Translink chief to leave post
The chief executive of public transport operator Translink is leaving her post to take up a new role with the UK's main air traffic control service.
Catherine Mason, who with a salary of just under £200,000 a year was Northern Ireland's highest paid public service official, will join NATS (National Air traffic Services) next March.
Ms Mason joined Translink, which operates the region's bus and rail services, in 2008.
"It is with mixed emotions I am making this move," she said.
"Firstly genuine sadness, I have enjoyed my time in Translink and Northern Ireland. But I also feel huge pride in the success Translink has had, during very difficult economic times.
"We have grown passenger numbers and customer satisfaction is very high due to major investment programmes in new buses and trains, infrastructure works and passenger facilities and huge innovation in ticketing and customer information.
"But none of this would have been possible without the professionalism and expertise of everyone in Translink and all done with a warmth to, and care for our customers. I wish to thank all my colleagues in Translink for their friendship, support and hard work over the past years; I can confidently say Translink is among the best when it comes to passenger transport."
The Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company (NITHC), which is the parent company of Translink, wished the departing chief executive well.
John Trethowan, chairman of NITHC said: "The board is sorry to learn that Catherine is leaving but understands that high calibre executives move on to advance their careers, and would like to thank Catherine for her contribution to Translink's success over the last number of years delivering growth in passenger numbers, improved efficiency, and high customer satisfaction.
"Over the past six years, Catherine has successfully led a number of major capital projects along with innovation and development in customer information and ticketing."
He said the company would begin the process of seeking a replacement early in the new year.