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Anna Bradley, Chairman (Non-Industry Non-Executive Director)

Anna Bradley - Chairman

Anna is an experienced non-executive director and Chair. She has a background in regulation, policy and consumer advocacy across sectors as diverse as legal services and organic food. Her current portfolio includes roles in water and financial services. She is a Board member and Trustee of Age UK. She is the immediate past Chair of Healthwatch England (the consumer champion in health and social care) and was also on the Care Quality Commission.


Mark Phillips - Chief Executive Officer

Mark Phillips - Interim Managing Director

Mark was appointed Interim Managing Director in May 2016 and then Chief Executive Officer in November 2016.

Mark joined RSSB as Director of Research and Standards where he led the technical experts who provide advice and guidance, and develop standards for the rail industry to improve efficiency and safety. The role included managing interoperability with the EU, driving the integration of EU standards into GB rail and managing the research portfolio.

After graduating in Economics from the University of York, Mark joined British Rail as an operations graduate trainee, before joining the privatisation team. He worked for Railtrack as Head of Operational Planning and Engineering, for Network Rail as Regional Director for Anglia, and as Deputy Managing Director for the Greater Anglia franchise.

Mark is a Fellow of the Institute of Railway Operators and a Fellow of the Institute of Logistics and Transport. Mark, has been a board member of the British Transport Police Authority since 2013 and was appointed deputy chair of the full Authority and chair of Audit and Risk Committee in 2016.

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Lee Jones, Industry Non-Executive Director (Infrastructure Contractors)

Lee Jones - Industry Non-Executive Director

Sector Director Rail for Amey’s Consulting and Rail business. Lee is accountable for the operation and management of the Rail Projects, Signals, Electrification, Track and Metro Services business streams along with joint venture partnerships with Keolis for the Dockland Light Railway franchise and Manchester Metro franchise, driving and developing specialist end-to-end railway infrastructure and train operation services within Amey.

 Prior to this role, Lee undertook the role of Operations Director for the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly Lines for Tube Lines, including leading the teams recognised success throughout the 2012 Olympic Games.

Graham Hopkins, Industry Non-Executive Director (Infrastructure Managers)

Graham Hopkins, Industry Non-Executive Director

Graham currently works for Network Rail as Group Safety, Technical & Engineering Director. His role encompasses health and safety, asset management, engineering, technology and sustainable development.

Until his appointment to Network Rail in June 2015, Graham’s career had been with Rolls-Royce plc for 36 years. Key posts include Chief Engineer of the BR700 engine family, in a joint venture between Rolls-Royce and BMW based in Berlin; Engineering Director for Defence Engines, based at Bristol; and ultimately as Executive Vice President of Engineering & Technology, Aerospace Component Engineering.

Graham is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering; the Royal Aeronautical Society; the Institute of Mechanical Engineers; the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining; and the Royal Society of Arts.

As chair of the Technical Leadership Group he is accountable to the Rail Delivery Group and Rail Supply Group for the delivery of the Rail Technical Strategy that is necessary to meet the future vision of GB rail. 

Malcolm Brown, Industry Non-Executive Director (ROSCOs)

Malcolm Brown, Industry Non-Executive Director

Malcolm Brown joined Angel Trains in February 2008 and was appointed CEO in July 2009. Malcolm was previously Deputy Managing Director for the Serco/NedRail Northern Franchise - a key customer of Angel Trains.

Prior to this Malcolm spent five years in executive positions with National Express Group. Malcolm has also worked in a number of commercial roles at Sea Containers/GNER and Marks & Spencer.


Charles Horton, Industry Non-Executive Director (TOCs)

Charles Horton, Industry Non-Executive Director (TOCs)

Charles Horton is the Chief Executive Officer of Govia Thameslink Railway Ltd, the company responsible for running services on Thameslink, Great Northern, Southern, and Gatwick Express. He has extensive management experience gained at London Underground, Connex, and with his current employer Govia.

He has held Board level appointments with these companies and worked in operations, change management, human resources and investment planning. Charles has a BA (Hons) and MBA. He is an RDG Board member, a Fellow and former Deputy Chair of the Institution of Railway Operators, a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Logistics and Transport, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

For nine years, he was also a member of the management committee of CIRAS, the rail industry’s confidential safety reporting system. Charles is the Vice Chairman and a Trustee Board Member of Roffey Park Institute, the internationally recognised management development organisation.

Steve Murphy, Industry Non-Executive Director (TOCs)

Steve Murphy, Industry Non-Executive Director (TOCs)

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, Industry Non-Executive Director (Freight)

Geoff Spencer, Industry Non-Executive Director (Freight)

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 aTraction 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 directoral 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).

Phillip Hoare, Industry Non – Executive Director (Suppliers)

Phillip Hoare, Industry Non – Executive Director (Suppliers)

Philip is managing director of Atkins’ Transportation division across the UK & Europe. This brings together a team of over 3,000 professional people with the aim of shaping the future of transportation.

Since joining the company in 1997, Philip has held senior positions in Atkins’ Highways and Rail businesses focused on delivering growth and innovation across a wide range of projects. Philip is a chartered civil engineer with over 20 years of experience and is a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation. He is the chairman of the Operations and Maintenance JV on the M25; former chairman of the Highways Term Maintenance Association from 2010 to 2012; a Director of the Railway Industry Association; and previously a director of High Speed Rail Industry Leaders Ltd from 2015 to 2017.

Alan Emery, Non-Industry, Non-Executive Director

Alan Emery, Non-Industry, Non-Executive Director

Alan spent 43 years in the mining, minerals and metals industry of which 32 were with Rio Tinto plc. During this time Alan worked in a number of roles from smelter operation, design, technology licensing, research and development, and finally health, safety and the environment. From 1981-1989 he was managing director of Imperial Smelting Processes. In 1989 he was invited to develop ways of improving the management of Health, Safety and Environment for Rio Tinto globally.

Over a period of 13 years he laid down the path that was followed through many organisational changes to improve the company’s approach to these now very significant matters for corporate responsibility and well-being. During that period he held a number of directorships in Rio Tinto subsidiaries.

Alan left Rio Tinto in 2002 and worked as a consultant on environmental topics and safety management. From 2003-12 he was the Visiting Professor for Sustainable Development and Design at the University of Bath Chemical Engineering Department funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering. In 2008, he was appointed as a non-executive, non-industry director of RSSB. From 2009-15 he was a director of William Leech Investments in the NE of England. From 1997-2008 he was a trustee of the British and Foreign Bible Society and the Board Chair from 2004-07. Alan now serves on the Society’s Audit and Finance Committee. In 1997 he helped set up and chair the Community Alcohol and Drug Misuse Forum in his home town and was the chair of Wellspring Counselling there from 1997-2006. Alan has been a member of the Joint Advisory Committee on Ethical Investment for the Methodist Church since 2000.

Dolores Byrne, Non-Industry, Non-Executive Director

Dolores Byrne, Non-Industry, Non-Executive Director

Dolores Byrne joined RSSB in 2015 as a Non-Executive Director. Dolores is a Chartered Engineer and has held senior positions in private and public sector engineering and technical services organisations in the defence, aerospace, and security sectors. Until 2010 she was Managing Director Innovation at QinetiQ.

Dolores has been a Board member of the Skills Council for Science Engineering & Technology (SEMTA), a Board member of SEEDA and chair of their Science Engineering and Industry Committee, and a Vice-President and Trustee of the IET. She is currently a Non-Executive Director at Sellafield Ltd and chairs the IET Fundraising Campaign. 

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

Remuneration Committee

Appointments Committee


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