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Senior Leadership Team

Mark Phillips - Chief Executive Officer

Mark Phillips - Interim Managing Director

Mark was appointed Interim Managing Director in May 2016 and then Chief Executive 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 is deputy chairman of the British Transport Police Authority and chairs the BTPA audit and risk committee.

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George Bearfield - System Safety Director

George Bearfield - System Safety DirectorGeorge joined RSSB in 2006 and was appointed Director of System Safety and Health in 2014. He is responsible for RSSB’s work to support the industry in all aspects of its health and safety management and assurance processes and capabilities.

Initially manager of the Safety Decisions Programme, George became Head of Safety Knowledge and planning in 2012. Prior to this he worked as a senior consultant at Atkins Rail, following previous roles in the consultancy and railway supply sectors.

George has an MSc in Electronics and Computer Based Systems, and a PhD in Computer Science, specialising in railway risk modelling. He is a Chartered Electrical Engineer, and a Fellow of the Safety and Reliability Society. He is the visiting Professor of Railway System Safety at the University of Huddersfield and is an independent expert advisor to the board safety subcommittee of National Air Traffic Services (NATS).

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Eileen Pevreall - Information Technology Director

Eileen Pevreall - Information Techology DirectorEileen 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.  She started her career in IT at British Gas.     

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Chris Lawrence - Technical Director

Chris Lawerence - Technical Director

Chris joined RSSB as Technical Director in 2016. He is responsible for ensuring that the technical capability of the organisation meets the current and future needs of the industry. Chris oversees the consistent application of a whole-system approach to the delivery of RSSB’s services that reflects best practice in rail and other relevant sectors.

Chris previously worked in engineering consultancy in the UK and internationally. He has led multi-disciplinary engineering and design management of main line, mass transit, and light rail projects for over 30 years.

Chris is a chartered civil engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, and a member of the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation. He is a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor at the University of Nottingham.

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John Abbott - External Engagement Director

John Abbott - External Engagement DirectorJohn was appointed to the new position of External Engagement Director in 2014.  His role is to establish and maintain proactive relationships with RSSB’s members, focussing on understanding their needs and priorities.  This includes ensuring that the outcomes of RSSB’s work are communicated effectively across the industry.

John began his career with British Rail in 1981, as a management trainee.  After privatisation, he became the procurement manager for Trainload Freight.  Previously, John was Director of Assurance and Safety at Railtrack and Director of Health, Safety and Security at Network Rail.  He joined RSSB in 2007.

John is a member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply.​

Tom Deacon - Head of Procurement

​Tom joined RSSB in 2014 and was appointed Head of Procurement in 2015. He leads the team that enables RSSB to deliver value for money services to its members, and helps the business to run efficiently, effectively, and compliantly.

Tom previously delivered procurement services for private and public sector clients with Accenture; managed operations for a successful start-up; and led the procurement and change management functions for two local authorities.

A graduate of the University of Cambridge with an MA in Social and Political Sciences, Tom is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply.

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Tom Lee - Interim Director of Standards

Tom Lee - Interim Director of Standards

Tom joined RSSB in 2002 as a signalling specialist. Since then he has headed several specialist teams within RSSB, and was appointed Acting Director of Standards in 2016. 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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Luisa Moisio - Director of Research and Development

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 been a member of the organising committee of the World Congress of Rail Research, and in 2015 she became the Industry Co-Chair for the Rail Research UK Association (RRUKA), a partnership between the rail industry and UK universities.

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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Giles Henday - Interim Director of Projects

Giles Henday - Interim Director of ProjectsGiles joined RSSB on an interim basis in March 2017 to lead the Project Team that ensures RSSB members and customers benefit from timely delivery of RSSB outputs, including standards and research & development. To ensure high quality, ‘fit for purpose’ outputs are achieved within budget, Giles is applying his project delivery experience gained in various senior roles within the rail industry.

Giles has led projects on most transport related assets from railway stations, trains, track and signalling to motorway underpasses and ‘smart motorways’. As a director of several previous project management consultancies over the last 15 years, Giles enjoys developing the capability of organisations to continuously improve their project delivery. He is a chartered mechanical engineer and member of the Association for Project Management.

Initially Giles worked in a member owned private oil & gas R&D company, similar in constitution to RSSB before branching out to work internationally for several large engineering consultancies in the water industry. In 1991 Giles became involved in his first project on London Underground and found the combined challenge of successfully delivering projects on operating railways very rewarding, including the people management aspects of forming strong teams with clear goals and encouraging joint working across the rail industry – which is all part of the day job for most of us at RSSB.

Giles is a Partner at CPC Project Services LLP where has specific interests in improving safety in the construction industry and improving collaborative working within project teams and with clients, suppliers, and stakeholders. He currently leads the innovation team to ensure that CPC continues to be at the cutting-edge of project management techniques.


Neil Webster - Innovation Programme Director

Neil Webster - Innovation Programme DirectorNeil joined RSSB as Innovation Programme Director in 2015. He is responsible for a cross-industry innovation programme funded by Network Rail and the Department for Transport. 

Neil is responsible both for leading and the effective governance of the programme, and for implementing performance improvements. Prior to joining RSSB, Neil worked at the Royal Aerospace Establishment, Defence Evaluation Research Agency and QinetiQ. From Apprentice to Programme Manager, he has over 20 years’ experience of successfully leading major, technically complex, military aviation research, technology insertion, and flight test programmes.

Neil is an executive MBA graduate of Henley Business School.

Paul Marchant - Head of Finance

Paul Marchant - Head of FinancePaul joined RSSB in 2014 and was appointed Head of Finance in September 2016. Paul’s roles are to ensure RSSB remains financially sustainable and to adapt the company business model to meet the changing needs of its membership and key stakeholders. Paul is a key member of the Future Fit company transformation programme, leading work streams on financial sustainability and the reform of RSSB’s business performance measures.

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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Helen Hasse - Company Secretary

Helen Hasse - Company SecretaryHelen joined RSSB in 2003 and was appointed Company Secretary for both RSSB and its subsidiary Rail Documentation and Drawing Services Limited (RDDS) in 2015. As an officer of the companies, it is Helen’s role to ensure that they comply with their legal obligations under corporate legislation. She leads the Company Secretariat team in supporting the board in fulfilling its duties. Helen also leads the Corporate Governance work stream as part of the Future Fit company transformation programme.

Helen has a wealth of experience in business administration within the company, working for the Business Operations team for several years before being appointed Company Secretary.

A graduate of the University of London with an MSc in Business Management, Helen is a member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries (ICSA) and is currently studying Chartered Secretaries Qualifying Scheme (CSQS) with an aim to obtain accredited status.

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