Three new board members for Network Rail

23 Oct 2008 (provided by Railways Illustrated), Category: Rail: Train operations & management

Network Rail has announced changes to the make-up of its Board of Directors. The new Board members will be:

Director, operations and customer service - Robin Gisby

Director, infrastructure investment - Simon Kirby

Director, planning and regulation - Paul Plummer

Robin Gisby became director, operations and customer services in May 2004 following many years in the company with roles such as, director of the southern region, director of the eastern region and with Railtrack as director network development and director of freight.

Simon Kirby early career was spent in the aerospace & defence industry including the Trident nuclear submarine programme. He went on to become operations director of the two Marconi shipyards in 1998. In 2000, after the merger of Marconi and British Aerospace (to form BAE Systems) Mr Kirby was appointed MD of the three BAE Systems shipyards in Cumbria and Glasgow and then MD of BAE Systems' multi-billion pound 'prime contract' organisation.

Mr Kirby joined Network Rail in July 2003 as director, major projects and investment with responsibility for delivery of the company's growing project and expansion scheme portfolio. Last year he was appointed to the new role of director, infrastructure investment which added the company's 'mega-projects', such as the west coast project, the Thameslink programme, and other to his responsibilities.

Paul Plummer joined Network Rail when it took over Railtrack nearly six years ago. His responsibilities include all aspects of economic regulation, business planning and long-term planning of the network. Previously chief economist (from 1999-2001) and then non-executive director (until October 2002) at the Office of the Rail Regulator, he has also worked at National Economic Research Associates (NERA), NM Rothschild & Sons and Accenture.

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