A senior executive of the East Coast rail line has been co-opted as a new member of Malton Town Council.
Paul Emberley, of Castle Howard Road, Malton, replaces Cllr Jason Fitzgerald-Smith who died earlier this year.
He was one of two residents who asked to be considered for the post, the other being Jeremy Powell, owner of The Palace Theatre.
Mr Emberley has worked at York as Director of Communications for East Coast Railways and previously held a similar position with Metro Net which masterminded the modernisation of the London Underground, and earlier worked for Trafalgar House.
His interests include classical organ playing and is an occasional organist at Malton’s Saville Street Methodist Church, walking, gardening and cycling.
Mr Emberley said: ”I believe Malton has some great opportunities ahead.”
He added that he hoped that whatever development is eventually carried out in the town, that it is sensitive to its historic character.