RSSB makes two board appointments
RSSB has strengthened its board with the appointment of two new industry non-executive directors.
Lee Jones, will represent infrastructure contractor members on the board. He has more than 35 years’ experience in the rail industry and is currently sector director, rail and metro at Amey.
Prior to this he was tube lines’ operations director for the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines covering the period of the London Olympics in 2012.
He succeeds Paul Kirk, whose ten-year term ended in July.
Phillip is a chartered civil engineer with more than 20 years’ experience working in the highways and transportation sector. He is a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Highways and Transportation. He succeeds Jeremy Candfield, whose ten-year term on the board ended in April.
RSSB chairman Anna Bradley said: “I am delighted to welcome both Lee and Philip to the board. They bring with them a wealth of experience in the transport sector, and I am sure they will make an invaluable contribution to the important work RSSB is doing on behalf of the rail industry.”
Shell/BG exec becomes Wessex route MD
Network Rail has appointed Becky Lumlock as route managing director for Wessex, one of the busiest routes on the rail network which includes Waterloo station and the major commuter area to the south and west of London.
Becky joins Network Rail on 1 November from Shell/BG where she is currently managing director of Dragon LNG, one of the UK’s major gas import terminals. She replaces John Halsall who moves to the South East route.
Becky has over 20 years’ experience in the energy industry, living and working across four continents, delivering major infrastructure projects and managing complex oil and gas operations. She will work closely with South West Trains, which operates the main rail franchise on the Wessex route.
Phil Hufton, managing director, England & Wales, said: “I am pleased to welcome Becky to Network Rail. Her strong commercial background and the transferable skills she brings from the energy industry will be invaluable on this busy route.”
Andy Thomas takes up the reins in Wales
Andy Thomas joined Network Rail on 1 August from the Keolis Group where he was managing director for Hyderabad Mass Transit Metro in India. He has taken up the role of Network Rail managing director in Wales, tasked with delivering a bigger, better railway for passengers and businesses in Wales and the borders.
Andy has almost three decades of experience providing strategic, programme and operations leadership to major transport and engineering businesses internationally, including successful strategic leadership roles with Transport for New South Wales in Australia and Transport for London, where he was head of strategic planning and performance.
He will be responsible for more than 900 miles of track across Wales and the border counties of England, over 1,300 trains and day and more than 1,400 staff.
Expertise for Network Rail’s new Property Board
Neil Sachdev and Steve Smith have been appointed non executive directors for Network Rail’s new Property Board.
They have a combined total of 73 years’ experience working in the UK’s property and regeneration sector, and have between them managed large-scale retail, mixed-use and housing developments, significant programmes of investment and divestment and regeneration projects.
The appointments follow the April 2016 announcement that a new Property Board was being established to approve and make recommendations about investments in and disposals of Network Rail’s estate and property assets. The move is aimed at giving Network Rail’s specialist transport property business a greater degree of independence.
David Biggs, managing director of Network Rail Property, said: “Our new non-executive directors are both leading UK property experts who will bring hugely valuable commercial experience to our business. I look forward to working with them to continue to unlock land for homes, drive economic growth in towns and cities and reinvest money into the rail network to help fund the Railway Upgrade Plan.”