Our Advisory Panel, led by Keith Williams, will support us as we work to deliver the commitments made in the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail, and to create the foundations for a simpler, better railway for everyone in Britain.
The Panel brings together a wealth of knowledge, skills and leadership experience from across rail and the wider transport sector, as well as the infrastructure, business, digital, technology and retail sectors.
It will work collaboratively with our leadership team to help us deliver a more sustainable railway that better serves the needs of passenger and freight customers.
Our Advisory Panel
Keith is a highly regarded business leader and chartered accountant who in 2018 was appointed Independent Chair of a review of the British Railways on behalf of the UK Government. He subsequently co-authored the Williams-Shapps plan for rail, the white paper setting out the government’s plan to transform the railways in Great Britain.
Keith previously spent 18 years at British Airways, including five years as chief financial officer, three years as chief executive officer and two years as executive chair. During that time, he led the transformation of British Airways, building a leaner and more customer-focused organisation with a sustainable future.
Keith is currently the independent non-executive chair of Royal Mail, non-executive director and deputy chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, a non-executive director of Aviva plc and an executive board member and chair of the audit committee at Transport for London. He spent his early career at Boots, Apple Inc. and Reckitt and Colman.
Sir Peter is the Chair of Network Rail, and also of the London Legacy Development Corporation at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. He was Commissioner of Transport for London from 2006 to 2015, where he led the successful operation of London’s transport for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
In 2020 Sir Peter was tasked by the Prime Minister with carrying out the Union Connectivity Review, exploring ways in which better transport connectivity across the nations of the United Kingdom can deliver economic growth, jobs and housing. His final report was published in November 2021.
Sir Peter provided support to the government by providing advice on and scrutiny of the plans of operators of all mass travel modes during phases of re-opening the economy through the pandemic, and he is also the Chair of the Euston Partnership Board, which is supervising the redevelopment of Euston; the HS2 and Network Rail stations, and the over site development. He is currently reviewing, for government, transport for the Commonwealth Games this summer.
Sir Peter was knighted in the 2013 New Year’s Honours list, having been made CBE in 2006.
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.
Dyan Crowther is the chief executive officer for HS1 limited and brings extensive knowledge and skills from more than 30 years’ varied experience in rail.
Prior to joining HS1, Dyan was the chief operating officer at Govia Thameslink Railway. Dyan has worked in several senior director roles at Network Rail including route managing director of the West Coast Main Line and director of operations.
Dyan was part of the Advisory Panel to Crossrail and was also a board member of an NHS Trust for five years, a Trustee for the Railway Children registered charity and a board member for the British Transport Police Authority. Dyan is also currently a Non-Executive Director for East West Railway, a Trustee for Women in Rail and Chair of the National Skills Academy for Rail. Dyan has a Master’s in Transport and Logistics from Salford University and is a member of the Chartered Institute for Marketing and Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management.
Ismail Amla is executive vice president at NCR Corporation responsible for the global professional services division serving clients in the retail, hospitality and financial services sectors.
Ismail joined NCR from Capita where he was chief growth officer. Prior to that Ismail lived and worked in the USA as chief executive officer for Capco NA and managing partner for IBM North America. Ismail has extensive international experience helping leading brands and disruptive start-ups leverage emerging technologies.
Before moving to the USA, Ismail was a member of the leadership team for Accenture in the UK.
Ismail is also a board member at UK Sports, Network Rail and a member of the board of governors at University of East London.
Silla Maizey has worked in the aviation industry for more than 34 years and brings extensive experience and insights from operations and procurement to the shaping of customer proposition and business re-organisation.
She was most recently managing director of British Airways (BA) Gatwick, where she was a part of BA’s executive leadership team. She was also previously BA’s customer director.
Silla is currently chair of the NHS Business Services Authority and a non-executive director of John Menzies plc and Network Rail. Silla is a fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply. Silla was awarded an OBE in 2022 for her services to the NHS.
Tony Poulter is a non-executive board member at the Department for Transport (DfT) and was member of the Advisory Panel for the Williams Rail Review. His other Non- Executive roles are with Cubico Sustainable Investments, a leading global owner and operator of renewable energy infrastructure; the UK Green Infrastructure Platform, which is a BEIS owned company; and LCR Property, a DfT-owned company which unlocks value from under-utilised real estate close to the railway.
Tony was previously senior independent director at the UK Green Investment Bank from 2013 to 2017 and chairman of the Pensions Infrastructure Platform between 2017 and 2020. His executive career before 2016 was largely with PricewaterhouseCoopers, where his roles included global head of consulting, head of advisory in Asia Pacific, and advising on infrastructure financing and public-private partnerships.
Heidi Mottram is chief executive officer of Northumbrian Water and former managing director of Northern Rail, offering extensive leadership and experience within rail and business. Heidi was also a non-executive director of Eurostar from 2014 to 2020 where she provided strategic advice and support.
Heidi is currently a non-executive director of Centrica and is also vice-chair of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, a member of the CBI President’s Committee and vice-chair of Newcastle University Council.
Heidi was awarded an OBE in 2010 for services to the rail industry and a CBE in 2018 for services to the water industry and business community.
Jeremy Westlake is chief financial officer for the Great British Railways Transition Team and brings extensive experience of financial performance and supply chains in rail and transport, both in the UK and internationally.
Jeremy has been chief financial officer at Network Rail for five years. In his former role as senior vice president at Alstom Transport in France, he was responsible for investor management, financial performance and control and project finance. Previously he spent 14 years at Rolls-Royce in a range of senior finance and supply chain roles in the UK and the United States.
Jeremy is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and has a master’s in manufacturing from University of Cambridge.
Jane Mee is general counsel and company secretary of the Houses of Parliament Restoration and Renewal Delivery Authority, bringing wide-ranging experience in advising public and private sector organisations through all stages of major project delivery.
Her previous roles include general counsel at Hitachi Rail, and she was the chair of the Agility Trains companies through the Intercity Express Programme delivery and ownership changes. Jane led the legal function at London Underground through a period of major infrastructure upgrades and held similar leadership roles at Bombardier and WSP.
Jane has extensive governance and compliance experience and has previously held other company secretary and board director roles.
Michael is a director in UK Government Investments (UKGI), an arm’s length body of HM Treasury, and has worked on a range of governance roles and commercial projects across government since 2009.
As part of his role at UKGI Michael has been a non-executive director of a number of companies in which the UK Government has a shareholding including Porton Biopharma, Ordnance Survey, the Met Office and Working Links. Michael is currently the UK Government appointed non-executive director at Network Rail and Urenco (a uranium enrichment company one third owned by the UK Government).
Prior to working in UKGI Michael had a broad international corporate advisory career, with over 20 years working for Credit Suisse First Boston, Barclays de Zoete Wedd, and as independent corporate finance advisor at Caliburn in Australia. He started his career as an accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
David Noyes has spent his career working in the leisure and transport sectors. He brings expertise in leading devolved businesses in safety critical industries with a focus on delivering customer service excellence and driving cost efficiency.
In a 20-year career at British Airways, he held various directorships, including director of UK Regional operations, director for Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, executive vice-president for North America and director of worldwide customer services. Subsequently, until December 2017, David was chief executive officer of Cunard and P&O Cruises, and a director of Carnival plc.
As well as being a non-executive director of Network Rail, where he chairs the Remuneration and Environmental Sustainability committees, David is also non-executive chair of Grays of Cambridge (International) Ltd, a non-executive director of London Luton Airport Operations Ltd and a member of the corporate advisory board for The Teenage Cancer Trust.