James Aspinall to become Centra chief

James Aspinall to become Centra chief

James Aspinall, Centro’s director of business support services, will take over as managing director after chief executive Geoff Inskip retires.

Aspinall, who joined Centro in 2006, will head the organisation as it prepares to become the transport delivery arm of the forthcoming West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).

A qualified chartered accountant with more than 25 years’ experience in the finance, venture capital and public transport sectors, he has been responsible for providing strategic and financial overview of the region’s transport network and the financial probity and direction of Centro.

He said: “Geoff has done a tremendous job and his extensive knowledge and expertise will be missed.

“But the creation of the West Midlands Combined Authority and the transport opportunities that come with that offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build on Geoff’s work and deliver a step change in public transport across the entire West Midlands over the coming decade.”

Commenting on Inskip’s retirement, ITA chair Cllr Roger Lawrence added: “On behalf of the ITA I would like to thank Geoff for his dedication and service over the last decade.

“He has helped secure a number of high profile projects including the Midland Metro tram extensions, the rebuilding of New Street Station, the region’s Swift smartcard and new bus stations at Halesowen, Stourbridge and Wolverhampton. Geoff can certainly be proud of his record.”

Inskip was appointed director general of Centro in 2006 after joining from Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive (GMPTE).