Tuesday 15 Mar 2022
Network Rail appoints Robin Dobson as Group Property Director
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Network Rail is pleased to confirm that Robin Dobson has been appointed as Group Property Director, replacing Stuart Kirkwood who is leaving the organisation after 11 years’ service, the last two of which were spent leading Network Rail’s property division.
Robin joins Network Rail from Hammerson Plc – the property development and investment company – and brings extensive experience in all property asset classes across UK and Europe.
Commenting on his appointment, Robin said: “I am excited to be joining Network Rail at this time. The focus will be on infrastructure growth and delivering developments across Great Britain with both the private sector and public partnerships, particularly in support of the Government’s levelling-up agenda around housing and investment.”
Jeremy Westlake, Network Rail’s chief financial officer, added: “We are delighted Robin is joining us. He has a proven track record of delivering growth through multiple UK wide regeneration projects. His expertise will be of real value as the industry plays its role in supporting Britain’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Stuart for his sterling work in unlocking land for housing and commercial developments, and maximising profits from Network Rail’s property portfolio all of which have enabled investment in upgrading the railway. We wish him a very happy and well-deserved retirement.”
Robin joins Network Rail on 21 March where he and Stuart will begin a handover process to ensure a smooth transition before Stuart leaves Network Rail on 31 March.
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