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.

Chris Burchell

Chris Burchell

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.

Mark Carne

Mark Carne

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.

Dominic Booth

Dominic Booth

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.

David Brown

David Brown

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.

Alistair Gordon

Alistair Gordon

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.

Martin Griffiths

Martin Griffiths

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.

Jo Kaye

Jo Kaye

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.

Russell Mears

Russell Mears

Chief Executive Officer, 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.

Tim O'Toole

Tim O'Toole

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.

Paul Plummer

Paul Plummer

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.

Peter Strachan

Peter Strachan

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.

Hans-Georg Werner

Hans-Georg Werner

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.

Phil Whittingham

Phil Whittingham

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.

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