Non-Executive Directors


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    Ian Hay

    Non-Executive Director

    An experienced and respected senior leader with over 40 years’ experience mostly in the rail sector. Ian has a proven track record of delivery of challenging and complex business expectations across a number of leadership roles with high profile industry organisations notably Atkins and Aecom. He is an engaging leader and has developed his delivery focused career via a clear, calm and structured approach to project and business challenges.

    • Operational & Strategic leadership
    • Migrations
    • Resource Management & Planning
    • Supply chain management
    • Bidding & Work Winning
    • Acquisitions
    • Infrastructure delivery
    • Portfolio Management
    • Civils works
    • Stakeholder & Client Management

    Highly motivated Global Senior Level Executive with 28 years of successful end-to-end lifecycle experience in Service Operations and large complex programs, start-ups, delivery and revenue assurance.

    Recognised for a proven track-record of delivering business results and customer outcomes in this always connected, on-demand world, with an open, collaborative, and empathetic leadership style.

    • Financial Management
    • Project & Programme Management
    • Governance & Compliance
    • Financial & Project Controls
    • Cost Control
    • Government & Regulatory Authority Relations
    • Procurement
    • Managing Change
    • Risk Management

      Lee Cummins

      Non-Executive Director

        Walter Macharg

        Non-Executive Director

        A Chartered Accountant (FCA) and leader in the financial management of heavily regulated, Government funded major projects and programmes. Walter embeds robust financial, project and cost controls into the business plan and strategy, focusing at all times on minimising exposure to risk and optimising stakeholder value.

        • Financial Management
        • Project & Programme Management
        • Governance & Compliance
        • Financial & Project Controls
        • Cost Control
        • Government & Regulatory Authority Relations
        • Procurement
        • Managing Change
        • Risk Management

        With an impressive Senior Executive career in the Rail and Metro sectors, Chris has significant experience in NED roles.

        Current involvement in the GBR transition for its customer strategy and proposition draws on Chris’s knowledge gained from 40 years’ in the rail and mass transit sector both in the UK and overseas in multi-cultural teams.

        • Business Development
        • Project Development
        • Strategy & Solution Shaping
        • TOC Commercial & Operational Strategy
        • Stakeholder Relations
        • Passenger Strategy
        • Transformation Management

          Chris Kimberley

          Non-Executive Director

            Simon Blanchflower

            Non-Executive Director

            Simon is a proven leader at Board/ Senior Executive level and able to provide strategic direction to organisations. He has a particular skill in leading complex, major infrastructure programmes at all stages of programme development and delivery and making sure that customer/stakeholder interests are fully considered.


            Most recently Simon demonstrated his capabilities as CEO of the East West Rail Company – an arm’s length body of government set up to accelerate the delivery of the new Oxford to Cambridge route. He is currently the Deputy Chair of the London Legacy Development Corporation Board and has recently been appointed as a Non-Executive Director of the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation.

            • NED engagements at all levels
            • Project Development and Stakeholder Accountability
            • Equality, Diversity & Inclusivity
            • Decarbonisation & Sustainability
            • Supply chain alignment
            • Major Infrastructure Projects Experience
            • Commercial & Operational Strategy & Deployment
            • Health & Safety Management

            Chief Executive or Managing Director with a demonstrable track record of producing turnaround and transformation plans that result in real, sustainable business improvement. Able to quickly find, assimilate and analyse disparate, often contrasting information, identifying strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. Ability to work at speed, a passion for growing teams to deliver them and work with Board level colleagues to embed them.

            • Leadership
            • People Management
            • Financial Management
            • Unionised Industries
            • Heavy Industries
            • Engineering
            • Rail (Light & Heavy)
            • Construction
            • Contracting
            • Transportation

              Rob Baxter

              Non-Executive Director

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