Rob McIntosh, managing director of Network Rail’s Eastern Region, has today announced several appointments to his new senior management team.

Eastern region is made up from the current Anglia and LNE & EM routes. Later this year it will move to four routes to support the drive to be closer and more responsive to customers and what they need.

Making the announcement, Rob said: “I am delighted that we have got a team of great balance, who I know will bring a step change in delivery of our outcomes for passengers and our freight customers 

Ellie Burrows will be route director for Anglia. Ellie is currently train services director at Southeastern and brings a wealth of industry experience, having previously held Area Director roles in Network Rail. 

Gary Walsh will be route director for East Midlands.  Gary was previously Area Director for East Midlands and, latterly, Head of Maintenance South.  Gary’s priority will be to work with our colleagues at Abellio to mobilise and deliver the exciting East Midlands Railway Alliance. 

Matthew Rice will be route director for North and East.  Matt has been the LNE & EM Principle Strategic planner for two years and has helped me develop the strategy for our network.  Matt has great experience in timetable development and will work closely with our TOC colleagues across the north to deliver franchise transformation-commitments. 

Paul Rutter will be route director for East Coast.  Paul needs no introduction, having held the LNE&EM COO role for over two years and, of course, starting his railway career in Anglia.  Paul will focus on working with all ECML operators to deliver a much-needed improvement in performance and work towards delivery of the route upgrade.”

Appointments to the rest of the regional executive team will follow in the coming weeks.