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2015-07-30 NET-001
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Chiltern Railways boss to join Network Rail board

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Chiltern Railways boss to join Network Rail board

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30 Jul 2015
source Network Rail
type Press release


Network Rail has today announced the appointment of Rob Brighouse as a non-executive director.

Mr Brighouse has 40 years’ experience in the rail industry and is currently managing director of Chiltern Railways, which runs passenger services between London and the West Midlands and is one of Britain’s best performing operators in terms of punctuality and passenger satisfaction.

Rob first joined the rail operator in 2000 as projects director, where he led the Evergreen 1 and 2 infrastructure projects and also the building of Chiltern’s Wembley depot. He went on to lead the Chiltern/MTRC joint venture bid for London Overground and became deputy managing director in 2007 before returning to Chiltern as managing director in 2011.

Following his return Mr Brighouse oversaw the completion of the £130m Evergreen 3 investment to speed up services between the West Midlands and London. He continues to work closely with Network Rail on construction of a new rail link between Oxford and London, due for completion in October 2015, the first between London and a major British city in over 100 years.

Network Rail chairman, Sir Peter Hendy CBE, said: “Network Rail’s board plays a vital role, setting the strategic direction of the business and overseeing delivery of our plans to build a bigger, better railway for Britain and create economic growth, jobs and housing.

“Rob brings with him decades of experience at the sharp end of the rail industry, providing first-hand expertise of the wide range of issues facing train operators and Network Rail. He will be a hugely valuable addition to the board and I look forward to him joining us in the new year.”

Rob Brighouse said: “The unique Chiltern Railways franchise has a long history of customer driven infrastructure investment and works in partnership with Network Rail and others to deliver these tangible passenger benefits.

“Hopefully this experience over the last 15 years at both Chiltern and London Overground has provided me with a unique insight and customer focus which, in turn, should be of benefit to Network Rail, the DfT and the ultimate customers of the railway network as the modernisation programme progresses.”

Mr Brighouse announced earlier this month that he would be stepping down from his role at Chiltern Railways at the end of the year. His appointment to the board of Network Rail is effective from 10 January 2016.


Notes to editors:

About Network Rail’s board

Our board comprises a non-executive chairman, executive directors and non-executive directors who are responsible to stakeholders – including the Office of Rail and Road, the Secretary of State for Transport and Parliament – for our leadership and long-term success.

Operational management of the company is delegated to our chief executive, the two executive directors working for him, as well as members of the executive committee. The chief executive and executive directors have specific responsibilities for key parts of the business.

Our non-executive directors provide independence, external skills and challenge. They provide assurance that the executive directors are exercising good judgement in delivery of strategy and decision-making.

Contact information

Russell Spink
Chief Press Officer
Network Rail
033 0854 3831
07767 672748

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