Meet the Board

The Board is responsible for the effective oversight of the Company. It also agrees the strategic direction and governance structure that will help achieve the long-term success of the Company and deliver stakeholder value.

The Board takes the lead in areas such as strategy, financial policy and making sure we maintain a sound system of internal control. The Board’s full responsibilities are set out in the matters reserved for the Board, [Link for Terms of Reference].

As a member Company, each member category has a right to representation on our Board. Our Board of Directors therefore consist of our Executive directors, Industry non-executive directors and non-industry non-executive directors.

Barbara Moorhouse - Chair

Barbara Moorhouse is the Chair of the board at RSSB, taking up the position on 1 January 2019.

Barbara is a non-executive director at Balfour Beatty plc, Microgen plc and Agility Trains. She is also a Trustee of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity.

Her executive career encompasses board appointments in international IT companies, Director General positions at the Ministry of Justice and Department for Transport and as Chief Operating Officer for Westminster City Council.

Barbara brings a broad range of expertise in commercial leadership and public service delivery to the role at RSSB.

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Mark Phillips - Executive Director

 

Mark was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2016. He is deputy chair at British Transport Police Authority and member of the Transport for London Board. He is a member of the Department for Transport’s Transport Research and Innovation Board.

After graduating with a B.A. (Hons) in Economics from the University of York, Mark joined British Rail later joining the privatisation team. He worked for Railtrack as Head of Operational Planning and Engineering, for Network Rail as Regional Director Anglia, and Deputy Managing Director for London Eastern Railway (Anglia).

Mark is a Fellow of the Institute of Railway Operators and a Fellow of the Institute of Logistics and Transport.

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Paul Marchant - Executive Director

Paul joined RSSB in 2014 and was appointed Chief Financial Officer in February 2018. Paul’s immediate challenges are to ensure RSSB remains financially sustainable and to shape RSSB’s long term financial strategy in order to meet the changing needs of its membership and key stakeholders. Paul is also leading the work to reform RSSB’s business performance measures and to build the strategic business plan for the next control period of funding.

Paul gained a BSc in Accounting and Finance from the University of Warwick, and qualified as a chartered accountant (ACA) with Clement Keys (now PKF Cooper Parry) in Birmingham. Paul was also Management Accountant at the Conservative Party Campaigning Headquarters in Westminster before joining RSSB

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Steve Murphy, Non-Executive Director (Passenger train operators)

Between 1999 and 2004, Steve Murphy was General Manager and then Managing Director of Chiltern Railways, driving Chiltern’s performance to the top of the UK industry for both punctuality and customer satisfaction.

Steve was seconded to Irish Rail, in 2004, as General Manager implementing a major culture change and investment programme and developing Irish Rail into the fastest growing railway in Europe.

In 2007, Steve set up LOROL as a brand-new business and was responsible for transforming the Railway and achieving a 40% increase in customer satisfaction, quadrupling of passenger numbers and achieving highest ever right time punctuality in the history of UK Rail.

In 2012, Steve became COO of Arriva UK Trains and successfully managed a broad portfolio of railway companies.

In 2014 Steve took on the role of Managing Director at MTR Crossrail, where he is responsible for turning Europe’s biggest project into a highly successful train service.

 

Geoff Spencer, Non-Executive Director (Freight and other non-passenger train operators)

Geoff Spencer is the former CEO of DB Cargo (UK) Limited, the country’s leading rail freight operator.

His career began in 1986 when he joined British Rail as a Traction Trainee. Three years later he became a Driver before gaining positions as Traincrew Supervisor and then Traction Inspector.

Following the privatisation of British Rail, Geoff held various operational roles with English Welsh and Scottish Railway Limited (EWS), including Regional Operations Manager, General Manager Operations and Director Resources.

In 2008 EWS became DB Schenker Rail UK and Geoff held various managerial and directorial posts, including three years in Germany as Head of European Resource Management. He returned to the UK to become CEO in September 2013.

DB Schenker Rail UK was renamed DB Cargo (UK) Limited in March 2016.

Geoff’s professional development was achieved through the Institute of Directors (London); the Cranfield University Business School of Management; the Richard Ivey School of Business (Canada) and the Ashridge College School of Management (England). 

 

Chris Rayner, Non-Executive Director (Network Rail and other infrastructure managers or owners)

Chris Rayner joined High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd in April 2015 and holds the position of Director of Infrastructure Management. Having started in the rail industry as an apprentice in 1975, Chris has extensive experience of railway engineering and operations in the UK and various other countries, commencing with British Railways pre-privatisation and then Balfour Beatty in the UK, USA, Sweden and Hong Kong. Joining Network Rail in 2001, he was Managing Director of the Network Rail subsidiary business responsible for the operations and maintenance of HS1 infrastructure. In 2011, Chris became Transportation Director for Serco’ Middle East operation including operations and maintenance of the iconic Dubai Metro.

