The Great British Railways Transition Team is led by Andrew Haines, who, as a respected industry leader, has been asked to help drive forward reforms and create the railway’s new guiding mind, on behalf of government.

With a team of experts from across the sector and beyond, and working in collaboration with the sector, the Great British Railways Transition Team will initially focus on driving revenue recovery efforts post-pandemic, bringing a whole industry approach to tackling cost and promoting efficiency, and establishing a strategic freight unit to boost the sector.

Alongside our leadership team, GBRTT has an Advisory Panel, led by Keith Williams, which will support us as we deliver a more sustainable railway that better serves the needs of passenger and freight customers.

Our Leadership

Andrew Haines

Following the publication of the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail in May 2021, Andrew was tasked with establishing interim arrangements for the creation of Great British Railways.  This is alongside his role as chief executive and Board member of Network Rail, which he was appointed to in August 2018.  

Prior to joining Network Rail, Andrew was the chief executive officer of the Civil Aviation Authority from 2009-2018. He has also had a wide-ranging career within the rail industry, having started his career with British Rail and followed on to work for Railtrack, Network Rail’s predecessor. He served as managing director of South West Trains and managing director of FirstGroup plc where he led the rail division which included intercity, commuter, rural, freight, open access and tram services in England, Scotland and Wales. In addition, he was a non-executive director at a rolling stock leasing company. 

Andrew was awarded an OBE in the 2016 New Year Honour’s list for services to transport and is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, the Royal Aeronautical Society, the Institute of Railway Operators and the Permanent Way Institute. 

Anit Chandarana

Anit is the lead director which means he oversees the whole operation of the GBRTT working with Andrew Haines and team on the interim arrangements for the railway following the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail In May 2021.

Prior to taking on this role, Anit was Chief of Staff at Network Rail where he led Network Rail’s involvement in the building of the white paper. Anit has worked in the rail industry for over 18 years and joined Network Rail after completing his training at Sainsbury’s, he then went on to spend five years at Shell where he worked in the retail part of the business.

As well as his full-time role, he is also a Non-Executive Director for East London NHS Foundation Trust and has previously Chaired the Trustee Board for two of Network Rail’s pension schemes.

Rufus Boyd

Rufus Boyd is the GBRTT Programme Director responsible for the development of industry wide passenger and freight services. His initial focus will be on customer experience, the freight user, and wider commercial arrangements including the new passenger service contracts and is looking at building a new institutional capability to deliver in each of these areas.

Prior to this role, Rufus had extensive experience as a Board level advisor in the UK and overseas, with commercial management and transport sector specialisms. His specialities include: business transformation and strategy selection; executive project sponsorship; managing project delivery teams; communications and stakeholder management; bid and transition team leadership; income generation strategies; regulated and unregulated rail contracts.

Michael Clark

Michael Clark is Policy and Transformation Director for the Great British Railways Transition Team. His responsibilities include set-up and development of the Transition Team, the design of the future Great British Railways, as well as a range of policy and strategy activities. Michael is on secondment from the Department for Transport, where he previously led Keith William’s Review Secretariat.

Michael has a strong track record in public policy and strategy roles, with experience delivering in HM Treasury, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Home Office and Department of Energy and Climate Change on a range of issues from arms control, financial services and climate change. Before joining the Williams Review, he led on aviation policy for the Department for Transport. Michael is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

Suzanne Donnelly

Suzanne Donnelly is on secondment to the GBRTT leadership team as the director responsible for the passenger, revenue and marketing team, which has been formed from and builds on the Rail Revenue Recovery Group (RRRG) set up in early 2021. Revenue recovery and growth is critical to the financial sustainability of the railway both now and for the future. Therefore, she has a twin focus – short term acceleration of demand/revenue and designing Great British Railways in a way which puts customer and revenue management at the heart.

With 16 years of rail experience in various commercial roles (most recently commercial director for LNER) and 11 years prior in the airline sector, Suzanne’s main focus lies in the development of customer focussed, commercially viable and competitive commercial strategies, and products to grow customer volumes, frequency and spend and drive modal shift from less sustainable modes of air and car.

John is a Chartered Management Accountant and Chartered Engineer. He has extensive experience across a number of UK Infrastructure sectors in both operational and senior finance positions and has been a Finance Director at Network Rail for 10 years.

He has led large finance teams in highly complex financial environments and is now heading up the Finance division as Lead Finance Director at the Great British Railways Transition Team. His role is to shape the sector wide business planning and financial management discipline in creating Great British Railways.

Seb Gordon

Seb is leading GBRTT’s communications and engagement team to deliver a programme of activity to communicate clearly and engage effectively with key stakeholders about the organisation’s work to deliver a better, simpler railway for everyone in Britain.

Seb joined GBRTT having spent nine years at the Rail Delivery Group. During this time, he developed an extensive understanding of the rail industry, its stakeholder landscape and the sector’s reputational challenges. Most recently, he has overseen cross-industry communications activity such as delivering a unified presence at the COP26 summit under the ‘We Mean Green’ banner and helping tell the story of rail’s importance to the nation’s recovery from Covid.

Elaine Seagriff

Elaine Seagriff works for the Great British Railways Transition Team (GBRTT) where she is the director of strategic planning. Before joining GBRTT, Elaine worked as Director of Transport Planning with Jacobs, leading their UK national transport strategy and policy team to shape strategic policy and transport planning initiatives in city regions.

Prior to joining Jacobs Elaine served as Head of Transport Policy and Strategy for Transport for London and was responsible for developing and implementing the Mayor’s 20 Year Transport Strategy.


Whole Industry Strategic Plan

Our railways play a fundamental role in supporting the economic, environmental and social achievements of this country. Recognising this, the Plan for Rail recommended the development of a 30-year strategy to determine how best the railways can support the public good of our country in the future.

That strategy — the Whole Industry Strategic Plan (WISP) — will be a landmark resource, enabling a clear and agreed direction for the railway.

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