Network Rail has today announced the appointment of one of Britain’s most experienced rail industry figures, Chris Gibb, as a non-executive director.
Mr Gibb, 50, has worked in the rail industry for more than 30 years and is currently chief operating officer of Virgin Rail Group, responsible for all aspects of the delivery of Virgin’s operations on the West Coast main line.
Last year, he undertook a successful six-month secondment to Network Rail to lead a taskforce focused on improving the performance and reliability of the West Coast main line, resulting in the implementation of a targeted programme of investment to tackle the most common causes of delay.
Chris describes himself as ‘a lifetime railwayman’. He joined British Rail as a clerical officer in 1981, shortly after leaving school, and has worked in a variety of roles which have provided an unparalleled exposure to all aspects of rail industry operations during a period of momentous change and challenge.
Mr Gibb will step down from his current role at Virgin Rail Group before taking up his position on Network Rail’s board.
Network Rail chairman, Richard Parry-Jones, said: “Network Rail’s board has a vital role to play in the delivery of our key outputs and in setting the strategic direction of the business, and we need a strong talent base from the rail industry and beyond to help us meet that challenge.
“Chris brings with him decades of invaluable experience, providing first-hand expertise of the wide range of issues facing train operators and Network Rail as the industry works together delivering a better railway for a better Britain.”
Chris Gibb said: “I am delighted to join the highly experienced Network Rail board and look forward to working with the team as we face the industry’s challenges. I am fortunate to have had a fascinating and diverse railway career and will enthusiastically bring my experience and knowledge to the boardroom.”