Rail Partnership Awards 2019

The Judges

Network Rail Executives and Independent Judges

Network Rail's executive committee will be judging the 2019 Rail Partnership Awards along with an invited independent judge for each category, who include:

Alasdair Reisner

Alasdair Reisner

Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA), Chief Executive

Alasdair Reisner has over ten years' experience in the UK infrastructure sector, having joined CECA as head of external affairs in 2008. CECA is the representative body for the UK’s civil engineering contractors that build and maintain the nation’s critical infrastructure networks in the key sectors of transport, energy, water, waste, and communications. It represents over 300 contractors of all sizes, covering approximately 80 per cent of the civil engineering market in Great Britain.

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Prior to joining CECA, Alasdair was a journalist at a leading UK construction trade journal. Alasdair sits on the Infrastructure Clients Group, Network Rail's Commercial Directors Forum, and the Strategic Forum for Construction. He has been CECA Chief Executive since 2014.

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Alison Rumsey

Alison Rumsey

Associated British Ports, Chief Human Resources Officer

Alison Rumsey is Group HR Director and Executive Committee member at Network Rail. As a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), Alison has gained over 30 years’ experience in both the public and private sector; providing HR leadership to major organisations for: Infrastructure, Rail, Financial Services and Government.

Allan Spence

Allan Spence

Network Rail, Head of Public & Passenger Safety

Allan Spence joined Network Rail in 2012 to create the company strategy for transforming safety and wellbeing. He has been at the heart of the company’s shift towards its vision of: Everyone Home Safe Every Day. He is currently leading the company’s work in all aspects of passenger and public safety.

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He is vice chair of the cross-industry System Safety Risk Group and chair of the specialist group covering level crossing safety.

Allan’s career was originally as a safety regulator with experience in many different industries. In 2000 Allan joined the then HM Railway Inspectorate and moved with the inspectorate to the newly combined safety and economic regulator - the Office of Rail Regulation - becoming HM Deputy Chief Inspector.

His rail experience spans all aspects of the industry, including infrastructure management, operators, major projects, light rail and the heritage sector, as well as work with oversees regulators and railway companies. But he also draws on his experience with many other industries, including his roots in agriculture and construction.

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Andrew Haines

Andrew Haines

Network Rail, Chief Executive

Andrew Haines was appointed as Chief Executive and Board member of Network Rail in August 2018.

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Prior to this, he served as Chief Executive of the Civil Aviation Authority following a wide-ranging career in the rail industry, which included roles as Managing Director of South West Trains, and Managing Director of the Rail Division for First Group plc.

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Andy Savage

Andy Savage

Railway Heritage Trust, Executive Director

Andy Savage is the executive director of the Railway Heritage Trust, which he joined at the start of 2010. Prior to that, he was deputy chief inspector of the Rail Accident Investigation Branch of the Department for Transport, following a long career in railway civil engineering and, more recently, contractor safety. 

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Andy has a long involvement in railway heritage, and in the building aspects of it, with a particular involvement in the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways. Andy is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, the Institution of Railway Operators and the Permanent Way Institution (of which he was President from 2006 to 2008). He is also a Chartered Member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.

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Caroline Murdoch

Caroline Murdoch

Network Rail, Director of Communications

Caroline brings over 20 years’ experience from national communications, public affairs, crisis communication management, marketing and internal communications within both public and private sectors. Caroline was most recently deputy director (and director of corporate affairs) of the National Crime Agency and has previously held the posts of director of corporate affairs at Transport for London and Chief of Staff to the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. 

Chloe Chambraud

Chloe Chambraud

Business in the Community, Gender Equality Director

Chloe Chambraud is Gender Equality Director at Business in the Community (BITC), the Prince’s Responsible Business Network. She leads key research projects on gender equality in the workplace and engages in high-level consultations with key business leaders and policy-makers to drive change for women at work. She supports the advisory team who works closely with 140 employers employing over 4 million people with evidence-based recommendations, bespoke support and practical resources to create more inclusive workplaces.  

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Last year, she led the Equal Lives research in which 10,000 employees from all industries took part. The report she co-authored provided employers with resources to support men with their caring responsibilities at home and unleash the potential of women at work. This year, she plans to redesign unconscious bias training to move beyond pure awareness-raising and provide employees with practical tools to create culture change and call out inappropriate behaviours. 

