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  • Our board

    Our board comprises a non-executive chairman, executive directors and non-executive directors who are responsible to members and other stakeholders for our leadership and long-term success.

  • Operational management is delegated to our chief executive and the three executive directors working for him. The chief executive and executive directors have specific responsibilities for key parts of the business.

    Our non-executive directors provide independence, external skills and challenge. They provide assurance that the executive directors are exercising good judgement in delivery of strategy and decision-making.

  • Our board

    Richard-Parry-Jones

    Richard Parry-Jones, chair

    Appointed to the board: 2012

    Skills and experience

    Richard has extensive experience of the automobile and engineering industry having joined Ford Motor Company as an apprentice before working in multiple disciplines around the world, eventually becoming group vice president of Global Product Development and chief technical officer. He has been recognised for his leadership of the development and introduction of breakthrough technologies in vehicle safety and sustainability. He is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Royal Society of Statistical Science. Richard has been awarded a CBE for his services to the automobile industry.

    Current external appointments

    Senior independent director of GKN plc; honorary president of the High Speed Sustainable Manufacturing Institute; visiting professor of the faculty of Engineering at Loughborough University; co-chair of the UK Automotive Council; council member of the Royal Academy of Engineering and of Bangor University.

    Committee membership

    Nomination and corporate governance committee; remuneration committee; safety, health and environment committee; treasury committee.

     
    Mark Carne

    Mark Carne, chief executive

    Appointed to the board: 2014

    Mark has formally been appointed Accounting Officer for Network Rail by the Secretary of State, meaning he is personally accountable to Parliament for Network Rail’s stewardship of public funds.

    Skills and experience

    Mark was formerly executive vice president for Royal Dutch Shell plc in the Middle East and North Africa, responsible for the company’s business in a vital but volatile region at a time of significant political change. Before taking on that role he was executive vice president and managing director for BG Group in Europe and Central Asia following a 21 year period spent in a variety of roles with Shell – including responsibility for Shell’s oil and gas platforms in the North Sea and as managing director for Brunei Shell Petroleum. Mark is a fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.

    Current external appointments

    Independent governor of Falmouth University; senior advisor for Adamant Ventures.

     
    Patrick Butcher

    Patrick Butcher, group finance director

    Appointed to the board: 2009

    Skills and experience

    Patrick is responsible for finance, property, procurement, information management, legal services and human resources. Former finance director positions include English Welsh and Scottish Railway (now DB Schenker), Mapeley, London Underground and King’s College Hospital. His early career was at Deloitte & Touche as a management consultant and auditor. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (South Africa).

    Current external appointments

    Member of British Transport Police Authority.

     
    Robin-Gisby

    Robin Gisby, managing director, Network Operations

    Appointed to the board: 2008

    Skills and experience

    Robin currently leads the day-to-day operation and maintenance of the national rail network, including local asset management. He has been employed by the company and its predecessor since 1997 and has held a number of senior executive positions, including two regional director positions. He was a member of the Olympic and Paralympic Transport Board and has been a member of the British Transport Police Authority. He has a first degree in Engineering Science and an MBA. He is a chartered engineer and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Transport.

     
    Paul-Plummer

    Paul Plummer, group strategy director

    Appointed to the board: 2008

    Skills and experience

    Paul joined the company in 2002 and is currently responsible for the development of corporate strategy, network strategy and planning, the development of enhancement projects, the periodic regulatory review process, reform of the regulatory and contractual framework and European affairs. Prior to joining the company he was chief economist and director of Economics and Finance at the Office of the Rail Regulator. He has also held senior advisory positions at National Economic Research Associates, NM Rothschild and Accenture. He holds a degree and MSc in Economics.

    Current external appointments

    Chairman of the Planning Oversight Group; director of the Rail Delivery Group; vice president of European Infrastructure Managers.

