Meet our Chief Operating Group

Meet the members of our Chief Operating Group.

Johnny Schute - Chief Operating Officer

Johnny joined RSSB in May 2018 as Chief Operating Officer and leads our Chief Operating Group. He was formally the Deputy Chief Inspector of Railways and Deputy Director, Railway Safety at the Office of Rail and Road, having assumed the appointment in January 2017. He had responsibility for health and safety regulation of the mainline rail network, all operating companies (both train and freight), light rail, metros (including TfL) and heritage. Prior to this, he was Deputy Director, Policy, Strategy and Planning within the Rail Safety Directorate of ORR. 

Before joining ORR in October 2015, he served for 34 years in the British Army as an infantry soldier, undertaking operational tours in Northern Ireland, Southern Arabia, the Balkans and Iraq. In his final appointment as Chief Environmental and Safety officer for the army - and responsible to the head of the army for all health and safety matters - he introduced a new safety management system derived from lessons learned from the Nimrod disaster (RSSB member report available). He was also closely involved in setting up the first defence safety regulator, the Defence Safety Authority.

Johnny has a MBA from the Open University and a MSc in Design of Information Systems from Cranfield University. He was appointed OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2005.

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Ali Chegini - Director of Systems Safety and Health

Ali joined RSSB in February 2019 as Director of Systems Safety and Health.  Ali is a Chartered Engineer, with 29 years' railway systems engineering experience encompassing risk analysis, design, consultancy, project management, strategic analysis, safety approvals and safety decision-making. 

In his previous role, Ali was the Systems Assurance Manager for the BACS Consortium Civil Works (led by Bechtel and Siemens) on Lines 1 and 2 of Riyadh Metro. Before this, he regulated railway projects in Dubai including how duty holders managed railway system, operation and maintenance risks, working closely with the UAE Federal Transport Authority, the UK Office of Rail and Road, and the French Le Service Technique des Remontées Mécaniques et des Transports Guidés (STRMTG). He created, implemented and enforced regulations, safety management systems and policy frameworks to help achieve Dubai’s 2030 transportation strategic vision and long-term railway transportation objectives.

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Eileen Pevreall - Information Technology Director

Eileen joined RSSB as Information Technology Director in 2015.  Eileen’s role is to develop RSSB’s IT and digital services to support the rail industry systems provided to members.

Eileen has over 15 years’ experience as an IT Director in the charity and not-for-profit sector.  She has worked with the Carbon Trust and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development where she led IT programmes with a focus on member engagement and business growth.  Eileen started her career in IT at British Gas.     

Eileen is a member of the Chief Operating Group at RSSB which is led by Johnny Schute, our Chief Operating Officer.

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Luisa Moisio - Director of Research and Development

Luisa Moisio joined RSSB in 2005 and was appointed Head of Programme Strategy and Analysis for Research & Development in 2013. She was named R&D Programme Director in 2017 and is responsible for a cross-industry programme funded by the Department for Transport. This provides answers and develops solutions for the rail industry, spanning a broad range of engineering, operations, and management topics. Since 2014 Luisa has also been a member of the organising committee of the World Congress of Rail Research.

Luisa has a background in business analysis and consulting. She has an MSc in Decision Science, and a degree in International Sciences and Economics.

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Tom Lee - Director of Standards

Tom joined RSSB in 2002 as a signalling specialist. Since then he has headed several specialist teams within RSSB, was appointed Acting Director of Standards in 2016 and permanently in the role in 2017. He is accountable for the suite of Railway Group Standards, Rail Industry Standards, and Guidance Notes. He leads engineering, operations, and human factors specialists who provide advice, guidance and develop standards and related material to support the industry.

Originally a British Rail sponsored student, Tom gained a BEng in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from the University of Birmingham. Following graduation, Tom had various roles on infrastructure maintenance projects, including leading a team maintaining signalling and communication systems on the West Coast Main Line.

Tom is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and a Fellow of the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers.

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