Our board

You can find biographies of all our current board members below.

You can also find out to whom our board is accountable, as well as view their approvals and responsibilities. The board meets at least eight times a year, and the minutes are made available following each meeting.

Sir Peter Hendy CBE, chair

Appointed to the board: 2015

Skills and experience

Sir Peter was previously 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 plc and previously managing director of CentreWest London Buses. Sir Peter was president of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) from 2013 to 2015.

He started his career in 1975 as a London Transport graduate trainee.  Sir Peter’s experience in successfully leading urban transport in a world city is critical to understanding Network Rail and managing its complex relationships with stakeholders.

Sir Peter is a vice president 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 for services to public transport and the community in London.

Current external appointments

Chair of London Freight Enforcement Partnership; Trustee of London’s Transport Museum; Vice President of the London Bus Museum

Committee membership

Safety, health and environment committee; nomination committee; remuneration committee.

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 appointed in 2014 and has been instrumental in driving change in the organisation turning it into a devolved group of cost-competitive and customer-focused businesses. Network Rail is now delivering almost a quarter of all infrastructure investment in the UK.  This is the biggest investment programme in generations – £130m every single week – and it does this in a few hours at night so that the railway can keep serving 4.5m passengers, safely, every day. Mark has been a driving force behind the Digital Railway revolution which will see more trains running faster, more reliably and at lower cost on our existing infrastructure. Mark previously worked for Royal Dutch Shell plc, BG Group plc and Shell.

Mark is a fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Current external appointments

Independent governor of Falmouth University.

Jeremy Westlake, chief financial officer

Appointed to the board: 2016

Skills and experience
Jeremy leads the finance, property, legal, regulatory and corporate commercial functions for the Network Rail group. Jeremy was formerly senior vice president for finance at Alstom Transport in France and previously 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 fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and has a master’s in manufacturing from Cambridge University.  

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. Rob brings rail industry experience to the board and understands the complexities facing the train operating companies.

Rob is a fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institute of Directors and is a chartered director. Rob holds an MBA from Aston Business School.

Current external appointments

Chairman of the Shadow East West Rail Company; chairman of the Advisory board at Aston Business School; honorary trustee of LIFE Trust; trustee of the Railway Children charity.

Committee membership

Safety, health and environment committee; audit & risk committee; treasury committee.

Richard Brown, non-executive director

Appointed to the board: 2015

Skills and experience

Richard was chief executive of Eurostar UK from 2002 to 2011, and the chair until June 2013. He was previously commercial director and main board member of National Express Group plc, where he set up its trains division, at the time the largest UK passenger franchise operator. Richard has 40 years’ experience in the rail industry and was a director of Intercity before privatisation. Richard brings wide experience of planning and operating railways.

Richard has honorary doctorates from the Universities of Derby and Westminster. He was appointed CBE in 2007 for services to transport.

Current external appointments

Non-executive director at the Department for Transport; chair of Catalyst Housing Limited; deputy chair of HS2 Ltd; vice president of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

Committee memberships

Nomination committee; remuneration committee.

Sharon Flood, non-executive director

Appointed to the board:  2014 

Skills and experience

Sharon has experience in a number of senior finance and strategy roles, most recently as a group chief financial officer of Sun European Partners LLP, an international private equity investment advisory firm.  From 2005 to 2010 she was finance director of John Lewis department stores. Sharon therefore strengthens the finance experience and customer focus on the board.

Sharon holds an MBA from INSEAD and is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Current external appointments

Non-executive director of Crest Nicholson Holdings plc; trustee of the Science Museum Group; présidente du conseil de surveillance of S.T. Dupont; board member of British Gymnastics.

Committee membership

Chair of audit & risk committee; chair of treasury committee; remuneration committee.

Chris Gibb, non-executive director

Appointed to the board: 2013

Skills and experience

Chris has worked in the rail industry for 36 years. After a career of operational roles in England, Scotland and Wales he became managing director, Wales & 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 brings broad industry-specific experience to the board.

Current external appointments

Chairman of Thameslink 2018 Industry Readiness Board; member of HS2 Independent Assurance Panel; member of Transport Strategic Advisory board, Welsh Government; visiting lecturer at Birmingham University.

Committee membership

Chair of Safety, Health and Environment committee; chair of Network Rail Property Board.

Silla Maizey, non-executive director

Appointed to the board: 2016

Skills and experience

Silla has extensive experience in the aviation sector, built up over 34 years’ working.  Silla was most recently British Airways’ (BA) Managing Director of Gatwick.  She was part of BA’s executive leadership team.  Previously, Silla was BA’s Customer Director.

Silla brings a range of experience and insights to the board, from operations to procurement, the shaping of the customer proposition and business reorganisations. 

Silla is a fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply.

Current external appointments

Non-executive director of John Menzies plc; NHS Business Services Authority; Crown Commercial Services and Saffron Solutions Limited.

Committee membership

Audit & risk committee; treasury committee.

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 chair of the Pensions Regulator, the NHS Confederation 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. Michael was previously a non-executive director and chair of audit at HM Treasury. He has held visiting academic appointments at the London School of Economics, the Australian National University and Harvard University. The board recognises that Network Rail’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

Chair of Local Pensions Partnerships, of Channel Islands Competition and Regulatory Authorities, and of Calculus VCT plc; member of advisory board of Liaison Financial Services Limited and of JustAccounts Limited.

Committee membership

Nomination committee; chair of remuneration committee.

Bridget Rosewell, senior independent director

Appointed to the board: 2011

Skills and experience

Bridget is an economist by background and senior adviser of Volterra producing economic analysis across a range of sectors, especially for major infrastructure projects. Past roles have included being chief economist and chief economic adviser to the Greater London Authority and executive chair of Business Strategies Ltd, which was subsequently sold to Experian. She has chaired Audit and Risk Committees for the DWP, Britannia Building Society and Ulster Bank.  She is Chair of Audit for Atom Bank and a commissioner for the National Infrastructure Commission. Bridget brings financial and economic expertise to the board.

Bridget was awarded an OBE in 2013 for her services to the economy and is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Current external appointments

Senior adviser of Volterra; non- executive director of Atom Bank; member of the With Profits Committee for the Royal London Group; Chair of the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency.

Committee membership

Chair of nomination committee; audit & risk committee; treasury committee.