RDG Board and its members

This page contains details of the RDG Board, whose members are drawn from the train operators' owning groups, Network Rail and HS2.

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.

You may also be interested in the minutes of the RDG Board meetings.
Steve Montgomery

Steve Montgomery

MANAGING DIRECTOR, FIRST RAIL
CHAIR OF THE RDG

Steve's career in the railway industry spans almost 30 years, during which time he has gained significant experience in all aspects of rail management. He started his working life with British Rail and held various senior posts before becoming Operations and Safety Director at ScotRail, coinciding with FirstGroup taking over the franchise in 2004. He was appointed Managing Director of First ScotRail in 2009.

Under his leadership, First ScotRail achieved the highest ever levels of customer satisfaction and punctuality in the franchise's history and won countless awards including Rail Operator of the Year in 2014.

Steve became the Chair of Rail Delivery Group in September 2020.

Andrew Haines

Andrew Haines

CHIEF EXECUTIVE, NETWORK RAIL
DEPUTY CHAIR OF THE RDG

Andrew Haines OBE was appointed CEO of Network Rail in May 2018.

Andrew was previously a Board Member and Chief Executive of the CAA from August 2009 and for a further 5 years in August 2012. Prior to this he had a wide-ranging career in the rail industry, as Managing Director of South West Trains, and then as Managing Director of the Rail Division for First Group plc. Andrew received the OBE in 2016, for services to transport.

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 became Group Chief Executive at Go-Ahead in July 2011.

With over 37 years of experience in the bus and rail industry, he's held a number of senior transport industry positions, includng MD of Surface Transport at TfL and Chief Executive of Go-Ahead's London bus business.

Go-Ahead has the largest share of UK passenger journeys, made on its train operating companies' services: GTR (Govia Thameslink Railway) and Southeastern.

David Brown

David Brown

INTERIM MANAGING DIRECTOR: UK TRAINS, ARRIVA

David joined Arriva in September 2017 as Managing Director of Arriva Rail North and then as Arriva’s Group Communications Director before being appointed interim Managing Director UK Trains in October 2020. In this role, he is responsible for the leadership and development of Arriva’s UK rail businesses

Prior to joining Arriva, David was Chief Executive of Transport for the North, leading the development of the Northern Transport Strategy as part of the Northern Powerhouse. He has also had roles as Chief Executive at Merseytravel and Director General of the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive.

Robin Gisby

Robin Gisby

CHAIRMAN, LONDON NORTH EASTERN RAILWAY AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF DFT OLR HOLDINGS LTD

As Managing Director, Network Operations, Robin was a member of the main Board of Network Rail until February 2015. He co-chaired the initial alliance with South West Trains and was also a member of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics Transport Board.

Robin took on his new roles in June 2018.

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.

Gary Long

Gary Long

CEO: UK/EUROPE, FREIGHTLINER GROUP LTD

Gary Long became the Chief Executive Officer of the G&W UK/Europe region in 2017. Before joining G&W in 2013 to head up the Midwest operating region, Gary was President and CEO of the North American freight railroad holding company OmniTRAX, Inc.

Gary has spent nearly 35 years in the transportation industry, including roles related to rail, motor carrier, port, maritime, intermodal terminals and transload and switching facilities.

Paul McMahon

Paul McMahon

INTERIM MANAGING DIRECTOR: SYSTEM OPERATOR, NETWORK RAIL

Paul joined Network Rail as Freight Director in June 2013. From September 2015, he was Acting Route Managing Director for Wales Route, and was made Managing Director, Freight and National Passenger Operators in August 2016.

Since May 2018, Paul has led the Industry Assurance Programme Management Office, taking on the role of Industry Timetable Change Assurance Director in September 2019.

Prior to joining Network Rail, Paul spent more than eight years at the Office of Rail Regulation as Deputy Director of Railway Markets and Economics.

Steve Murphy

Steve Murphy

CEO, MTR UK

Steve Murphy is the Chief Executive Officer of MTR UK. Steve’s remit includes responsibility for all rail, infrastructure and business development activities in the UK.

Steve has almost 30 years of rail industry experience including senior postings at Arriva Group, London Overground Rail Operations and Chiltern Railways. He became Managing Director of MTR Elizabeth Line in 2014.

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.

Hans-Georg Werner

Andrea Rossi

CEO, DB CARGO (UK)

Andrea Rossi was appointed CEO of DB Cargo UK in September 2020.

Andrea has worked for Deutsche Bahn since August 2004 in a variety of roles, including Mergers & Acquisitions, and Corporate Controlling where he developed the first European planning and reporting function. In November 2013, he was appointed as CFO of the UK-based subsidiary.

Ernesto Sicilia

Ernesto Sicilia

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.

Peter Strachan

Peter Strachan

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.

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Notes

  • A representative of Mitsui & Co attends RDG Board meetings as a participating, but non-voting, member.
  • A representative of HS2 attends RDG Board meetings as an observer.
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