     
    Malcolm-Brinded

    Malcolm Brinded - non-executive director

    Appointed to the board: 2010

    Skills and experience

    Malcolm had a 37-year career at Royal Dutch Shell plc, where he served 10 years on the main board, latterly as executive director responsible for Upstream International and prior to that for global Exploration and Production. Previously he was chairman of Shell UK. He is a fellow of the Institutions of Civil and Mechanical Engineers and of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He has honorary doctorates from Aberdeen and Robert Gordon Universities. Malcolm has been awarded a CBE for his services to the UK oil and gas industry.

    Current external appointments

    UK business ambassador; non-executive director CH2M Hill; chairman of the Shell Foundation.

    Committee membership

    Chair of safety, health and environment committee.

     
    Sharon Flood photo

    Sharon Flood - non-executive director

    Appointed to the board:  2014  

    Skills and experience

    Sharon Flood was most recently group chief financial officer of Sun European Partners LLP (an international private equity investment advisory firm), and prior to that was finance director of John Lewis department stores from 2005 to 2010.  She has extensive financial experience and prior to 2005 held a number of senior finance and strategy roles. 

    Current external appointments

    LLP member of Sun European Partners LLP, and a trustee of Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity. 

    Committee membership

    Audit and risk committee; remuneration committee; treasury committee.

     
    Chris-Gibb-thumb

    Chris Gibb - non-executive director

    Appointed to the board: 2013

    Skills and experience

    Chris is one of Britain’s most experienced rail industry figures having worked in the rail industry for more than 30 years. After a career of operational roles in England, Scotland and Wales he became managing director, Wales and Borders before joining Virgin Trains as managing director, CrossCountry in 2003, and becoming chief operating officer in 2007, responsible for Virgin’s West Coast safety, operations, stations and customer service.

    Committee membership

    Remuneration committee; safety, health and environment committee.

     
    Janis-Kong

    Janis Kong - non-executive director and senior independent director

    Appointed to the board: 2010

    Skills and experience

    Janis’s executive management experience has been formed through a 33-year career with BAA, during which she held a number of senior operational roles including being a director of BAA Plc and chairman of both Heathrow Airport Ltd and Heathrow Express. Prior to that she was managing director of Gatwick Airport. She was previously a non-executive director of the Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc.

    Current external appointments

    Non-executive director of Kingfisher Plc, Portmeirion Group Plc, Visit Britain, TUI Travel PLC and Copenhagen Airport Board.

    Committee membership

    Audit and risk committee; chair of nomination and corporate governance committee.

     
    Michael-OHiggins

    Michael O’Higgins - non-executive director

    Appointed to the board: 2012

    Skills and experience

    Michael has significant public sector and commercial experience. Michael has been chairman of The Pensions Regulator and the Audit Commission, managing partner at PA Consulting Group and a partner at PriceWaterhouse. He was also chair of Centrepoint, the youth homelessness charity. He has held visiting academic appointments at the London School of Economics, the Australian National University and Harvard.

    Current external appointments

    Chairman of The Pensions Regulator, NHS Confederation and Investec Structured Products Calculus VCT plc; non-executive director of HM Treasury.

    Committee membership

    Nomination and corporate governance committee; chair of remuneration committee.

     
    Bridget-Rosewall

    Bridget Rosewell - non-executive director

    Appointed to the board: 2011

    Skills and experience

    Bridget is senior partner of Volterra, producing economic analysis across a range of sectors. Past roles have included being chief economist and chief economic adviser to the Greater London Authority, executive chairman of Business Strategies Ltd, which was subsequently sold to Experian. She was also a founder of Oxford Economic Research Associates (OXERA) and previously held a position as an economics adviser to Chancellor Kenneth Clarke. She was also previously a non-executive director of the Department of Work and Pensions and Britannia Building Society.

    Current external appointments

    Senior partner Volterra; non-executive director of Ulster Bank; member of with-profits committee, Royal London.

    Committee membership

    Chair of audit and risk committee; chair of treasury committee.