JOHN SWIFT QC, FCILT
John Swift QC has been Chairman of the Judges of the National Rail Awards since 2003. John was the UK’s first Rail Regulator, appointed under the Railways Act 1993, and served from 1993 to 1998.

After 1998 John returned to full time practice at the Bar, including a period as Head of Monckton Chambers, Grays Inn, until retirement in 2014. He is currently Chairman of the Enforcement Decision Panel at Ofgem and an independent adviser to Ofwat and Monitor, the NHS Regulator. He maintains a keen interest in the fortunes of the railway,  including its politics and its regulation.

John is a Fellow of the Institute of Logistics and Transport. “The National Rail Awards occupies a special position as the industry’s best-known and best-supported awards scheme and promotes best practice within the railway. I encourage all those firms and individuals within the railway industry to continue to support the scheme with enthusiasm and pride in your achievements.

ANTHONY SMITH
Chief Executive of Passenger Focus. A qualified solicitor, he worked for five years as principal consumer lawyer for the Consumers’ Association. Prior to joining PF, Anthony was deputy and acting director of ICSTIS, the regulator of premium rate telephone services.

RICHARD WALLACE MA, FCILT.
Richard has spent more than 40 years in the UK bus and rail industry, holding senior positions with London Underground, the ORR, TfL London Rail and ATOC, where latterly he managed European Policy. Although now retired, he still undertakes rail and European consultancy.

Dr MALCOLM REED CBE
Retired in 2009 as Chief Executive of Transport Scotland. Previously Director General of Strathclyde Passenger Transport Executive and a member of the Rail Safety & Standards Board Advisory Committee. Ex-deputy chairman of the Railway Heritage Committee.  

DR ALF ROBERTS BSc, PhD, CEng, FIEE, FinstP, FIET   
Former Chief Executive of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and a former Commercial Director of PowerGen, when he was a major freight customer of the rail industry. An East Midlands main line commuter.

MILLY AYLIFFE   
A consultant to Norton Rose, specialising entirely in rail financing transactions. Milly has been involved with rail since before the privatisation of British Rail, when she acted on behalf of the UK Government in setting up the ROSCOs.

CLIFF PERRY BSc, CEng, FIMechE, FIRO, MCILT
Member of Iarnród Éireann Board. Former MD Thameslink and AEA Technology Rail. Past chairman of the Railway Division, Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

IRYNA TERLECKY  
Former Managing Director of Operations in the Strategic Rail Authority, her career has spanned senior roles in almost all aspects of the privatised railway structure. She operates as an independent consultant for train operators and government departments.

PHIL GAFFNEY
Before retiring in December 2005 Phil had spent 28 years with Hong Kong MTR. During that time his positions included Chief Engineer, Operations Director and Managing Director. He is a member of Iarnród Eireann Board and Chairman of Crossrail Rail Systems Expert Panel.




 

JIM CORNELL CEng, FREng, FICE, FCILT, FCMI
Former Executive Director Railway Heritage Trust, Non Executive Director Network Rail, Group Managing Director British Rail Infrastructure Services, Managing Director Regional Railways, Director of Civil Engineering, General Manager ScotRail.

 

PAUL CROWTHER,  OBE
Paul Crowther was appointed Chief Constable of British Transport Police (BTP) on 1 May 2014. Prior to this he was Deputy Chief Constable responsible for Professional Standards, Strategic Development and Media and Marketing.  He has 34 years service with BTP.

STEPHEN JOSEPH
Stephen Joseph has been Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, and its predecessor Transport 2000 since 1988. In that role he has campaigned for sustainable transport policies and has been a member of the Commission for Integrated Transport and various Government advisory groups. He was awarded an OBE in 1996 and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Hertfordshire in 2010.

CLIVE FLETCHER-WOOD OBE, Hon FIRO
Clive’s second career, as a lawyer, concentrated on railway-related work. He specialised in operational safety, but also dealt with contractual disputes within the industry. A former IRO tutor, he is a Hearing Chair for the Access Disputes Committee.

IAN BROWN CBE
Ian was Managing Director London Rail at Transport for London responsible for the DLR, London Tramlink and London Overground. He was awarded a CBE for services to railways. Ian has joined the Boards of Crossrail and Abellio UK Ltd.

 

CLIVE NICHOLLS
Director of the National Rail Awards for many years, now joining the judging panel, Clive has always believed that we should recognise and reward the best companies and the best people in the railway industry. Running a publishing company with a strong background in railway titles he brings experience from other customer focused markets.

 

HEIDI MOTTRAM OBE
Most recently Managing Director of Northern Rail, but with 25 years of railway experience in companies such as GNER, Midland Mainline and Arriva. She is now Chief Executive of Northumbrian Water Group.

 

CHRIS BOLT CB
A regulatory economist who worked in the water, rail and energy sectors, Chris has worked at the ORR, most recently as Chairman from 2004-2009, He was also Arbiter for the London Underground PPP from 2002-2011. He now advises companies, regulators and Government on regulation..

 

DICK FEARN
Former Chief Executive of Iarnrod Eireann, Dick has 40 years’ experience in the rail industry in Britain and Ireland. He has overseen major improvements in terms of performance and reliability. He previously worked for British Rail and also Network Rail as Zone Director for the Midlands.

 

CHRIS GREEN MA
Career railwayman in both public and private rail industry. Created the ScotRail brand when General Manager Scotland and then the Network SouthEast brand when MD NSE. Became MD InterCity before privatisation and then CEO Virgin Trains, where he introduced the new Pendolino and Voyager fleets.

 

MICHAEL HOLDEN
Career railwayman, most recently as Chief Executive of Directly Operated Railways. Former Chairman of East Coast, Managing Director of South Eastern Trains, Regional Director Southern for Railtrack/Network Rail. Served on ATOC Board, British Transport Police Authority and Department for Transport's Franchising Advisory Panel.

CAROLYN GRIFFITHS
Carolyn Griffiths has worked in heavy rail, metro and light rail systems; and in operations, manufacturing, consultancy, establishing new rail systems , regulation and managing major projects both in the UK and overseas. She has worked in the private and public sectors. Most recently she founded UK's Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) and was Chief Inspector during its first 10 years of operations. She is currently a Non Executive Director of Irish Rail. She is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering; a Fellow, Trustee Board member and the incoming President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and Board member of the Engineering Council.  She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Cranfield University in 2013.

DENISE LENNOX
A career railway woman, Denise has held senior roles in customer service, operations and change management across a number of train operating companies.  Most recently she has acted as an independent consultant for companies bidding for rail franchises.

NINA LOCKWOOD
After spending the early part of her career in the Banking Sector, specialising in the Service Profit Link, employee engagement and cultural change, Nina entered the world of Executive Search in 2000 and has been focusing purely on the Transport Sector, primarily Rail since setting up Intuitive Interim & Executive Search in 2013.

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