Candfield has passed away.
Jeremy, who was Director-General between 1998 and 2016, died earlier this month following a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Leading the tributes was RIA’s policy director Peter Loosley, who said: “It Is impossible to overstate the changes he made to RIA during his 18-year tenure. He transformed it from what had been regarded by many as ‘a gentleman’s club’ with relatively few member companies to the go-to trade association with a membership of over 200.
“It has also become the established voice of the railway supply chain and was viewed as a vital and integral piece of the post-privatisation rail jigsaw.
“Colleagues with whom I have been in touch, both ex-RIA and members, have been unanimous in describing Jeremy as an absolute gentleman who will be much missed. Indeed he was.
“It was Jeremy who brought me to RIA and he was a constant source of safe advice, particularly in the early days when I was finding my feet.
“Not only that, he was a good and loyal friend and I remember with affection the occasions we put the world to rights over the odd tincture (or two). I owe him a lot as do the collective RIA membership and the railway industry generally.”
Jeremy joined RIA as Director-General in 1998 and relinquished the role in 2016 only when the onset of Parkinson’s was making it impossible for him to continue.
Darren Caplan, RIA chief executive, said: “Jeremy Candfield was my predecessor and led the Railway Industry Association with distinction for 18 years, over a truly transformational period for both RIA and UK rail.
“He was incredibly well known and regarded across the RIA membership and throughout the railway industry. On behalf of Team RIA, our members, and the wider industry, we send our condolences to Jeremy’s family. Jeremy will be sadly missed by all those who knew him.”
Photo credit: Railway Industry Association
This article first appeared on www.railbusinessdaily.com
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