UK rail industry personnel news

News about senior railway industry appointments in the UK.

  • Beth West
    Rail Business UK

    East West Railway Co CEO Beth West to leave


    UK: Beth West is to step down as CEO of Oxford – Cambridge railway corridor project promoter East West Railway Co when her contract ends. She will remain as interim CEO until the end of May, and she will be available to support the transition to ...

  • Glasgow Queen Street ScotRail Class 385 EMU
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    Separate MDs appointed for Network Rail Scotland and ScotRail


    UK: Separate Managing Directors have been appointed for infrastructure manager Network Rail in Scotland and for passenger train operator ScotRail, though the organisations have stressed their commitment to the current alliance model of close co-operation. Both Managing Director roles are currently held jointly by Alex Hynes, ...

  • Alex Hynes (Photo Network Rail)
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    Alex Hynes appointed DfT Director General Rail Services


    UK: The Department for Transport has appointed Alex Hynes as Director General Rail Services. He is due to join on a two-year secondment from his current position as Managing Director of Scotland’s Railway on April 15. Interim Director General Anit Chandarana will return to Network Rail ...

  • Steve Murphy
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    Steve Murphy to leave MTR UK


    UK: MTR UK Chief Executive Steve Murphy is to leave ‘to pursue other career goals’, Hong Kong-based transport group MTR Corp announced on February 23. Murphy’s last working day will be March 29. The process of appointing a new CEO has begun, and the MTR Elizabeth ...

  • Tom Joyner TM1
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    CrossCountry Managing Director leaves


    UK: Managing Director Tom Joyner left CrossCountry with immediate effect on February 15.

  • Mark Bird
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    Intercity Railfreight develops express freight network


    UK: Mark Bird has been appointed to the new role of Chief Revenue Officer at Intercity Railfreight, which uses passenger trains for the express delivery of high-value and time-critical products. Established in 2009, ICRF is now working with eight train operating companies to develop distribution networks ...

  • SWR train at London Waterloo station (Photo SWR)
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    Interim Managing Director for South Western Railway named


    UK: Chief Operating Officer Stuart Meek has been appointed Interim Managing Director at South Western Railway with effect from March 19. He takes over from Claire Mann, who is leaving to become Chief Operating Officer at Transport for London. The process to recruit a permanent Managing ...

  • David Brown (Photo RDG)
    Rail Business UK

    David Brown takes over as Chair of the Rail Delivery Group


    UK: David Brown, Managing Director for UK Trains at Arriva, has been appointed Chair of the Rail Delivery Group. He has been a RDG board member since 2020. ‘After unprecedented challenges in recent years, the railways can have a very bright future through meeting the needs ...

  • Anthony Smith
    Rail Business UK

    Independent Rail Retailers Chair appointed


    UK: Anthony Smith has been appointed as Chair of Independent Rail Retailers, the membership and lobbying group which represents third-party train ticket sellers. Smith was previously Chief Executive of Transport Focus and its predecessor bodies since 1999. He succeeds Alistair Lees, Managing Director of Assertis, as ...

  • Richard Hines
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    Richard Hines named next Chief Inspector of Railways


    UK: Richard Hines is to succeed Ian Prosser as HM Chief Inspector of Railways in summer 2024, the Office of Rail & Road announced on December 18. Hines is currently a Deputy Chief Inspector, and heads ORR’s team of non-main line health and safety inspectors as ...

  • HS1 (Photo ORR)
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    City Airport CEO to head HS1 Ltd


    UK: Channel Tunnel Rail Link concessionaire HS1 Ltd has named London City Airport CEO Robert Sinclair as its next Chief Executive with effect from March 2024. He will succeed Dyan Perry (neé Crowther), who is to retire after seven years in the role. Sinclair is ...

  • Steve Best
    Rail Business UK

    Next London Overground Managing Director appointed


    UK: London Overground concessionaire Arriva Rail London has appointed Finance & Commercial Director Steve Best as Managing Director with effect from January 1 2024. He will succeed Paul Hutchings, who is moving to a role at parent company Arriva UK Trains. In 2013 Best became Finance ...

  • Chris Jackson, Managing Director
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    Chris Jackson confirmed as TransPennine Managing Director


    UK: Chris Jackson was confirmed as Managing Director of TransPennine Express operating company TransPennine Trains with effect from September 14. He had been holding the role on an interim basis since TPE operations were transferred to the government’s public sector owning group DfT OLR Holdings Ltd ...

  • Angie Doll
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    Go-Ahead appoints rail strategy leader and new head of Govia Thameslink Railway


    UK: Patrick Verwer has been appointed Rail CEO at international rail and bus operator The Go-Ahead Group from the end of November. Angie Doll will succeed him as CEO of Govia Thameslink Railway, which Go-Ahead operates though a 65:35 joint venture with Keolis. Verwer will oversee ...

  • Debbie Francis
    Rail Business UK

    Loram UK appoints Managing Director


    UK: Debbie Francis has been appointed as Managing Director of Loram UK, where she will oversee the delivery of its first grinding machines built in the UK and lead expansion across Europe and the Middle East; Loram has recently won a significant contract with Etihad Rail ...

  • Alex Robertson - new Transport Focus chief executive
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    Transport Focus Chief Executive appointed


    UK: Alex Robertson has been appointed as Chief Executive of watchdog body Transport Focus with effect from December 1. He joins from the Pensions Ombudsman where he has been Chief Operating Officer since 2020. Announcing the appointment on September 7, Transport Focus said there has been a ...

  • Tricia Williams
    Rail Business UK

    Northern names next Managing Director


    UK: Northern has announced the appointment of Chief Operating Officer Tricia Williams as its next Managing Director. Williams will succeed Nick Donovan, who is to step down in spring 2024 after four years leading the state-owned operator. ‘I want to thank Nick for the incredible work ...

  • ScotRail Class 334 EMU (Photo Eversholt)
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    Scottish Rail Holdings board members appointed


    UK: On April 26 Scotland’s Minister for Transport Kevin Stewart announced the appointment of two non-executive directors to the board of Scottish Rail Holdings, the non-departmental public body wholly owned by the Scottish government which acts as the owning group for train operator ScotRail. Richard Cairns ...

  • Kevin Stewart
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    Scottish Transport Minister Kevin Stewart aims to prioritise passenger needs


    UK: ‘Our aim for public ownership of ScotRail is delivering a service which listens and responds to passenger need’, said Kevin Stewart, when he was appointed Minister for Transport by Scotland’s new First Minister Humza Yousaf. Stewart was elected as Scottish National Party MSP for Aberdeen ...

  • Avanti West Coast Pendolino at Stockport (Photo Tony Miles)
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    Avanti West Coast contract extended and Managing Director appointed


    UK: Avanti West Coast must continue to regain the confidence of passengers before decisions on its future are made, the Department for Transport said when it announced a six-month extension of the inter-city operator’s contract. The West Coast Partnership contract covers the operation of inter-city services ...