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Wednesday 10 Apr 2024

Network Rail appoints new directors to its executive leadership team

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Network Rail has today announced two new directors who will join its executive leadership team, filling roles made vacant by recent moves and secondments.

Appointed to the vacant role of group director, system operator, is Anit Chandarana who returns to Network Rail following his DfT secondment. Anit will take up the position from 29 April on a permanent basis*.

Liam Sumpter has been appointed into the role of managing director for Network Rail in Scotland, following the announcement that Alex Hynes will be moving to the DfT on a two-year secondment as director general, rail services.

Liam is currently route director Scotland and will take up his new position from 15 April on a two-year secondment.

Notes to Editors

  • * Anit replaces Lawrence Bowman, who had been covering the role on an interim basis and is now covering the role of route managing director for Anglia. Jake Kelly, the previous permanent director, system operator, is now regional director for Eastern.
  • Liam began his career in the engineering innovation & examination team with Railtrack in 2002. He then spent several years working across finance and maintenance functions before being appointed as area director for the West Midlands & Chilterns in 2013. Liam then spent nearly three years with Arriva Rail North as their regional director, before returning to Network Rail as the chief operating officer in Scotland and more latterly, route director for Scotland
  • For more details on Liam’s appointment please refer to Network Rail Scotland’s press release
  • Anit, in his early career, trained as an accountant with roles at Sainsbury’s and Shell and joined Network Rail in 2003. He spent over a decade in various finance roles, and also took a two-year career break to run an SME in Essex. In 2020 he was appointed as chief of staff to Andrew Haines, where he took the lead with NR’s role in rail reform, setting up the Great British Railways Transition Team, which he led from 2022 until being appointed as interim director general at the DfT in 2023. Anit is also a non-executive director and audit chair at the East London NHS Foundation Trust, a role which he will continue to hold

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