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Author Topic: Andrew Haines to be new CEO of Network Rail - announced May 2018.  (Read 1394 times)
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« on: May 21, 2018, 07:59:33 pm »

As has been reported, Mark Carne is to leave his role as Chief Executive of Network Rail in the autumn.

His replacement has been announced by Network Rail today. A name well known in these parts...

... don't worry, it's not Mark Hopwood, but his much more capable predecessor, Andrew Haines.

Mr Haines returns to railways after a stint as head of the Civil Aviation Authority.

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https://www.networkrail.co.uk/feeds/new-network-rail-chief-executive-announced/
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« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2018, 08:18:15 pm »

As has been reported, Mark Carne is to leave his role as Chief Executive of Network Rail in the autumn.

His replacement has been announced by Network Rail today. A name well known in these parts ... [snip]  Andrew Haines.


I look forward to welcoming Andrew back to the rail industry.   Although we (at TransWilts) were involved with FGW at the bottom of our service level and only made very limited progress during his tenure, I remember Andrew as a practical and positive builder forward - a good memory at a time when you might have expected me to have been very jaded about the FGW (as it was) director team.
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« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2018, 09:12:15 pm »

A very good appointment
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« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2018, 09:29:31 pm »

Really pleased to see Andrew Haines return to the railways.

Got a tough job on his hands but if anyone can he’s the one. After all he sorted out the mess at FGW all those years ago.
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« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2018, 10:29:03 pm »

I do hope this will work well, there is a lot to sort out, mainly getting costs down from prohibitive to merely extortionate.
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« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2018, 06:46:41 am »

Really pleased to see Andrew Haines return to the railways.

Got a tough job on his hands but if anyone can he’s the one. After all he sorted out the mess at FGW all those years ago.

Good to see a very strong hand of "likes" on that post including well informed members who were around back in the days when Andrew Haines was in charge at First Great Western. 

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Network Rail has announced that Andrew Haines will be its new chief executive – and be paid 27% less than his predecessor to run Britain’s rail infrastructure.

Haines, the chief executive of the Civil Aviation Authority, will be paid £588,000 including benefits, with a possible 9% bonus, when he takes over in the autumn following a short handover period with retiring boss Mark Carne.

Haines arrives with a reputation for cost-cutting and transformation during his eight-year stint at the CAA, which earned him warm praise from the transport secretary, Chris Grayling. He said Haines had “done an outstanding job at the CAA”.

But he angered many within the organisation, who warned that its safety functions were being impaired as senior staff were made redundant and average salaries were slashed. A leaked internal report obtained by the Guardian last year showed inspectors under Haines believed they no longer had sufficient resources to do the job properly.

The CAA boss started his career in rail, as a left luggage clerk at London Victoria station, and later had stints as managing director at South West Trains then First Group’s rail division. He is sits on the board of rolling stock leasing company Eversholt Rail UK, a post he will resign on joining Network Rail.

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« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2018, 07:19:49 am »

Given the revolving door nature of these appointments, I cannot help wondering if there is a vacancy for a certain person at the Catastrophic Administrators Authority. And i don't mean you, grahame!
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« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2018, 09:30:14 am »

What a truly fantastic appointment, although given that it's Network Rail we are talking about, I'm still waiting for someone to tell me this is a wind-up.

Haines is someone who understands the needs of both the big and the small on the rail network, and if anyone can change NR's ridiculous fingers-in-the-ears "la la la, we cant hear you" attitude towards the likes of Pilning, then he can.
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« Reply #8 on: May 22, 2018, 10:27:56 am »

This really is the best piece of news that we've had in quite a while .
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« Reply #9 on: May 22, 2018, 01:14:16 pm »

....mmm.  I'll reserve judgement for the moment.  Having worked for NR for 7 years in the past, I really think he needs to get a grip on the current culture in the organisation (one that neglects its basic remit to maintain the railway and instead likes to focus on the 'shiny new things') Tongue
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« Reply #10 on: September 11, 2018, 03:57:14 pm »

....mmm.  I'll reserve judgement for the moment.  Having worked for NR for 7 years in the past, I really think he needs to get a grip on the current culture in the organisation (one that neglects its basic remit to maintain the railway and instead likes to focus on the 'shiny new things') Tongue

Is this some of the stuff you mean / a good start? ... from Rail Technology Magazine

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The new chief executive of Network Rail Andrew Haines has told MPs he will put “passenger’s interests front and centre” following “seven sustained years of decline in performance.”

