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

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, 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, 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 and 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

Chair of the audit and risk committee and treasury committee. Member of the remuneration committee.

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

Chair of safety, health and environment committee. Member of major projects delivery committee.

Silla Maizey, non-executive director

Appointed to the board: 2016

Skills and experience

Silla Maizey has 38 years’ experience in the aviation industry and previously served as a non-executive director of John Menzies Plc, NHS Business Services Authority and Crown Commercial Service. She sits on both the Audit and Risk and Treasury committees.

John Mogford, non-executive director

Appointed to the board: 2016

Skills and experience

John Mogford has over 40 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry and previously served as a non-executive director of Environmental Resources management, DOF Subsea AS and Weir Group Plc. He is a visiting professor in Process Safety at Strathclyde University. He sits on the Safety, Health and Environment 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 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, senior independent director

Appointed to the board: 2011

Skills and experience

Bridget is an economist and senior adviser to Volterra, which produces 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

Member of audit and risk committee and treasury committee. Chair of nomination committee.