Community champion to oversee employment, education and volunteering initiatives

An award winning community champion has been appointed to oversee East West Rail’s employment, education and volunteering initiatives.

Danny Miller, the East West Rail Alliance’s Social Value Manager, previously worked on the ThamesLink project, which was recognised by several awards for its commitment to giving back to the community.

His work includes visiting primary and secondary schools, colleges, universities and prisons, to teach rail safety and science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills, while inspiring young people to choose a career in the industry and offering local job opportunities and apprenticeships. He will also be promoting supply chain opportunities to local businesses.

Danny said: “I’m really looking forward to working with local people to ensure that we maximise the benefits of East West Rail, providing educational, employment and business opportunities in the communities along its route.”

Mark Shaw, chairman of the Consortium’s Joint Delivery Board for the Western Section, said: “For several years the Consortium has been in discussion with Network Rail about how East West Rail can leave a lasting legacy which goes far beyond the line being reopened, so we’re delighted with this appointment.

“The Consortium, whose membership is made up of councils with responsibility for education, community work and economic development, is ideally positioned to work with Danny to identify opportunities, particularly how his work can benefit our hard-to-reach and disadvantaged residents.”