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“So, my commitment is to make sure passengers’ interests are front and centre of Network Rails’ agenda for every single one of our employees.”
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« Reply #11 on: September 11, 2018, 04:29:55 pm »

....mmm.  I'll reserve judgement for the moment.  Having worked for NR for 7 years in the past, I really think he needs to get a grip on the current culture in the organisation (one that neglects its basic remit to maintain the railway and instead likes to focus on the 'shiny new things') Tongue

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The new chief executive of Network Rail Andrew Haines has told MPs he will put “passenger’s interests front and centre” following “seven sustained years of decline in performance.”

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“So, my commitment is to make sure passengers’ interests are front and centre of Network Rails’ agenda for every single one of our employees.”

Having dealt with him in a past life in a TOC/RT relationship I trust him to mean what he says.  Trouble is that the culture in NR has been entirely 'self centred' for the past 10 years or more, so its going to take a lot of sustained effort to achieve the goal he has set.  Don't forget that famous quote about NR: "An organisation entirely staffed by BULLSH*TTERS and ACCOUNTANTS".  (Personally, I exclude from that analysis those who work at the coalface, such as ET of this forum).
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« Reply #12 on: September 11, 2018, 06:21:17 pm »

Don't forget that famous quote about NR: "An organisation entirely staffed by BULLSH*TTERS and ACCOUNTANTS".  (Personally, I exclude from that analysis those who work at the coalface, such as ET of this forum).

It is not that they are only staffed by such people, but that this is the only message their masters at ORR, DfT and, above all the Treasury, want to hear, so that is the only message NR can give. "Just agree you can meet these impossible 'efficiency savings' that we dreamt up without any knowledge of how to run a railway then you can get on with the job" is what they are being asked what do they say? If they say no then no doubt the Treasury will start to talk about closures again - but none that are on lines they commute to work so London and the South East would be fine.  It is those 'little used' lines in 'the Provinces' they would be talking about.     
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« Reply #13 on: September 11, 2018, 07:16:25 pm »

....mmm.  I'll reserve judgement for the moment.  Having worked for NR for 7 years in the past, I really think he needs to get a grip on the current culture in the organisation (one that neglects its basic remit to maintain the railway and instead likes to focus on the 'shiny new things') Tongue

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The new chief executive of Network Rail Andrew Haines has told MPs he will put “passenger’s interests front and centre” following “seven sustained years of decline in performance.”

[snip]
“So, my commitment is to make sure passengers’ interests are front and centre of Network Rails’ agenda for every single one of our employees.”

Having dealt with him in a past life in a TOC/RT relationship I trust him to mean what he says.  Trouble is that the culture in NR has been entirely 'self centred' for the past 10 years or more, so its going to take a lot of sustained effort to achieve the goal he has set.  Don't forget that famous quote about NR: "An organisation entirely staffed by BULLSH*TTERS and ACCOUNTANTS".  (Personally, I exclude from that analysis those who work at the coalface, such as ET of this forum).


Thank you ………………. errrrr I think  Grin

NR does have the capacity, the ability and indeed the desire to change.  The evolution of NR was at first to hide itself from the headlines because of RT and to quietly get on investing and improving the infrastructure, progressively it has built the confidence not only in its self but also with many of the TOCs on a day to day coalface level and even at RMD and TOC MD level; NR just suffers from the press and politicians, NR own banana skins its able to manage but the press and politicians keep throwing their in to.

NR will change, it will be a different beast by the end of CP6
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« Reply #14 on: September 11, 2018, 07:46:03 pm »

NR will change, it will be a different beast by the end of CP6

Indeed - Depending on who wins the next General Election, it will either have been reclassified as the entirely private Network Railtrack, or absorbed into Corbyn's new BR.
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