RDG Board and its members
This page contains details of the RDG Board, whose members are drawn from the owning groups that make up the RDG.
You may also be interested in the minutes of the RDG Board meetings.
For a full list of our members - the owning groups, passenger and freight train operators, and infrastructure companies - please see the Passenger, freight and track services page.
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
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
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.
CEO, Keolis UK
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.
Managing Director: System Operator, Network Rail
Jo joined the rail industry graduate training scheme in 1995 and worked in a number of operational management roles in Network Rail for the first years of her career. Jo has been route managing director for London North West route, and then more recently a director in the strategy and planning team.
Jo leads the System Operator function which is responsible for capacity planning and developing medium and long term strategy and plans for Network Rail and the UK rail network.
CEO: European Business, MTR Corporation
Jeremy Long is Chief Executive Officer – European Business of MTR. Jeremy leads MTR’s European business development activity, and oversees MTR’s business interests in Europe.
MTR Corporation operates MTR Crossrail, which will be the operator for the Elizabeth Line services for Transport for London, and has operated TfL Rail services since 2015. It also jointly operates South Western Railway in partnership with First Group.
CEO, Freightliner Group Ltd
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
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
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.
Chairman and Managing Director, Trenitalia UK
Ernesto has been Managing Director of Trenitalia UK Ltd since October 2016, and led the company’s entry into the UK rail market when it acquired Essex train operator c2c in February 2017.
Ernesto has worked for Ferrovie dello Stato Group, owning group of Trenitalia, since 2001 in a variety of strategy roles, including five years as the business’s Chief Strategy Officer. He has also been on the board of directors of Thello, Trenitalia’s French‐Italian operation, since the company’s inception in 2011.
Chairman: UK Rail, Serco
Before joining UK Rail, Peter was the Managing Director of Serco Caledonian Sleeper, following 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
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: a representative of HS2 attends RDG Members meetings as an observer.