RDG Board and its members
This page contains details of the RDG Board and its members, who are drawn from the owning groups that make up the RDG.
You may also be interested in the minutes of the RDG Board meetings.
Managing Director: UK Trains, Arriva
Chair of the RDG
Chris joined Arriva in August 2014 and as Managing Director - UK Trains, is responsible for the growth and development of Arriva’s UK rail operations.
Before that, he was at Go-Ahead Group, as Director of Operations at Thames Trains from 2002, then in 2006, he was promoted to the role of Managing Director for the Southern rail franchise. He was appointed chairman of the railway industry’s cross-industry National Task Force in 2010.
Chris became the Chair of Rail Delivery Group on 1 January 2017.
Chief Executive, Network Rail
Deputy Chair of the RDG
Mark took over as chief executive of Network Rail in February 2014.
Formerly executive vice president for Royal Dutch Shell plc in the Middle East and North Africa, his career has spanned different roles in engineering, major projects, operations and safety. He has held general management and executive responsibilities for large, complex, politically sensitive and economically significant businesses in a number of countries around the world.
Managing Director, Abellio UK
RDG work stream: Stations
Dominic joined Abellio Group as a main board member in January 2007.
In 2012, he was appointed to the newly created post of managing director UK, after winning the Greater Anglia rail franchise. In this role, Dominic is responsible for all Abellio’s business in the UK.
Chief Executive, Go-Ahead Group
RDG work streams: Information & Ticketing, and Transparency
David is Group Chief Executive of The Go-Ahead Group plc. He's held a number of senior transport industry positions, the most recent being MD for Surface Transport at TfL.
Go-Ahead has the largest share of UK passenger journeys, made on its train operating companies' services: GTR (Govia Thameslink Railway), Southern, Southeastern and London Midland.
Group Chief Executive, National Express
RDG work stream: Franchising
Dean is Group Chief Executive of National Express.
Prior to joining National Express, Dean was Group chief executive of Tube Lines from June 2009. Before that, he worked for over 10 years in senior roles within FirstGroup.
CEO, Keolis UK
RDG work stream: Technology & Operations
Alistair Gordon joined Keolis UK as project director in 2004, leading the company’s UK bidding for Southeastern, London Rail and Southern.
In 2010, Alistair was promoted to CEO of Keolis UK.
Chief Executive, Stagecoach Group
Martin Griffiths is Chief Executive of Stagecoach Group plc, one of the UK's biggest rail operators.
The company operates South West Trains and East Midlands Trains and, along with Virgin, is responsible for the West Coast and East Coast inter-city rail franchises.
He served as Rail Delivery Group's Chairman between and 2016.
Chief Executive Officer, Freightliner Group Ltd
RDG work stream: Freight
Russell Mears joined Freightliner in 1993 and has been the Chief Executive Officer since 2013. Prior to this, Russell was the Finance Director of Freightliner Group since January 2005.
Chief Executive, First Group
RDG work stream: Asset, Programme & Supply Chain Management
Tim became FirstGroup’s Chief Executive in November 2010. Before that, he was managing director of London Underground between 2003 and 2009.
He is a non-executive director of CSX Corporation, a rail freight transportation company in North America.
He served as the first Chair of Rail Delivery Group.
Chief Executive, RDG
RDG work stream: Contractual & Regulatory Reform
Paul was Group Strategy Director at Network Rail before joining RDG as Chief Executive in November 2015.
At Network Rail, he had Board level accountability for corporate strategy, industry reform, regulation and funding as well as network strategy, timetabling and other system operator responsibilities. Paul represented Network Rail as a member of the RDG from its foundation in 2011.
Managing Director, Serco Caledonian Sleeper
Peter is the Managing Director of Serco Caledonian Sleeper, with an extensive career in rail and transport, including managing a number of UK train operating companies, Network Rail routes and in the Department for Transport.
In Australia, Peter led train and tram businesses in Melbourne, bus companies in Perth and Brisbane, and was the Chief Executive of TransLink, the public transport authority in Queensland.
CEO, DB Cargo UK
RDG work stream: People
Hans-Georg Werner was appointed CEO of DB Cargo UK in 2016. He has a wealth of experience working in the supply chain industry and his long association with Deutsche Bahn dates back to 1981.
His previous roles in DB include CEO at DB Schenker Rail Polska and Board Member – Intermodal at DB Schenker Rail Deutschland AG.
Managing Director, Virgin Trains
Phil became Director, Finance on 1 January 2008. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1996 and joined the company from KPMG’s Birmingham office in August 1999, where he worked closely with Virgin Trains.
Phil has held various positions in the Finance team, initially having responsibility for business plans and accounts. He was Finance Director of West Coast before joining the Executive team.
Note: Representatives of HS2 and MTR Corporation attend RDG Members meetings as observers.