Chris Rayner joined High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd in April 2015 and holds the position of Director of Infrastructure Management.
Having started in the rail industry as an apprentice in 1975, Chris has extensive experience of railway operations in the UK and various other countries, including roles at the British Railways Board and Balfour Beatty in the USA, Sweden and Hong Kong. Joining Network Rail in 2001, he was Managing Director of the Network Rail subsidiary business responsible for the operations and maintenance of HS1 infrastructure.
In 2011, Chris became Transportation Director for Serco’ Middle East operation including operations and maintenance of the iconic Dubai Metro.
After leaving Leeds University where he had been researching in organometallic chemistry, Gary Cooper joined British Rail in 1984 being attracted to it as a commuter because of the then Government's and BR Chairman’s policy to ‘run the railway as a business’ that focussed on its customers.
Starting as a station supervisor, Gary moved through the management grades before becoming one of the first Commercial Directors for British Rail and later the Deputy Managing Director at Network SouthCentral - the BR-owned forerunner to Southern.
After privatisation, Gary undertook a number of roles for Connex at TOC and Board level including Group Engineering Director, Group Planning Director and Group Major Projects Director. In 2002 he was invited, by the Strategic Rail Authority, to take the then full-time post of Business Director for the industry’s National Task Force Punctuality (NTF). While retaining his role with the NTF, in 2007 Gary became a change consultant to the rail and bus industries before being asked to become Head of Operations at ATOC in 2009.
He became Director of Operations Engineering and Major Projects in May 2012 and Rail Delivery Group Executive Director Planning Engineering and Operations in November 2016.
His non-work interests include real ales; cooking, organisational design; classic cars; the works of JB Priestly; and walking in the English countryside.
John Sheehy is the Chief Executive Officer of the Transport Benevolent Fund CIO (TBF) a membership charity for public transport workers.
TBF currently has over 60,000 contributing members and John sees on a daily basis the amount of help granted towards the Fund’s members who experience need, hardship or distress. TBF can sometimes be the difference between surviving and going under.
John joined TBF in 1998 as a Benefits Assistant and before that he started with LUL in 1989, firstly as a Guard before becoming a Train Operator.
John is proud to be part of the TBF because he says it is not every day that you can be part of an organisation that makes such a difference to people’s lives when they really need it.
Paul was appointed as Chief Operating Officer at Total Rail Solutions at the beginning of 2017. He is responsible for the strategic direction of the business and ensuring the efficient and safe running of all operational activities. Paul comes from a commercial background, with a BSc Honours degree in quantity surveying and commercial management. He combines this expertise with 10 years’ experience in the rail sector, to ensure strong leadership of an excellent team at TRS
As the GWR HR Director, Ruth oversees a diverse portfolio of HR functions, which includes: Recruitment; Employee Engagement & Reward; Employee Relations; HR Business Partnerships; Learning & Development; Internal Communications. Prior to joining GWR, Ruth worked in a number of senior HR roles within the civil service and higher education. She has an extensive knowledge of diversity and inclusion, leading organisational change, employee relations, policy and employee reward. Ruth’s key priorities at GWR will be to continue to put people at the heart of our cultural change within our transformation, maintaining relationships with the Trade Unions and shaping our strategy as we look ahead to the future.
Ruth was appointed CEO of Samaritans in August 2015. She initially trained as a Registered General Nurse but has spent the majority of her career in public health roles, following a degree in Social Policy from University of Warwick and a Master’s degree in Health Promotion from the University of Ulster. Ruth was the founding Director of the Community Development and Health Network, a charitable membership network committed to addressing inequalities in health and wellbeing in Northern Ireland. Prior to joining Samaritans, Ruth was CEO of Relate and previously held senior executive leadership roles at Rethink, Alzheimer’s Society and Scope.
Ruth is a volunteer at the Bexley and Dartford branch of Samaritans. She has been a Trustee of the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts since November 2015.
Inspirational Senior Executive, attracting top talent to my team. Recognised as industry leader in Rail through extensive experience in functional and General Management. Strong team player with high emphasis on building collaborative relationships with internal and external customers.
Significant Commercial and General Management experience achieving sustainable growth with considerable experience of managing a P&L account with a strong focus on delivering improved shareholder value. Excels in challenging and high-pressure environments.
Functional expertise UK and Global in Manufacturing, Purchasing, Supply Chain, Product Engineering /Development and Project Delivery.
Extensive experience in bringing new technology from R&D through Product acceptance to Project Delivery.
Strong Business Development skills, bringing new clients resulting in increased turnover and profit.
Specialising in business turnaround and profitable growth.
Consultancy specialising in Rail, General Management and functional department advice.