As another signal of its intent to continue evolving, RWM has appointed Andy Wong to the newly-created position of Director of Transformation. Andy Wong has significant experience leading organisational and cultural change programmes, having worked at the Olympic Delivery Authority, across the rail sector, and in other leading public bodies. He has been appointed to provide “leadership and vision for the RWM Transformation Programme to ensure transformation and organisational development objectives are met, to deliver demonstrable change and positive organisational culture.” With Ann McCall (RWM Siting Director) having left the organisation at Christmas, and current Managing Director Bruce McKirdy retiring at the end of March, Andy Wong will be supporting RWM’s new leadership to continue remodelling the organisation in preparation for inevitably-contentious waters, as the organisation enters into engagement with communities, anticipated during 2020.
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Expectation is that 2020 will see the first visible ‘community’ steps in the revised GDF siting process. But what might those first steps look like, and what early hurdles will the siting process likely face? And how will the newly-elected Government, with a mandate for change, and a majority that’s likely to provide 5 years of political ‘stability’, impact on RWM and the siting process? There is some evidence to support RWM’s confidence that the first communities expressing initial interest in hosting a GDF will start coming forward during 2020. GDFWatch has been approached for advice by a number of local groups, but how many of these mature into more formal expressions of interest remains to be seen. This is perhaps the first key feature to note for 2020 — Attrition. The siting process is designed to encourage multiple initial enquiries, but then over time filter down to just one preferred site/host community. It is therefore inevitable, particularly in the early stages, that more communities will leave the process than remain in it. So expect a degree of churn and turnover.
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