Network Rail has announced that today, Monday 13 May, Aidan Hancock joined the company as group chief information officer (CIO).

Before joining Network Rail, Aidan held senior leadership roles at BP for over 12 years, including chief network architect and most recently CIO and vice-president BP Middle East. In this role he was responsible for BP’s largest region, including operating the world’s second largest oil field, and managing BP’s relationship with government ministerial stakeholders.

Aidan has joined the Route Services senior management team and reports directly to Susan Cooklin, managing director, Route Services.

Susan said:

“Aidan has extensive experience leading IT organisations and digital business transformation across industries from broadcasting to energy. I’m delighted that he will be joining Network Rail and bringing his expertise to the railway.”

Aidan will be responsible for supplying IT, including infrastructure and support services. He will lead the delivery of Route Services’ customer-focused enabling technology as well as back office IT operations to deliver a more efficient national service to Network Rail’s devolved route businesses.

On joining Network Rail, Aidan said:

“IT is now in the spotlight as companies embrace the potential of digital transformation. I’m excited to be joining Network Rail to lead on this challenge, unlocking value and improvements for the future while also delivering our day-to-day services to the highest level of performance.”

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About Route Services

The Route Services function supplies Network Rail’s route businesses with critical services they decide are best provided from a national team. This includes IT services and equipment, training, supply and operation of Network Rail’s rail and road fleet, materials including rail and ballast, contract management and procurement, and shared services including finance and HR. Working as a single, service delivery directorate, Route Services allows Network Rail to benefit from economies of scale and greater efficiency from specialised delivery.