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Network Rail name Carne as Higgins’ replacement

Following a spate of rumours and denials, Network Rail has announced that its new chief executive will be Mark Carne. He will join the company on 6 January and take over as Chief Executive on 1 April.

Mark will replace Sir David Higgins who had always said that he would not see out the next financial control period, CP5. That starts on 1 April 2014 and runs until March 2019, so Mark will be in post from the start.

Sir David took the helm of Network Rail on 1 February 2011 having been a non-executive director since April 2010. His predecessor, Iain Coucher, left the company on 29 October 2010 leaving Network Rail without a leader for three months. Sir David was determined to avoid this and insisted on an overlap.

Mark Carne was formerly executive vice president for the Middle East and North Africa for Royal Dutch Shell. As such, he was responsible for the company’s business in countries such as Iraq and always emphasised that local staff and businesses should be developed as one means of reducing local unemployment.

His 21-year career at Shell included taking responsibility for oil and gas production in the North Sea and helping to lead the company’s response to the disaster on the Piper Alpha platform.

Commenting on the appointment, Network Rail’s chairman, Richard Parry Jones, said: “Each and every day, Network Rail has to provide a safe and reliable railway for the travelling public as well as the train and freight operating companies, at the same time as working to improve the network to help us meet unprecedented growth in demand. That poses a unique set of challenges for any chief executive, demanding the skill and experience to translate engineering excellence into daily operations safely and effectively, as well as keeping the public informed of what we are doing and why.

“Mark Carne has shown that he has the necessary skill and global experience to build on, and develop further, what Network Rail has already achieved in meeting these challenges under the leadership of David Higgins. We thank David for all he has done for the company.”

Nigel Wordsworth BSc(Hons) MCIJhttp://therailengineer.com
SPECIALIST AREAS Rolling stock, mechanical equipment, project reports, executive interviews Nigel Wordsworth graduated with an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham University, after which he joined the American aerospace and industrial fastener group SPS Technologies. After a short time at the research laboratories in Pennsylvania, USA, Nigel became responsible for applications engineering to industry in the UK and Western Europe. At this time he advised on various engineering projects, from Formula 1 to machine tools, including a particularly problematic area of bogie design for the HST. A move to the power generation and offshore oil supply sector followed as Nigel became director of Entwistle-Sandiacre, a subsidiary of the Australian-owned group Aurora plc. At the same time, Nigel spent ten years as a Technical Commissioner with the RAC Motor Sports Association, responsible for drafting and enforcing technical regulations for national and international motor racing series. Joining Rail Engineer in 2008, Nigel’s first assignment was a report on new three-dimensional mobile mapping and surveying equipment, swiftly followed by a look at vegetation control machinery. He continues to write on a variety of topics for most issues.


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