 

Martin Frobisher, Non-Executive Director (Network Rail and other infrastructure managers or owners)

Martin Frobisher is responsible for the safety, technical and engineering functions for Network Rail. This includes a varied mix of technical issues ranging from biodiversity to track engineering and future research. The team sets policy and technical standards and provides assurance to confirm that standards are being delivered.

Prior to taking up his current role Martin was route managing director for the London North Western Route, responsible for railway operations and infrastructure maintenance - this included the railways linking London to Birmingham, the North West, and onward to Carlisle. It’s an interesting mix of very different railways, including the Merseyrail underground metro service, urban centres in Manchester and Liverpool, the high speed West Coast line and some very rural lines in Cumbria and North Lancashire.

Martin has worked in the railway industry for approximately 20 years in a variety of safety, operational and maintenance roles. Prior to joining the railway Martin worked in the chemical industry, at ICI Polyurethanes, near Blackpool.

Martin is married with two daughters. His hobbies are archery, running and is also a Sunday school teacher for a group of 6-11 year olds.

 

Andy Course, Non-Executive Director (Rolling stock owners and rolling stock leasing companies)

Andy served in the Royal Navy for 25 years as an Engineer Officer holding various appointments at sea in warships and ashore in the Ministry of Defence. His work involved warship design, build, maintenance and operations, defence planning & budgeting and he also worked in the Defence Intelligence Service. Before joining the rail industry, Andy was a Director at PwC helping clients with their strategy, business planning and financial management. He has been the Chief Operating Officer at Eversholt Rail since 2013. Eversholt Rail is one of the major rolling stock owners in the UK and Andy oversees all its asset management activities, including safety management, enhancement/maintenance work across its fleets as well as the oversight of their new build train deliveries.

Outside work, Andy leads a number of Education Trusts/Governing Boards dealing with Special Educational Needs, along with enjoying his young family. He is a keen yachtsman, occasional motorcyclist, enthusiastic home improver and an avid rugby fan. If you can’t find Andy – he will probably be sailing in the Solent!

 

Steve Cocliff, Non-Executive Director (Infrastructure contractors)

Steve has been with VolkerRail since 2009 having previously worked in a number of infrastructure sectors including rail, civil engineering, telecoms, utilities and nuclear. He has held a number of senior positions within the industry including those of Managing Director of First Engineering (power & civil engineering), Managing Director of the Utilities business for Alfred McAlpine and Managing Director of Utilities business for Carillion. As well as being on the Board of VolkerWessels UK he is also on the Board of the Institute of Rail Operators and the Railway Industry Association and is actively engaged in a number of initiatives to improve and increase the level of training within the rail industry. Steve is committed to working in long term collaborative partnerships with his clients in the delivery of projects that minimise the environmental impact and that encompass world class safety and innovation.

 

Caroline Fawcett, Non-industry, Non-Executive Director

Caroline has spent over 25 years in marketing and customer experience roles in the financial services industry, in both the UK and USA. She spent over a decade with Legal & General, as Marketing Director and then became one of the first Customer Experience Directors in the financial services sector. She led a major customer focused organisational transformation programme across the Legal & General Group. 

Caroline has spent the last ten years leading customer driven change programmes across a wide range of public and private sector organisations. These include the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Serco, the Care Quality Commission and Essex County Council. Caroline was also Customer Advocate for Prudential Assurance. 

Caroline is an experienced Non-Executive Director, having served on the Boards of organisations in both the financial services industry and the public sector, chairing both Remuneration and Audit and Risk Committees. Currently she holds Non-Executive Director positions with Co-Op Insurance, Cambridge and Counties Bank and the Money Advice Service.

 

John Clarke, Non-Industry, Non-Executive Director

John Clarke joined RSSB as a Non-Executive Director in 2017.

John worked in the nuclear industry for more than 35 years up to 2017. He has held a number of executive positions including Head of Environment, Health, Safety and Quality at the Sellafield plant in Cumbria, Director of Production for Sellafield Ltd, Managing Director of International Nuclear Service Ltd and most recently CEO of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

John has held a number of non-executive roles over the past 10 years, as well as national and international advisory roles.

John is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and of the Nuclear Institute.

 

Board committees

RSSB have three board committees which assist the board with its responsibilities.  Membership of the committees consists solely of non-executive directors. Executive directors and senior management attend certain meetings by invitation.

Audit and Risk Committee

  • Caroline Fawcett (Chair)
  • Andy Course

Remuneration Committee

  • John Clarke (Chair)
  • Geoff Spencer
  • Barbara Moorhouse

Appointments Committee

  • Barbara Moorhouse (Chair)
  • John Clarke
  • Geoff Spencer

 

Board decisions and discussions

The Board delegates authority to its committees to carry out certain tasks on its behalf, so that it can operate efficiently and give the right level of attention and consideration to relevant matters. The composition and role of each committee is summarised below, and their full terms of reference are available on our website.

At RSSB, there are three board committees which assist the board with its responsibilities. Membership of the committees consists solely of non-executive directors. Executive directors and senior management attend certain meetings by invitation.

Latest Board papers

1 March 2018

11 January 2018

Earlier Strategic Board agenda papers are available upon request via the customer self-service portal.

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