The Care Quality Commission’s executive team has spent nearly £6,000 on first class rail travel and taxis in the first three months of its existence.

Director of finance and corporate services John Lappin racked up more than £1,000 worth of first class train tickets in six weeks, while chief executive Cynthia Bower spent £414 on two taxi journeys.

Ms Bower hired a taxi to take her from Birmingham to Leicester and back again, at a cost of £207

The seven directors in post during the expenses period from 1 April to 30 June spent a total of £3,404 on first class rail travel and £2,208 on taxis.

From 11 May to 25 June, Mr Lappin spent £1,064 on six first class train seats to team meetings and to see accounting firm KPMG.

On 24 April, Ms Bower hired a taxi to take her from Birmingham to Leicester and back again, at a cost of £207. Three days later, a taxi took her to another meeting costing a further £207. Three first class rail journeys, costing £206 each, were made between London and Birmingham.

Director of registration Linda Hutchinson claimed £309 for a train to Paris to attend a training course. Director of communications Jill Finney spent £364.70 on dinner during an “away day”. The expenses also show she spent £11.64 on a leaving present for her interim predecessor, Alan Pickstock.

A CQC spokesman said travel and subsistence policies from the regulator’s predecessor bodies were changed on 1 July and all employees were now expected to travel standard class.

The figures were published on the CQC website.