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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, the two executive directors working for him, as well as members of the executive committee. 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

    Peter Hendy

    Sir Peter Hendy, chair

    Appointed to the board: 2015

    Skills and experience

    Sir Peter was previously commissioner of Transport for London (TfL) in 2006, having served since 2001 as TfL's managing director of surface transport. He led, and played a key role in preparing for, the successful operation of London's transport for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. He was formerly deputy director UK Bus for FirstGroup and previously MD of CentreWest London Buses. He started his transport career in 1975 as a London Transport graduate trainee. Sir Peter was elected president of the International Public Transport Association (UITP) in May 2013. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transport and a fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He was knighted in the 2013 New Year's Honours List, having been made CBE in 2006.

    Current external appointments

    Sir Peter is a trustee of London's Transport Museum and Transaid, an international development charity working on local transport solutions to improve access to basic services and economic opportunity for people in Africa and in developing countries.

     
    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 for Transport, 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 plc in Europe and Central Asia. Mark joined BG from Shell where he worked in a variety of roles during a 21 year period, 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 Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

    Current external appointments

    Independent governor of Falmouth University; senior advisor for Adamant Ventures. LLP; senior railway executive for Rail Delivery Group Ltd.

     
    Patrick Butcher

    Patrick Butcher, group finance director

    Appointed to the board: 2009

    Skills and experience

    Patrick joined the company as group finance director. Patrick’s 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). Until recently, Patrick was a member of the British Transport Police Authority.

    Current external appointments

    None.

     
    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 group strategy and planning function. Prior to joining the company he was chief economist and director of Economics and Finance at the Office of Rail Regulation (now Office of Rail and Road). 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

    Director of the Rail Delivery Group Ltd (RDG); chair of the RDG sub committees on planning and on reform; president of the European Rail Infrastructure Managers; co-chair of PRIME (high level platform of rail infrastructure managers in Europe); council member of UK’s Rail Supply Group.

     
    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. Malcolm therefore brings extensive engineering experience to the board, particularly in the fields of safety and major project delivery, two of the board’s key strategic focus areas.

    Current external appointments

    Non-executive director CH2M Hill and BHP Billiton Plc; chairman of the Shell Foundation; vice president of the Energy Institute.

    Committee membership

    Chair of safety, health and environment committee; chair of major projects delivery committee.

     
    Richard Brown

    Richard Brown, non-executive director

    Appointed to the board: 2015

    Skills and experience

    Richard was chairman of Eurostar International Limited until June 2013, having previously been chief executive of Eurostar UK. After leaving Eurostar, Richard advised the Department for Transport on its franchising programme. This was published in January 2013 as "The Brown Review of the Rail Franchising Programme". Richard had previously been a director of High Speed Two Ltd where he served as the chair of the remuneration committee. Richard studied philosophy and engineering at the University of Cambridge, and received an MPhil in town and transport planning from University College London. He has an honorary doctorate from the University of Derby. In the Queen's Birthday Honours 2007, Richard was appointed as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to transport.

    Current external appointments

    Non-executive director at the Department for Transport.

    Committee memberships

    Nominations & corporate governance committee and the remuneration committee.

     
    Sharon Flood

    Sharon Flood - non-executive director

    Appointed to the board:  2014  

    Skills and experience

    Sharon was most recently group chief financial officer and an LLP member 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. Sharon’s appointment to the board therefore strengthens the finance experience and customer focus on the board.

    Current external appointments

    Non-executive director and Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee of Crest Nicholson PLC and Shelter; non-executive director of the Science Museum Group; présidente du conseil de surveillance of S.T. Dupont.

    Committee membership

    Audit and risk committee; remuneration committee; treasury committee; critical infrastructure projects delivery committee.

     
    Chris Gibb

    Chris Gibb - non-executive director

    Appointed to the board: 2013

    Skills and experience

    Chris is one of Britain’s most experienced rail figures having worked in the industry for more than 34 years. After a career of operational roles in England, Scotland and Wales he became managing director, Wales and Borders Trains. He joined Virgin Trains as managing director, CrossCountry, before becoming chief operating officer in 2007, responsible for Virgin’s West Coast safety, operations, stations and customer service. He retired from this role in November 2013. Chris’s railway experience brings industry-specific experience to the board.

    Current external appointments

    Director of CLGR Limited and a member of Railway Pensions Scheme.

    Committee membership

    Remuneration committee; safety, health and environment committee; critical infrastructure projects delivery committee; major projects delivery 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. Janis has an honorary doctorate from the Open University and has been awarded an OBE for her services to transport and regional development. Janis’s extensive management experience is invaluable in her role as the senior independent director.

    Current external appointments

    Chairman of Bristol Airport Limited; non-executive director of South West Airports Limited, Kingfisher Plc, Portmeirion Group PLC, TUI Travel PLC and Copenhagen Airports A/S.

    Committee membership

    Audit and risk committee; safety, health and environment committee, chair of nomination and corporate governance committee; chair of critical infrastructure projects delivery committee.

     
    Michael O’Higgins

    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 University. Until recently Michael was a non-executive director and chair of audit at HM Treasury. The board recognises that the company’s people are its major asset, and Michael brings his experience in this area and also of government relations to the board.

    Current external appointments

    Chairman of NHS Confederation, Investec Structured Products Calculus VCT plc; director of NHS Confederation (Employers) Company Limited and NHS Confederation Group Company Limited; non-executive director of Hedgehog (1) Limited; member of advisory board, Liaison Financial Services Limited and JustAccounts Limited.

    Committee membership

    Nomination and corporate governance committee; chair of remuneration committee; critical infrastructure projects delivery committee.

     
    Bridget Rosewell

    Bridget Rosewell - non-executive director

    Appointed to the board: 2011

    Skills and experience

    Bridget is an economist and senior adviser to Volterra, who produce economic analysis across a range of sectors. Bridget is also chair of the risk committee for Ulster Bank. 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 and previously held a position as an economics adviser to Chancellor Kenneth Clarke. She was also previously a non-executive director of the Department for Work and Pensions and Britannia Building Society. Bridget was awarded an OBE in 2013 for services to the economy. Until recently Bridget was a commissioner for the City Growth Commission. Bridget brings financial and economic expertise to the board.

    Current external appointments

    Senior adviser to Volterra Partners LLP; non-executive director of Ulster Bank Limited, Ulster Bank Ireland Limited and Crossco (1337) plc; member of The Royal London Mutual Insurance Society Limited’s with-profits committee.

    Committee membership

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