Prior to her role, Chloe worked on programmes to prevent violence against women with the United Nations in Fiji and created a social enterprise for survivors of violence in a local NGO in Thailand. She holds two masters in Social Anthropology (LSE) and International Development & Conflict Resolution, and is currently undertaking a Postgraduate Diploma in Behaviour Change (UCL). 

Passionate about unlocking everyone’s potential and promoting wellbeing in the workplace, she was recently certified as a Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Instructor and has trained students, citizens and employees so that they are better able to support themselves and others. 

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Darren Caplan

Darren Caplan

Railway Industry Association, Chief Executive

Darren Caplan joined RIA as Chief Executive in January 2017. Since then he has led the RIA team, with a mission to promote rail supply sector growth, increase RIA’s visibility amongst political and stakeholder decision makers and influencers, and ensure RIA develops into the very best trade association it can be for its members. 

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Prior to RIA, Darren was for six years chief executive of the Airport Operators Association (AOA), the trade association for UK airports and the sector’s suppliers, where he led award-winning campaigns targeting airport sector growth and fairer levels of aviation tax. In 2016 he won the Trade Association Forum’s ‘Association Leadership’ Award. 

Before the AOA, Darren worked for 14 years in communications, politics and public affairs across a number of sectors, including infrastructure, planning and technology. 

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Graham Richards

Graham Richards

Office of Rail and Road, Director of Railway Planning & Performance and an Executive Member of the board

Graham is director of railway planning & performance and an executive member of the board. The Secretary of State appointed him to the board with effect from 1 December 2016.  An experienced transport planner across a range of modes, Graham is familiar with both the rail industry and the strategic roads sector. He has worked on the construction of major rail projects as well as integrating major developments with operational road and rail networks. Prior to joining ORR he held posts in Transport for London, the Strategic Rail Authority and Rail Link Engineering of Cambridge.

Jeremy Westlake

Jeremy Westlake

Network Rail, Chief financial officer

Jeremy was formerly senior vice president for finance at Alstom Transport in France, responsible for investor management, financial performance and control, and project finance. Previously he spent 14 years at Rolls-Royce in a range of senior finance and supply chain roles in the UK and the United States. Jeremy is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and has a master’s in manufacturing from the University of Cambridge.

Jo Kaye

Jo Kaye

Network Rail, Managing Director, System Operator

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 was appointed director, Network Strategy and Capacity Planning. Jo holds an MSc in passenger transport management.

Johnny Schute

Johnny Schute

RSSB, Chief Operating Officer

Johnny Schute joined RSSB in May 2018 from the Office of Rail and Road (ORR), where he had been deputy director, railway safety and deputy chief inspector of railways. At RSSB, he leads the teams responsible for standards, safety, health and well-being, R&D, information management, the Rail Technical strategy and technical services. 

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Johnny aims to develop strong stakeholder engagement and supporting the CEO in shaping the business structure and priorities, so ensuring RSSB membership continues to be an indispensable asset for rail companies.

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Jon Shaw

Jon Shaw

Network Rail, Chief Engineer

Jon Shaw started his career as a British Rail maintenance trainee in the early 90's. He "re-joined" Network Rail in 2015 from Bombardier where he was Vice President Engineering responsible for the design development and maintenance engineering of Bombardier's trains across Europe, Middle East and Africa.

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Jon's previous roles also include Global Vice President Engineering for Ansalso STS based in Genoa, Italy and Company Manager for Lloyds Register Rail based in Hong King.

A chartered engineer, Jon is a Fellow of both the IRSE and IET, a Board Member of both NR High Speed 1 and the Fragile X Society charity, acting Board Director of the RSSB and following the award of a gold scholarship holds an MBA with distinction from the University of Manchester.

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Jools Townsend

Jools Townsend

ACORP, Chief Executive

Jools Townsend oversees delivery of ACoRP’s work in line with its strategic priorities. This includes leading and supporting the team, fostering relationships with the rail industry and third sector, advocating for community rail nationally, and working with the board to ensure the organisation’s development.

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Jools is a passionate believer in sustainable travel and communities making positive change. Her career has been dedicated to the third sector, with a focus on communications, campaigning and supporting grassroots action. Jools loves being outdoors, including walking, running and camping.

