Posts Tagged ‘Network Rail’

New Chairman for Network Rail

Monday, 2 February 2009


Rick Haythornthwaite

Network Rail has chosen Rick Haythornthwaite, to be its next chairman. Haythornwaite will take over from Sir Ian McAllister, who was strongly criticised after engineering overruns in the 2008 New Year period caused massive disturbance to customers. McAllister also faced widespread criticism over the size of bonuses paid to senior directors. At the Network Rail AGM in July this year, the members of Network Rail voted in favour of undertaking a review of the corporate governance of the organisation and McAllister  revealed his plans to step down. 

Rick Haythornthwaite graduated from Queen’s College, Oxford, with an honors degree in geology and subsequently completed a Masters degree in Business Management at MIT.

He began his career as a geologist at BP. Over a period of 17 years, he served the company in several capacities, including as general manager of the Magnus Oilfield and as president of BP in Venezuela. He was a Corporate and Commercial Director of Premier Oil plc from 1995 to 1997, and thenworked as Chief Executive of cement company Blue Circle. In 2001 he became Chief Executive of engineering conglomerate Invensys and served in that capacity until 2005.

Haythornthwaite is a managing director at STAR Capital Partners, an independent investment fund management company, and he is the chairman of MasterCard Inc.

Haythornthwaite is also chairman of the Better Regulation Commission, an independent body that advises the British government, and he serves as a non-executive director at ICI. He is a member of the MOT Leadership’s Centre advisory council.

He is chairman of the Almeida Theatre Company and of the Tate Gallery’s Corporate Advisory Group. He is also on the board of the British Council.

Shrimps lead the way for animal rights

Friday, 9 May 2008

Animals must be carried in the proper container

It’s good to read in the China Post that the Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) is ignoring the prejudices of its humans and is prepared to move forward on providing equal transport rights for animals. When a survey indicated that 72% of TRA clients were against allowing pets to travel by rail, TRA bosses rapidly commissioned a new survey that came up with the results that government legislators wanted. The move emulates the amazing management style of UK Network Rail chairman, Ian McAllister, Polish rail managers please read carefully.

The (TRA) has decided to launch a trial run for “pet cars,” starting July 1, allowing passengers to travel with their pets, a top TRA official said yesterday.

Fan Chih-ku, director general of the TRA, made the remarks in response to interpolations from legislators after delivering a report on the current transportation business of the TRA and how to upgrade its competitiveness.

Yang Cheng-teh, a division chief of the TRA, said that in a survey done in 2003 by the TRA, up to 72 percent of respondents expressed opposition to passengers carrying pets with them, and some people even appealed to the Control Yuan, the government’s highest watchdog, against the practice.

The TRA already completed a new public opinion survey in mid-April, and will work out a set of measures concerning launching “pet cars” in accordance with the positive findings of the new survey.

Dogs, cats, fish and shrimps travel on THSRC.

On another front, the Taiwan High-Speed Rail Corp. allows passengers to take dogs, cats, fish and shrimps with them when getting aboard the high-speed rail system, as long as they’re well packed, won’t defecate or urinate in the cars.

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