Network Rail and Abellio Announce Alliance Managing Director for Scotland

Building upon their recent announcement of the Day One leadership team for ScotRail, Network Rail and Abellio are making an early announcement of the appointment of Phil Verster as Abellio Alliance managing director for Scotland of ScotRail/Network Rail.

Network Rail and Abellio Announce Alliance Managing Director for Scotland
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Previously, before Network Rail, Phile was deputy chief executive officer at Irish Rail and before that engineering director at a London-based operating company.

Announcing the appointment, Phil Hufton, managing director of network operations for Network Rail, said: Phil brings a wealth of valuable experience to what will be one of the highest profile roles in the industry. He has achieved great results during his time on the East Coast mainline and I look forward to him bringing that same positive approach to leading the railway in Scotland.

Network Rail and Abellio Alliance

Dominic Booth, managing director of Abellio UK, said: We are delighted to be able to announce the appointment of Phil so early in the transition process, and so soon after announcing the Day One team for ScotRail. We are confident that Phil brings the requisite skills and experience to drive transformational change in order to deliver against our ambitious plans for the improvement of rail travel in Scotland.

Phil Verster, who will report into Dominic Booth and Phil Hufton and will take up his appointment shortly, added: I am delighted to have been offered the opportunity to play this key role in Scotland’s railway. The alliance between Abellio ScotRail and Network Rail gives us a unique opportunity to establish new ways of working and to improve what we deliver for the travelling public and our communities. This is a very exciting time for the railway in Scotland and my approach is all about listening to our communities and focusing on what is important to our customers.

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