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Mike Putnam

Mike Putnam

Network Rail, Non-executive director

Mike has worked in multiple businesses across development, construction and services sectors and he has over 25 years' experience at senior management level.

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Mike was President and CEO of Skanska UK plc from October 2009 until May 2017.  He was previously Executive Vice President and Board Director of Skanska UK plc from June 2001 to September 2009 and he was responsible for leading the infrastructure and then building and construction businesses.

Throughout Mike’s career, he has been closely involved with the successful delivery of many high-profile projects and programmes.  Over the last ten years, Mike has been active as a non-executive director of several independent, decentralised international business units including: Sweden (Deputy Chairman); Poland; USA & Norway and recently Skanska UK.

Mike is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of both the Institution of Civil Engineers and Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

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Miles Tight

Miles Tight

University of Birmingham, Professor of Transport, Energy and Environment

Professor Miles Tight is based in the School of Engineering at the University of Birmingham. He has been actively researching sustainable transport for nearly 30 years and is currently working on project STEPCHANGE (Sustainable Transport Evidence and modelling Paradigms: Cohort Household Analysis to support New Goals in Engineering design).

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Miles’ past research has looked at climate change and transport through 2 projects funded by the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research: ‘Behavioural Response and Lifestyle Change in Moving to Low Carbon Futures’ and developing a ‘City-scale Carbon Emissions Accounting Tool’.

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Professor Phil Blythe

Professor Phil Blythe

Department for Transport, Chief Scientific Adviser

Professor Phil Blythe is professor of intelligent transport systems (ITS) at Newcastle University. Prior to joining the Department for Transport, he was director of the Transport Operations Research Group for 13 years.

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Phil’s academic focus has been the development of ITS – the use of information, communications and computing technology applied to transport. His research is also forward-looking and attempts to bridge the technology-policy gap in terms of what technologies may evolve to meet future policy objectives or influence future policy thinking to meet the challenges.

Phil chairs the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET)’s Transport Policy Panel, is a member of their Lectures Committee and supports the IET in the UK and abroad in areas such intelligent transport, connected and autonomous vehicles, electro-mobility and smart cities and on the Big Data / Internet of Things agendas.

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San Johal

San Johal

Consultant, HR Consultant

San Johal was Executive Director of HR & OD at Highways England (formerly Highways Agency) from November 2014 until April 2019. Upon commencement she successfully led the full HR transformation of 100 HR professionals and led the TUPE transfer of 3,700 staff from Highways Agency to the new Company government owned company in April 2015.

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She has wide experience of strategic HR and HR delivery across many industries including utilities, aviation, retail, financial services, environmental services and infrastructure (having worked for Npower, Homeserve, British Airways and Qatar Airways amongst others).

San holds a BA Hons in Social and Political Studies from the University of Sheffield and is CIPD qualified with Chartered Fellow status.

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Sir Peter Hendy CBE

Sir Peter Hendy CBE

Network Rail, Chairman

Sir Peter Hendy has been the Chair of Network Rail since July 2015, and Chair of the London Legacy Development Corporation since July 2017. Sir Peter was previously Commissioner of Transport for London (TfL) since 2006, having served since 2001 as TfL's Managing Director of Surface Transport. He led the successful operation of London's transport for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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He was formerly Deputy Director UK Bus for FirstGroup and previously Managing Director of CentreWest London Buses. He started his transport career in 1975 as a London Transport graduate trainee. Sir Peter was President of the International Public Transport Association (UITP) from 2013 to 2015.

He is the International President of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport for 2019, a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transport and a fellow of the Institute of Civil Engineers.

He supports the Railway Children and London Poppy Day Charities, is a trustee of London’s Transport Museum and from July 2019 will be a trustee of the Science Museum Group. He holds honorary doctorates from City University, the University of Leeds, the University of Bath, and Queen Mary University London.

He was knighted in the 2013 New Year's Honours List, having been made CBE in 2006.

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Susan Cooklin

Susan Cooklin

Network Rail, Managing Director, Route Services

Susan was previously group chief information officer at Network Rail. She has a wealth of industry knowledge and extensive experience in leading large and complex change programmes. Susan has developed strong relationships with stakeholders across a number of industries, including rail, financial services and technology.