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  • Our board

    Our board comprises a non-executive chair, executive directors and non-executive directors who are responsible to the Secretary of State for Transport for our leadership and long-term success.

  • Operational management is delegated to our chief executive, the chief financial officer (CFO), as well as members of the executive committee. The chief executive and CFO 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 CBE, chair

    Appointed to the board: 2015

    Skills and experience
    Sir Peter was Commissioner of Transport for London (TfL) from 2006 to 2015, 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.

     
    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.

     
    Jeremy Westlake

    Jeremy Westlake, chief financial officer

    Appointed to the board: 2016

    Skills and experience
    Jeremy was formerly senior vice president for Alstrom Transport in France, responsible for strategy building, investor management, financial structuring and corporate reporting.  Previously he spent 14 years at Rolls-Royce in a range of senior finance and supply chain roles in the UK and the United States.  Jeremy is a chartered accountant and has a Masters in manufacturing from the Cambridge University.

    Current external appointments
    None.

    Responsibilities

    Jeremy will lead the finance function which includes: group finance, treasury, internal audit and risk, planning and regulation, and long-term planning and funding.

     
    Rob Brighouse

    Rob Brighouse, non-executive director

    Appointed to the board: 2016

    Skills and experience
    Rob has 40 years’ experience in the rail industry and was formerly managing director of Chiltern Railways where he was responsible for the operation and safety of the passenger rail service between London and the West Midlands.  Rob first joined the rail operator in 2000 as projects director, where he led the Evergreen 1 and 2 infrastructure projects and also the building of Chiltern’s Wembley depot. He went on to lead the Chiltern/MTRC joint venture bid for London Overground and became deputy managing director in 2007 before returning to Chiltern as managing director in 2011. Rob is a fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and also holds an MBA from Aston Business School.

    Current external appointments
    Non-executive director of Motionhouse Dance Theatre; honorary trustee of LIFE Trust; member of the advisory board at Aston Business School.

    Committee membership
    Audit and risk committee; safety, health and environment committee; and treasury 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 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.

     
    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; 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, Portmeirion Group PLC, TUI Travel PLC and Copenhagen Airports A/S.

    Committee membership
    Audit and risk committee; chair of nominations 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
    Nominations committee; chair of remuneration 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.