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  • Our managers

    Executive matters are delegated to the executive committee which is chaired by the chief executive and comprises the other three executive directors and six other senior managers

  • Members of the executive 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.

    Whilst the board is ultimately responsible for the success of the Company, operational management is delegated to the chief executive and the executives working for him. Mark is accountable to the board for all elements of the Company's business, and specifically for safety performance.

    Patrick Butcher

    Patrick Butcher, group finance director *

    Appointed to the board: 2009

    Skills and experience
    Patrick joined Network Rail 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).

    Current external appointments
    Member of British Transport Police Authority.

    Patrick is responsible for a range of corporate services that support the whole business by providing business services, specialist expertise and advice. This includes: finance, contracts and procurement, human resources, information management, property and other services such as legal, tax, national delivery and internal audit.


    Jerry England, group asset management director

    Skills and experience
    Jerry joined Network Rail in October 2007 and has undertaken a number of engineering and asset management roles prior to assuming his current role in 2012.  Prior to joining Network Rail, Jerry was major projects director with the Highways Agency and chief operating officer for Thames Water. Jerry has spent 20 years in the oil and gas industry. He is a chartered chemical engineer.

    Jerry leads the Asset Management services function which sets asset policies and provides assurance to the business around the whole-life management of our assets. It also provides essential information, telecoms and energy services to the routes, and supports the whole business in achieving optimum performance from the rail infrastructure.

    Ian Iceton

    Ian Iceton, group HR director

    Skills and experience

    Ian joined Network Rail in 2012 as Head of Human Resources for Infrastructure Projects. Before joining Network Rail, Ian spent three years as Director of HR Operations at Skanska and 20 years at Volkswagen Group.  Ian is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.


    Ian leads the Human Resources function which provides support and leadership for our people and creates the right environment to attract and engage high-performing employees to deliver engineering and operational excellence. This covers recruitment, training and development, employee relations, diversity and inclusion, and succession planning


    Gareth Llewellyn, director, Safety and Sustainable Development

    Skills and experience
    Gareth joined Network Rail in 2011 and is responsible for the Safety and Sustainable Development function. Previously Gareth held similar roles for Anglo American plc and National Grid plc. His early career was with the Environment Agency and its predecessor bodies. He was a non-executive director of Biffa plc, chair of its safety, health and environment committee and a member of its remuneration, nomination and audit committees. He was also a non-executive director of the Department for Transport’s Renewables Fuels Agency and chair of its audit and risk committee.

    Current external appointments
    Director, Rail Safety and Standards Board; senior associate, Prince of Wales’ Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership; member of CriticalEye Advisory Board

    Gareth leads the Safety and Sustainable Development function which has set out our strategies for safety, health and sustainable development. The strategies are supported by policies and processes needed to understand and manage risk. The function also oversees the implementation of our culture change programme and the rationalisation of the standards regime. The function provides independent assurance to the board on the level of safety and sustainable development risk and the effectiveness with which this risk is controlled.

    Francis Paonessa

    Francis Paonessa, managing director, Infrastructure Projects

    Skills and experience

    Francis joined Network Rail in 2014, having most recently been managing director UK, Bombardier. He started his career with shipbuilder Vosper Thornycroft in 1992, initially as a mechanical design engineer, and joined Bombardier in 2010 as president of UK rolling stock. Francis is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.


    Francis is leading the delivery of £25bn of infrastructure renewals and enhancements, comprising thousands of projects around the country aimed at delivering a bigger, better railway enabling more trains to run, at higher speeds with more seats and better facilities at stations up and down the country.


    Paul Plummer, group strategy director *

    Appointed the the board: 2008

    Skills and experience
    Paul joined the company in 2002 and is currently responsible for the group Strategy and Planning function. Pior 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.

    Paul leads the group Strategy and Planning function which is responsible for developing medium and long-term Company strategy and plans and for the development of the railway network. It is responsible for making sure that our people understand the regulatory framework and focus on robust, sustainable and consistent deliverables that reflect our corporate goals. This work is central to driving good business planning practice in the business units to deliver our current control period commitments and development of our plans for the future.


    Suzanne Wise, group general counsel and company secretary

    Skills and experience
    Suzanne joined the company in 2012 and is responsible for the Legal Services function. Suzanne has extensive in-house legal and corporate governance experience gained within the listed environment having joined Network Rail from Premier Foods plc where she held the position of general counsel and company secretary. Prior to Premier Foods plc she was group head of legal at Gallaher Group plc. In her early career she was a solicitor in private practice.

    Suzanne leads the Legal Services function which provides professional advice and guidance and sets the strategy, tone and direction in the areas of legal, company secretariat and transparency and business ethics. Legal Services provides the Company with an effective corporate governance framework, leads the organisation in the appreciation and mitigation of legal risk, builds the Company’s legal capability and expertise and drives greater transparency and appreciation of business ethics and legal compliance. Legal Services is made up of the legal teams of corporate, routes, strategy, risk and compliance, and property, and the transparency and business ethics and secretariat teams.

    Barney Wyld

    Barney Wyld, director, corporate communications

    Skills and experience

    Barney joined in 2014, following 20 years experience in corporate and government communications. Prior to Network Rail he was global vice president, campaigns and digital at Unilever, where he led integrated external and internal communications campaigns across 95 markets. Before Unilever he was senior director, strategy and communications for the Office of Fair Trading. Barney started his career as a speechwriter in the UK parliament, and then spent eight years in consultancy.


    Barney leads the corporate communications function which is responsible for ensuring that Network Rail presents a consistent narrative about the company and its strategy. One of Barney’s key accountabilities will be to continue to integrate Network Rail’s long term business strategy with its external stakeholder communications and internal employee engagement.


    * Denotes an executive director 

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