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 Ofgems and a member of the Determinations Panel of the Pensions 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 TransportFocus. A qualified solicitor, he worked for five years as principal consumer lawyer for the Consumers’ Association. Prior to joining TF, 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.

 

SHAMIT GAIGER 

Shamit Gaiger, led several cross-industry policies and strategies for the UK railway, from the Innovation Framework, Sustainable Development Principles, Taking Safe Decisions and the Rail Sector skills Delivery Plan. Most recently she led the negotiations on the Rail Sector Deal on behalf of government. She is currently Director of Strategic Advisory at AECOM

 

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.  

CLIFF PERRY MBE
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.


 

 

 

JIM CORNELL CEng, FREng, FICE, FCILT, FCMI
Presently Chairman of the 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.

 

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.

 

 

STEPHEN JOSEPH
Stephen Joseph is an independent transport policy consultant and visiting professor at the University of Hertfordshire. He was Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, and its predecessor Transport 2000, from 1988 to 2018, campaigning for sustainable transport policies and being 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.

 

LUCY PRIOR MBE

Lucy has been recently appointed as Business Engagement Director at 3Squared, a specialist SaaS provider to the passenger and freight  operator market.  Lucy has held a number of commercial positions within railway supply companies in traction and rolling stock and infrastructure focused organizations; she became heavily involved in supplier and future workforce engagement through her work at the Rail Alliance and in support of the Department for International Trade, and was awarded and MBE for services to rail export in the  2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.‚Äč

 

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 is currently an international railway consultant.

 

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 CBE
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. Dick currently chairs the newly formed Western Route Supervisory Board.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

NICOLA SHAW CBE
Nicola joined National Grid in July 2016 after holding the CEO role at HS1 for five years. Nicola has held very senior positions in a number of regulatory, commercial and operational roles including at the Strategic Rail Authority, the Office of the Rail Regulator and at FirstGroup PLC. She has also previously worked at Halcrow, the World Bank and London Transport. In July 2015 Nicola was asked to report to the UK Government on the future structure and financing of Network Rail. The subsequently named Shaw report was published in March 2016.

 

CAROLYN GRITTITHS
Carolyn founded RAIB and was its Chief Inspector during its first ten years of operation. She has worked in heavy rail, metro and light rail systems; and in operations, manufacturing, consultancy, establishing new rail systems, regulation and managing projects both in the UK and overseas. 

 

 

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. 

 

JIM STEER
Director and founder of Steer Davies Gleave (now Steer) and Greengauge 21. Formerly MD Strategic Planning at the Strategic Rail Authority. A chartered civil engineer, he has specialised in rail, covering market research, and buisness strategy. No longer an NRA judge, but still participates in advisory capacitity. 

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