Acting on behalf of the Network Rail board, Sir Peter Hendy has appointed Andrew Haines as the successor to chief executive Mark Carne.
It was announced in February earlier this year that incumbent Mark Carne, who joined Network Rail in 2014, would retire and that a new CEO would be in place for the next five-year control period. CP6 begins in April 2019.
Andrew is expected to take up his new role in early autumn following a period of handover with Mark Carne.
Currently the CEO of the Civil Aviation Authority, Andrew is no newcomer to the rail industry. He is a former managing director of First Group’s rail division and managing director of South West Trains.
He is currently a non-executive director of Eversholt Rail UK, an appointment he will relinquish on joining Network Rail. Andrew also received the OBE in 2016, for services to transport.
Network Rail has also revealed details of Andrew’s pay package. His salary will be £588,000 inclusive of benefits, which is 27 per cent lower than his predecessor’s.
His salary will be reviewed annually and he will also have an ‘at risk’ performance related pay element of up to 9 per cent of basic salary. This means that it will be dependent upon performance measured against safety, financial, asset management, project delivery and customer and train performance metrics.
Sir Peter Hendy said: “[Andrew] was the most outstanding candidate in a highly competitive appointment process. Andrew’s broad experience of rail and transport, and his reputation for relentless delivery and improvement makes him the ideal candidate to carry on with the transformation of Network Rail that has been led by Mark Carne.”
He added: “Mark has been exceptional in his personal leadership of the delivery of the biggest ever upgrade programme in the railway’s history, and ensuring that Network Rail has focussed on delivering for passengers, freight and the public.
“His focus on devolution and empowering people has transformed safety and the performance culture of the organisation. Mark leaves a significant legacy for Andrew to build on.”
Andrew said: “I am delighted to be joining Network Rail to build on the excellent work of Mark Carne. Since my first job as a left luggage clerk at London Victoria I’ve been passionate about improving the services that the railways provide to customers and the wider economy.
“It will be an immense privilege to work alongside the dedicated, professional colleagues at Network Rail and many partner organisations to deliver closer working between track and train, embed devolution and turning the digital railway strategy into reality whilst efficiently delivering on challenging safety, operational, engineering and investment commitments.”