Meet 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 formerly the Deputy Chief Inspector of Railways and Deputy Director, Railway Safety at the Office of Rail and Road (ORR), 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 an 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.
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 30 years' railway systems and engineering experience. This involved risk analysis, design, project management, safety approvals, and safety decision-making.
In his previous roles, Ali was the Systems Assurance Manager for the BACS Consortium (CWJV-Bechtel and Siemens) on Lines 1 and 2 of Riyadh Metro. Before this, he regulated railway projects in Dubai and the UAE for six light and heavy rail systems. Ali implemented effective arrangements for how duty holders (railway undertakings, infrastructure owners and managers) managed their railway system operations and maintenance risks. He worked closely with the Federal Transport Authority, supported by the UK Office of Rail and Road, and the French regulator (STRMTG). He developed, 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.
Ali was awarded the 2003 Athlone-Vanier Fellowship by the Royal Academy of Engineering.
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 sustainability topics.
Since 2014 Luisa has also been a member of the organising committee of the World Congress of Rail Research, and is currently its Chair in preparation for the next Congress which will be hosted in Birmingham in 2022. She is also closely involved in the UK Innovation and Research Network (UKRRIN) which fosters and brings together the Centres of Excellence in rail research with supply chain and the wider industry.
Luisa has a background in analysis and consulting. She has an MSc in Decision Science and Operation Research, and a degree in International Sciences and Economics.
Joshua Fisher – Chief Information Officer
Joshua joined RSSB in September 2019 as the Interim Director of Information Management & Technology (IM&T) and was appointed as Chief Information Officer in September 2020.
Joshua has over 10 years’ experience delivering technology enabled transformation across both the private and public sector, including transport, regulation, and logistics.
Joshua works closely with the Head of IM&T Project Portfolio. His principle focus is to facilitate successful delivery of RSSB’s immediate technical roadmap, and to deliver heightened performance and resilience of existing IT services.
Joshua’s speciality is helping organisations unlock the true potential of Microsoft technologies including Office 365 and Dynamics 365, taking a benefits-led approach to deliver operational efficiency, improved productivity and increased cross organisation collaboration.
Joshua has a 1st Class BSc in Information Technology.
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.